101-102-103. Beginning French I, II, and III
French 101-103 are designed to promote student development in linguistic and cultural proficiency. Successful completion of the beginning-level language course sequence prepares students to function in a variety of authentic communicative situations within a French-speaking context and to become life-long language learners. All French language classes, from the beginning to the advanced level, aim to develop awareness and understanding of cultural phenomena in the Francophone world through intensive work on speaking, listening, reading and writing in French.
101. Beginning French I
French 101 is designed for true beginners in the language. Students are introduced to the standard conventions of French pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary, and focus is placed on building students' foundation in linguistic proficiency through exercises in speaking, writing, listening and reading. Students learn about where and how French is used in the world, and ways in which the French and French-Canadian educational systems differ from those of American society. (Language) WINES or BATY
102. Beginning French II
In French 102, students build on their cultural and linguistic proficiency in French through exercises in speaking, writing, listening and reading. Students learn how to talk about the weather, recount and describe past actions and events, ask questions, make suggestions, express opinions and emotions, order food and drink in a restaurant, and talk about where they live. They also learn about different provinces and regional cultures within France, rites and rituals in the Francophone world, and culinary traditions. Prerequisite: FRE 101. (Language) WINES or BATY
103. Beginning French III
In French 103, students build on their cultural and linguistic proficiency in French through exercises in speaking, writing, listening and reading. Students learn how to articulate if-then statements, how to use future verb tenses, and how to use the conditional and subjective moods in French. Students also learn how to talk about travel plans in the future, lodging, physical health, the environment, civic responsibilities, technology, art forms, and French media. Prerequisite: FRE 102. (Language) WINES or BATY
205. Intermediate French
In French 205, students refine their cultural and linguistic proficiency in French through exercises in speaking, writing, listening and reading. Development of intercultural competencies and knowledge of cultural differences between the US and the Francophone world, including such topics as immigration and education, is a focus of this course. Prerequisite: FRE 103. (Language) WINES or BATY
206. Francophone Cultural Immersion
Taught at a Francophone destination (2014 Destination: Martinique), students will develop their knowledge of the French language and Francophone culture in a classroom setting and in daily interactions with native speakers from the local community. May include a homestay. Registration entails additional costs. Alternate years. FRE 103. (Language) BATY or WINES
254. Bending Boundaries: Francophone Women in Translation
Works by representative women writers will be examined in light of contemporary views of feminism, femininity, and "female writing." All work in English. No knowledge of French required. May be counted as a 300-level course for French majors with permission of instructor. Offered subject to the availability of faculty. (Humanities) WINES
265-266. Topics in French or Francophone literature or culture
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280/380. Internship: See Additional Academic Programs, All-College Independent Study Courses 280/380.
290/390. Individual Project: See Additional Academic Programs, All-College Independent Study Courses 290/390.
301. Composition and Conversation
Intensive practice in speaking and writing. We will read, analyze, and discuss current issues and learn the cultural conventions of a variety of different genres –including short fiction, contemporary media, and essays among others – to develop vocabulary, speaking and reading proficiencies. Students will compose essays in a variety of written genres, give oral presentations and refine their use of practical French in order prepare them for direct engagement with French-speaking communities and for more advanced courses in French. Prerequisite: FRE 205 or 206. BATY or WINES
302. Advance Conversation Culture Abroad
For students who wish to achieve greater fluency and an understanding of life in a Francophone country. (2014 Destination: Martinique) This course will focus on oral comprehension, speaking and writing skills, and the acquisition of cultural competencies. Course assignments, readings and final research project will be tailored to the specific destination chosen. Registration entails additional costs. Prerequisite: FRE 205. BATY or WINES
303. Culture of France and Francophone World
Contemporary French and Francophone culture viewed through the lenses of media, cinema, literature, politics, and popular culture. Students will study the historical, political, geographic, and cultural meanings of the post-colonial term "Francophonie," and will interrogate what it means to be "French" in a globalized world. Coursework includes both formal and informal writing assignments, a mid-term examination, and a final research project with oral presentation. Prerequisite: FRE 205 or FRE 206. FRE 301 is strongly recommended. Alternate years. (Humanities) BATY or WINES
311. Introduction to Literature in French
Introduction to a variety of French literary genres from the Medieval period to the 20th century, including poetry, theatre, the "nouvelle," and the novel. Students will develop their skills in advanced reading and analytical writing through formal writing assignments and oral presentations. Prerequisite: FRE 301 or permission of instructor. (Humanities) BATY or WINES
312. Introduction to French and Francophone Film
This course will introduce students to the study of French-language film. They will learn about important periods, movements, and directors in French and Francophone filmmaking from the beginning in 1895 with the Lumière brothers to the present, possibly including la Nouvelle Vague (films such as A Bout de souffle and Les Quatre Cent Coups), banlieue cinema (films that focus on or are made by people living in the housing projects surrounding major French cities), and films by Ousmane Sembène (a Senegalese author and director considered by some to be the ‘father of African cinema’). Students will develop the critical vocabulary and skills necessary to analyze films as constructed texts and will become familiar with the socio-historical contexts in which the films were produced. The course will be conducted in French. Prerequisite: FRE 301. Alternate years. (Humanities) WINES
