French Courses

French Courses

(GP) indicates that the course fulfills the Global Perspective Elective requirement in the General Education core.

FRE 1010, 1020 ELEMENTARY FRENCH I, II (3, 3 s.h.)

(GP) The four skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) are addressed in class as are many aspects of French/francophone culture. A functional approach to language usage with emphasis on oral skills for communicative purposes. The phonetics and phonological features are presented and practiced with gradual introduction to the linguistic forms of the written language. Prerequisite for 1020: FRE 1010 or equivalent proficiency. These courses are offered every fall and spring semester.

FRE 2010, 2020 INTERMEDIATE FRENCH I, II (3, 3 s.h.)

(GP) Review and expansion of the four skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) are emphasized as is French/francophone culture through the review and detailed study of functional grammar and through selected readings. The goal is to develop these skills to a level of proficiency necessary to understand and communicate French at a level of moderate difficulty. Prerequisite for 2010: FRE 1020 or equivalent proficiency. Prerequisite for 2020: FRE 2010 or equivalent proficiency. These courses are offered every fall and spring semester in sequence only.

FRE 2510 BUILDING ORAL PROFICIENCY IN FRENCH (2 s.h.)

(GP) Structured conversation emphasizing practical classroom vocabulary and situations. Recommended for teachers who want to conduct their classes in the target language and who must meet American Council for Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) oral proficiency standards for licensure. Meets three hours per week. This course may be counted toward the 12 hours required for a minor in French with the permission of the Chair of the Department and toward the major if a grade of B or better is obtained. Prerequisite: two years of college-level French or the equivalent or permission of the instructor. This course is offered as needed.

FRE 3010 REVIEW OF FRENCH GRAMMAR (3 s.h.)

(GP) Drill and reinforcement of intermediate language skills. Graded reading with accompanying comprehension drills, grammatical analysis, and structured conversation. Three class hours per week, which may include supervised laboratory work. Prerequisite: FRE 2020 or a satisfactory score on the placement test. This course is offered occasionally.

FRE 3020 CIVILIZATION AND STRUCTURED CONVERSATION (3 s.h.)

(GP) The history, geography, government, arts, and current political and economic structure of France through readings, Internet searches, and oral and written reports in French. Audio-visual materials, videos, current French periodicals, computer-generated projects such as spread sheets and power point presentations, field trips and guest lecturers are integrated into the class. Prerequisite: FRE 3010 or permission of the instructor. This course is offered occasionally.

FRE 3030 SURVEY OF FRENCH LITERATURE I (3 s.h.)

(GP) French literature from its beginnings through the seventeenth century, covering the major figures, styles, and genres. All readings in French. Conducted partially in French. Prerequisite: FRE 3010 or permission of the instructor. This course is offered occasionally.

FRE 3040 SURVEY OF FRENCH LITERATURE II (3 s.h.)

(GP) The transition from the Classicism of the seventeenth century to the Age of Enlightenment, including the Philosophes, Voltaire, and Rousseau, with major literary movements and genres from the nineteenth century to the present. All readings and most classes in French. Prerequisite: FRE 3010 or permission of the instructor. This course is offered occasionally.

FRE 3060 BUSINESS FRENCH (3 s.h.)

(GP) Basic commercial French vocabulary and business procedures for activities such as letter writing, interviewing, making reservations, billing, ordering, and working in the various areas of French/francophone commerce. Includes appropriate computer technology and skills such as the Minitel and Internet searches, spreadsheets, e-mail, PowerPoint, etc. Prerequisite: FRE 3010 or permission of the instructor. This course is offered occasionally.

FRE 3200 HISTORY AND CIVILIZATION OF THE FRANCOPHONE WORLD (3 s.h.)

(GP) Survey of the historical, political, and cultural development of countries where the French culture and language have influenced their heritage. Geography, economic factors, language, arts, and literature are covered in each of these regions: Europe, Africa, North America, the Far East and the Caribbean. Conducted primarily in French, using current periodicals, audio-visual materials, Internet resources, databases, email and Power Point presentations. Prerequisite: FRE 3010 or permission of the instructor. This course is offered occasionally.

FRE 4010 ADVANCED GRAMMAR, COMPOSITION, AND TRANSLATION (3 s.h.)

(GP) Analysis of and practice with syntax, idiomatic expressions, and usages that present special problems to American learners. Compositions and translations assigned in different styles on topics pertaining to French culture. Prerequisite: FRE 3010 or permission of the instructor. Designated as the writing-intensive course required for all French majors. This course is offered occasionally.

FRE 4120 TWENTIETH CENTURY LITERATURE (3 s.h.)

(GP) Literary trends in prose, poetry, and theatre since 1900, including Catholic literature, Surrealism, Existentialism, the Theatre of the Absurd, and the Nouveau Roman. Conducted primarily in French. Prerequisite: FRE 3010 or permission of the instructor. This course is offered occasionally.

FRE 4510 ADVANCED CONVERSATION (3 s.h.)

(GP) Intensive listening and speaking practice with native speakers and with tapes, radio broadcasts, videos, etc., which will help students attain a minimum score of 2+ on the American Council of Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) oral proficiency rating scale. Meets two hours per week. Prerequisites: FRE 2510 (for non-native speakers) and 3010, or permission of the instructor. This course is offered occasionally.

FRE 4520 PHONETICS (2 s.h.)

(GP) The phonetic system as it pertains to teaching French. Rigorous refinement of students’ pronunciation through the application of phonetics to vocabulary of everyday situations, readings, and intonation drills. The International Phonetic Alphabet is used to compare the sound systems of French and English. Required for teacher licensure. Prerequisite: one year of college-level French or its equivalent, or permission of the instructor. This course is offered occasionally.

FRE 4850 SEMINAR IN FRENCH STUDIES (1-3 s.h.)

(GP) In-depth study of a specific period of French literature or civilization determined by the department. Can be utilized for credit on multiple topics. Prerequisite: Permission of the department chair. This course is offered occasionally.

FRE 4990 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN FRENCH (TBA)

(GP) An opportunity for a well-qualified, upper-division student to engage in special research in his/her major. Requires approval by the faculty advisor, the supervising professor, the department chair, and the school dean before approval by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Credit to be determined.

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