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Courses

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FREN 3101 - Beginning French I      

Level 1 is intended for students with no previous experience with the French language. The course emphasizes communicative proficiency, with special attention to the development of oral and listening skills, self-expression, and cultural insights. Classroom activities are varied and interactive and are focused on acquiring all four language competencies (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) simultaneously-always in the context of a cultural narrative. Each lesson begins with a rapid flow of authentic French presented in realistic, everyday circumstances, supported by video presentations (3101). Free-form classroom interactions (3103) are balanced with structured grammar and vocabulary drills (3102). All in-class activities are task-based and put the students in real-life situations. By the end of this seven-week immersion program, students will be able to easily navigate a variety of real-world situations.

Required texts:
- Maia GRÉGOIRE, Grammaire progressive du français (Niveau débutant) ISBN-9782090338584
- Marie-José LOPES Jean-Thierry LE BOUGNEC, Totem (méthode de français A1), ISBN : 978-2-01-156048-3
- Marie-José LOPES Jean-Thierry LE BOUGNEC, Totem (méthode de français A2), ISBN : 978-2-01-156055-1 LNG

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 3102 - Beginning French I      

Level 1 is intended for students with no previous experience with the French language. The course emphasizes communicative proficiency, with special attention to the development of oral and listening skills, self-expression, and cultural insights. Classroom activities are varied and interactive and are focused on acquiring all four language competencies (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) simultaneously-always in the context of a cultural narrative. Each lesson begins with a rapid flow of authentic French presented in realistic, everyday circumstances, supported by video presentations (3101). Free-form classroom interactions (3103) are balanced with structured grammar and vocabulary drills (3102). All in-class activities are task-based and put the students in real-life situations. By the end of this seven-week immersion program, students will be able to easily navigate a variety of real-world situations.

Required texts:
- Maia GRÉGOIRE, Grammaire progressive du français (Niveau débutant) ISBN-9782090338584
- Marie-José LOPES Jean-Thierry LE BOUGNEC, Totem (méthode de français A1), ISBN : 978-2-01-156048-3
- Marie-José LOPES Jean-Thierry LE BOUGNEC, Totem (méthode de français A2), ISBN : 978-2-01-156055-1

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 3103 - Beginning French I      

Level 1 is intended for students with no previous experience with the French language. The course emphasizes communicative proficiency, with special attention to the development of oral and listening skills, self-expression, and cultural insights. Classroom activities are varied and interactive and are focused on acquiring all four language competencies (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) simultaneously-always in the context of a cultural narrative. Each lesson begins with a rapid flow of authentic French presented in realistic, everyday circumstances, supported by video presentations (3101). Free-form classroom interactions (3103) are balanced with structured grammar and vocabulary drills (3102). All in-class activities are task-based and put the students in real-life situations. By the end of this seven-week immersion program, students will be able to easily navigate a variety of real-world situations.

Required texts:
- Maia GRÉGOIRE, Grammaire progressive du français (Niveau débutant) ISBN-9782090338584
- Marie-José LOPES Jean-Thierry LE BOUGNEC, Totem (méthode de français A1), ISBN : 978-2-01-156048-3
- Marie-José LOPES Jean-Thierry LE BOUGNEC, Totem (méthode de français A2), ISBN : 978-2-01-156055-1 LNG

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 3151 - Beginning French II      

Level 1.5 is intended for students with minimal previous experience with the French language. While the course curriculum is the same as Level 1, the course may progress at a slightly different pace. The course emphasizes communicative proficiency, with special attention to the development of oral and listening skills, self-expression, and cultural insights. Classroom activities are varied and interactive and are focused on acquiring all four language competencies (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) simultaneously-always in the context of a cultural narrative. Each lesson begins with a rapid flow of authentic French presented in realistic, everyday circumstances, supported by video presentations (3151). Free-form classroom interactions (3153) are balanced with structured grammar and vocabulary drills (3152). All in-class activities are task-based and put the students in real-life situations. By the end of this seven-week immersion program, students will be able to easily navigate a variety of real-world situations.

Required texts:
- Maia GRÉGOIRE, Grammaire progressive du français (Niveau débutant) ISBN-9782090338584:
- Marie-José LOPES Jean-Thierry LE BOUGNEC, Totem (méthode de français A1), ISBN : 978-2-01-156048-3
- Marie-José LOPES Jean-Thierry LE BOUGNEC, Totem (méthode de français A2), ISBN : 978-2-01-156055-1

Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 3152 - Beginning French II      

Level 1.5 is intended for students with minimal previous experience with the French language. While the course curriculum is the same as Level 1, the course may progress at a slightly different pace. The course emphasizes communicative proficiency, with special attention to the development of oral and listening skills, self-expression, and cultural insights. Classroom activities are varied and interactive and are focused on acquiring all four language competencies (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) simultaneously-always in the context of a cultural narrative. Each lesson begins with a rapid flow of authentic French presented in realistic, everyday circumstances, supported by video presentations (3151). Free-form classroom interactions (3153) are balanced with structured grammar and vocabulary drills (3152). All in-class activities are task-based and put the students in real-life situations. By the end of this seven-week immersion program, students will be able to easily navigate a variety of real-world situations.

Required texts:
- Maia GRÉGOIRE, Grammaire progressive du français (Niveau débutant) ISBN-9782090338584:
- Marie-José LOPES Jean-Thierry LE BOUGNEC, Totem (méthode de français A1), ISBN : 978-2-01-156048-3
- Marie-José LOPES Jean-Thierry LE BOUGNEC, Totem (méthode de français A2), ISBN : 978-2-01-156055-1

Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 3153 - Beginning French II      

Level 1.5 is intended for students with minimal previous experience with the French language. While the course curriculum is the same as Level 1, the course may progress at a slightly different pace. The course emphasizes communicative proficiency, with special attention to the development of oral and listening skills, self-expression, and cultural insights. Classroom activities are varied and interactive and are focused on acquiring all four language competencies (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) simultaneously-always in the context of a cultural narrative. Each lesson begins with a rapid flow of authentic French presented in realistic, everyday circumstances, supported by video presentations (3151). Free-form classroom interactions (3153) are balanced with structured grammar and vocabulary drills (3152). All in-class activities are task-based and put the students in real-life situations. By the end of this seven-week immersion program, students will be able to easily navigate a variety of real-world situations.

Required texts:
- Maia GRÉGOIRE, Grammaire progressive du français (Niveau débutant) ISBN-9782090338584:
- Marie-José LOPES Jean-Thierry LE BOUGNEC, Totem (méthode de français A1), ISBN : 978-2-01-156048-3
- Marie-José LOPES Jean-Thierry LE BOUGNEC, Totem (méthode de français A2), ISBN : 978-2-01-156055-1

Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 3201 - Beginning French II      

Level 1.5 is intended for students with minimal previous experience with the French language. The course emphasizes communicative proficiency, with special attention to the development of oral and listening skills, self-expression, and cultural insights.

Classroom activities are varied and interactive and are focused on acquiring all four language competencies (listening, speaking, reading,
and writing) simultaneously-always in the context of a cultural narrative. Each lesson begins with a rapid flow of authentic French presented in realistic, everyday circumstances, supported by video presentations and a comprehensive workbook. Free-form classroom interactions are balanced with structured grammar and vocabulary drills. By the end of this seven-week immersion program, students will
be able to easily navigate a variety of real-world situations.

Required Texts:
1) Maia Grégoire, Grammaire Progressive du Français (Niveau débutant), Paris, CLE international- 2004.ISBN-10: 209033858X; 2) Guy Capelle, Noëlle Guidon, Reflets ( méthode de français 1), Paris, Hachette, 1999.ISBN-10: 2011551161

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 3202 - Beginning French II      

Level 1.5 is intended for students with minimal previous experience with the French language. The course emphasizes communicative proficiency, with special attention to the development of oral and listening skills, self-expression, and cultural insights.

Classroom activities are varied and interactive and are focused on acquiring all four language competencies (listening, speaking, reading,
and writing) simultaneously-always in the context of a cultural narrative. Each lesson begins with a rapid flow of authentic French presented in realistic, everyday circumstances, supported by video presentations and a comprehensive workbook. Free-form classroom interactions are balanced with structured grammar and vocabulary drills. By the end of this seven-week immersion program, students will
be able to easily navigate a variety of real-world situations.

Required Texts:
1) Maia Grégoire, Grammaire Progressive du Français (Niveau débutant), Paris, CLE international- 2004.ISBN-10: 209033858X; 2) Guy Capelle, Noëlle Guidon, Reflets ( méthode de français 1), Paris, Hachette, 1999.ISBN-10: 2011551161

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 3203 - Beginning French II      

Level 1.5 is intended for students with minimal previous experience with the French language. The course emphasizes communicative proficiency, with special attention to the development of oral and listening skills, self-expression, and cultural insights.

Classroom activities are varied and interactive and are focused on acquiring all four language competencies (listening, speaking, reading,
and writing) simultaneously-always in the context of a cultural narrative. Each lesson begins with a rapid flow of authentic French presented in realistic, everyday circumstances, supported by video presentations and a comprehensive workbook. Free-form classroom interactions are balanced with structured grammar and vocabulary drills. By the end of this seven-week immersion program, students will
be able to easily navigate a variety of real-world situations.

Required Texts:
1) Maia Grégoire, Grammaire Progressive du Français (Niveau débutant), Paris, CLE international- 2004.ISBN-10: 209033858X; 2) Guy Capelle, Noëlle Guidon, Reflets ( méthode de français 1), Paris, Hachette, 1999.ISBN-10: 2011551161 LNG

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 3211 - Early Intermed French      

Level 2 is aimed at students who have received some previous instruction in (or exposure to) French, but who are not yet able to function independently in full immersion. This level focuses on developing listening comprehension, oral competence, and socio-cultural communicative proficiency and on acquiring strategies for oral and written expression through progressive practice and phonetics exercises. Various cultural aspects of French-speaking communities worldwide will be studied through readings and recordings.
The course is divided into 4 units. Students will be taught 4 classes a day: Vocabulary and civilization (211); Introduction to literature (212); Oral activities and Phonetics (213) and Grammar (214).

