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FREN 101G: Elementary French I
1 course credit

This course focuses on the essential elements of effective communication in the French
language. The student will acquire a basic competence in the four language skills (listening,
speaking, reading and writing), and learn to appreciate the language as a communication system
for a different culture, including its distinct thought processes and viewpoints.

FREN 102G: Elementary French II
1 course credit

Continuation of FREN 101. Practice and acquisition of increasingly complex vocabulary and
sentence structure, tenses and moods, leading to greater accuracy in oral and written expression. 

Prerequisite: FREN 101 or placement.

FREN 201: Intermediate French
1 course credit

A one-semester intermediate course designed to enable students to attain a functional level of
proficiency in French. The emphasis is on the development of oral-aural skills (speaking and
listening).

Prerequisite: FREN 102 or placement.

FREN 210: Intermediate Grammar and Composition
.5 course credit

A study of the structure of the French language beyond the intermediate level. Includes
continued grammar study and written and oral composition aimed toward accuracy of
expression.

Prerequisite: FREN 201 or its equivalent.

FREN 220: Conversation and Cinema
.5 course credit

The aim of this course is to develop French speaking skills through discussions of French and
Francophone cinema.

Prerequisites: FREN 201, its equivalent, or permission of the instructor. Co-requisite: FREN 210

FREN 252: Culture, Folklore, and Historical Background of the French-speaking World
1 course credit

This course is an introduction to different aspects of contemporary French-speaking world and
will explore a number of political issues such as urbanization, women’s rights, occupation and
decolonization. French civilization will be understood through history, literature and the arts
as a means of better understanding present-day France. Offered in alternate years.

Prerequisite: FREN 210 & 220 or its equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

FREN 315: French Writing and Grammar
1 course credit

The aim of this course is to provide the grammatical knowledge and necessary grounding
students need to comprehend complex readings and to write advanced papers in French.
Offered in alternate years.

Prerequisite: FREN 210 & 220 or its equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

FREN 325: Business French
1 course credit

The goals of this course are both linguistic and substantive. In addition to learning professional
vocabulary, students will study the functioning and characteristics of the French business
world. The following topics will be covered: a) business letters, résumé writing, interviews and
job searching; b) overview of selected business cases; c) financial institutions; d) trade, etc.

Prerequisite: FREN 210 & 220 or its equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

FREN 332: Perspectives in French Literature (Theatre/Prose/Poetry)
1 course credit

Organized by genre (theatre, poetry, or prose) and by siècle (century), this course provides an
overview of French literature and major literary trends through the study of representative works
from various periods. May be repeated for credit under a different topic. Offered in alternate
years.

Prerequisite: FREN 210 & 220 or its equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

FREN 424: Francophone Literature
1 course credit

Reading some of the most compelling literary representations of children growing up in Africa
or Antillean milieu, we will focus on themes, motifs, symbols and other literary devices used
to articulate their reflections, dilemmas, perplexities and choices. Colonialism, assimilation,
identity, and the other versus the self are some of the themes to be explored in this course.
Offered in alternate years.

Prerequisite: FREN 210 & 220 or its equivalent, or permission of the instructor

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