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Undergraduate Program

French and Francophone Studies encompasses both the mastery of French language skills and the study of the broad French and francophone intellectual traditions, including the literature, culture and history of France, French Canada and other francophone countries in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. Along with a high level of competence in an important world language, majors acquire a broad knowledge of one of the world’s most dynamic cultural traditions and its complex relations with other countries and cultures around the world. Major requirements are flexible enough to allow students to combine coursework in French language, literature and culture with related programs of study, including majors and minors in other fields and certificate programs. Students are encouraged to pursue double majors. A study-abroad program in Paris (with both academic-year and semester-long options) is sponsored by UMass and is recommended for all students interested in French language and culture.

Graduate Program

The French and Francophone Studies Program offers three degree options at the graduate level for students with a variety of backgrounds and career objectives: the Master of Arts, the Master of Arts Portfolio (an option under the MA), and the Master of Arts in Teaching.

The MA program has an excellent record in preparing students for admission to some of the top PhD programs in the country, sending students just since 2009 to doctoral programs at Yale, Princeton, Brown, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, Northwestern, Penn State, Tulane, University of Connecticut and UMass Amherst. And because of the flexible, interdisciplinary nature of our programs, we have prepared students for doctoral programs not only in French, but also in history, applied linguistics, education, comparative literature and political science, as well as for careers in translation and interpretation. Likewise, our MAT program has prepared students for positions at some of the best public and private secondary schools throughout the region, as well as for doctoral programs in education.

 

FRENCH COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FALL 2018

For more details on courses please contact the professor of the course.

 

 

FREN 110 – ELEMENTARY FRENCH I, 3 credits

 

An introduction to French with an emphasis on acquiring a basic level of proficiency in the language and an understanding of France and the Francophone world. Speaking French from day one, students practice the language through listening comprehension/speaking activities, vocabulary and grammar exercises, meaningful readings, video segments, and Web activities devoted to French and Francophone language and culture. Texts: Voilà! (textbook/two audio CDs, 6th edition), Heilenman, Kaplan, and Toussaint Tournier (Cengage Publishers) and the I-Learn electronic workbook which accompanies the 6th edition of Voilà!.

 

Requirements: daily presence and participation, tests, compositions, and a final exam during the final exam period.

 

FREN 120 – ELEMENTARY FRENCH II, 3 credits

 

A second-semester elementary French course: a continuation of FREN 110 with emphasis on acquiring basic level of proficiency in the language and understanding of the culture of France and the Francophone world. Speaking French from day one, students practice the language through listening comprehension/speaking activities, vocabulary and grammar exercises, meaningful readings, video segments, and Web activities devoted to French and Francophone language and culture. Texts: Voilà! (textbook/two audio CDs, 6th edition, Heilenman, Kaplan, and Toussaint Tournier (Cengage Publishers), and the I-Learn electronic workbook which accompanies the 6th edition of Voilà!.

 

Requirements: daily presence and participation, tests, compositions, and a final exam during the final exam period.

 

FREN 230 - INTERMEDIATE FRENCH I, 3 credits

 

Course taught in French.Students review grammar points learned in elementary French and study more complex grammatical structures. The course is designed to improve: (1) listening comprehension, through class lecture and discussion; (2) speaking proficiency, through exercises on vocabulary and pronunciation; (3) reading comprehension, through analysis of cultural readings; and (4) writing ability, through frequent assignments.

 

Prerequisite: FREN 120, 126, or 2-3 years of high school French.

 

FREN 240 – Intermediate French II: Four Skills, 3 credits

 

Course taught in French.Practice with the four skills: reading, writing, understanding, and speaking. Readings of contemporary literary texts. Review of grammar as questions arise. Requirements: compositions, quizzes, midterm and final. Prerequisite: FREN 230, OR 3-4 years of high school French.

 

FREN 250 – LANGUAGE & LITERATURE, 3 credits

 

Course taught in French.For students with four years of high school French or the equivalent. The course is designed to introduce students to literary and cultural analysis of short stories, plays, poems, and films, which we study in relationship to their historical, cultural, and political contexts. Relating texts to contemporary culture, we focus on improving students’ reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in French. Review of grammar as questions arise. Requirements: written exercises, oral presentations, compositions, quizzes, and two hour exams. Active and regular participation in class is required.

 

Equivalent. Suitable for students who plan to continue beyond the 240 level. This course completes the CHFA Language Requirement.

 

FREN 280- LOVE & SEX IN FRENCH CULTURE, 4 credits, Prof Patrick Mensah

 

Course taught in English. This course offers a broad historical overview of the ways in which love and erotic behavior in French culture have been represented and understood in the arts, especially in Literature and, more recently, in film, from the middle ages to the twentieth century. (Gen.Ed. AL)

 

FREN 285 – LANGUAGE SUITE CONVERSATION, 2 credits Thatcher House, By Arrangement

 

Course taught in French. This course improves French with an emphasis on oral skills and a focus on French and Francophone societies and cultures. Students make regular presentations in class, participate in role-play, improvisation, and other creative activities. We attend relevant events off-campus in the Five Colleges, as well as hosting the Fête des Crèpes and other cooking events. In order to participate, students must usually be resident in the Thatcher House dorm and are required to take a 3 credit course in the French department. Honors Colloquium (FREN HO1) available.