Required texts:
- Maia GRÉGOIRE et Odile THIEVENAZ : Grammaire progressive du français 3e édition livre + CD audio niveau intermédiaire avec 680 exercices, ISBN 978-2-09-038124-5
- Maia GRÉGOIRE et Odile THIEVENAZ Grammaire progressive du français niveau intermédiaire Livret de corrigés, ISBN 978-2-09-038117-7, ISBN 978-209-038139-9
- BLONDEAU, Ferroudja ALLOUACHE et Marie-Françoise NÉ, Littérature Progressive du français Niveau Débutant 2ème édition avec 600 activités

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 3212 - Early Intermed French      

Level 2 is aimed at students who have received some previous instruction in (or exposure to) French, but who are not yet able to function independently in full immersion. This level focuses on developing listening comprehension, oral competence, and socio-cultural communicative proficiency and on acquiring strategies for oral and written expression through progressive practice and phonetics exercises. Various cultural aspects of French-speaking communities worldwide will be studied through readings and recordings.
The course is divided into 4 units. Students will be taught 4 classes a day: Vocabulary and civilization (211); Introduction to literature (212); Oral activities and Phonetics (213) and Grammar (214).

Required texts:
- Maia GRÉGOIRE et Odile THIEVENAZ : Grammaire progressive du français 3e édition livre + CD audio niveau intermédiaire avec 680 exercices, ISBN 978-2-09-038124-5
- Maia GRÉGOIRE et Odile THIEVENAZ Grammaire progressive du français niveau intermédiaire Livret de corrigés, ISBN 978-2-09-038117-7, ISBN 978-209-038139-9
- BLONDEAU, Ferroudja ALLOUACHE et Marie-Françoise NÉ, Littérature Progressive du français Niveau Débutant 2ème édition avec 600 activités

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 3213 - Early Intermed French      

Level 2 is aimed at students who have received some previous instruction in (or exposure to) French, but who are not yet able to function independently in full immersion. This level focuses on developing listening comprehension, oral competence, and socio-cultural communicative proficiency and on acquiring strategies for oral and written expression through progressive practice and phonetics exercises. Various cultural aspects of French-speaking communities worldwide will be studied through readings and recordings.
The course is divided into 4 units. Students will be taught 4 classes a day: Vocabulary and civilization (211); Introduction to literature (212); Oral activities and Phonetics (213) and Grammar (214).

Required texts:
- Maia GRÉGOIRE et Odile THIEVENAZ : Grammaire progressive du français 3e édition livre + CD audio niveau intermédiaire avec 680 exercices, ISBN 978-2-09-038124-5
- Maia GRÉGOIRE et Odile THIEVENAZ Grammaire progressive du français niveau intermédiaire Livret de corrigés, ISBN 978-2-09-038117-7, ISBN 978-209-038139-9
- BLONDEAU, Ferroudja ALLOUACHE et Marie-Françoise NÉ, Littérature Progressive du français Niveau Débutant 2ème édition avec 600 activités

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 3214 - Early Intermed French      

Level 2 is aimed at students who have received some previous instruction in (or exposure to) French, but who are not yet able to function independently in full immersion. This level focuses on developing listening comprehension, oral competence, and socio-cultural communicative proficiency and on acquiring strategies for oral and written expression through progressive practice and phonetics exercises. Various cultural aspects of French-speaking communities worldwide will be studied through readings and recordings.
The course is divided into 4 units. Students will be taught 4 classes a day: Vocabulary and civilization (211); Introduction to literature (212); Oral activities and Phonetics (213) and Grammar (214).

Required texts:
- Maia GRÉGOIRE et Odile THIEVENAZ : Grammaire progressive du français 3e édition livre + CD audio niveau intermédiaire avec 680 exercices, ISBN 978-2-09-038124-5
- Maia GRÉGOIRE et Odile THIEVENAZ Grammaire progressive du français niveau intermédiaire Livret de corrigés, ISBN 978-2-09-038117-7, ISBN 978-209-038139-9
- BLONDEAU, Ferroudja ALLOUACHE et Marie-Françoise NÉ, Littérature Progressive du français Niveau Débutant 2ème édition avec 600 activités

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 3305 - Topics in French Language      

Speaking in Public with Confidence

Using a variety of strategies, including the reading and staging of theatre texts, this course aims to strengthen oral proficiency while developing the self-confidence required for a variety of public-speaking activities. The course is regularly taught to diplomats, lawyers, professors, business managers, and students.

Required Texts:
Le Petit Robert Micro, ISBN-10: 2321002131
Une fois pour toutes C2009 Student Edition (softcover), ISBN-10: 013361123X
Une fois pour toutes C2009 Student Answer Key, ISBN-10: 0133611213

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 3306 - Topics in French Language      

Journey in Writing

This French composition course features a creative approach to process writing. Students, individually or in small groups, select from descriptive documents to construct paragraphs leading to a story with embedded grammatical, rhetorical, and stylistic constraints. User-friendly instructive tools intended to stimulate creativity and facilitate language accuracy are readily available on the instructor's website, where students have access to a panoply of descriptive and narrative excerpts featuring various genres, moods, and registers. They also find pedagogically relevant reference works such as lexical and semantic webs, dictionaries, encyclopedias, grammatical descriptions, literary, historical and Francophone civilizations links. This carefully orchestrated course is a natural environment for 'scaffolding' and 'noticing' the gap between the language they experience from the various sources of input and their own output. It also aims at targeting 'avoidance' and 'overuse' strategies that often immobilize learners' language development and creativity.

Required Texts:
Le Petit Robert Micro, ISBN-10: 2321002131
Une fois pour toutes C2009 Student Edition (softcover), ISBN-10: 013361123X
Une fois pour toutes C2009 Student Answer Key, ISBN-10: 0133611213

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 3307 - Images and Texts      

Around Sounds, Letters, and Words

Through the examination and use of authentic French materials we will focus on oral language (phonetics and communication). At the end of the session, students will be able to encode and decode the formal and informal levels of oral French. Through dictations, they will be able to master the relation between spelling and sounds. This course is the theoretical counterpart of the practical course 305.

Required Texts:
Le Petit Robert Micro, ISBN-10: 2321002131
Une fois pour toutes C2009 Student Edition (softcover), ISBN-10: 013361123X
Une fois pour toutes C2009 Student Answer Key, ISBN-10: 0133611213

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 3308 - Intro Francophone World      

Introduction to the Francophone World

The course provides an introduction to Francophone culture and literature, while strengthening students’ knowledge of French grammar and improving their writing skills. Given that it would be impossible to study all the countries that have been under French influence, we have made a preliminary selection of countries in order to have an overview of the situation. Key words will guide our journey through the Francophone world: colonization, language, identity, colonialism, intercultural relations. The relation between the Francophone countries and France today is the result of a historical process that marked the French as well as the indigenous people. It is therefore necessary to study certain aspects of the history to better understand and grasp the concept "Francophonie", a term that is difficult to define, ambiguous, complex but rich in meanings. The study of literary works, films and other documents will help student to better understand the differences and similarities that exist in the Francophone world. Finally, students will be able to assess the role played by the French language in the quest for national and personal identity. This class will demand a lot of reading and there will be group discussions daily. The student must come to the class prepared in order to be able to participate actively in the group discussions.
Priority will be given to two main skills, reading comprehension and writing.

Required texts:
Aimé CÉSAIRE, Une tempête, ISBN 978-2-02-031431-2
Mariama BÂ, Une si longue lettre. ISBN : 978-2842612894

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 3411 - Advanced Grammar      

This course develops a thorough understanding of the mechanisms of the French language in order to improve students’ writing skills. Grammatical structures will be analyzed in three types of texts (narrative, descriptive and expressive). Note that this course and course 3414 Writing in French/ Advanced Composition complement one another.

Required text : Michèle BOULARÈS et Jean-Louis FRÉROT, Grammaire Progressive du français avec 400 exercises Niveau avancé/, ISBN 978-2-09-038118-4

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 3412 - Great Speeches Fr Pol Rhetoric      

Great Speeches in French Political Rhetoric

This course will study a variety of modern political speeches from the French Revolution to the present time. It offers a panorama of the evolution of French political rhetoric according to its historical, political, intellectual, and religious context. Students will have the opportunity to become familiar with the political literature of France. They will work on the art of rhetoric and of political discourse in a concrete and lively manner, notably through enrichment of vocabulary, knowledge of the diversity of language styles, analysis of argumentation, and discursive strategies. Students will have the opportunity to write a political speech which will be performed in a special event : the 'Soirée de l'Eloquence politique'.

No Required texts.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 3413 - Oral Production &Pronunciation      

This course is designed to improve oral communication and pronunciation of Modern Standard French for advanced-level students. Through a variety of activities, students will improve their phonetic production (focus on vowels, consonants, cadence, nasalization, liaison, elision, intonation, Phonetic Alphabet) while developing vocabulary and the capacity to express ideas in a myriad of functional settings. Topics may include: French culture, current events (from French-language newspapers, magazines, and TV programs), travel, music, and sports.

Required text: Savoir Dire: Cours de phonétique et prononciation (2nd Edition). ISBN: 978-0618507061

Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 3414 - Writing in French/Adv Comp      

Writing in French / Advanced Composition

This course will improve writing skills through practice and careful reading of a variety of texts. We will cover and practice narrative, descriptive, explanatory and argumentative writing. Students will write in order to be read. Please note that this course and course 3411 Advanced Grammar complement one another.

