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French Course Descriptions

FRE 1010 First-Year French I
3 credits
An initiation to comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills, with abundant oral and written drills. Students may not take lower level foreign language courses if they have one year or more of study of that language at the secondary or college level without permission of the instructor. Distribution Requirement: EU.

FRE 1020 First-Year French II
3 credits
An initiation to comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills, with abundant oral and written drills. Students may not take lower level foreign language courses if they have one year or more of study of that language at the secondary or college level without permission of the instructor. Distribution Requirement: EU.

FRE 2010 Second Year French I
3 credits
Continued cultivation of ability to comprehend, speak, read, and write French. Review of basic grammar. Selections from important French writers. Reading about life in modern France. Prerequisite: FRE 1020 or equivalent. Distribution Requirement: EU.

FRE 2020 Second Year French II
3 credits
Continued cultivation of ability to comprehend, speak, read, and write French. Review of basic grammar. Selections from important French writers. Reading about life in modern France. Prerequisite: FRE 2010 or equivalent. Distribution Requirement: EU.

FRE 3010 Advanced French Grammar
3 credits
The course consists of grammar review. The primary focus is on honing the students’ knowledge of French grammar. It is intended as preparatory work for more advanced reading, translation, composition, conversation and literary and cultural studies. Prerequisite: FRE 2020 or the approval of the instructor. Distribution Requirement: EU. Offered Term I and Term II every other year or as needed.

FRE 3020 French Conversation
3 credits
Course emphasizing the development of speaking and listening skills. Prerequisite: FRE 3010 or the approval of the instructor. Distribution Requirement: EU. Offered Term I and Term II.

FRE 3030 French Composition
3 credits
A course in writing correctly and creatively in French. It will focus on writing in various genres and styles. Prerequisite: FRE 3020 or permission of instructor. Fulfills W-Course Requirement. Offered Term I and Term II every other year or as needed.

FRE-SPA 3035 The Romance
3 credits
A voyage from medieval to contemporary times showing a comparative evolution of the French and Hispanic romance. Prerequisite: FRE 3020 or the equivalent.

FRE 3040 Reading and Translation
3 credits
A course in reading and analyzing various types of written texts and in thinking creatively of linguistic differences between French and English. Translation of a variety of texts from French to English and the reverse. Focus also on the development of reading strategies for students of French. Prerequisite: FRE 3030 or equivalent. Offered Term I and Term II, every other year or as needed.

FRE 3110 Survey of French Literature to 1800
3 credits
A survey of French literature from the Middle Ages to the end of the Eighteenth Century, including a study of general trends and literary movements of the period and readings of representative texts. Prerequisite: FRE 3015 and FRE 3020 or permission of instructor. Offered Term I and Term II every two years.

FRE 3120 Survey of French Literature Since 1900
3 credits
A survey of French literature from 1900 to the present, including a study of general trends and literary movements of the period and readings of representative texts. Prerequisite: FRE 3015 and FRE 3020 or permission of instructor. Offered Term I and Term II every other year or as needed.

FRE 3195 Contemporary French Novels
3 credits
An in-depth exploration of major Twentieth Century French novels that challenges disciplinary and genre boundaries. Interdisciplinary criticism and analysis including film, photography, music and theatre. Prerequisite: FRE 3020 or the equivalent.

FRE-SPA 3290 Great Hispanic and French Poetry of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
3 credits
A study of representative French, Spanish and Latin American poets of major literary movements of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Prerequisite: FRE 3020 or the equivalent.

FRE-LAL-SPA 3295 Magical Realism in Short Fiction
3 credits
A study of a major international current in Twentieth Century fiction. Focuses on a lesser-known, but highly influential sub-genre, as well as its manifestations in the visual arts. Prerequisite: FRE 3020.

FRE 3400 Language and Culture For Doing Business in France
3 credits
Caveat: this is not a business course. An introduction to the language and customs of business in France, with emphasis on cross-cultural understanding. Students may sit for the Paris “Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie” exams which will give them internationally recognized certification in French business practices: Additional fee required. This is optional. Prerequisites: FRE 2020 or instructor’s signature required. Strongly recommend that students have completed one year of French grammar at the 3000 level.

FRE-LAL-SPA 3501 Methods of Teaching Modern Languages
3 credits
This course focuses on the theories and practices of teaching modern foreign languages. It offers the students the opportunity to examine, critique, and practice techniques for teaching a second language and assessing students’ knowledge. Particular issues involved in developing the four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) as well as in incorporating cultural information in a language program are considered. This course does not satisfy any of the required 12 credits to be taken at the 3000 level or above, that is listed in the Specialization areas of the Foreign Languages majors. Prerequisites: Major in foreign language and FRE-SPA 3170.