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

Courses

Undergraduate Courses

Course Descriptions for the Fall 2014 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 247- INTERMED: SOC SCI   3 credits  Prof. Nancy Lamb

Course taught in French. Study of texts about recent and current events of interest. Special focus on children’s challenges, pandemics, malnutrition, war, fanaticism, migration, etc.

FREN 273 – ADVANCED CONVERSATION 3 credits Prof. Alfred Babo

 Course taught in French. Conversation practice on assigned topics.  Dictation of prepared texts to improve listening comprehension.  Recitation of short passages of French poetry and prose to improve pronunciation.  Prerequisites:  Completion of a French 240 level course.

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 303- WRITING ON LANGUAGE 3 credits Prof. Luke Bouvier

Topic for Fall 2014:  Madame Bovary and her Readers

As our main project in this course, we will undertake a wide-ranging critical reassessment of Flaubert's Madame Bovary, perhaps the most important French novel of the nineteenth century.  We will focus on a detailed textual analysis of Flaubert's work, but also on the critical reception of Madame Bovary since its initial publication.  In addition to the novel, we will read documents and commentaries related to the trial following its publication, a selection of Flaubert's letters, and a series of short critical works that will include a variety of methodological approaches.  Our work in this regard will not only focus on the importance of Madame Bovary but also serve as an introduction to modern critical discourses.  Finally, we will also view portions of five film adapations of Madame Bovary that present radically different interpretations of the novel.  Course fulfills the Junior-Year Writing requirement in French.  Taught in French, but writing assignments will be in English.

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 384 - THEMES IN FRENCH LIT & INTLET HISTORY 3 credits  Prof. Eva Valenta

Course taught in French. Some of the major contributions of French writers over the centuries to an exploration of the human condition. Focus on several different aspects of the relations between such intellectual inquiry and the evolution of literary forms and genres. The specific themes chosen by the instructor. For example: first semester: love and hate in tragedies, comedies, poems and novels; second semester: adolescence, identity, and individuation. May be used for the major requirement instead of FRENCH 324.

FREN 388-FRANC CIV OUTSIDE FR credits 3 Prof. Patrick Mensah

Course taught in French.  Introduction to culture and political forces that shaped French-speaking regions outside of Europe, and idea of francophonie. Topics may include: history and ideology of French colonialism; cultural, as distinct from political, colonialism; cultural nationalism; bilingualism and its social, cultural, and linguistic consequences. Prerequisites flexible-consult instructor. Non-majors may write in English.

FREN 397E ST- ENTERPRISE ESSENTIALS AND THE JOB SEARCH credits 3 Prof. Nancy Lamb

FREN 427- RENAISSANCE POETRY 3 credits Prof. Philippe Baillargeon

Course taught in French. The purpose of this course is to examine, through a series of close textual analyses the attempts made by poets around 1550 to find modalities for self-expression in their quest for a new poetic language. Emphasis will be placed on the problematic nature of self-identity as a key to expressivity in the cultural and historical contexts when national literatures aim at reflecting and influencing major ideological and political changes We will also consider the role of gender in the shaping of poetic identities. Among the poets to be considered are Clément Marot, Marguerite de Navarre, Maurice Scève, Pernette du Guillet, Louise Labé, Joachim du Bellay, Pierre de Ronsard, and Agrippa d'Aubigné.

Requirements: Active participation in class, 15-minute exposé, 2 short essays, 1 term paper.

Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance in courses beyond the 240 level or permission of the instructor.

FREN 444- EIGHTEENTH CENTURY THEATRE & NOVEL 3 credits Prof. Patrick Mensah

 The French Enlightenment involved a critical renewal of European political and philosophical self-understanding through an iconoclastic revision of literary and philosophical representational forms associated with the ancien regime. This ?renewal? entailed a rethinking of the role of reason in political and social life, a re-conception of gender relations, and a redefinition of Europe?s relationship with non-European cultures. We will follow the staging of this triple agenda in the works (novels and plays) of Montesquieu, Beaumarchais, Marivaus, Rousseau, Diderot, Laclos, Prevost, Voltaire, and other luminaries of the Encyclopedie movement.

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 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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