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FREN 101 Beginning French I Introduction to the French language and the French-speaking world. Students begin developing competency in the four basic skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) through communicative activities and cultural exploration. Placement test if student has any prior experience with French. FREN-101L must be taken concurrently
FREN 102 Beginning French II Further development of the four skills through continued exploration of the French-speaking world. Students will work to acquire the linguistic skills and cultural knowledge needed to navigate a variety of cultural settings. FREN-101 or Placement Test; FREN-102L Must be taken concurrently
FREN 200 French Pronunciation Designed to improve learners' pronunciation of French, this course will help students understand the sound system of French and practice producing French sounds through focused exercises and creative activities. Class will be tailored to the proficiency level and needs of students. FREN-201 or placement into FREN-201 or higher
FREN 200 Advanced French Grammar Designed to improve learners' proficiency in French, this course will focus on grammar not presented in the intermediate course sequence and introduce more advanced verb tenses. Short French and francophone texts related to the theme Le voyage, will serve as models for grammar presentations and spring-boards for in-class speaking activities and written homework assignments. Class will be tailored to the proficiency level and needs of students. FREN-201 or placement into FREN-202 or higher.
FREN 200 Advanced French Conversation In this course, we will explore the theme of the environment as it relates to regions of the French-speaking world. Emphasis will be placed on developing oral communication skills through debates, formal and informal presentations, and discussions of a variety of French texts (films, songs, short stories, articles). Class will be tailored to the proficiency level, needs and interests of students. Must have taken FREN-202 or have placed into FREN-203 or higher or with instructor permission.
FREN 200 Creative Writing in French This course will help students develop creative writing skills in French. Emphasis will be placed on writing compelling narratives as well as vivid descriptions of places and people. Short model texts (excerpts from novels, short stories and a play) from around the francophone world will serve as the spring-boards for thematic-based creative fiction or non-fiction assignments. Class will be tailored to the proficiency level and needs of students. Must have taken FREN-201 or have placed into FREN-202 or higher or with instructor permission.
FREN 200 Professional French Studying abroad, you learn the informal speech patterns and current slang of college students. In this course, you will craft and hone your identity as an adult professional in a Francophone context. You will produce a French c.v. and a sample cover letter for a job in a French speaking cultural context, and you will experience a mock job interview in French. You will also explore such topics as self-presentation, etiquette, more formal speech registers, business culture, and attitudes toward work in various Francophone cultures. Class will be tailored to your proficiency level, needs and interests. Must have taken FREN-201 or have placed into FREN-202 or higher.
FREN 200 Adv. French Conversation II table! In this course, we will explore the theme of food as it relates to regions of the French-speaking world. Emphasis will be placed on developing oral communication skills through debates, formal and informal presentations, and discussions of a variety of French texts (films, songs, short stories, newspaper articles) related to the plaisirs de la table. Must have taken FREN-202.
FREN 201 Intermediate French The refining and expansion of communicative skills. Students develop critical thinking and cross-cultural competency by reading, discussing, and writing about authentic texts. Students further improve their skills through interactions with authentic media and pop-culture artifacts from the French-speaking world including documentaries, films, and songs. FREN-102 or Placement Test; FREN-201L must be taken concurrently
FREN 202 Conversation and Composition Critical explorations of the French-speaking world through focused reading, discussion, and related written and speaking assignments. FREN-201 or Placement Test; FREN-202L must be taken concurrently
FREN 203 Engaging With Texts Students enrich their vocabulary and increase their sensitivity to nuance while examining a wide variety of texts (fiction, non-fiction, image, film, songs, etc.). New reading skills will result in the ability to produce texts (both oral and written) in a wide variety of styles. Students begin to acquire a more sophisticated knowledge of the intricacies of the French-speaking world while putting into practice more complex forms of written and oral expression. FREN-202 or Placement Test; FREN-203L must be taken concurrently
FREN 301 Introduction to French and Francophone Studies An interactive, discussion-based course helping student acquire skill in the reading and interpretation of French and other Francophone texts, presented in their cultural and historical contexts. Course offers opportunities for refinement of written and presentational skills. May be repeated for credit if content is different. FREN-203, French-Language Study Abroad Program or Placement Test. Note: students who use study abroad to satisfy the pre-requisite must be manually added by the Registrar's office.
