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French and Francophone Studies, Deparment of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Courses

Undergraduate Courses

Course Descriptions for the Spring 2015 semester

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 and workbook/lab manual, 6th edition), Heilenman, Kaplan, and Toussaint Tournier (Thomson/Heinle).

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

 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 and workbook/lab manual, 6th edition), Heilenman, Kaplan, and Toussaint Tournier (Thomson/Heinle).

Requirements:  daily presence and participation, tests, compositions, and a final exam

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

FREN  248- INTERMED: MATH & SCI  3 credits  Prof. Nancy Lamb

Develops ability to read contemporary material (short articles, excerpts from books) drawn from various fields in natural and physical sciences (medicine, ecology, environmental, genetic engineering,alternative health care modalities, and other topics of current interest.). Prerequisite: FRENCHST 230 or equivalent or consent of instructor. This course completes the CAS and CHFA Language Requirement

FREN 250 – LANGUAGE & LITERATURE 3 credits Prof. Dianne Sears

Course taught in French. Four Skills course for students with four years of high school French or equivalent. Active and regular participation in class required. Introduction to literary analysis of short stories, plays, and poems. Review of grammar as questions arise. Requirements: written exercises, short papers, and hour exams.

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  

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, and an annual trip to Montreal 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 289- ST: PARIS THROUGH THE CENTURIES 4 credits Prof. Philippe Baillargeon

Course taught in English. The aim of this course is to provide an in-depth geographical, historical, and cultural perspective of the city of Paris beginning with the Gallo-Roman period and ending with the Paris of today.  Each lecture will focus on a historical event or trans-historical topic whose origins and unique aspects we learn about through an analysis of cultural, artistic, architectural, cinematographic, and literary references.

FREN 353- AFRICAN FILM   4 credits   Prof. Patrick Mensah

Course taught in English.  Histories and development of African Francophone and Caribbean film, from its inception to the present day. The sociocultural, economic, and political forces and imperatives defining its forms and directions. Questions this work raises in film aesthetics and theory as a whole. Screenings and analysis of films by Sembene, Achkar, Kabore, Mweze, Cisse, Drabo, Bekolo, Teno, Peck, Palcy, Lara, Haas, and others.  (Gen.Ed. AT, G)

FREN 371 – ADVANCED GRAMMAR  3 credits Prof. Luke Bouvier/ Eva Valenta

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 386- ORIGINS TO 1945  3 credits Prof. Philippe Baillargeon

Course taught in French.  Introduction to the way the French look at their own political, social, and cultural history; a study of some institutions, events, and figures that help understand French people today. Prerequisite: FRENCHST 240 level or equivalent, preferably 250 level.  Non-majors may write papers and exams in English.  (Gen.Ed. HS)

FREN 397G- GLOBAL ISSUES  3 credits Prof. Nancy Lamb

Course taught in French. Exploration of global socio-economic, political, and environmental challenges, such as indigenous rights, food, water, and health issues, natural disasters, land grabbing, and wars. A study of past and current events.

FREN 455- 19th CENTURY NOVEL 3 credits  Prof. Luke Bouvier

Study of major trends in the nineteenth-century French novel.  Specific topics will vary and may focus on a specific movement, author or theme.

Topic for Spring 2015: The Realist Movement. Still perceived as a minor genre at the end of the eighteenth century, the novel quickly emerged as the modern literary form of choice in the years following the French revolution. In this course we will trace the evolution of the novel with respect to the broad contexts of nineteenth-century French history and culture. We will focus in particular on the rise of French realism and its relation to the development of modernity in France, examining the treatment of such themes as revolution, money and the commercialization of culture, urban space (the street, the arcade, the barricade, urban planning and architecture), the changing roles of class and gender in French society and the emerging contours of modern identity -- along with its distinctively modern pathologies (alienation, boredom, addiction). We will also look at critical debates from the period on the nature of literary realism, as well as take up the question of realist representation in the visual arts, examining relevant work by artists, caricaturists and photographers. Taught in French, though students outside of French Studies may write their papers in English.

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

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.

FREN 475- BUSINESS FRENCH   3 credits    Prof. Nancy Lamb

Course taught in French. A study of French & Francophone business practices (concepts, structures, principles, and activities). Supplementary information on current business related events of interest. Prerequisite: Completion of French 371.

 FREN 494SI- SENIOR SEMINAR   3 credits   Prof. Dianne Sears

 The fundamental objective of this course is to offer a panoramic vision of French literature from the Middle Ages to the XXth century through a wide variety of representative literary texts, plays and films centered on the problematic of the identity quest. We propose to illustrate the principal currents and literary genres from the late Middle Ages to the beginning of the 21st century examining political, social, and cultural contexts in conjunction with different conceptions of the modern subject in operation during each of the different time periods.  The course is entirely taught in French. Satisfies the Integrative Experience requirement for BA-French study majors.

FREN 497F- FRENCH WOMEN WRITERS  3 credits  Prof. Kathryn Lachman

 This course examines the work of major contemporary Francophone women artists whose creative expression spans multiple disciplines, both literary and artistic. Our syllabus includes novels by writers Amelie Nothomb, Faiza Guene, Maryse Conde, and Assia Djebar; a play by Prix Goncourt laureate Marie Ndiaye; films by directors Agnes Varda and Claire Denis, and the powerful music of Angelique Kidjo. Readings in French; discussion in English and French. This course is recommended for students in French, Comparative Literature, African Studies, and Women and Gender studies.

FREN 498Y – LANGUAGE SUITE CONVERSATION, 2 credits 

Thatcher House, By Arrangement

This is a practicum course designed as an apprenticeship for students interested in teaching and mentoring their peers and taking a leadership role in the residential Thatcher House French community. Eligible students must be proficient in French beyond the 300 level, ideally with native or near-native speaking, reading and writing ability. In peer group tutoring sessions, undergraduate TAs help fellow students with various areas including conversation, vocabulary, grammar, literary and cultural assignments. They are also responsible for facilitating joint projects such as the annual Thatcher Conference presentations, Photostory digital narration, cultural events such as the Fête des Crèpes and annual trip to Montreal. Honors Colloquium (FREN HO3 – 1 credit) available

We also offer Independent Studies

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