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FREN 3101 - Beginning French I      

Level 1 is intended for students with no or 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 aptitudes (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) simultaneously, and 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.

Free-form classroom interactions are balanced with structured grammar, vocabulary and phonetics drills. 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 navigate a variety of real-world situations.

Required text:
- Anne AKYUZ, Bernadette BAZELLE-SHAHMAEI, Joëlle BONENFANT, Marie-Françoise GLIEMANN, Les 500 Exercices de Grammaire A1 - Livre + corrigés intégrés,
ISBN-13: 978-2011554321 LNG

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FREN 3102 - Beginning French I      

Level 1 is intended for students with no or 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 aptitudes (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) simultaneously, and 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.

Free-form classroom interactions are balanced with structured grammar, vocabulary and phonetics drills. 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 navigate a variety of real-world situations.

Required text:
- Anne AKYUZ, Bernadette BAZELLE-SHAHMAEI, Joëlle BONENFANT, Marie-Françoise GLIEMANN, Les 500 Exercices de Grammaire A1 - Livre + corrigés intégrés,
ISBN-13: 978-2011554321

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FREN 3103 - Beginning French I      

Level 1 is intended for students with no or 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 aptitudes (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) simultaneously, and 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.

Free-form classroom interactions are balanced with structured grammar, vocabulary and phonetics drills. 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 navigate a variety of real-world situations.

Required text:
- Anne AKYUZ, Bernadette BAZELLE-SHAHMAEI, Joëlle BONENFANT, Marie-Françoise GLIEMANN, Les 500 Exercices de Grammaire A1 - Livre + corrigés intégrés,
ISBN-13: 978-2011554321 LNG

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FREN 3104 - Beginning French I      

Level 1 is intended for students with no or 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 aptitudes (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) simultaneously, and 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.

Free-form classroom interactions are balanced with structured grammar, vocabulary and phonetics drills. 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 navigate a variety of real-world situations.

Required text:
- Anne AKYUZ, Bernadette BAZELLE-SHAHMAEI, Joëlle BONENFANT, Marie-Françoise GLIEMANN, Les 500 Exercices de Grammaire A1 - Livre + corrigés intégrés,
ISBN-13: 978-2011554321

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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

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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

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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

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FREN 3201 - Early Intermediate      

Level 2 is designed for students who have already acquired basic French language skills (about 60 hours of French instruction). The course places special attention on the development of self-expression, communicative proficiency, written and oral skills, and cultural insights. To reach this goal, students will also develop their grammatical, lexical and phonetics knowledge.

Class materials and activities are developed to meet the students’ needs. The materials are realistic and selected to correspond with current topics, coming from authentic documents such as francophone press articles, radio and TV extracts.

Each skill and topic are addressed in a task-based and communicative method and immerse the student in real-life situations.

The section is divided into four courses: grammatical structures (3201), oral interaction and phonetics (3202), written comprehension and expression (3203), introduction to francophone cultures (3204). In each course, performance and progress will be assessed on a weekly basis in addition to a final exam.

Required text:
- Anne AKYUZ, Bernadette BAZELLE-SHAHMAEI, Joëlle BONENFANT, Marie-Françoise GLIEMANN, Les 500 Exercices de Grammaire A2, Hachette FLE, 2006, ISBN-13: 978-2011554352.

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FREN 3202 - Early Intermediate      

Level 2 is designed for students who have already acquired basic French language skills (about 60 hours of French instruction). The course places special attention on the development of self-expression, communicative proficiency, written and oral skills, and cultural insights. To reach this goal, students will also develop their grammatical, lexical and phonetics knowledge.

Class materials and activities are developed to meet the students’ needs. The materials are realistic and selected to correspond with current topics, coming from authentic documents such as francophone press articles, radio and TV extracts.

Each skill and topic are addressed in a task-based and communicative method and immerse the student in real-life situations.

The section is divided into four courses: grammatical structures (3201), oral interaction and phonetics (3202), written comprehension and expression (3203), introduction to francophone cultures (3204). In each course, performance and progress will be assessed on a weekly basis in addition to a final exam.