FREN 301 Press As Cultural Artifact FREN-203, French-Language Study Abroad Program or Placement Test. Note: students who use study abroad to satisfy the pre-requisite must be manually added by the Registrar's office.
FREN 355 Letters From the Francophonie Fictional letters are powerful media through which authors explore themes of romance and friendship while also addressing various contemporary social issues such as otherness, climate and social activism, and racism. Using various texts (letters, film, social media) from across three centuries of French-language productions, this class surveys the milestones of the epistolary genre while also giving students the opportunity to hone their own writing and speaking skills in creative ways. Must have taken FREN-301.
FREN 401 Topics in French and Francophone Cultures Cultures Reading, research, and discussion on selected topics and issues in the French-speaking world. Please consult with the instructor about the current topic. May be repeated for credit if content is different. FREN-301
FREN 425 Bilingualism in French-Speaking World Almost half of the world's population uses two or more languages as they go about their daily lives. In this course, we will explore topics such as code-switching, accents, biculturalism, bilingual children and bilingualism in schools, attitudes towards bilingualism, bilingual singers, bilingual authors, and bilingual movies. We will also look at the multilingual history of France, regional languages in France, French outside of France, diglossia, language shift, language loss, and the role of language policies. Must have taken FREN-301 or with instructor permission.
FREN 435 Adv Lit & Cultural Studies Topics in French and/or Francophone literatures, culture, and history. Recent topics have included Space and Identity in French and Francophone Cinema; Francophone Cult(ure) Movies; Theatre or When words said on a stage provoke a revolution at the other end of the world; Vietnamese History and Culture; Francophone African Literature; Intercultural Encounters. May be repeated for credit if content is different. FREN-301
FREN 435 Theatre: Evil & Ethics Topics in French and/or Francophone literatures, culture, and history. Recent topics have included Space and Identity in French and Francophone Cinema; Francophone Cult(ure) Movies; Theatre or When words said on a stage provoke a revolution at the other end of the world; Vietnamese History and Culture; Francophone African Literature; Intercultural Encounters. May be repeated for credit if content is different. FREN-301
FREN 445 Afro-Perspectives Today, the channels of knowledge production and distribution are heavily dominated by Western thinkers and institutions. As a consequence of that unequal relationship, voices from former colonial spaces, such as Africa, remain largely unacknowledged in scholarship even when such scholarship address circumstances specific to those marginalized spaces. This course uses a variety of media (comics, films, novels, songs, etc) to emphasize epistemic knowledge produced by African intellectuals about how Africans perceive, interact, and position themselves in relation to local and global questions such as fashion, immigration, diaspora, environment, feminism, race, Female Genital Cutting, etc. Course is taught in French. Must have taken FREN-301.
FREN 455 Letters From the Francophonie Fictional letters are powerful media through which authors explore themes of romance and friendship while also addressing various contemporary social issues such as otherness, climate and social activism, and racism. Using various texts (letters, film, social media) from across three centuries of French-language productions, this class surveys the milestones of the epistolary genre while also giving students the opportunity to hone their own writing and speaking skills in creative ways. Must have taken FREN-301.
FREN 490 Senior Seminar Topics in French and/or Francophone literatures, culture, and history. Recent topics have included Space and Identity in French and Francophone Cinema; Francophone Cult(ure) Movies; Theatre or When words said on a stage provoke a revolution at the other end of the world; Vietnamese History and Culture; French Polynesian Literature and Culture, Francophone African Literature; Intercultural Encounters. May be repeated for credit if content is different. FREN-301; Senior French major, minor, or permission.
FREN 593 Senior Integrated Project Each program or department sets its own requirements for Senior Integrated Projects done in that department, including the range of acceptable projects, the required background of students doing projects, the format of the SIP, and the expected scope and depth of projects. See the Kalamazoo Curriculum -> Senior Integrated Project section of the Academic Catalog for more details. Permission of department and SIP supervisor required.