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

Courses

Undergraduate Courses

Course Descriptions for the Fall 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 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 290L-ST-AMERICANS IN PARIS  3 credits Prof. Kathryn Lachman

"We'll always have Paris," a famous line from the 1942 classic film Casablanca, captures the special relationship between Americans and the city of light throughout the course of the 20th century. In this interdisciplinary course, students will explore the influence of Paris on American writers, artists, musicians, scientists, and other cultural figures. We begin in the 1920s with the first generation of American expatriate artists who made their home in Paris, a group that includes writers Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edith Wharton, and Gertrude Stein; iconic dancers Isadora Duncan and Josephine Baker; photographer Man Ray; and musicians George Gershwin and Sidney Bechet. Our focus then shifts to the post-war generation of African American writers such as Richard Wright and James Baldwin; to the culinary influence of Paris on star chef personalities such as Julia Child, and to important scientific collaborations such as the simultaneous discovery of the HIV virus by French and American scientists. Finally, we will read and evaluate popular contemporary works by Americans in Paris, including the celebrated New Yorker columnist Adam Gopnik (author of From Paris to the Moon) and Pamela Druckerman (author of Bringing up Bébé). How did Paris---and the broader experience of exile---impact these American's national, ethnic, sexual, and artistic identities? Course requirements include active class participation, an oral presentation, two essays, a midterm, and a final.

FREN 303- WRITING ON LANGUAGE 3 credits Prof. Luke Bouvier

An intensive English writing course that fulfills the Junior Year Writing requirement and enhances the ability to write about literature and culture in a critical manner. Students will develop and refine their skills in writing and analysis while encountering a variety of French and Francophone texts. Specific topics will vary and may focus on a particular movement, author or theme. Coursework includes discussion, frequent writing assignments of varying lengths, CV workshop, peer critiques and tutorial-style meetings. Prerequisite: successful completion of the College Writing requirement (or exemption from the requirement).

FREN 350 – FRENCH FILM  3 credits  Prof. Kathryn Lachman

General Education course taught entirely in English, and all films have English subtitles.  This semester's focus is on contemporary French and Francophone films.  Using the background you acquire from the assigned readings, papers, lectures, screenings, and meetings of your discussion section, you will learn how to do a critical film analysis.  We will explore recent debates about French identity in light of the challenges posed by immigration (especially non-European immigration), feminism, economic and cultural globalization, and France's version of ?multiculturalism," casting a wide net over cinema to examine the privileged relationship between a nation, an art, and a social practice.

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 433 – FREN 433 FRENCH CLASSICISM  3 credits Prof. Patrick Mensah

The essential theoretical and aesthetic components of French classical comedy and tragedy are studied with particular reference to the theaters of Moliere and Racine.  Textual readings of plays by Moliere and Racine are enhanced with video screenings of their theatrical adaptations in contemporary French culture in order to widen the interpretive horizon for each text, as well as assess its reception and impact on contemporary culture. Course taught in French.

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.

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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