Required text:
- Anne AKYUZ, Bernadette BAZELLE-SHAHMAEI, Joëlle BONENFANT, Marie-Françoise GLIEMANN, Les 500 Exercices de Grammaire A2, Hachette FLE, 2006, ISBN-13: 978-2011554352

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FREN 3203 - Early Intermediate      

Level 2 is designed for students who have already acquired basic French language skills (about 60 hours of French instruction). The course places special attention on the development of self-expression, communicative proficiency, written and oral skills, and cultural insights. To reach this goal, students will also develop their grammatical, lexical and phonetics knowledge.

Class materials and activities are developed to meet the students’ needs. The materials are realistic and selected to correspond with current topics, coming from authentic documents such as francophone press articles, radio and TV extracts.

Each skill and topic are addressed in a task-based and communicative method and immerse the student in real-life situations.

The section is divided into four courses: grammatical structures (3201), oral interaction and phonetics (3202), written comprehension and expression (3203), introduction to francophone cultures (3204). In each course, performance and progress will be assessed on a weekly basis in addition to a final exam.

Required text:
- Anne AKYUZ, Bernadette BAZELLE-SHAHMAEI, Joëlle BONENFANT, Marie-Françoise GLIEMANN, Les 500 Exercices de Grammaire A2, Hachette FLE, 2006, ISBN-13: 978-2011554352 LNG

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FREN 3204 - Early Intermediate      

Level 2 is designed for students who have already acquired basic French language skills (about 60 hours of French instruction). The course places special attention on the development of self-expression, communicative proficiency, written and oral skills, and cultural insights. To reach this goal, students will also develop their grammatical, lexical and phonetics knowledge.

Class materials and activities are developed to meet the students’ needs. The materials are realistic and selected to correspond with current topics, coming from authentic documents such as francophone press articles, radio and TV extracts.

Each skill and topic are addressed in a task-based and communicative method and immerse the student in real-life situations.

The section is divided into four courses: grammatical structures (3201), oral interaction and phonetics (3202), written comprehension and expression (3203), introduction to francophone cultures (3204). In each course, performance and progress will be assessed on a weekly basis in addition to a final exam.

Required text:
- Anne AKYUZ, Bernadette BAZELLE-SHAHMAEI, Joëlle BONENFANT, Marie-Françoise GLIEMANN, Les 500 Exercices de Grammaire A2, Hachette FLE, 2006, ISBN-13: 978-2011554352

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FREN 3211 - Early Intermed French      

Level 200 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 in context (3211); Introduction to literature (3212); Phonetics and oral (3213) 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
-Nicole BLONDEAU, Ferroudja ALLOUACHE et Marie-Françoise NÉ, Littérature Progressive du français Niveau Débutant 2ème édition avec 600 activités, ISBN 978-2-09-038147-4
-Required Course packs for 3211 and 3213 will be available for purchase at the College Bookstore.

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FREN 3212 - Early Intermed French      

Level 200 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 in context (3211); Introduction to literature (3212); Phonetics and oral (3213) 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
-Nicole BLONDEAU, Ferroudja ALLOUACHE et Marie-Françoise NÉ, Littérature Progressive du français Niveau Débutant 2ème édition avec 600 activités, ISBN 978-2-09-038147-4
-Required Course packs for 3211 and 3213 will be available for purchase at the College Bookstore

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FREN 3213 - Early Intermed French      

Level 200 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 in context (3211); Introduction to literature (3212); Phonetics and oral (3213) 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
-Nicole BLONDEAU, Ferroudja ALLOUACHE et Marie-Françoise NÉ, Littérature Progressive du français Niveau Débutant 2ème édition avec 600 activités, ISBN 978-2-09-038147-4
-Required Course packs for 3211 and 3213 will be available for purchase at the College Bookstore

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FREN 3214 - Early Intermed French      

Level 200 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 in context (3211); Introduction to literature (3212); Phonetics and oral (3213) 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
-Nicole BLONDEAU, Ferroudja ALLOUACHE et Marie-Françoise NÉ, Littérature Progressive du français Niveau Débutant 2ème édition avec 600 activités, ISBN 978-2-09-038147-4
-Required Course packs for 3211 and 3213 will be available for purchase at the College Bookstore

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FREN 3251 - Intermediate      

Level 2.5 is designed for students who have received previous instruction in French and are able to function quite independently in full immersion.

