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Spring 2014

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Supervised Study Abroad: Intermediate French

FREN 172 - Dixon (Multiple Sections)

Spring term abroad course. A period of direct exposure to the language, culture, and people of France. The program includes formal language instruction, living with a French family, excursions, and other cultural activities. In addition to weekly journal entries, students are required to adopt a neighborhood, a street, an organization, a market, etc., in their choice of surroundings. A 10-15-page easy is required on a unique aspect of their chosen subject. Students are encouraged to take advantage of their home-stay families in gathering information for this project.


Winter 2014

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Elementary French II

FREN 112 - Dixon

Emphasis on listening comprehension and speaking, with gradual introduction of reading and writing.

Intermediate French II

FREN 162 - Dixon, Fregnac-Clave (Multiple Sections)

Extensive grammar review with practical application of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in the classroom. The course acquaints students with French life and culture.

Conversation et composition: Cours avancé

FREN 261 - Lambeth

Further development of conversational skills and beginning work in free composition, with systematic grammar review and word study in various relevant cultural contexts.

Introduction à l'analyse littéraire

FREN 273 - Fregnac-Clave

An introduction to French literature and literary analysis based on a study of selected prose, poetry, and theater. Focus on textual analysis in composition and oral presentations.

Histoire des idées

FREN 283 - Kamara

This course retraces the evolution of thought in France across centuries through the examination of intellectual, cultural and artistic movements. Readings, discussions and paper in French for further development of communication skills.

Etudes de genre

FREN 332 - Lambeth

This course gives students a general knowledge of the evolution of French literature and ideas over the centuries through the study of a single genre, its styles and techniques. Recent offerings include: L'Essai de Montaigne Camus; Ecriture feminine/Ecriture féministe? L'amour dans la poésie lyrique; Le conte et la nouvelle. May be repeated for degree credit if the genre is different.

Winter 2014 Topic:

FREN 332: La Prose (3). Prerequisite: FREN 273. This course features a selection of French short stories and novels from the 19th and 20th centuries including texts by Honoré de Balzac, Gustave Flaubert, Emile Zola, André Gide, Albert Camus, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Marguerite Duras, and Nathalie Sarraute. Students give oral presentations in class and write an analysis of each texte. The class is conducted in French and the papers are written in French. Considerable attention is given to developing writing skills and analytical skills. (HL) Lambeth.

La France à travers les siècles

FREN 343 - Kamara

Readings in French literature and civilization from across the centuries. Recent offerings: Les femmes et la comédie; L'orientalisme français; L'écriture de femmes. May be repeated for degree credit if the topic is different.

Winter 2014 Topic:

FREN 343: L'amour et le mariage à travers les siècles (3). Prerequisite: FREN 273. This course focuses on Francophone women writers from the middle ages to the present. We read and discuss plays, poems, essays, correspondences, and novels in which women writers, through the overarching themes of marriage and love, examine their status as individuals as well as their role vis-à-vis their families, society, the church and the state. (HL) Kamara.


Fall 2013

See complete information about these courses in the course offerings database. For more information about a specific course, including course type, schedule and location, click on its title.

Elementary French I

FREN 111 - Dixon, Fregnac-Clave (Multiple Sections)

Emphasis on listening comprehension and speaking, with gradual introduction of reading and writing.

Intermediate French I

FREN 161 - Dixon, Kuettner (Multiple Sections)

Extensive grammar review with acquisition of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in the classroom. The course acquaints students with French life and culture.

Advanced Intermediate French

FREN 164 - Kamara

Emphasis on reading and composition skills, with extensive practice in speaking and listening through class discussion. Some grammar review.

Conversation et composition: Cours avancé

FREN 261 - Kamara, Lambeth (Multiple Sections)

Further development of conversational skills and beginning work in free composition, with systematic grammar review and word study in various relevant cultural contexts.

Civilisation et culture francophones

FREN 280 - Kamara

A study of significant aspects of culture and civilization in francophone countries. Topics may include: contemporary Africa, pre-colonial Africa, West Indian history and culture, and Canadian contemporary issues. Readings, discussion and papers in French further development of communication skills.

La France de l'Ancien Régime

FREN 341 - Fregnac-Clave

Readings in French literature and civilization from before the Revolution of 1789. May be repeated for degree credit if the topic is different.

Fall 2013 Topic:

FREN 341: La France de l'Ancien Régime: Vaux et Versailles (3). Prerequisite: FREN 273 or instructor consent. Two castles, two men, two concepts of state, of power, and of taste. This multidisciplinary course presents an overview of the "Grand siècle," the period generally viewed as the apex of France's political and artistic domination of Europe, through the feud that opposed the King (Louis XIV) and his finance minister (Fouquet). Students explore the plastic arts, music, literature, history, religion, economy and politics of the times to retrace the birth of the modern French nation. Readings include works by Pascal, Corneille, Molière, La Fontaine, Mme. de Lafayette, Mme. de Sévigné, and their contemporaries, as well as documents of the period and modern commentary. Students improve their communication skills through oral presentations and written reports in French. (HL) Frégnac-Clave.

Séminaire avancé

FREN 397 - Lambeth

The in-depth study of a topic in French literature and/or civilization. Recent offerings include: La Littérature francophone du Maghreb; La littérature Beure; La France sous l'occupation; Les femmes et l'écriture au XVIIe siècle; Les écrivains du XXe siècle et la diversité culturelle; L'affaire Dreyfus. Students are encouraged to use this course for the development of a personal project. May be repeated for degree credit when the topics are different.

Fall 2013 Topic:

FREN 397: Séminaire avancé: Littérature maghrébine (3). Prerequisites: Three 300-level French courses. This course features a selection of contemporary novels in French written by North Africans including Driss Chraibi, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Assia Djebar, Albert Memmi, Malika Mokkadem, and Yasmina Khadra. Students read about contemporary North African society and watch several feature films made by North African filmmakers. Class discussion focuses on the complex problems of post-colonial North Africa and how these novelists frame the problems of corruption, violence, immigration, exile, and freedom. Students write about the novels and films and give oral presentations in class. The class is conducted in French and the papers are written in French. Considerable attention is given to developing writing skills and analytical skills. (HL) Lambeth.

Directed Individual Study

FREN 403 - Fregnac-Clave

Nature and content of course to be determined by students' needs and by instructors acquainted with their earlier preparation and performance. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.