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FRENCH COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FALL 2017

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! (textbook/two audio CDs, 6th edition), Heilenman, Kaplan, and Toussaint Tournier (Cengage Publishers) and the I-Learn electronic workbook which accompanies the 6th edition of Voilà!.

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

 

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, 6th edition, Heilenman, Kaplan, and Toussaint Tournier (Cengage Publishers), and the I-Learn electronic workbook which accompanies the 6th edition of Voilà!.

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

 

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. This course uses an open source curriculum, so there is no textbook to purchase.

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 3-4 years of high school French.  This course uses an open source curriculum, so there is no textbook to purchase.

 

FREN 250 – LANGUAGE & LITERATURE 3 credits Prof. Ena Vulor

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

 

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 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  4 credits  Prof. Emmanuel Buzay

Course taught in English. Food matters in many French movies, when it comes to meals or simply cooking culture. Indeed, food speaks about French identity. We will focus on how food and meals reflect economic realities, national obsessions, behavioral conventions, and societal transformations. At the end of this course that will introduce a variety of French food films of different genres dating from the 1930s to the present, you will be able analyze films and their different genres as cultural products, identify the values transmitted within these works of art, and critically discuss films with the technical vocabulary of film analysis.

 

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 & INTELLECTUAL HISTORY 3 credits Prof. Eva Valenta

Course taught in French.  Major contributions of French writers over the centuries to an exploration of the human condition. Focus on various aspects of the relations between such intellectual inquiry and the evolution of literary forms and genres.

 

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 427- RENISSANCE 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 473- ADVANCED GRAMMAR & COMPOSITION  3 credits 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.

Prerequisite: French 371.

 

FRENCHST  564 LIT AFRICA & CARIBBEAN  3 credits Prof. Patrick Mensah

Course taught in French. Cultural colonization and decolonization, the Negritude movement, contemporary writing in francophone West Africa, Haiti, and the French West Indies.

 

FREN 592S- MICROTEACHING: PRE PRACTICUM 2 credits Prof. Rhonda Tarr

 

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