Required text : Mariella CAUSA, Bruno MEGRE, Production écrite niveaux C1-C2 livre, ISBN : 9782278060887

Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 3427 - African Tales      

In this course, you will discover the universe of the African Tale. Tales are one of the main pedagogical tools in the African culture which is characterized by its oral tradition. Tales develop your imagination, enable you to master the language and help you understand the aesthetic and moral values that regulate the functioning of the society.

It has been passed down from the great traditional storytellers (the elderly and the griots). This course will be dedicated to the studying of the particular framework of the African tales. Moreover you will be taught how to read and write tales through the analysis of some classics.

Here is the list of the books that will be studied in the program:
-Kaydara de Hampâthé Bâ
-Petit Bodiel de hampâthé Bâ
- Les contes d’Amadou Koumba de Birago Diop
-Leuk- le lièvre de Senghor et Sadji

Summer 2013

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FREN 3429 - Cinema Maghreb & Immigration      

This course will study the historical and cultural aspects of the Maghreb and immigration though cinema. It will explore the double image that characterizes this type of cinema. The first image will focus on the French vision of the Maghreb and its representation in France’s former colonies. The second image will focus on Maghrebian directors and their vision of their societies. We will also explore the integration in France of the second generation of immigrants (the "Beurs"), especially issues of citizenship, exile, etc. Examples will be taken from films such as: Julien Duvivier’s Pépé le Moko, Gillo Pontecorvo ‘s La Bataille d'Alger, Moknache’s Viva l’Aldjérie, C. Ruggia ‘s Le Gone du Chaaba, Y. Benguigui ‘s Inchallah dimanche, Rachid Bouchareb’s Indigènes among others.

Required text : - Azouz BEGAG, Le gone du Chaâba, ISBN-13 : 9782020800327

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 3450 - Theater and Language      

This course aims at developing ease and fluidity of oral communication in French. With support of three contemporary Francophone plays, students will discover the French languages diversity by working on pronunciation, quality of their voice, gesture, breathing...

The course will be articulated in a dynamic, participative and creative way around three axes:
1)Dramaturgic study of texts: reading, discussion, analyze;
2)Exercises stemming from the theatrical pedagogy to improve the qualities of articulation, pronunciation, memorization, verbal ease and public speaking;
3)Staging extracts of the studied plays, which will close the course

Required Texts:
1) Sonia Ristic; Le pahre, ISBN: 978-2-87282-731-2;Edition Lansman
2) José Pliya; Barack Obama de la race en Amérique; ISBN:
978-2-87282-774-9; Edition Lansman
3) Gustave Akakpo; Même les chevaliers tombent dans l’oubli;
ISBN: 978-2-330-03113-8; Actes Sud

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 3460 - Oral Production &Pronunciation      

This course is designed to better the oral communication and pronunciation of Modern Standard French for advanced-level students. Through a variety of activities, students will improve their phonetic production (focus on vowels, consonants, diphthongs, nasalization, liaison, elision, intonation, Phonetic Alphabet) while developing vocabulary and the capacity to express their ideas in a myriad of functional settings. Topics may include: French culture, current events (from French-language newspapers, magazines, and TV programs), travel, music, and sports.

Required Text:
Dansereau, Diane; Savoir Dire: Cours de Phonétique et prononciation (2nd Edition); ISBN: 978-0618507061.
CD NOT REQUIRED; Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 3475 - Autobiographical Writing      

The aim of this course is two-fold: it will introduce students to the autobiographical genre, and will also help them improve their analytical and writing skills in French. We will explore the various types of particular fantasies (fantasmes) that underlie autobiographical texts. Students will also produce their own autobiographical narrations. Readings will include essays by Philippe Lejeune, Jean-Paul Sartre, Georges Pérec and Nathalie Sarraute.

Required texts:
Jean-Paul SARTRE, Les Mots, ISBN : 9782070366071
Nathalie SARRAUTE, Enfance, ISBN : 9782070376841
Georges PEREC, W ou le souvenir d’enfance, ISBN : 9782070733163.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 3485 - Young People and Politics      

Transformations in the relationships between young people and politics are obvious in all Western democracies. Engagement in traditional political institutions has declined in recent decades, leading to what some have seen as a crisis in citizenship. What are the most characteristic transformations towards politics and how could we explain them? What is so special about young people’s politics in all established democracies?

The course will explore the different aspects of politicization: level of interest, involvement, voting, political participation, partisan affiliation, political choices, and also demonstrations and protest. It will study the emergence of a new model of citizenship within the young generations compared to their elders. Social and political cleavages which exist don’t have the same impact on all categories. There is a clear division between young people with and without educational background and qualifications and their political choices are not the same.
More broadly, this course will give many clues to better understand politics in France and the French society today, working with news, surveys, and a wide diversity of research and knowledge from the social sciences. It will propose also many comparisons with other European countries.

Required text: Anne MUXEL, Avoir 20 ans en politique. Les enfants du désenchantement, ISBN-13 : 978-2021002522

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 6000 - Continuing Education in French      

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 6001 - Continuing Education French II      

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 6509 - Applied Stylistics I      

FREN 6509 is a refresher course that systematically covers all the basic language structures and various types of discourse : narrative, descriptive, and dialectical. The objective is to encourage students to write clearly and subtly.
The course focuses on the daily practice of exercises.

Required Text:
1) A unilingual dictionary; 2) Nouvelle grammaire du français (cours de civilisation de la Sorbonne), par Y. Delatour, D. Jennepin, M. Léon-Dufour et B. Teyssier, Hachette, 2004 (ISBN : 9782011552716). Language & Stylistics

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 6510 - Applied Stylistics II      

This course aims to help students perfect their written French, explore and use argumentative strategies, and develop an authentic style. Identification and resolution of writing problems, stylistic exercises and composition of texts, independently and in workshops.

Required Text:
Chovelon, Bernadette et Barthe, Marie (2002); Expression et style: Français de perfectionnement. ISBN 2 7061 1081 8;Presses Universitaires de Grenoble Language & Stylistics

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 6511 - Applied Stylistics      

This course will provide a thorough knowledge of French language structures and of various types of discourse: narrative, descriptive, and dialectical. The objective is to encourage students to write with clarity and subtlety. Designed in co-ordination with course 5611 taught in the Paris graduate program, it will prepare students going to Paris for the required advanced course.
The course focuses on the daily practice of writing exercises. Students must have a unilingual dictionary.

Required Text: A required course pack will be available for purchase at the campus bookstore. Language & Stylistics

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FREN 6514 - Applied Phonetics      

This course will develop and perfect students’ oral production. The objectives of this course are two-fold: developing an understanding of the principles that govern French language and putting these principles into practice so that students may improve their pronunciation and aural comprehension. ach class will include systematic work on pronunciation, rhythm and intonation through a wide array of oral exercises (discrimination and repetition).
Students will also work individually in a virtual language laboratory.

Required text: Lucile CHARLIAC et, Annie-Claude MOTRON; Phonétique progressive du français. Niveau intermédiaire. Avec 600 exercices. CD MP3 inclus. ISBN : 978-209-038167-2 Language & Stylistics

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 6521 - Your Voice in French      

Your Voice in French: It All Starts with a Song

From our first cries as a newborn, we use our voices to express ourselves. Throughout our lives vocal communication plays an important role in how we relate to others. Accents, intonation and word choice are often more important than “speaking correctly” in creating an authentic communication space, and French-language popular songs are an incredibly rich resource for decoding and mastering the nuances of communication and culture in the Francophone world. In this course, students will immerse themselves in this musical universe. Study of the songs will give us keys for understanding. Daily work in vocal production and pronunciation as well as performance coaching will allow each participant to find his or her authentic voice and learn to share it more freely with others. Students will perform at various musical events throughout the session. All levels of singers - and non-singers, a.k.a. “rappers” and “slammers” - are welcome. Language & Stylistics

Summer 2013

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FREN 6522 - Urban Sociolinguistics      

This course is intended as an introduction to the issue of language use within a social context from a sociolinguistic standpoint –a discipline dedicated to the study of language in its social and cultural manifestations.

The issues discussed in class will include: use of language registers and their implications, sociolinguistics as a field of research, social variations in French, verbal interactions, linguistic representations, and the emergence of an urban sociolinguistic domain. No previous knowledge of linguistics is required. Linguistics

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 6524 - Introduction to Linguistics      

This course is designed as an introduction to the principles and methods of linguistic analysis and is intended for those new to French linguistic studies as well as to advanced students interested in increasing and systematizing their knowledge by means of a structured reflection on some fundamental concepts of general linguistics. Exploring the organization and functioning of human language, and presenting principles of modern linguistics and its main research fields, the course will address four broad areas: phonetics and phonology, morphology, lexical semantics, and semantics of the enunciation (enunciative and pragmatic approach). No previous knowledge of linguistics is required. Linguistics

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 6587 - Francophone Lit of Maghreb      

From its genesis in the 19th century, francophone literature of North Africa has not ceased to inspire controversy. Supplanting an existing cultural and linguistic foundation, it found its rightful place through the cultural imagery of the three Maghrebian countries, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. Initially conceived as a vehicular form (idiom of communication), over time the written works of the Maghreb evolved into a vernacular (idiom of expression). Before constituting a full-fledged literary domain, pedagogical materials written in French by teachers who were natives of the Maghreb appeared in the form of reviews, such as Soleil and Simoun. Unfairly dismissed by critics as “mimetic”, this generation nevertheless would become pioneers in a discourse of protest, paving the way for more substantial works by the writers who would follow. This course will use a comparative format to address francophone literature in terms of its variety of expression and its diversity of production. We will seek understanding by referring both to French literature and to the theoretical prisms which permit an analytical approach to the texts. The literature of the Maghreb lays claim to its specificity by forming an autonomous domain of creation and study. We will attempt to define the sociological and anthropological stakes which are at play in each text. We will also examine from a literary perspective the significant 'shake-ups' of these societies and their treatment, such as independence, linguistic and democratic questions, and, finally individual liberty, notably that of the woman. We will also examine the panorama of the literature of immigration, also referred to as “Beur”. Lastly, we will evoke the works of two major writers whose perspectives undoubtedly entail a process which is at once transnational and universal. It consists of moving beyond the close borders of the “francophonie” in order to propose a new method of examining the new horizons of a “francopolyphonic” style.

