French

 

French Course Descriptions

FRN

050I

INDEPENDENT STUDY

One to four credit hours

See Independent Study Program, Section II.

FRN

101 

ELEMENTARY FRENCH I

Four credit hours

Prerequisite: None. Appropriate course for beginners. Students with more than two years of high school French must have special permission of the instructor to register for FRN 101.

French 101 is a class for students with no experience in the language, or for students with a 1 to 2 year high school experience. Depending on the level of the students, and the program they followed in high school, French 102 can be a better entry point for the study of the language. Basic conversation, reading, listening and writing skills are taught at the 101 level. Students learn regular verbs ending in "er" and some irregular verbs: to be, to have, to do, to go, etc. Present and past tenses, basic negations, questions, adjective usage are also part of the 101 core. Main conversation topics include: introducing oneself, talking about food, family, telling time, and different actions in the present and past tenses.

FRN

102

ELEMENTARY FRENCH II

Four credit hours

Prerequisite: FRN 101 or equivalent

French 102 is a continuation of the first-year experience in the language. French 101 is required or at least 2 years high school experience. Students who desire to enter the 102 level without taking 101 should acquire the textbook used in the 101 level and review the chapters covered in that class (contact instructor for more information). More of the basic conversation, reading, listening and writing skills are taught at the 102 level. Students learn more regular and irregular verbs. Future, subjunctive and more past tenses are introduced as well as grammar items such as question formation and pronoun usage. Main conversation topics include: talking about television, hobbies, and cultural aspects of the French speaking world.

FRN

201

INTERMEDIATE FRENCH I

Four credit hours

Prerequisite: FRN 102 or equivalent. FRN 201 is an appropriate entry point for most students with more than two years of solid high school French. Required of all French majors

French 201 is foremost a review of some of the basic grammar items covered in a first-year French University class (101 and 102) with an emphasis on exceptions to rules and new vocabulary items to improve conversation skills. Most high school students who have studied the language for 3 years or more can enter this specific level of the language during their freshmen year at the university. Conversation, reading and writing skills are taught in order for students to improve their knowledge and usage of the language. New students should realize that 3 to 4 year high school experience prepare them well for the level of French used in the classroom. French 201 reviews and improves usage of regular verbs (like "parler" "finir" "repondre") and some of the irregular verbs (to be, to have, to go, etc.,). Adjectives, articles, basic question patterns, and numbers form also the core of the review and improvement taught in the class. A typical 201 level class helps students to go back into the language after their summer break.

FRN

202

INTERMEDIATE FRENCH II

Four credit hours

Prerequisite: FRN 201 or equivalent. Required of all French majors

French 202 is a continuation of the second-year experience in the language. French 201 or at least 3-4 year high experience is required to enter the class. Students who get permission from the instructor to enter the 202 level without taking 201 will be asked to acquire the textbook used in the 201 level and review the chapters covered in that class (contact instructor for more information). Students need to understand that entering a 202 level requires a good understanding of spoken French as well as the ability to write and express oneself in the language. Students entering this specific level will join a group of their peers who have used and reviewed the language at the 201 level with exercises in conversation, reading, listening and writing skills. French 202 reviews and improves the use of subjunctive, conditional and future tenses. Complex sentences, questions and prepositions use are also part of the curriculum.

FRN

221I

FRENCH CONVERSATION

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: FRN 202 or equivalent. Required of all French majors

Intensive practice in the spoken idiom, phonetics, developing fluency of expression and establishing basic conversational vocabulary.

FRN

240I

CONTEMPORARY FRANCE

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: None. Given in English, with no prior study of French expected. May be taken for major credit if out-of-class research and reports are done in French.

A study of ongoing and developing events, in any field, which present themselves in France and Francophone countries. The course also includes readings in and discussions of the French national character and examples of intercultural miscommunication.

FRN

250

TECHNIQUES OF TRANSLATION

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: FRN 202 or equivalent

A brief introduction to the theories of translation, followed by practical experience in translating various materials, such as news items, magazine articles, technical information and literature, with an effort to produce translations from English to French and from French to English of publishable quality.

FRN

260

COMMERCIAL FRENCH

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: FRN 202 or equivalent

An introduction to the French commercial enterprise, with particular emphasis on technical and commercial terminology. Practice in business correspondence.

FRN

263

SEMINAR

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: FRN 202 or permission of instructor

A close study of a selected topic in French. May be repeated if a different topic is offered. Depending on the topic this class may substitute for courses required of the French minor and major.

FRN

275IF

INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE

Four credit hours

Prerequisite: FRN 202. Required of all French majors

An introduction to literary study, treating major authors and literary genres from various periods.

FRN

310I

CIVILIZATION I

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: FRN 202. Required of all French majors

A study of French culture, society, history and arts, from the origins of France Through the Third Republic.

FRN

311I

CIVILIZATION II

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: FRN 202. Required of all French majors

A continuation of the study of French civilization, with emphasis on contemporary France, its society, its institutions and the French mentality today.

FRN

335I

ADVANCED GRAMMAR & COMPOSITION

Four credit hours

Prerequisite: FRN 202. Required of all French majors

Advanced work in grammar with an emphasis on French composition and stylistics.

FRN

350

SPECIAL METHODS LANGUAGE TEACHING

Three-four credit hours

Required of all students seeking a license to teach. See EDU 350.

FRN

375IF

SURVEY OF FRENCH LITERATURE I

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: FRN 275IF. Required of all French majors

A study of French literature from the Middle Ages through the 18th Century.

FRN

376IF

SURVEY OF FRENCH LITERATURE II

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: FRN 275IF. Required of all French majors

A study of French literature of the 19th and 20th Centuries.

FRN

463

SEMINAR

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: Advanced standing and permission of instructor

FRN 463 is intended to be a capstone seminar which builds on a significant understanding of French Studies. Topics may vary. Students may take the course twice if different topics are offered.

FLL

300I

FRENCH LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION 19th CENTURY FRENCH NOVELS

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: None. Taught in English. Only offered on weekends or evenings

The 19th Century is the Golden Age of the Novel in France. In this class students and the professor will discuss the major works produced in France during the 19th century starting from Romanticism and Realism and continuing into Naturalism in order to arrive at a possible definition of the novel as a literary genre. Reading assignments will include among other works Balzac's Old Goriot and Flaubert's Madame Bovary.

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