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FREN - French

FREN 1001. Elementary French 1 (3-0-3)
Introduction to listening, speaking, reading, and writing in French and to the culture of French-speaking regions.

FREN 1002. Elementary French 2 (3-0-3) Prerequisite: FREN 1001. Continued listening, speaking, reading, and writing in French with further study of the culture of French-speaking regions.

FREN 2001. Intermediate French 1 (3-0-3) Prerequisite: FREN 1002. First course of a two-semester sequence which provides grammar review, vocabulary building, listening comprehension, composition writing, group discussions, and reading of literary and cultural texts, short stories, and news articles for a better understanding of the francophone world.

FREN 2002. Intermediate French 2 (3-0-3) Prerequisite: FREN 2001. Second course of a two-semester sequence which includes review of more complex grammar structures, readings of cultural and literary nature. Students improve fluency through listening comprehension, discussions, and writing in the target language.

FREN 3101. French Reading and Composition (3-0-3) Prerequisite: FREN 2002. Emphasis on accuracy of expression in written French. Promotes students' ability to express themselves accurately in writing on a given topic. Through the writing process method, students will learn different levels of written French, both literary and non-literary. Reading of texts in the target language will intensify and build up additional vocabulary. Conducted in French. Not open to native speakers.

FREN 3102. French Conversation (3-0-3) Prerequisite: FREN 3101. Emphasis on strengthening skills in spoken French. Through situational dialogues, videos, guided and unguided conversations, students will gain the skills necessary to speak at a level comprehensible to native speakers and to participate in class discussions in upper-level courses. Not open to native speakers.

FREN 3110. French Culture and Civilization 1 (3-0-3) Prerequisite: FREN 2002. A survey of historical, sociological, philosophical, literary, and artistic developments of France up to modern times (through the 19th century). Class is conducted in French.

FREN 3115. Introduction to the Francophone World (3-0-3) Prerequisite: FREN 3102. An introduction to the critical reading and interpretation of the Francophone literary world and its cultures. Discussion and analysis centered on a selection of authors including excerpts from journals and/or magazines from the entire range of the French-speaking world. This course is conducted in French and is open to native speakers.
FREN 3120. French Culture and Civilization 2 (3-0-3) Prerequisite: FREN 2002. A survey of historical, sociological, philosophical, literary, and artistic developments of modern-day France and the Francophone world. Class is conducted in French.

FREN 3125. Survey of French and Francophone Literature: Middle Ages-18th Century (3-0-3) Prerequisites: FREN 3101. This course introduces students to literature from the Middle Ages through the 18th Centuries and considers social and historical contexts. The course introduces basic elements of literary analysis and gives students the opportunity to use them in writing assignments.

FREN 3126. French Literature and Culture of the 19th and 20th Century (3-0-3) Prerequisites: FREN 3101 and 3102. This course provides an introduction to 19th and 20th century literature in the context of socio-historical-cultural context and influences. The course will also introduce basic elements of literary analysis.

FREN 3127. Francophone and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures (3-0-3) Prerequisites: FREN 3101. This course will look at the writing of Francophone writers from the Caribbean. We will start with an analysis of the term 'Francophone' from geographical, historical, social, economical, colonial/post-colonial perspectives. We will read novels and view films, placing them within specific cultural, political, critical and social contexts. Some of the themes we will consider include language, colonization, independence, and exile. We will also debate the following issues: the importance of writing for Francophone post-colonial writers, the relation between writing and the formation of identity, the complexity of writing in the colonizer�s language among others.

FREN 3165. Phonetics (3-0-3) Prerequisite: FREN 2002 Written exercises and phonetic transcription reinforce theoretical points as students improve their pronunciation through the study of the distribution and articulation of French sounds. Regular pronunciation exercises are accomplished through the use of short dialogues and poetry readings.

FREN 4000. French for Proficiency (0-0-0) Prerequisites: FREN 3115, FREN 3116, and FREN 4555. This course is intended as a preparation for the final oral evaluation of students minoring in French. Students meet with the instructor at least once per week to participate in individualized guided and unguided conversation. (S/U grading.)

FREN 4110. Advanced Grammar and Composition (3-0-3) Prerequisite: FREN 2002. An advanced study of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary with refinement of writing skills through composition.

FREN 4115. Methods of Translation(3-0-3) Survey of French grammar and syntax with special emphasis on the problems posed to nonnative speakers.

FREN 4116. Advanced Literature of the Francophone World (3-0-3) The literature and culture of the Francophone world including literature of Europe, the Caribbean, French-speaking Canada and French-speaking Africa.

FREN 4210. Business French (3-0-3) Prerequisite: FREN 2002. An introduction to the economic and business practices of contemporary France and the Francophone world. Conducted in French.

FREN 4555. Selected Topics in French (3-0-3) Prerequisites: FREN 3101 and FREN 3102. Emphasis on one aspect of the culture of the French-speaking world. Topics may include but are not limited to literature, history, politics, film and/or the press. May be taken twice for credit.

FREN 4795. Seminar in French Film and Culture (3-0-3) Prerequisite; FREN 3116. This course provides students with an overview of French history, introduces students to French historical cinema, explores the presentation of French history in the selected films, improves students� listening and speaking skills.

FREN 4799. Senior Seminar: Capstone Course (3-0-3) Prerequisite; Any two 4000-level FREN courses. A research and writing project designed to synthesize skills acquired and knowledge gained in previous coursework. Students, with guidance from a faculty member, will develop a thesis, propose a solution to a problem, or produce and perform a creative work, which they will then present to faculty and students in Modern Foreign Languages. Coursework will be tailored to students� needs, interests and chosen topic. Students will make a final presentation to the faculty and students in the departments. Topics will vary, depending on students and faculty involved in the course.
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