Required texts :
Albert CAMUS, L’étranger, ISBN -10: 2070360024
Kamel DAOUD, Meursault, contre-enquête, ISBN-978-2-330-03372-9
Abdallah TAÏA, L’armée du salut, ISBN-10-275783701 X Literature

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 6607 - 5C BC Greco-Roman Culture      

5th Century BC Greco-Roman Culture and its Influences until the Renaissance

This class will be developing the influence of Greek art on Roman Empire and Renaissance period. Then we will concentrate on the female nude evolution, its despairing during middle age and reemerging during Renaissance (Botticelli, Raphaël, etc.). Giotto masterpiece, starting point of the Humanism Cultural Revolution, will be subject of this study. Finally we shall spend time on 15th and 16th century painters such as Masaccio, Piero della Francesca, Mantegna and Michel-Angelo.

This course may be applied toward the MA in Mediterranean Studies Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2011, Summer 2012

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FREN 6609 - Comparative Stylistics      

Learning a foreign language, contrary to what happens for a mother tongue, usually does not occur in a vacuum. Any foreign language student quickly becomes aware of the fact that interferences do exist between the native language and the studied language; these may take the names of false-friends, anglicisms , gallicisms, literal translations etc. The objective of this course will be to become aware of the processes which may be at play when going from one language to the other, a field of study which is called comparative stylistics or science of translating. The aim will therefore be to identify, understand and master the mechanisms at stake in order to improve one’s competence in the French language, while being aware of the “juncture points” between English and French. The course is primarily intended for 2nd, 3rd or 4th year students, or students not having to take 509 or 510.

There will be no compulsory text book, documents will be posted from week to week on the course site; however it might be advisable to have a good unilingual French dictionary (for example: Lexis Larousse de la langue française) and a good bilingual dictionary (for example: Le Robert & Collins français-anglais et anglais-français). Linguistics Language & Stylistics

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FREN 6612 - Language & Theater      

This course aims at developing ease and fluidity of oral communication in French. With the support of three contemporary Francophone plays, students will discover the diversity of the French languages by working on pronunciation, quality of their voice, gesture and breathing.

The course will be articulated in a dynamic, participative and creative way around three axes:
1)Dramaturgical approach of the plays: reading, discussion, analysis;
2)Exercises stemming from the theatrical pedagogy to improve the qualities of articulation, pronunciation, memorization, verbal ease and public speaking;
3)Staging extracts of the studied plays, which will close the course
This year, we’ll be exploring the theme “the female figure in contemporary French drama”, through different approaches (epic, historical, news item) and varied aesthetics (classical structure, monologue, testimonial theater).

Required texts:
Laurent GAUDÉ, Salina, ISBN 2210755336
Michel BELLIER, Les filles aux mains jaunes, ISBN 2872829873
Solenn DENIS, Sandre ISBN 2807100104 Language & Stylistics

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 6615 - Women, Lit &Identity in Africa      

Women, Literature and Identity in Africa

This course is an exploration of French literary and cultural productions by and about African women. It will determine the ways in which writers and filmmakers from various parts of the continent represent female identities and examine the historical, political, social and cultural determinants of their subjectivities. The course will explore the strategies used to overcome various challenges relating to gender in their respective societies as well as the way fiction serves as a tool for social subversion or transformation. Among the themes to be treated are identity, power, resistance, language, the body and sexuality. By the end of this seminar, students should be able to 1) identify the historical and political context surrounding the birth of African female writing; 2) describe specific issues central to African women writing; 3) define the avenues used by female protagonists to empower themselves in generally conservative societies.

Required texts:
Marima BÂ, Une si longue lettre, ISBN 2842612892
Calixthe BEYALA, C’est le soleil qui m’a brûlée, ISBN 2290025127
Malika MOKEDEM, Des rêves et des assassin, ISBN 2246514819 Literature

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FREN 6617 - Reading Laughter      

Section A - Methodology; Section B - Literature

"Laughter is a power God gave to men to make up for their intelligence" according to Marcel Pagnol. This power has been attested to for two thousand years in collections of humorous tales and methods of which Greeks and Romans were already masters. But are we allowed to laugh at anything ? Democritus whose disillusioned humor was amazingly modern, says yes. Ciceron does too, and cataloged a thousand ways to elicit laughter. On the contrary, say the fathers of the Church, for whom laughter is a diabolical phenomen, an insult to divine creation, proof of man’s arrogance. Their arguments carry little weight in the Middle Ages : kings surround themselves with jesters and their subjects love skillful mockery during processions on feast days.

With Rabelais another way to laugh appears, an ambiguous laugh which perplexes {shakes certainties} and will persist even after the Renaissance, encompassing in turn the picaresque, the grotesque, the burlesque. Absolute monarchy longs to rein in the humorists, deciding in the seventeenth century to expulse the Italian buffoons. Is laughter subject to domestication? Transformed into caustic humor, it corrodes little by little the foundations of power and society. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries it will find fertile grounds in political satire, while the philosophers analyse its powers, at times to deplore them, and Baudelaire searches for the « comic absolute ». Irony becomes a way for man and the world to relate. The nineteenth century « Zutistes », « Fumistes », and even « J’menfoutistes » end the century with the apotheosis of nonsensical humor. The world hereafter will make fun of everything, its gods and its demons.
« Laughter is what defines man ». Is that true throughout history ? And may we laugh at everything ? Thoughtful laughter, contemplative laughter, cathartic laughter, diabolical laughter, laughter of superiority or of connivance, carnivalesque or learned laughter. Socio-cultural conditions and mentalities do indeed prevent the universalisation of the famous expression whose pertinence requires historic context. For that reason we will examine how literature writes laughter, at different periods, through the sociology of « laughters », permissiveness or censorship of the form and content of laughter, as well as the relationship between the style and reception of comic expression and the different genre and type of texts that put it into words, to better examine its literary grounding, in the joyous spirit of a « gay science » renewed.

This literature class proposes two directions, the methodological one (A), and the literary (B). Choice A offers to literature students and social science students the opportunity to master analytical methods and textual commentary which will allow them to construct for themselves a way to read and understand in depth the various texts, along with deepening and exercising written analytical skills, through the use of various methodological exercises, such as the abstract, the synthesis of documents, techniques of critical analysis, written commentary, the dialectical debate essay, index cards, or thematic oral presentations.
Option B offers extended historical literary, cultural, philosophical, and social examination of the literature from the sixteenth through the twentieth century.

N.B. Students who choose section A can validate their credits in methodology (equivalent to 6525) or they can choose standard evaluation without validating the
methodolgy unit.

Required books:
1) Molière, Les Fourberies de Scapin, ISBN-13: 978-2070449996, Folio classique, 2013
2) Feydeau, Tailleurs pour dames, ISBN-13: 978-2734905196 Librairie théâtrale, 2012
3) collectif, Le rire en poésie, ISBN-13: 978-2070515875, Folio Junior Poésie, 1998
4) René de Obaldia,Fantasmes de Demoiselles, femmes faites ou défaites cherchant l'âme sœur, ISBN-13: 978-2246707813, Grasset et Fasquelle, 2006
Coursepacks: 1) A coursepack comprised of diverse theoretical texts : Baudelaire (« De l’essence du rire), Stendhal (Racine et Shakespeare, chap. II « Le rire »), Henri Bergson (Le rire), Beckett (Watt), etc.
2) A coursepack comprised of diverse texts : ( Gargantua (Rabelais), Farces et questions (Tabarin), Le médecin volant (Molière), Candide (Voltaire), L’homme qui rit (Hugo), La Cantatrice chauve (Ionesco), Marius (la partie de cartes, Pagnol), La Télévision (Jean-Philippe Toussaint). Literature Methodology

Summer 2013

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FREN 6620 - Literature and Politics      

Literature and Politics: a Shared History

Germaine de Staël was the first to underline the peculiar link between literature and politics. Writers have contributed through their art to the big debates over the years; they have influenced political behaviors and ideas, in their own way. They have been as well indicators for the passions and tensions of a society which often put the question of power at the heart of ideological struggles. This propinquity originates from French language, its use and evolution, which takes a full part in this troubled history. This fully justifies exploring two centuries of literature, mainly French, through texts and authors and discovering those struggles, no less strong than battles or barricades.

Four major themes will be addressed, in six chronological steps: the founding dialogue of two savoyards : Jean-Jacques Rousseau – Joseph de Maistre (Revolution, Counter Revolution), the lampoon as a weapon, literary review, the novel reflecting political engagement.

Texts will illustrate the classes, following the order and underlining the main themes. Civ Cul & Soc

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FREN 6622 - Francophone Cinema 1969-2012      

Francophone Cinema and the Question of Autonomy (1969-2012)* Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2011, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 6623 - Hist in French Caribbean Lit      

This course studies the period of post-colonial literary history of Caribbean and French West Indies literatures through the famous novels of Patrick Chamoiseau (Texaco), Maryse Condé (Moi, Tituba, sorcière noire de Salem), Dany Laferrière (Pays sans chapeau) and Gisèle Pineau (L’exil selon Julia). The narratives of these francophone writers examine the problems of identity of the people born in the Caribbean (Haiti, Guadeloupe or Martinique) trying to deal with ideologies of liberation or progress. We will analyze anti-colonial figures (both men and women) and aspects of the Creole language in these works of art.


