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

Courses

Undergraduate Courses

Course Descriptions for the Spring 2016 semester

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 6th edition (loose-leaf version of the textbook) along with I-Learn electronic 2 year web access. Students will order this information from a microsite provided by the publisher.  

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 6th edition (loose-leaf version of the textbook) along with I-Learn electronic 2 year web access. Students will order this information from a microsite provided by the publisher.

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

FREN 126 – ELEMENTARY INTENSIVE FRENCH 6 credits Prof. Rhonda Tarr

An intensive introduction to French with a focus on acquiring language proficiency and an understanding of the culture of France and the Francophone world. This intensive course is designed for highly motivated and committed students. Voilà Enhanced 6th edition (loose-leaf version of the textbook) along with I-Learn electronic 2 year web access. Students will order this information from a microsite provided by the publisher.

 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 247- INTERMED: SOC SCI   3 credits  Prof. Alfred Babo

Course taught in French. Short lectures, questions sets, discussions. We will study representative French-speaking countries in Africa, the Caribbean, Quebec, Europe and world issues of current interest through readings, prepared and sight, drawn from magazines, books and international web-sites. We will emphasize the relation of French culture with the rest of the francophone world and topics such as human rights, marriage, immigration, poverty, art, music, cinema, religion, family, etc. Our work is trans-disciplinary, addressing present and past events to gain wider and deeper perspectives of world culture, and socio-economical challenges and achievements.  

This is a reading course. Students intending to do more advanced work in French should select 240. This course completes the CAS  and CHFA Language Requirement.

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

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.

 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. Designed as part of the living-learning community in Thatcher Language House. Improves knowledge of the French language with emphasis on oral skills. Builds vocabulary, develops ability to understand and communicate more freely in the language by focusing on social and cultural issues. HONORS COLLOQUIM (FREN 285ISH) 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. 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 397S- ST- THE FRENCH SHORT STORY 3 credits Prof. Eva Valenta

 Our objective in this course will be both literary and cultural.  Starting with the 19th century writers Flaubert and Maupassant and continuing with the short prose works of such 20th and 21st century authors as Colette, Sartre, Camus, Duras, Ernaux, Tournier, Le Clezio, Gavalda and Schmitt, we will examine and discuss the succession and the interplay of major socio-political, intellectual and literary trends and upheavals that transformed French society from the late 19th to the early 21st century. All readings, discussion and papers will be in French.

FREN 473 – COMPOSITION 3 credits Prof. Luke Bouvier/Prof. Eva Valenta

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 494SI- SENIOR SEMINAR   3 credits   Prof. Dianne Sears

 The objective of this course is to offer a panoramic vision of French literature from the Middle Ages to the 21st century through a wide variety of representative literary texts, plays and films centered on the problematic of identity. We examine major currents and literary genres from the late Middle Ages to the beginning of the 21st century, studying 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, taught entirely in French, satisfies the Integrative Experience requirement for BA-French study majors. Requirements: oral presentations, two short papers, two hour exams. Active and regular participation in class is required.

 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 ( 1 credit) available

We also offer Independent Studies

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