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2014-15 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

FRE 121 Elementary French I (4 sh)
This course is designed for students who have never studied French before or who have had very little exposure to the language. Students learn to speak and write in the present and past tense while learning about French and Francophone cultures through music, film, television clips, news articles, blogs, podcasts and other authentic materials. Students practice vocabulary and grammatical structures in small group and pair work activities. Proficiency goal on the ACTFL scale: Novice high. Offered every fall.

FRE 122 Elementary French II (4 sh)
This course continues the development of basic French skills for students who have already had a solid introduction to French. Emphasis continues to be placed on oral and written communication in the present, past and future tenses with use of authentic materials such as music, film, television clips, news articles, blogs and podcasts. Students practice vocabulary and grammatical structures in small group and pair work activities. Communicative activities lead students from structured practice to free expression. Proficiency goal on the ACTFL scale: Intermediate low. Prerequisite: FRE 121 or placement at his level. Offered every spring.

FRE 221 Intermediate French I (4 sh)
This course provides an intensive review of the grammatical structures taught in French 121-122 and introduces more complex linguistic structures. Increased emphasis is given to reading strategies and composition, including creative writing. Students read and comment on authentic texts treating various cultural topics, and they continue to develop speaking and listening skills through in-class pair and group work, music, film, and other media. Proficiency goal on the ACTFL scale: Intermediate mid. Prerequisite: French 122 or placement at this level. Offered every fall.

FRE 222 Intermediate French II (4 sh)
This final course in the basic language sequence consolidates skills attained in French 121, 122 and 221, or the equivalent. Advanced reading, writing and speaking skills are developed through study of increasingly sophisticated cultural and literary topics. Students also attain more in-depth understanding of French phonetics via the International Phonetic Alphabet. This course is the transition course to 300-level coursework. Proficiency goal on the ACTFL scale: Intermediate high. Prerequisite: FRE 221 or placement at this level. Offered every semester.

FRE 321 French Conversation (4 sh)
This course offers a more focused approach to the spoken French language. Coursework is intended to improve speaking and listening skills by offering extensive practice in a variety of styles and forms. The course also helps students better understand contemporary French culture, thought and modes of expression through in-depth discussion of French and Francophone films and their cultural and historical contexts. Prerequisite: French 222, placement test or permission from instructor. Offered every fall.

FRE 323 Current Events in the French and Francophone World (4 sh)
This course provides an in-depth look at current events in the French-speaking world. Students will examine broadcast, electronic, and print media in order to familiarize themselves with the influence of the Francophone world on global society. Prerequisite FRE 222 or placement. Offered every spring.

FRE 324 French Phonetics (4 sh)
This course analyzes the sound components of spoken French. Students will learn how sounds are produced and how to imitate native speakers accurately through classroom exercises, recordings and videos. Students will engage in phonetic transcription, both from and into French and the International Phonetic Alphabet. Students will also be exposed to phonetic variations within the French-speaking world. Prerequisite: FRE 222 or placement at this level.

FRE 325 Advanced French Grammar (4 sh)
This course is an intensive review of all French grammar, including literary tenses. Through composition, translation and oral practice, as well as activities focused on discrete grammar points, the student should gain a more confident command of the French language, both written and spoken. Prerequisite: FRE 222 or placement at this level.

FRE 350 Methods: Introduction to Literary and Cultural Analysis (4 sh)
This course provides an introduction to textual analysis in French. Students acquire the analytic tools and vocabulary necessary to interpret literary, cinematic and visual cultural productions. Special emphasis is placed on close readings of texts in order to introduce students to methods of interpretation as they situate and analyze works. Review of grammar and stylistics is also integrated into writing practice. This course is required of all French majors and minors and is a prerequisite for upper-level French courses at Elon. Prerequisite: FRE 222 or equivalent. Prerequisite for all higher numbered French courses. Offered every fall.

FRE 351 Perspectives on Early France
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the French literary tradition from the Middle Ages through the 17th century. Students are acquainted with major literary trends through a study of selected representative works within a unified theme (such as ‘The Art of Conversation in French Society,' for example). The course is illustrated with visual materials, and special emphasis is placed on texts such as prose narratives, plays, and poetry. Class is conducted in French, and students are expected to take an active part in class discussions. Offered every third year. Prerequisite: FRE 350 Methods.

FRE 352 Perspectives on Modern France (4 sh)
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the French literary tradition from the Middle Ages through the 17th century. Students are acquainted with major literary trends through a study of selected representative works within a unified theme (such as textual eroticism through a study of selected representative works within a unified theme (such as textual eroticism and romance, for example). The course is illustrated with visual materials, and special emphasis is placed on texts such as prose narratives, plays and poetry. Class is conducted in French, and students are expected to take an active part in class discussions. Offered every third year. Prerequisite: FRE 350.

FRE 353 The Francophone World Outside the Hexagon (4 sh)
This course introduces students to a selection of works from the Francophone world (such as Africa, the Caribbean, Canada and Asia). Students gain knowledge of Francophone cultures through the examination of literary and artistic productions. Class is conducted in French, and students are expected to take an active part in class discussions. Prerequisite FRE 350. Offered every third year.

FRE 361 Defining Moments in French Civilization (4 sh)
A study of key moments in French history and their influence on world events as well as on the people, politics, and institutions of France today. Topics may include the French Revolution, the Second World War, the Colonial and Post-colonial periods. Prerequisite: FRE 350. Offered every third year.

FRE 363 The French Cinema (4 sh)
The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with a selection of films and readings from the French-speaking world as they consider the cultural and artistic characteristics of French cinema. Students encounter French-speaking cultures “from within,” that is, from the point of view of individual filmmakers and writers. Class is conducted in French and involves pair and group discussions, weekly reading and writing assignments, as well as oral presentations and a digital project. Prerequisite FRE 350. Offered every third year.

FRE 371-79 Special Topics (4 sh)
Topics may include advanced study of cinema, selected literary authors, periods, genres or regions. Prerequisite: FRE 222 or placement at this level.

FRE 481 Internship (1-4 sh)
The internship provides students with practical experience using French in a professional setting. It may include internships in teaching, social service, government service, business, etc., in the U.S. or abroad. Prerequisites: At least one course above the FRE 222 level and departmental approval.

FRE 491 Independent Study (2-4 sh)
This independent study offers students an opportunity to work closely with a faculty member on research methods and/or a variety of other professional endeavors involving the French language and French-speaking cultures.

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