Required Text:
1) Patrick Chamoiseau, Texaco, ISBN-13 : 9782070727506
2) Maryse Condé, Moi tituba sorcière, ISBN-13: 978-2070379293;
3) Dany Laferrière, Pays sans chapeau, ISBN-13 : 9782842612696
4) Gisèle Pineau, Chair Piment, ISBN-13 : 9782070315482 Literature

Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 6624 - Myth of Paris in French Lit      

This course will examine the different aspects and the numerous meanings of the literary image of Paris in French literature from its medieval origins to its contemporary achievement. We will find the first occurrences of this image in François Villon’s poetry at the end of the Middle Ages, and, two and three centuries later, in Boileau’s Satires and Prevost’s and Diderot’s novels. The literary image of Paris reached its full development in the 19th century in the fiction of Balzac, Hugo, Flaubert and Zola and in Baudelaire’s poems: we will analyze the various moral, aesthetic, political, ideological components which make up the complete image. We will follow its evolution, fifty years later, in early 20th century poetry (Apollinaire, the Surréalistes) and then, before World War II, in Celine’s novels. On the way, we will explore other kinds of arts and artists, painters, singers, photographers, filmmakers, who, like writers, contributed to the development of a collective imaginary picture of the city —the myth of Paris. Literature

Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 6626 - Teaching Language & Culture      

In May 2012, the College Board administered new AP World Language and Culture Examinations in French, German and Italian. In 2014, Spanish followed the new examination format. This course will thus explore how best (from the early to the higher levels) to prepare a student of French in the 21st Century in regards to interpretive communication, interpersonal writing, presentational writing, interpersonal speaking, and presentational speaking. In addition, within the context of the interdisciplinary topics of Global Challenges, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, and Beauty and Aesthetics, course participants will use multimedia platforms and technologies to expose students to the multiple aspects of today’s rich and varied Francophone world as well as to motivate and prepare their students for the transition from the high school to the college/university French course.

Required text:
Angelini, O’Neill, Alexandru, Huntington, and Stofanak, AP French Language and Culture: All Access. ISBN-13: 978-0-7386-1060-3. Pedagogy

Summer 2013, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 6627 - Evaluation & Testing in FSL      

Evaluation and Testing in French as a Second Language

"This course focuses on the theories and research underlying testing and evaluation in second language courses. Some of the topics that we will examine are the history of evaluation in the L2, the process of evaluation in the classroom, formative and summative assessment,
authentic assessment, the constructivist approach, skills assessment, criterion-referenced and standards-based assessment, assessment scales, self-assessment, concepts of validity and reliability, and computer-assisted assessment. The goals of the course are both theoretical and practical.

Required text : Lussier, D., & Turner, C. (1995). Le point sur… L’évaluation en didactique des langues. Montréal, Canada : CEC. Pedagogy

Summer 2011, Summer 2012

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FREN 6631 - Intro to Children's Lit      

Children’s literature is more than just a fad; it is a true social phenomenon, involving considerable editorial activity and influencing patterns of cultural consumption. From early childhood through adolescence, young people are raving about these global best-sellers, allowing us to understand a bit of the collective imagination of youth.

This course aims to provide an initiation into this abundant universe, full of aesthetic and thematic richness. We will undertake an historical and analytical overview in a comparative framework in which we emphasize contemporary Francophone works. Literature

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 6637 - Francophonie in North America      

La fracnophonie nord-américaine / Francophonie in North America

This course will explore the issues that are unique to the diverse francophone cultures throughout North America. Acadia, Quebec, French Ontario, Manitoba, New England and Louisiana were all welcoming grounds to french speaking settlers where their voices are still heard. Each region, however, evolved differently both culturally and linguistically depending primarily on the presence of English, the dominant language of North America. By looking at the socio-linguistic structures and the functioning of each of these communities, the similarities that link these Franco-North American communities will become apparent. Students will see how Quebec has become, through its history, institutions, demography and geography, a major epicentre for North American francophone culture. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2012

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FREN 6640 - Hist France:Metropol to Global      

History of France—From the Metropolitan to the Global Level
(Section A - Methodology ; Section B - Civilization)

This course offers students a condensed panorama of the principal changes marking the history of France since the Age of Enlightenment. France will be studied from the perspectives of the metropolis and its external relationships and actions (colonies, migrations, exiles, etc.). Two topics receiving particular attention will be the creation of the nation-state confronted with the instability of political regimes, and social, religious, and cultural identities, from the search for unity to recognition of minorities.

N.B. Students who choose section A can validate their credits in methodology (equivalent to 6525) or they can choose standard evaluation without validating the methodology unit.

Required Text:
1) Berstein, Winock; Histoire de la France politique, tome 3, L’invention de la démocratie: 1789-1914; ISBN-13: 978-2757802267; Seuil
2) Berstein, Winock; Histoire de la France politique, tome 4, La République recommencée: 1914 à nos jours;
ISBN-13: 978-2757831656 or 9782757802274; Seuil Civ Cul & Soc Pedagogy

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FREN 6644 - The History of Québec      

Quebec is a unique society which was born and has evolved at the crossroads of two Occidental empires, France and Great-Britain. This course will cover the major periods in Quebec’s history from its origins as New France (1680-1760), to British North America (1763-1867), the Dominion of Canada (1867-1959), and modern Québec (1960-present). Since the French settlements along the banks of the Saint Lawrence River, Canadians of French origin had to defend their heritage in skirmishes and wars against various First Nation Peoples, British and English-Canadians. Because of this situation, they developed a unique culture, historically founded on the Catholic religion, the French language, and family values. It is interesting to note that Québec presently has health and educational systems unlike any other in North America as well as an unparalleled legal system for the protection of the French language. This course will also cover the critical moments in Québec’s quest for political independence which occurred during the past few decades (in the form of referendums). After nearly 400 years of existence in North America, Québec has become a modern society facing contemporary issues such as the environment, globalization, and a the transformation of social identity.

Required Text:
John A. Dickinson et Brian Young; Brève histoire socio-économique du Québec (4e édition) ISBN : 978-2-89448-602-3; Septentrion Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2011, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 6645 - Quebec's Cinema & Culture      

Le Québec en images: cinéma québécois / Cinéma québécois

Quebec films offer a rich and diverse repertoire of works which delve primarily into the social identity of the largest French speaking culture in North America. Other predominate themes to be discussed focus more on the social and historical particularities of Quebec. These include: British colonization, Catholicism, winter, large families, the north, etc. This course will follow the evolution of film making in Quebec since its conception in the beginning of the 20th century and focus primarily on two defining decades. The first, known as the Quiet Revolution (1960-1980), is considered as the starting point of contemporary Quebecois cinema. From this period emerged the National Film Board of Canada, several of the Quebec’s most influential film producers: Jutra, Brault, Perreault, Carle, Arcand, etc., as well as various styles of cinematography, most notably, “cinema direct” or candid eye.

The second part, the New Generation (1990-2000) will show how a group of young filmmakers provided a second wind to an ailing industry. Through the use of more modern filming techniques, and a post-modern approach to script writing which focused less on social and political themes, they were instrumental in gaining international recognition for Quebecois cinema. For each period, we will discuss and analyze several film makers and their selected works.

Required Text:
Marcel Jean; Le cinéma québécois (nouvelle édition) ISBN 2-7646-0415-7; Éditions du Boréal Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2011, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 6646 - Youth in Contemp Caribbean Lit      

Childood and Youth in Contemporary Caribbean literature in French Literature

Summer 2012

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FREN 6647 - Oral Tradition in African Lit      

Initiation à la tradition orale africaine / Introduction to African Traditional Oral Literature

This course is intended for students who wish to explore the fundamentals of the African oral tradition. Indeed it is impossible to understand the African Francophone literature if you ignore the traditional patrimony kept alive by the storytellers and the griots.

The course is divided in three parts:
1) The fundamental myths among the Dogons, the Fulanis, the Bambaras, the Bantus. Who has created the World, and what are the links which binds Mankind to Nature and the Gods?
2) The different forms of speech: the epics, the tales, the proverbs, and the riddles
3) The influence of the oral tradition on the novel and African Francophone cinema

Required Texts:
Les Contes initiatiques peuls, Ba, Stock
Maxi Proverbes Africains, Cabakulu, Marabou
Les Contes d’Amadou Koumba, Diop, 61
Soundjata or L’Epopee Mandingue, Niane, 60
La Belle Historie de Leuk-le-Lièvre, Senghor/ Sadji, FR Poc Literature

Summer 2011

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FREN 6648 - French Quebecois      

French of Quebec

The goal of this course is to demonstrate how the French of Quebec constitutes not only the language of art and literature but an integral part of Quebecers’ identity. By reading and discussing critical essays and diverse forms of literature such as folktales and legends, songs and novels, students will be exposed to the linguistic particularities of Quebec French, known as québécismes. They will also understand how the language evolved throughout its history in a North America environment. In the 1960’s, literature proved to be the perfect setting for this creative and original form of French language in both the cultural and political arenas of Quebec. Since this decade, several of these significant Quebecois texts, which will be discussed in this course, have transcended the borders of Quebec where they have enriched francophone literature globally.