 

FREN 350 – FRENCH FILM, 4 credits, Prof. Philippe Baillargeon

 

Course taught in English. This French film survey course in English will introduce a variety of French films (with English subtitles) of different genres dating from the beginning of cinema to the present, which we will interpret on their own terms, in relation to other films, and with respect to their specific historical contexts of time and place. At the end of this course, you will be able analyze films and their different genres as cultural products, identify the values transmitted within these works of art, critically discuss films with the technical vocabulary of film analysis, and interpret films as complex creative works within their specific settings of time and place in French history.(Gen.Ed. AT)

 

FREN 371 – ADVANCED GRAMMAR, 3 credits, Prof. Luke Bouvier

 

Course taught in French. The first of two consecutive courses devoted to advanced grammar review and composition (followed by French 473). Extensive written practice with various grammatical structures, frequent short writing assignments, introduction to literary analysis.

 

FREN 384- THEMES IN FRENCH LIT & INTELLECTUAL HISTORY, 3 credits, Prof. Eva Valenta

 

Course taught in French. Major contributions of French writers over the centuries to an exploration of the human condition. Focus on various aspects of the relations between such intellectual inquiry and the evolution of literary forms and genres.

 

FREN 433- FRENCH CLASSICISM, 3 credits, Prof. Patrick Mensah

 

Course taught in French. A study of triumphs and tensions within the literature and culture of the Age of the Sun King. Topics include the comedies of Molière, women writers and the rise of the novel, and commentaries on the human condition by writers such as La Rochefoucauld and La Bruyère.

 

FREN 473- ADVANCED GRAMMAR & COMPOSITION, 3 credits, Prof. Dianne Sears

 

Course taught in French.The second of two consecutive courses devoted to advanced grammar review and composition (following French 371). Extensive written practice with various grammatical structures; frequent short writing assignments; introduction to literary analysis.

 

Prerequisite: French 371.

 

FREN 475- BUSINESS FRENCH, 3 credits

 

Course taught in French. French 475 accommodates a range of proficiency levels: from intermediate high to advanced. It provides students with useful and practical tools to communicate in French in a professional setting.

The course will focus on several topics of the French/Francophone business world, including the following: administrative structures of selected French-speaking countries, with greater emphasis on France, aspects of the French economy, organization and structure of French companies, principles of marketing, banking and financial industries. Also job search: design, compose a CV, a letter of interest for a position in a French company; develop strategy for an effective and successful job interview in French.

For students who are interested: the preparation for the "Diplôme de Français Professionnel” offered by la Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie Paris Ile de France (CCI).

 

FRENCHST 572 - ADVANCED METHODS TEACHING FOREIGN LANGUAGE, 3 credit,s Prof. Stacy Giufre

 

Course taught in English. This course will explore the teaching of foreign/second languages from theoretical, historical, and practical perspectives. Students will engage in a range of activities designed to reinforce their understanding of the material and guide its application to their developing language teaching practices. The course is intended for both experienced and inexperienced language teachers.

 

FREN 584 - FRENCH CANADIAN LITERATURE, credits 3, Prof. Philippe Baillargeon

 

Course taught in French, Contemporary Canadian dramatists writing in French.

 

Prerequisite: French 371.

 

FREN 592S- MICROTEACHING: PRE PRACTICUM, 2 credits, Prof. Rhonda Tarr

 

FREN 632- TRAGIC VISION, 3 credits, Prof. Patrick Mensah

 

FREN 670- EXPOSITORY PROSE, 3 credits, Prof. Eva Valenta

 

Course taught in French. The purpose of the course is to improve the ability to write effective French prose, in particular for the purposes of literary and cultural analysis. Coursework includes discussion of short literary works in French, regular compositions on these works (including rewrites), stylistic exercises, vocabulary-building exercises and short translations.

 

Requirements: Frequent short papers, rewrites, written exercises, translations.

 

FREN 672- WORKSHOP TEACHING ASSISTANTS I,  2 credits, Prof. Tarr

 

Course taught in English. A weekly workshop/class for all M.A. and M.A.T students teaching French and Italian language classes for the first time. The course will introduce current methods and ideas of language teaching and testing and will focus on the courses they are actually teaching. There are no exams or papers but there will be biweekly presentations.

 

FREN 697A- M.A.T PRAC: TEACHING FRENCH & FRANCOPHONE LIT & CIV IN HIGH SCHOOL, 3 credits, Prof. Sears

 

A practicum designed to prepare graduate students to teach French and Francophone literature and culture on the high school level.

 


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