French Courses

Spring 2021

We do not offer any courses this term.


Winter 2021

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 - Roney, Kristina M.

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 - Roney, Kristina M.

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

Histoire des idées

FREN 283 - McCormick, Stephen P.

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.

 

Atelier avancé de langue, littérature et culture

FREN 295A - Radulescu, Domnica V.

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.

Winter 2021, FREN 295A-01: Atélier avancé de langue, littérature et culture: Traduction et Improvisation (3). Prerequisites: FREN 162, FREN 164 , or equivalent. This course focuses on developing translation skills from French into English and from English into French as well as skills for simultaneous translation and bilingual improvisation. It relies on literary texts as well as texts from other areas of knowledge such as philosophy or from pop culture and journalism. It is informed by various theories of translation as well as techniques of improvisation used in theater and performance. It also aims to improve awareness and sensitivity towards the cultural, psychological, and human nuances contained in each language separately as well as in the interaction between the two languages. Radulescu.

 

Séminaire avancé

FREN 397A - 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.

Winter 2021, FREN 397A-01: Séminaire Avancé : Les géographies de l'imaginaire: la cartographie et le voyage entre le Moyen Âge et la Renaissance (3). Prerequisites: Three courses in French at the 200 level.  This seminar is a sustained and in-depth exploration of medieval and Renaissance cartography and travel. We will explore what it means to draw maps in the Middle Ages and how cartographic contours are shaped more by imagination and ideology than direct observation. We will read a variety of primary sources written in French including books of marvelous beasts and monsters, early travel accounts of Europeans in the Far East, and literary texts that explore lands reachable only through imagination. A primary outcome of this course is to investigate how the medieval cartographic imagination set the stage for colonial expansion, exploitation and inequality along racial lines, and the European justification for global hegemony. Supplementary texts, in the form of critical literary essays, are also on the reading list. (HL) McCormick.

Fall 2020

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 - Roney, Kristina M.

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 - 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.

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.

Advanced Intermediate French

FREN 164 - Lambeth, John A.

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 - 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.

Civilisation et culture françaises: La France d'aujourd'hui

FREN 282 - Lambeth, John A.

A study of modern France. This course examines the economic, political, social and intellectual issues which shape contemporary French life. in Fall 2020, students spend considerable time 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. 

 

 

Atelier avancé de langue, littérature et culture

FREN 295A - Roney, Kristina M.

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.

Fall 2020, FREN 295A-01: Atélier avancé de langue, littérature et culture: French for Business and Journalism (3).  Prerequisites: FREN 162, FREN 164, or equivalent. Geared toward acquiring the necessary vocabulary and culture competencies to understand contemporary French and Francophone business culture and quotidian media through readings, film, and an individual simulated job search. Learn how to write a résumé, cover letter, and general business correspondence in French as well as develop job interview skills and strategies. The final product is a complete job candidate portfolio. Roney.

Etudes thématiques

FREN 331A - Roney, Kristina M.

This course gives students a general knowledge of the evolution of French literature and ideas over the centuries through the study of one main theme. Recent offerings include: L'Exil; Regards sur la ville; Le dépaysement; Le voyage dans la literature française; L'esprit critique au XVIIIe siècle. May be repeated for degree credit if the theme is different.

Fall 2020, FREN 331A-01: Études thématiques: Advent of the Arriviste (3) . Prerequisites: Three courses at the 200 level. What do Eugène de Rastignac, Julien Sorel, and Madame Bovary all have in common? Aside from their characters all dating from great works of the same period (1830-1856), the name Rastignac remains a term in modern French lexicon synonymous with "social climber." We study the image of l'arriviste from economic, social, and gendered perspectives to see what constitutes its character and why the image was so prevalent in this era. (HL) Roney.

La France moderne

FREN 342 - Roney, Kristina M.

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.

 

La France à travers les siècles

FREN 343A - Radulescu, Domnica V.

Readings in French literature and civilization from across the centuries. May be repeated for degree credit if the topic is different.

Fall 2020, FREN 343A-01: Amour et humour dans la littérature française à travers les siècles (3). Prerequisites: French 164. A multi genre, multidisciplinary incursion into French works of literature and performance arts that explore the many facets of love while simultaneously making use of aesthetic strategies of humor, comedic languages, and irony. The readings span from early modern epic writings such as Aucassin et Nicolette, to classical plays by Molière, to pre-revolutionary prose, poetry and theater by authors such as Marivaux and Beaumarchais, to modern and contemporary works of prose or drama by Colette or Yasmina Reza to films by Francois Goddard and contemporary romantic comedies such as Gemma Bovary or Love is in the Air. Theories of humor, comedy and performance art are woven with the reading of the primary texts. Radulescu.