This course is intended for minors and majors.
Offered: Fall, Spring
Prerequisites: 01:420:132/137 or placement.
Course Description: This course, offered in-person and as hybrid, is an in-depth exploration of the language through a selection of striking cases that have marked France’s cultural heritage. The course aims to prepare students for literary and cultural courses. Authentic and significant historical, social and cultural materials such as full-length movies, visual art samples, audio files, literary and journalistic excerpts, serve as the starting point for intensive grammar reviews, development of vocabulary, and discussions on critical contemporary issues.
Should students encounter problems that prevent them from attending a session, they will find worksheets, answer keys and written and/or recorded summaries of class discussions posted on students’ LMS after the end of each session.
Personal contacts: At office hours, and/or by phone during office hours and upon arrangement.
Course URL - Canvas
Satisfies SAS Core Learning Goals - AHq (Understand the nature of the French language and its speakers)
Course Learning Goals (aligned with Department Learning Goals)
- Communicate complex ideas effectively, in standard written French (Intermediate-High), to a general audience
- Respond effectively to editorial feedback from peers, instructors, and/or supervisors through successive drafts and revision.
- Analyze and synthesize information and ideas from multiple sources to generate new insights.
Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy
Students will demonstrate their mastery of said learning goals, weekly via class discussion, debate, quizzes, and/or journal entry; and at regular intervals throughout the semester via essays, oral and/or video presentations. A midterm and a final exam will also be part of the final grade.
Denise Rochat, Contrastes Grammaire du français courant. Second Edition. ISBN : 0-205-64699-9
Readings, worksheets, audio and visual material to be downloaded from Canvas