321. Passionate Extremes in Early-Modern France
The French Renaissance was a world of extremes; brutal civil wars, exhilarating discoveries of ancient art and knowledge, passionate lyricism, monstrous examples and dirty jokes. From the scatological yet scholarly humor of Francois Rabelais to the bloody tragedies of the best-selling serial genre of Histoires Tragiques, the early modern period in France is a fascinating period for those students interested in French culture, art, and politics. Visual, material and aural/oral culture as well as modern films about the era will complement our readings of texts. Course themes include the French humanist tradition, violent religious factionalism, gender roles and identities. Some readings are in English to provide background historical and cultural information, but all primary texts are in French. Students will develop their skills in advanced reading and analytical writing through informal and formal writing assignments and oral presentations in French. Prerequisite: FRE 311 or permission of instructor. Offered every third year. (Humanities)
331. Enlightenment: Eighteenth Century French Literature
The intellectual quest of the philosophes and the Encyclopédistes, with selected readings from Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot, and Montesquieu. Development of the drama, the novel, and pre-Romanticism. Prerequisite: FRE 311. Offered subject to the availability of faculty. (Humanities)
353. Race and Immigration in French Film
Issues surrounding race and immigration are the focus of much attention in the United States, and such issues are similarly important topics of discussion in France. However, the French context of race and immigration is quite different from its American counterpart, and this means that related questions are differently defined, constructed, and understood. France's long colonial history plays no small part in generating and continuing conversations on the matters of race and immigration, and its policy of assimilation vis à vis immigrants and the colonized has frequently resulted in debate, protest, and legislation. We will examine constructions of race and portrayals of immigration in French-language films primarily from France. Special attention will be paid to intersections of class and gender with race and immigration. Readings will be provided to buttress understanding of the historical and social contexts as well as to contribute to comprehension of some critical race theory. Prerequisite: FRE 311 or 312. Offered every third year. (Humanities) WINES
354. Sporting Identities
What can an examination of sports tell us about national cultures and identities in the French-speaking world? How do sports affect—and how are they affected by—gender, class, and race? How do sports and sports narratives change over time and how does this influence the meanings and messages they propagate or are made to carry? Do the same sports mean the same things for different cultures, or even for different people? Through various literary and cultural texts—photographs, films, short stories, non-fiction, etc.—we will examine the role of sports and sports narratives in creating, resisting, shifting, or maintaining elements of cultures and identities. Students do not need to have any familiarity with sports to take this class, but they do need to have met the prerequisites for taking upper-level courses in French, as the course will be conducted in French. Prerequisites: FRE 301 and FRE 311 or FRE 312 or permission of instructor. (Humanities) WINES
365-366. Advanced Topics in French or Francophone literature or culture.
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411. Capstone: Seminar
The topic varies, but has traditionally focused on the in-depth study of a literary movement, genre, author, or theme. Theoretical discourses in French and Francophone studies or cultural issues are other possible foci for this course. Required of all French majors. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Alternate years. NO S/U option. BATY or WINES
412. Independent Capstone Research Project
This option is an independent study course, supervised by a French professor. Students must meet with the professor during the fall semester of their junior year to discuss the expectations and process of the senior capstone research project. By the end of the spring semester of their junior year, they must submit a written proposal of 2-3 pages in French of their project with a preliminary bibliography for approval by the French Department. The work will be completed as a one-term independent study course during their senior year, and will culminate in a research paper in French of 15-20 pp in length, to be presented in a public forum on campus during the spring semester of their senior year. Students will be assessed on their work during the development and research stages of the project, and on their responsiveness to feedback throughout the process. If more than one student chooses to work with a professor in a given year, those students can work concurrently during the same block in a workshop model, discussing their work with both the professor and the other students. Prerequisites: 3.5 grade point in French based on a minimum of three 300-level French courses taken at Cornell College and permission of instructor. NO S/U option.
487. Independent Capstone Research Project
Additional Prerequisites: 3.5 grade point average in French based on a minimum of three 300-level French courses taken at Cornell College.
988. There are language and culture semester programs in France or Francophone countries run by the School for International Training. See School for International Training Programs.
990. Semester in Paris
Cornell students are eligible to participate in Lake Forest College's Paris International Internship Program, a semester featuring intensive language study, culture, and an internship. For further information, see http://www.cornellcollege.edu/french/off-campus/France-LFC.shtml.
991. Semester in Paris
Cornell students are eligible to participate in Central College’s Paris program, a semester featuring intensive language study, culture, and the option of either an internship or service-learning opportunity. For further information, see http://www.central.edu/abroad/paris/.