Required text: Michel PLOURDE (dir.) Le français au Québec. 400 ans d’histoire et de vie. ISBN : 9782762128130 Civ Cul & Soc Linguistics

Summer 2012, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 6649 - 20C Fr Caribbean Geog & Lit      

Geography and Literature in the Twentieth Century French Caribbean

Since the birth of the Afro-Caribbean French literature (novel and poetry specifically), authors always considered geography and/or topography as a central issue. This might include the physical relationship with nature as well as the conditions of their lives.

Texts: 1) Texaco, Paris, Gallimard, 1992 [Folio, ISBN 9-782070-389520]; 2) Adèle et la pacotilleuse, Paris, Mercure de France, 2005 [Gallimard, Folio, ISBN 9-782070-342242]; 3) Pluie et vent sur Télumée-Miracle, Paris, Seuil, 1972 [Point, ISBN 9-782020-239256]; 4) Le discours antillais, Paris, Gallimard, 1981 [Folio, ISBN 9-782046-722224] Literature

Summer 2011

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FREN 6650 - Mediterranean:Religion & Peace      

Religions, Peace and Security in the Mediterranean Region

The longest non-resolved armed conflict of the XXth century, and probably of the XXIth century, is in the Mediterranean Region. It is not about a tension or about a dispute between two countries, but rather about a conflict among many countries of the region. The advent of the Arab Spring permits a new glance at the democratization of the Arab societies and their commitment (or not) to an inter-religious and inter-state long-term peace. In this context, we will first examine the various stages of the diverse conflicts and their evolution in the Middle East region. Secondly, by studying resolutions of the UN concerning these issues, we will analyze the experiences, the challenges and their implications for international relations, including the U.S. Finally, we shall observe the complexities of connections between the religious and cultural minorities within these Mediterranean countries.

No textbook required Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 6651 - French Political Issues      

Political Issues in French Political Life: Preparing for the 2017 Presidential Election

In 2017, the next French Presidential Election will be held. This election of the President of the French Republic remains the great moment of French political life. French voters make an assessment of the outgoing President and project themselves in the future. The parties act as political machines and all their strategies are dictated by this important political deadline. Finally, the institutions show their capacity to handle new problems and cleavages. The course will be dedicated to all these questions and will revisit all the previous presidential elections under the Fifth Republic, the evolutions of the French voters, the changes in the parties and the adaptation of the political institutions.

Required texts:
- Pascal PERRINEAU, Le choix de Marianne. Pourquoi et pour qui votons-nous?, ISBN 9782213654195
- * Pascal PERRINEAU, La France au Front. Essai sur l’avenir du Front national, ISBN 9782213681030
- Jean-Jacques CHEVALLIER, Guy CARCASSONNE, Olivier DUHAMEL, Histoire de la Vème République, 1958-1962, ISBN 9782247120420
* This book has to be read before the end of July Civ Cul & Soc

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FREN 6653 - Art of Songwriting in Quebec      

The goal of the course is to show how the art of songwriting in Québec is a primary and original aspect of Québecois culture. Songs have not only helped the people of Québec to survive but allow them to express their aspirations and their ideals through time. It is also important to understand the impact of québécois songs on the entire francophone culture. Many of Québec's authors, composers and performers have gained notoriety in France and other Francophone countries. The course aims to introduce the history and various themes of Québec songs throughout three major periods: l'implantation (1608-1959), l'expression (1960-1989) and l'innovation (1990 to today ). By understanding these periods, students will be able to analyze songs in a sociological perspective and to discover how Québec's most influential performers have established and marked the corpus of québécois songs.

Required text: La chanson québécoise en question, Robert Léger ISBN: 2-7644-0222-8 Pub: Québec-Amérique Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2013

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FREN 6655 - Teaching FSL Grammar      

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the principles and techniques of teaching grammar to FSL students. Topics covered include grammar terminology (i.e., metalanguage) and its role in teaching, identification of the various types of grammar, the place of grammar historically within various teaching approaches, explicit and implicit grammar instruction, inductive and deductive teaching, focus on form and the integration of grammar into a post-communicative language teaching framework, the identification of developmental stages of French grammar in second language learners, developing grammar fluency, and assessing and documenting the grammatical progress of learners.

Required Text: Chartrand, S., Aubin, D., Blain, R., Simard, C.; Grammaire pédagogique du français d’aujourd’hui (2-89242-560-3) Pedagogy

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FREN 6656 - 17-19C Theater & Politics      

Theater and Politics (17-19th Century)

The link between theater and politics is ontological, the theater constituting a space where the playwright proposes a debate on ideas, intended to have an effect on the public. More than just an observer, the spectator takes a position : the dialogue or the semantic duels of the characters are arguments that can be simultaneously judiciary, political, or philosophical. They offer an experience of liberty, an encounter with the other and with oneself, at the same time being a reflection on society or the civic domain. We will examine these aspects in three authors : Corneille and his dialectic on heroism, honor and glory, Beaumarchais’ problematic and seminal trilogy of the French revolution (Le Barbier de Séville, Le Mariage de Figaro, and La Mère coupable), and Victor Hugo, through his romantic dramas using battles on and off stage (Hernani and Ruy Blas). This literature course is based on textual analysis, and the texts’ modern theatrical adaptations, with examples on video.

Required texts :
Pierre CORNEILLE, Le Cid, ISBN-10: 207040918X
Pierre CORNEILLE, Cinna, ISBN-10: 207031863X
BEAUMARCHAIS, Le Barbier de Séville, Le Mariage de Figaro et La Mère coupable, ISBN-10: 2080700766
Victor HUGO, Hernani, ISBN-10: 2081269406
Victor HUGO, Ruy Blas, ISBN-10: 207040157X Literature

Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 6661 - Cinema in its Making      

This course aims to introduce students to the technique of making a documentary or a fictional film and to writing a screenplay. By analyzing several films and their scenarios, students will learn the importance and value of the staging of a narrative, of character-driven dialogue and of appropriate settings. They will also learn how different camera angles can change, reinforce or undermine particular situations. Applying these writing and directing concepts, students will create and present a documentary scenario and a short film script with a story board.

Required text: 1) La nuit américaine réalisé par François Truffaut
édition Petite bibliothèque des Cahiers du Cinéma Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2012

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FREN 6663 - Colonial Africa & Lit      

Colonial Africa and Literature between the Wars

It was in the wake of the Great War that the French Ministry of Overseas intensified its propaganda about expansion activities in Africa. The International Colonial Exhibition, held in Paris in 1931, marked the apogee of French political and popular convictions that concern the civilisation aspect of colonialism. It was in the very same period that French Equatorial Africa and French West Africa (l’Afrique Equatoriale and l’Afrique Occidentale Française) opened to tourists. These regions had long been spaces reserved for military, colonial administrations and large commercial companies. From then on, Africa, before seen as wild and remote in the same way that the Orient did a century before, attracted writers-travellers on a quest for exoticism and unfamiliar experiences. Namely four important men of letters – André Gide, Paul Morand, Albert Londres and Michel Leiris – spent their days in French Africa during the ten-year period that began in 1925 and who then, upon their return, published the impressions of their travels. Those published works influenced the way the French saw the colonial empire in Africa. We will confront those accounts in the fictional narrative told by Bardamu in Journey to the End of the Night by Céline (1932) and in the novel Batouala (Prix Goncourt in 1921) written by the Martinican author René Maran, who was at that time a colonial administrator in French Equatorial Africa.
We will see that it was during that period, first marked by the absurdity of the human sacrifice during the First World War and later on by the economic and social hardships caused by the financial crisis, that literature tackled the question of African colonialism. This Africa which had involuntarily and without others’ interest in it, by the means of “l’art nègre”, participated to a great extent in literary and artistic renewal of surrealists’ imagination, started to be portrayed as it is in reality.

Required texts:
André GIDE, Voyage au Congo, ISBN 978-2-07-039310-7
Albert LONDRES, Terre d’ébène. ISBN 978-2-86959-812-6
Louis-Ferdinand CÉLINE, Voyage au bout de la nuit. ISBN 978-2-07-036028-4
René MARAN, Batouala, ISBN 978-2-210-75450-8 Literature

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FREN 6665 - The Extreme Right:France & Eur      

The Extreme Right in France and Europe: Definition and Analysis

N.B. This course meets from July 24 to August 13, 2 hours per day.

After the local elections of March 2014 and the European elections of May 2014, the time has come for a balance sheet of the nationalist and populist forces in France and Europe. The course will tackle with the questions of terminology (extreme-right, radical right, nationalism, populism…), history of the nationalist political culture, ideological content of the programs, political organization of the parties, sociology of its supports and factors of the dynamics of this political family in a lot of European countries.

Required Text:
1) Pascal Perrineau, La France au Front. Essai sur l’avenir du Front national, Paris, Fayard, 2014 (ISBN 978-2-213-68103-0)
2) Hans Georg Betz, La droite populiste en Europe, Extrême et démocrate ?, Paris, Autrement, 2004 (ISBN 2-7467-0451-X) Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2011, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 6667 - Image of Machine in 19-20C Lit      

The Image of the Machine in Literature (19th-20th Century)

The purpose of this course is to study the various aspects of the image of machines and mechanical devices as developed in French fiction from the mid-19th century. First we will place this image in its contemporary scientific, social and historical contexts, and look for its early appearance both in poetry and novels around 1850.

We will then consider three instances of the literary representation of machines in the late 19th century French novel : 1/ the realist representation in Zola’s La Bête humaine (1890). We will study the various meanings of the image of trains and locomotives : technical (engines and railways), philosophical (the machine as a progress and history maker), and phantasmatic meanings (erotic and killing impulses). 2/ literary fantasy in Jules Verne’s Vingt mille lieues sous les mers (1870). We will look at the Nautilus, captain Nemo’s submarine, successively as a machine, a luxurious and marvelous masterpiece, a powerful adventure and drama booster, an instrument of knowledge, but also as a dangerous incitement to pride and violation of the natural and divine interdicts. 3/ the fantastic vision of science and technique in Villiers de l’Isle-Adam’s L’Ève future (1886), a strange narrative about an artificial creature and a search for ideal love. We will examine the various technical, moral and metaphysical aspects of this rich and unappreciated novel.

