French Courses

Fall 2019

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 - Leva, James R.

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

Intermediate French I

FREN 161 - Lambeth, John A.

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 - STAFF / Bailey, Matthew J.

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 - STAFF / Bailey, Matthew J.

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

Advanced Intermediate French

FREN 164 - Kamara, Mohamed

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, Mohamed

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 - Lambeth, John A.

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.

Fall 2019, FREN 282-01: Civilisation et culture françaises: La France d'aujourd'hui (3). Prerequisites: FREN 162, FREN 164, or equivalent. A study of modern France. This course examines the economic, political, social and intellectual issues which shape contemporary French life. We spend considerable time this term discussing migration across European borders, patterns of immigration, the French concept of laïcité, and more generally the idea of a French identity. Readings, discussions, and papers in French for further development of communication skills. (HU) Lambeth.

 

Atelier avancé de langue, littérature et culture

FREN 295A - STAFF / Bailey, Matthew J.

A third-year topics or advanced grammar workshop. Recent offerings include: Les dossiers de la presse; Regards sur la ville. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

La France moderne

FREN 342 - Lambeth, John A.

Readings in French literature and civilization of the 19th and 20th centuries. Recent offerings include: La poésie moderne et contemporaine ; Théâtre de l'absurde-Théâtre de la dérision ; L'enfance et l'adolescence dans la prose française moderne. May be repeated for degree credit if the topic is different.

Fall 2019, FREN 342-01: La France moderne: Narcisse romancier (3). Prerequisite: Three 200-level French courses. This course focuses on 1st person narratives in 20th-century French novels by André Gide, Kamel Daoud, Albert Camus, Marguerite Duras, Annie Ernaux, Marie Redonnet, and Alain Robbe-Grillet. Students give oral presentations in class and write an analysis of each text. The course is conducted in French and the papers are written in French. Considerable attention is given to developing writing skills and analytical skills. (HL) Lambeth.

Spring 2019

We do not offer any courses this term.


Winter 2019

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 II

FREN 112 - Leva, James R.

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

Intermediate French II

FREN 162 - Lambeth, John A.

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 - 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.

Conversation et composition: Cours avancé

FREN 261 - Kamara, Mohamed

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: Traditions et changements

FREN 281 - McCormick, Stephen P.

A study of significant aspects of French culture and civilization, seen in a diachronic perspective. Emphasis on economic, sociological and historical changes that shaped present-day institutions and national identity. Readings, discussions and papers in French for further development of communication skills.

Histoire des idées

FREN 283 - Lambeth, John A.

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 France de l'Ancien Régime

FREN 341 - McCormick, Stephen P.

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

Winter 2019, FREN 341-01: Introduction à la légende arthurienne (3). Prerequisite: three FREN courses at the 200 level. An introduction to the Arthurian narrative tradition of the medieval francophone world. Students examine the origin and development of Arthur and the knights of the round table, the manuscript tradition in which these legends are transmitted, the concept of le merveilleux , and the role beasts and monsters play in the textual fabric of Arthurian material. Texts include works by Chrétien de Troyes, Marie de France, and other anonymous stories involving Camelot and Arthur's court. The main objectives of this course are to improve students' reading fluency in French and to give students an understanding of medieval culture, history, and civilization through literature. (HL) McCormick.

Directed Individual Study

FREN 401 - McCormick, Stephen P.

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 - 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.