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 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 3 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 303- WRITING ON LANGUAGE 3 credits Prof. Kathryn Lachman
All work done in English. Discussion, weekly writing assignments, peer critiques, tutorial. Fulfills the Junior Year Writing requirement. Develops skills in both writing and literary analysis using a wide selection of French and Italian short stories in English translation. Prerequisite: Freshman Writing course.
FREN 312 PHONETICS 3 credits Prof. Magda Oiry
Fun and interactive class to improve your pronunciation! Phonetic properties of French sounds, intensive lab use, theater plays as a tool to help master the interaction of challenging sounds.
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. Oiry
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 397S- ST- THE FRENCH SHORT STORY 3 credits Prof. Eva Valenta
Course taught in French. Our objective in this course will be both literary and cultural. Through the short prose works of authors such as Maupassant, Colette, Aimé, Sartre, Camus, de Beauvoir, Gary, Duras, Ernaux, Tournier, Le Clezio and Gavalda we will examine and attempt to understand the succession of major trends and upheavals, both socio-political and intellectual, that transformed French society from the late 19th to early 21st century. All readings, discussion and papers will be in French.
FREN 473 – COMPOSITION 3 credits Prof. Luke Bouvier/Prof. Eva Valenta
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. Taught in French.
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 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
FREN 497PL-ST-NORTH AFRICAN FICTION 3 credits Prof. Kathryn Lachman
This course offers a rigorous introduction to the francophone literature of the Maghreb, focusing on major writers from Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt. We will trace the development of the contemporary North African novel from foundational works by Camus, Memmi and Yacine to more recent novels by Khadra, Ben Jelloun and Cosséry. Our readings will include popular crime fiction, political satire, auto fiction, and historical novels. By placing fiction in a rich interdisciplinary context alongside film and critical essays, we will explore how writers engage with issues such as the Arab uprisings, nationalism and identity, the rise of fundamentalism, colonial and post-colonial history, and gender. Students will be expected to participate actively to class discussions, prepare an oral presentation, and write a 10-15pg research paper. Competence in French is required, as texts will be discussed in the original.
We also offer Independent Studies