Finally we will study the further developments of the literary image of the machine, picking different examples from 20th century French literature : adventure and science fiction, futurist poetry glorifying energy and modern beauty provided by machines, surrealist and structuralist attempts to control the mechanism of language.

Required texts :
Emile ZOLA, La Bête Humaine, ISBN 978-2-0812-0291-7
Jules VERNE, Vingt mille lieues sous les mers, ISBN 2-07-042483-9
Auguste VILLIERS DE L’ISLE-ADAM, L’Ève future. ISBN 2-07-038739-9 Literature

Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 6668 - History of Europe:16-21C      

A History of Europe, from the 16th to the 21st Century: Convergence and Divergence

In the late Middle Ages, the so-called "Christian West" knew a considerable change. Europe built itself by starting to conquer the world. Technical, artistic and religious revolutions participated in this extraordinary movement of expansion. Over four centuries, a European model of “civilization” established its preeminence. But this creative power does not exist without tensions, without mutilation. The purpose of this seminar is to bring out the highlights of this adventure in order to understand the main mechanisms at play.
The course is divided into four parts: 1.The Renaissance: between civilization and violence, 2.The invention of Europe (seventeenth and eighteenth century), 3. Europe, a universal power (eighteenth and early twentieth century), 4.Europe between destruction and reinvention. Each session will be devoted to a thematic study. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 6671 - Lang & Literature in Quebec      

Littérature québécoise / Quebecois Literature

Located at the crossroads between American and French cultures, québécois literature finds its roots in these two influences. The course will follow the important stages of Québec's literary history by studying several of its most prominent and influential works. Starting with the first period of increased nationalism at the dawn of the 20th century through the Quiet Revolution and the dynamism of contemporary immigrant literature, the course will provide an overview of the socio-cultural conditions that have shaped the literature of Québec. Several authors, entire works, and short excerpts will be studied. Different genres - poetry, novels, plays and essays - will be invoked to illustrate the richness and importance of Québécois literature.

Required book: Michel Laurin, Anthologie de la littérature québécoise 3e édition, ISBN 978-2-7617-2512-5, Les Éditions CEC Literature

Summer 2013

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FREN 6672 - Landscape in 19&20C French Lit      

Landscape in 19th and 20th Century French Literature / le paysage dans la literature des 19 et 20ième siècles

This course will explore in the poetry and the French novel aspects and the evolution of a major theme of the literary and artistic creation of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: the representation of landscape. We will look first at the romantic landscape, focusing on the contemplation of nature and the effects that this contemplation occurs on the spectator's soul: countryside (Lamartine), mountain (Senancour), sea (Hugo), exoticism (Chateaubriand ), etc.. Then we'll see how the interest of the observer moves from nature to the city, and how the birth of a city (Paris) supports the development of modernity (Balzac, Baudelaire, Zola, Apollinaris, etc..). This change is accompanied by the emergence of new landscapes: industrial landscape, landscape of ruins, war, etc.. We will study the links that the landscape has with psychological analysis (Proust), and we will show how the emergence of new forms of fiction (Céline, Giono, New Roman) causes a change in the representation of space. The thematic study of the landscape will be accompanied by the means of its literary representation in relation to painting: realism, impressionism, abstraction, etc. We will work on short extracts to be distributed to students in class.

Evaluation: each student will make a brief oral and written work of a dozen pages related to the topics covered during the course. Literature

Summer 2012

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FREN 6675 - Literary Theory and Criticism      

In order to understand the various methodologies that make literary analysis possible (French literary criticism, the history of literary criticism and of comparative literary criticism) this course examines the history of criticism understood here as a “science of texts” with a focus on genre, form and discourse.
The approach will be both diachronic and synchronic. As we follow the development of literary criticism over the centuries, we will focus on such critical notions as text, author, reader, style, etc.to determine their scope, interest, and relevance.

Required texts:
Antoine COMPAGNON, Le démon de la théorie, ISBN-13: 978-27578420
Yves CHEVREL, La Littérature comparée, ISBN-13: 978-2130574996 Literature

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FREN 6678 - Individual & Collective Memory      

Memory is a multifaceted concept that is often interchanged with other similar concepts and used as an equivalent: transmission, inheritance, tradition, history, and identity to cite the most obvious. But what is the specificity of memory? The principal aim of this course is to define the characteristics and functions of the different processes of remembering in both private and public spheres. The course focuses on two principal dimensions:
- Understanding individual familial memory and its role in the construction of social and personal identity
- Explaining the uses of collective memory and commemoration in contemporary democratic societies, and especially in France today
The general framework of the course is designed to integrate social and individual approaches to memory, drawing on a wide diversity of research and knowledge from the social sciences and history. It also develops broader approaches by analyzing examples from literature and cinema.

Required text:
Anne MUXEL, Individu et mémoire familiale : ISBN : 978-2-01-279318-7. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 6679 - Contemporary France      

France has gone through many changes: European integration, globalization, euro zone crisis. Despite all these changes, France still aspires to play a major role in the world. This role is based on its « soft power », that is to say its cultural and social model. The aim of this course is to give a general outlook of French culture and society in an era of globalization and crisis. We will focus mainly on demography, immigration, social stratification, educational system, religious beliefs, work and leisure, art trends, etc. These topics will always be studied in their economic and historical context.

Required text:
L’état de la France 2014-2015 Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 6681 - Comedy & Society      

Comedy & Society, Comedy and the Human Condition

Section A: Methodology - Section B: Literature

Through analysis of five significant comedies (Molière through Ionesco : Dom Juan – Le Mariage de Figaro – La guerre de Troie n’aura pas lieu – Caligula – Rhinocéros-), the course will examine this literary genre in relation to its audiences, to the society which it mirrors, as well as to the different dramatic esthetics which it embodies. We will look at how the social dimension and the vision of man are associated, in as much as {or given that}they are expressed according to different representations in classical theatre or in more contemporary theatre.

Students can choose to take either a methodological section or a literary section of this course.

The first option, section A, offers literary and social science students an opportunity to master analytical methods and textual commentaries that will allow them to read and understand a variety of theatrical texts, all while enhancing their analytical writing skills through various methodological exercises. These include summaries, literary comparisons, technical explanations, textual commentaries, argumentative dialectical essays, reading analyses and oral presentations.

The second option, section B, offers students the opportunity to study the historic, literary, dramatic, cultural, philosophical and social evolution of French comedy from the 17th to the 20th century in great depth.
In both sections, students will read the texts and watch different film productions of each work as well.

N.B Students who choose section A can validate their credits in methodology (equivalent 6525).

Required texts:
1) Giraudoux, La Guerre de Troie n'aura pas lieu, éd., Grasset, le livre de poche, ISBN 2 – 253 – 00489 – 8
2) Camus, Caligula, éd., Folio/Gallimard, ISBN 978 – 2 – 07 – 036064 – 2
3) Ionesco, Rhinocéros, éd., Folioplus/Gallimard, ISBN 978 – 2 – 07 – 033880 - 1
4) Beaumarchais, Le Mariage de Figaro, Paris, Pocket classique, 2010, ISBN-10: 2266210432, ISBN-13: 978-2266210430.
5) Molière, Dom Juan, Paris, Garnier Flammarion, 1998, ISBN-10: 2080709038, ISBN-13: 978-2080709035

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Summer 2011, Summer 2012

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FREN 6684 - French Cultural Identities      

From the Renaissance onward, specific cultural and language policies have been imposed on the French territory at the expense of regional dialects. These policies were reinforced throughout the entire Ancien Régime and aggravated in the colonial empire era until the 20th century, when they eventually began to crumble due to the decolonization and uprising national and regional demands. Today, France finds itself in an era of strong individuality and communitarianism, responsible for a profusion of cultural identities at the heart of the European community, whose boundaries continue to blur. The year 2014 saw the Front National come out on top of French parties in the European Election, a political progression that continues to be confirmed in local elections. This rise of the far-right, populist party, is a clear symptom of the unrest taking over French society. And we can only hope that the national expression of solidarity following this
year’s terrorist attacks against the magazine Charlie Hebdo and inside a kosher supermarket will not be too soon forgotten.

By looking into relevant texts that will explain what being French has meant for five centuries, we will be able to better understand the multiple references made to the cultural and national identity in publications in the fields of history and political science. We will then complete our course by studying works which have nurtured the intellectual views on the social and identity fracture in the past years. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 6688 - Teaching with Technology      

Teaching Language and Culture with Technology / Enseigner la langue et culture avec la technologie

"N.B. This course meets from July 5 to July 26 , 2 hours per day*.

This course is for current or future teachers who are interested in integrating technology into their language classes.

Participants will:
- read a variety of articles and get an overview of current research on technology and language pedagogy.
- explore various technological tools and see what pedagogical objectives they can best support.
- examine different models (websites and projects developed with specific pedagogical objectives in mind), and analyze their approach and methodology.
- reflect on the specific role of the teacher, and see how technology can be used to increase student interaction in the classroom.

There will be a mix of presentations, discussions, and hands-on projects. Work will be done individually and in group, and will take into account the particular teaching context of participants. Pedagogy

Summer 2012

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FREN 6689 - Religions Mediterranean World      

Les Religions dans le monde méditerranéen / Religions of the Mediterranean World

Lined by three continents (Asia, Africa and Europe) and geostrategic space, the Mediterranean Sea was during several millenniums the centre of the world. Besides, being cradle of three monotheist religions and art of living, zone of conflict, crossroads of exchanges and migration, the Mediterranean Sea saw asserting itself, more than in quite other region of the planet, the numerous and glorious civilizations.