The focus is 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 level is divided into four courses, and each class meets for one hour per day. The courses teach: communicative grammar (3251), phonetics and oral expression (3252), lexical development, comprehension and expression (3253) and francophone cultures and literatures (3254).

Required texts:
- Maïa GREGOIRE, Odile THIEVENAZ, Grammaire progressive du français, niveau intermédiaire, 4e édition, CLE International, 2017
ISBN : 978-2-09-038103-0
- Maia GREGOIRE, Odile THIEVENAZ, Grammaire progressive, corrigé, Niveau Intermédiaire, CLE International,
ISBN : 978-2-09-038104-7

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FREN 3252 - Intermediate      

Level 2.5 is designed for students who have received previous instruction in French and are able to function quite independently in full immersion.

The focus is 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 level is divided into four courses, and each class meets for one hour per day. The courses teach: communicative grammar (3251), phonetics and oral expression (3252), lexical development, comprehension and expression (3253) and francophone cultures and literatures (3254).

Required texts:
- Maïa GREGOIRE, Odile THIEVENAZ, Grammaire progressive du français, niveau intermédiaire, 4e édition, CLE International, 2017
ISBN : 978-2-09-038103-0
- Maia GREGOIRE, Odile THIEVENAZ, Grammaire progressive, corrigé, Niveau Intermédiaire, CLE International,
ISBN : 978-2-09-038104-7

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FREN 3253 - Intermediate      

Level 2.5 is designed for students who have received previous instruction in French and are able to function quite independently in full immersion.

The focus is 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 level is divided into four courses, and each class meets for one hour per day. The courses teach: communicative grammar (3251), phonetics and oral expression (3252), lexical development, comprehension and expression (3253) and francophone cultures and literatures (3254).

Required texts:
- Maïa GREGOIRE, Odile THIEVENAZ, Grammaire progressive du français, niveau intermédiaire, 4e édition, CLE International, 2017
ISBN : 978-2-09-038103-0
- Maia GREGOIRE, Odile THIEVENAZ, Grammaire progressive, corrigé, Niveau Intermédiaire, CLE International,
ISBN : 978-2-09-038104-7

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FREN 3254 - Intermediate      

Level 2.5 is designed for students who have received previous instruction in French and are able to function quite independently in full immersion.

The focus is 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 level is divided into four courses, and each class meets for one hour per day. The courses teach: communicative grammar (3251), phonetics and oral expression (3252), lexical development, comprehension and expression (3253) and francophone cultures and literatures (3254).

Required texts:
- Maïa GREGOIRE, Odile THIEVENAZ, Grammaire progressive du français, niveau intermédiaire, 4e édition, CLE International, 2017
ISBN : 978-2-09-038103-0
- Maia GREGOIRE, Odile THIEVENAZ, Grammaire progressive, corrigé, Niveau Intermédiaire, CLE International,
ISBN : 978-2-09-038104-7

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FREN 3301 - Upper Intermediate      

Grammar in Written Context
Students at the Upper Immediate level should demonstrate an increased ability to communicate with attention to the appropriate style, organization and planning, as well as an increased accuracy of grammar syntax and spelling. In this course, students will improve their writing within the context of grammar. Namely, they will learn to improve their abilities to produce different types of texts (argumentative, descriptive, narrative, and explicative), while working on the strengthening of grammar concepts. Authentic texts from a rich variety of sources (literary and journalistic) will be used at the starting point for the illustration and explanation of key areas of French grammar. By the end of this course, students should be able to produce a coherent text that will highlight not only their writing abilities, but also their mastery of the French grammar at the Upper Intermediate level.

