French Courses

Fall 2018

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Elementary French I

FREN 111 - Leva, James R.

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

Intermediate French I

FREN 161 - McCormick, Stephen P.

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

Intermediate French I

FREN 161 - Kamara, Mohamed

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 - Fregnac-Clave, Francoise

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

Advanced Intermediate French

FREN 164 - McCormick, Stephen P.

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 - Fregnac-Clave, Francoise

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 françaises: La France d'aujourd'hui

FREN 282 - Fregnac-Clave, Francoise

A study of the current front-page titles in the French press (and the underlying realities) as they reflect the current economic, political, social and intellectual issues that define contemporary French life. Readings, film viewings, discussions and papers in French for further development of communication skills.

Études de genre

FREN 332 - Radulescu, Domnica V.

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.

Fall 2018, FREN 332-01: Théâtre, poesie, et rock'n roll (3). Prerequisites: Three courses at the 200 level. An exploration of the connections and synergies between various works of modern and avant-garde French theater, poetry, and popular music in the 20th and 21st centuries from surrealism to the absurd to the postmodern. We journey through the magical worlds of Paul Eluard to Fernando Arrabal's theater of cruelty to French hip hop and the dramas of Eric Emmanuel Schmidt. (HL) Radulescu.

Séminaire avancé

FREN 397 - McCormick, Stephen P.

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.

Honors Thesis

FREN 493 - McCormick, Stephen P.

Interested students should see a member of the French faculty by winter term of their junior year. May not count towards fulfillment of the major requirements.

Spring 2018

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Spring Term Topics in French Civilization

FREN 285 - McCormick, Stephen P.

A study of significant aspects of culture and civilization through direct experience abroad in France and/or Francophone countries. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2018, FREN 285-01: Topic in French Civilization: Contemporary French Society through Film (4). Prerequisite: FREN 162 or 164, or equivalent. Open to intermediate and advanced levels. Taught entirely in the southern French city Toulouse and offering an alternative view of France from what many experience in Paris. During the four weeks, students are introduced to the most important issues in modern French society, including immigration, university life, social justice, art, culture, and gastronomy. The course uses contemporary French cinema as a platform for discussion, debate, and advanced grammar review. Class sessions are conversation intensive and review the most difficult points of French grammar through cultural and conversational contexts. An integral part of the course is connecting the issues examined through film with the urban and social fabric of Toulouse. Students are required to use their French to interact with local non-profit agencies and investigate cultural and social issues on-site. The ultimate goals of the program are to boost students' confidence in spoken and written French, develop an awareness of social issues in contemporary French society, and learn how to function independently abroad. During their stay in Toulouse, students are also enrolled in an intensive grammar-review course taught by a French professor, accommodating a variety of linguistic levels. Students live with host families and go on two different excursions, to Albi and Carcassonne. McCormick.

Winter 2018

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Elementary French II

FREN 112 - Leva, James R.

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

Intermediate French II

FREN 162 - Fregnac-Clave, Francoise

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.

Intermediate French II

FREN 162 - Leva, James R.

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 - McCormick, Stephen P.

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, Francoise

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 - Radulescu, Domnica V.

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.

La Francophonie

FREN 344 - Kamara, Mohamed

An analysis of styles, genres, and themes in relation to particular cultural contexts, as represented in literary works written in French by authors from countries other than France. Of particular interest is French language literature from Africa, the Caribbean, and Canada. May be repeated for degree credit if the topic is different.

Winter 2018, FREN 344-01: La Francophonie: Le Roman Francophone à la Première Personne (3). An introduction to francophone prose, focusing on first-person narratives including autobiographical, semi-autobiographical, and fictional texts. We examine the way the narrating subject represents herself or himself in the context of or in opposition to a collective entity or experience. Issues such as narrative technique, point of view, space and identity, subjectivity, and representation receive special attention. Texts are from Africa, Québec, and the Caribbean. (HL) Kamara.

Séminaire avancé

FREN 397 - Fregnac-Clave, Francoise

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.

Winter 2018, FREN 397-01: Séminaire Avancé: France Under Nazi Occupation (3) . Prerequisite : 3 courses in French at the 200 level or equivalent or instructor consent. A close examination of life in France under Nazi occupation (1940-44), through documents, texts, songs and films, and of its effect on memory, institutions, political life, and French arts. Students study documents and analyses, alone and in groups, reflect on the ethical and strategic choices facing the authorities and individual citizens, and confront their interpretations in class discussions. Continued development of skills in hearing, oral expression, reading, and writing. (HL) Frégnac-Clave.

Directed Individual Study

FREN 403 - Kamara, Mohamed

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.

Honors Thesis

FREN 493 - Kamara, Mohamed

Interested students should see a member of the French faculty by winter term of their junior year. May not count towards fulfillment of the major requirements.