In this course, we are going to see that the Mediterranean Sea is the history of a tension between two modes of knowledge (the reason and the faith) on one hand, and the collection of their possible retrievable, between a shore and other one of the Mediterranean Sea on the other hand. In this trail, we are going to examine how the religious thoughts of both shores tend to approach the interactions of civilizations and to question these multiple interferences, which not only made all the history of the Mediterranean Sea, but which direct still widely its future.
No previous knowledge required.

Required Text: an electronic support will be provided.

(Besides regular credits this course may also count for one unit (i.e. 3 credits) in the M.A. in Mediterranean Studies program)" Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2011

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FREN 6691 - 21C Fantasy Literature      

Introduction to Fantasy Literature of the 21st century

While the literature of the XIXth and XXth centuries emphasized an aesthetic dedicated to real world representations, the XXst century begins with a preference for fantasy fiction, manifested in many forms: literature, video games or the on-line world. This course will present contemporary productions of the past 15 years, while trying to understand what these works tell us of modern societies and the collective imagination of the contemporary world.

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 6692 - Mod Periods Mediterranean Civ      

La méditerranée dans le monde actuel / Modern Periods of Mediterranean Civilization

"The Mediterranean occupies an important place in the 20th century as it has been involved in the two world wars and it is still the centre of the major conflicts of the second part of the 20th century. Today the major powers are aware that world peace cannot be reached if the Mediterranean conflicts are not settled. This is why France and Europe have the aim of stabilizing a region through “l’Union pour la méditerranée” which was launched in 2008. The course will give a large overview of the geopolitical problems of the region since 1945. We will study all the countries around the Mediterranean and we will examine the major conflicts of the Near East. And we will see how Europe and France can become major actors in the region. No previous knowledge required.

Required text:Histoire de la Méditerranée,Jean Carpentier, Francois Lebrun, editions Seuil 2006. ISBN 978-2-02-051913-7

N.B Students who choose section A can validate their credits in methodology (equivalent to 6525).

Besides regular credits this course may also count for one unit (i.e. 3 credits) in the M.A. in Mediterranean Studies program

Summer 2012

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FREN 6694 - Second Language Acquisition      

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the various factors that play a role in the processes of second language acquisition, particularly as it occurs in the classroom. Topics covered include theories and models of acquisition (behaviorism, universal grammar, interactionism and cognitive models), bilingualism, the nature and function of the input, developmental stages, characteristics of learner interlanguage, first language transfer, social, psychological and affective factors influencing second language acquisition, language learning strategies, and current research and its application to teaching French as a second language. Pedagogy

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 6712 - Theory of the Novel      

La théorie du roman / Theory of the Novel

N.B. This course meets from June 30 to July 20, 2 hours per day

This course will examine (thru theoretical texts such as forewords, correspondences, essays, etc.), how the French novelists of the 19th and 20th centuries considered the genre and their own craft. Balzac’s, Flaubert’s, Zola’s, Proust’s works will be studied to show how the realistic novel was born and how it evolved. Then a few attempts at renewal will be looked into : Gide’s Faux Monnayeurs, Sartre’s ‘existentialist’ novel, Robbe-Grillet’s ‘Nouveau Roman’. This course will provide a general survey of the evolution of the French novel between 1830 and 1960, with a final opening onto the next period.

The course material will be short excerpts given as handouts to students. Literature

Summer 2011

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FREN 6713 - Camus      

Section A - Methodology; Section B - Literature

Albert Camus was born in 1913. In 2013 in France, one hundred years later, numerous studies take stock of an essayist, a dramatist, a novelist, a philosopher, who mattered, who weighed heavily during the second world war and in the after-war years. Through his writing and his action, he was closely involved in all the controversies and intellectual, esthetic, and political battles that defined those years. He died young, in a car accident, torn by the war in Algeria whose outcome was still uncertain in 1960. He had just received the Nobel Prize in literature. What legacy did the humanistic philosopher, libertarian, and brilliant novelist leave to today’s young generations? We will be attempting to understand as we examine two of his most significant short novels, L’Etranger and La Chute, and two of his best known and powerful plays, Caligula and Les Justes.

Required texts: 1) Albert CAMUS; L'Etranger, Folio ISBN 978 2 07 036002 4, Ed.Gallimard; 2) Albert CAMUS, La Chute Folio plus, ISBN 978 2 07 040356 4; Ed. Gallimard; 3) Albert CAMUS, Caligula Folio ISBN 978 2 07 036064 2; Ed. Gallimard; 4) Albert CAMUS, Les Justes Folio plus ISBN 978 2 07 040606 7, Ed.Gallimard
N.B. Students who choose section A can validate their credits in methodology (equivalent to 6525) or they can choose standard evaluation without validating the methodology unit.
Choice A will help social science and literary students master analytical methods and textual commentary, enabling them to construct a personal approach to reading and understanding varied texts in depth, while broadening and exercising their written skills through varied methodological exercises, summaries, technical explanations, structured commentary, the argumentative dialectical essay, or oral thematic presentations.
Choice B offers in-depth reading of the texts on the syllabus, and their context, through an approach which is historical, literary, cultural, philosophical and social." Literature

Summer 2013

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FREN 6714 - Passion in 19 & 20C French Lit      

Passion in the French Novel of the 19th & 20th centuries / La passion dans les romans des 19 et 20ième siècles

""Passion," Balzac said, "is all humanity." This course will explore different representations of the human passions in the French novel of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We will first study in Stendhal's Le Rouge et le noir the conflict of love and ambition; then in La Curée by Emile Zola the portrait of speculators associated with that of the ""imperial party"" in the corrupt society of the Second Empire; in Un Amour de Swann by Marcel Proust the fine analysis of the evolution of passion and jealousy, and finally in a Un Roi sans divertissement by Jean Giono the quest for the absolute and its tragic outcome. These texts should be read in full.
Each student will make at least one oral presentation and a written work of a dozen pages related to the theme of the course.

Required texts:
1) Stendhal, Le Rouge et le noir, Hachette, Le Livre de poche classiques, ISBN 978 225 300 6206
2) Émile Zola, La Curée, Gallimard, Folio classique, nº 3302, ISBN 978 207 041 1412
3) Marcel Proust, Un amour de Swann, Gallimard, Folio, nº 780, ISBN 207 036 7800
4) Jean Giono, Un roi sans divertissement, Gallimard, Folio, nº 220, ISBN 978 207 036 2202 Literature

Summer 2012

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FREN 6724 - Life & Work Amadou Hampate Ba      

Literature

Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 6735 - Postcolonial Theory      

Postcolonial Theory and Cultural Productions

This course will use the fundamentals of postcolonial theory to examine contemporary cultural productions in Africa as a social and ideological practice. We will use literature, film and music to determine the ways in which cultures have developed from the upheavals of late colonialism to recent sociopolitical crises. The first section of the course will use two novels to explore key issues relating to otherness and the colonial encounter that, after independence, has been replaced by different types of violence. The second section will provide an overview of key cinematographic productions and examine the ways in which they translate various cultural and political experiences. The last section will focus on a selection of musicians in order to analyze the sociopolitical discourse at play in their songs. At the end of this course, students should be able to determine how cultural and political identities are constructed through issues such as (post)colonialism, orality, gender, sexuality, “tradition” and “modernity”.

Required texts:
Cheikh Hamidou KANE, L’Aventure ambiguë/, ISBN 2264036931
Ahmadou KOUROUMA, /Allah n’est pas obligé/, ISBN 2020525712
Aimé CÉSAIRE , /Discours sur le colonialisme
, ISBN 2708705318 Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 6742 - Cinema of Minorities      

Cultures and documents on the Screen. The Cinema of Minorities in the postcolonial Era / Cultures et documents à l’écran. Le cinéma des minorités dans l’ère postcoloniale

Since the birth of the Pan-African film festival of Ouagadougou, FESPACO (1969), French African and Caribbean filmmakers have addressed their histories, invented their own images, and shown their personal / internal points of view. With the films of Ousmane Sembène (La noire de…), Abderrahmane Sissako (Heremakhono), Med Hondo (Sarraounia), Souleymane Cissé (Finyé), Jean-Pierre Dikongué Pipa (Muna Moto), Euzan Palcy (Rue Cases nègres), Guy Deslauriers (Biguine) or Jean-Pierre Bekolo (Quartier Mozart) – among many others – we will examine the variety of approaches and the significance of autonomy in the post-colonial era. This will include the invention of black continental history because of colonization or slavery, political reflections because of African experiences of independence and cultural aesthetics stemming from conflicts with European civilization. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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FREN 6755 - Baudelaire      

Baudelaire's Works and Influences

In this course we will study the works of Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), one of the greatest writers in French literature, and maybe 19th century's newest, richest and deepest poet. First we will place his works in the context of contemporary literary creation, with a brief survey of French poetry at the end of the romantic era, showing how Baudelaire differs from his great predecessors, such as Victor Hugo or Théophile Gautier.

We will then examine the various aspects of Baudelaire's works, looking at themes, forms and ideas —versified poems in Les Fleurs du Mal and prose texts in Le Spleen de Paris. We will also study Baudelaire's rich critical essays, a most important and original part of his creation (if less well-known) and go into some extracts from Fusées and Mon cœur mis à nu, his intimate and unfinished diary.
Finally, we will see how Baudelaire’s influence spread over French poetry long after his death, by going through some texts by Verlaine, Rimbaud, Apollinaire and the Surrealists Literature

Summer 2015 Language Schools

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The French School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
P: 802.443.5526
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Mailing address
French School
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Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Sheila Schwaneflugel, Coordinator
sschwaneflugel@middlebury.edu