Required text:
- Michèle BOULARES, Jean-Louis FREROT, Grammaire Progressive du Français (Avancé)- 2e édition (avec 400 exercices), CLE International, ISBN: 978-2-09-038118-4

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FREN 3302 - Upper Intermediate      

Phonetics and oral communication
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.

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FREN 3303 - Upper Intermediate      

Developing oral and written communication
Through theatre, reading, oral presentations and performances, students will improve their spoken French. Whether for public speaking, oral exams, presentations, conferences, or job interviews, this course will provide the strategies, tools and practice for more assertive and confident speech. In addition to the oral communication program, we will practice written communication throughout the session.

This course is regularly taught to diplomats, lawyers, professors, business managers and French students preparing their oral examinations

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FREN 3304 - Upper Intermediate      

Introduction to the Francophone World
This course is an introduction to Francophone culture and literature. It is impossible to study all the countries that have been under French influence. Therefore, we have made a preliminary selection of countries and regions. Key words will guide our journey through the history of the Francophone world: colonization, language, identity, colonialism, intercultural relations, “Francophonie”. Through the study of literary works, films, music and other authentic documents, the student will understand the differences and similarities in the Francophone world. Finally, the student 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. The student must come to the class prepared and participate actively in the group discussions.

This course will also help students strengthen their knowledge of French grammar and improve their reading comprehension and writing skills.

Required Text:
- Mariama BÂ, Une si longue lettre, Nouvelles Editions Africaines du Sénégal (NEAS), Serpent à Plumes,
ISBN:978-2842612894

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FREN 3305 - Topics in French Language      

Speaking in public with self-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.

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FREN 3306 - Topics in French Language      

Communicative grammar, vocabulary, and written expression
This course is designed to help you refine and improve your written and oral communication skills. Throughout the session, you will explore a variety of topics chosen to enrich your vocabulary and idiomatic expressions while fine-tuning specific, level-appropriate grammar skills. This course focuses less on theory and more on naturally integrating particular, more challenging linguistic construct through various classroom activities and homework assignments. By the end of the semester, you will be better able to express your thoughts and ideas more precisely and with greater ease.

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FREN 3307 - Phonetics&Oral Communication      

Phonetics and oral communication

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: Coursepack will be available for purchase at the College Bookstore

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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: Mariama BÂ, Une si longue lettre. ISBN : 978-2842612894

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FREN 3401 - Advanced Grammar      

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 four types of texts (narrative, descriptive, expressive and argumentative).

Required text:
Maïa GREGOIRE, Alina KOSTUCKI, Grammaire progressive du français (avec 600 exercices), B2/C2 Perfectionnement, CLE international, 2017,
ISBN : 978-209-0382

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FREN 3402 - Oral Production& Pronunciation      

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 de prononciation/ (2nd Edition Enhanced). ISBN13: 978-1-305-65259-0. United States: CENGAGE Learning, 2017.

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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).

Required text:
- Michèle BOULARÈS et Jean-Louis FRÉROT, Grammaire Progressive du français avec 400 exercices, Niveau avancé/, ISBN 978-2-09-038118-4
Coursepack will be available for purchase at the College Bookstore

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FREN 3412 - Great Speeches Fr Pol Rhetoric      

The Great Speeches of 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 of this course will have the opportunity to write by themselves different political speeches which will be performed in class .

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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

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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

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FREN 3422 - Heroes & Women      

The purpose of the course is to see how two main Greek myths, which are very present in 20th century French literature (the myth of Oedipus and the myth of the Atreids), have been used and rethought in various ways. Authors such as Jean Anouilh, Jean Giraudoux, Jean Cocteau, Jean-Paul Sartre and Marguerite Yourcenar did so in order to reflect on the issues of their day: questions of power, the place of women, love, war etc.
Various extracts from literary pieces will be used to illustrate the ways in which myths can receive various treatments and remain current. Students will have an entire work to read.

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FREN 3423 - Regions of France      

The Regions of France: History, Folklore and Culture

France is a patchwork of many regions, each boasting its own identity through its history, culture and dialect. Each week, this course will explore one specific French region—such as Brittany, the Loire Valley or Provence—from a variety of angles: its landscapes, folklore and legends; culinary traditions (the notion of terroir); and the way the region is portrayed through literature and cinema. Examples of the latter include Germinal, in which Emile Zola captures the language and way of life of coal miners in the northern Hauts-de-France; Georges Sand’s legends of her native Berry; and Marcel Pagnol’s Marius and Manon des Sources, in which the playwright highlights the social rituals, comic stances and devious plots of his Provençal characters. The class will read and analyze excerpts of these novels and plays, and will screen and discuss feature films relevant to each region


Required text:
- Marcel Pagnon, Jean de Florette, Edition de Fallois, ISBN : 978-2877065115
- A required Coursepack will be available for purchase at the College Bookstore

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FREN 3428 - Journalism, the French Way      

The goal of the course is to present and then put into practice different journalistic skills and particularly the techniques linked to mastering efficient writing skills.
Various questions will be studied such as research and hierarchy of information, efficient writing skills, style, journalistic genres etc.
In order to put this into practice students will have to work on news reports and illustrate them with photographs, to conduct interviews, write commentaries and editorials.
Numerous articles and productions from the current French press will be used to cover some themes specific to French society and to be analyzed in order to better understand the specificities of Journalism, the French Way.

Required text: Yves AGNES, Manuel de Journalisme, 3e édition, La Découverte, 2015 (.pdf extracts will be provided in class by the instructor)

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FREN 3429 - Cinema Maghreb & Immigration      

Cinema of Maghreb and 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.

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FREN 3448 - Quebec Literature      

This course will help students master analytical and textual methodologies. These methodologies will allow students to read and comprehend Quebec literary texts while developing their written analytical skills by performing methodological exercises such as summaries, technical explanations, close readings, reading analyses or oral thematic presentations. Literary texts deal with universal themes such as identity, migrant literature and woman in society. In this way, we will develop an understanding of other cultures and an awareness of the differences.

Required text:
- Claude CASSISTA, Roger CHAMBERLAND, Jean-Pierre MYETTE, Jean SIMARD et Heinz WEINMANN, Littérature québécoise, des origines à nos jours, textes et méthodes, ISBN-13: 978-2894280782

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FREN 3450 - Theater and Language      

This course aims at developing ease and fluidity of oral communication in French. With the support of contemporary Francophone plays, students will discover the diversity of French languages 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) Dramaturgical approach of the plays: reading, discussion, analysis;
2) Exercises stemming from theatrical pedagogy to improve the qualities of articulation, pronunciation, memorization, verbal ease and public speaking;
3) Staging extracts of the studied plays for a public presentation, which will close the course.
This year, we’ll be exploring the theme of Afropean (African-European) identity, through a series of short plays by two major writers from the African continent living and working in France.

Required texts: Dieudonné NIANGOUNA, M’appelle Mohamed Ali, (Les solitaires intempestifs / ISBN 2846814147)
- Léonora MIANO, Ecrits pour la parole, (L’arche éditeur / ISBN 9782851817730)

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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

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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, Folio, ISBN : 9782070366071
Nathalie SARRAUTE, Enfance, Folio, ISBN : 9782070376841
Georges PEREC, W ou le souvenir d’enfance, Gallimard, L’Imaginaire,
ISBN : 9782070733163.

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FREN 3485 - Young People and Politics      

Young People and Politics in France and Beyond

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.

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FREN 6000 - Continuing Education in French      

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FREN 6001 - Continuing Education French II      

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The Betty Ashbury Jones MA ’86 School of French

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
P: 802.443.5526
F: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
Betty Ashbury Jones MA ’86 School of French
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Sheila Schwaneflugel, Coordinator

frenchschool@middlebury.edu