MLL 116 Introduction to French Language adn Culture II
The course offers a contemporary, interactive, intensive, and effective introduction at elementary level to the French language and various aspects of the French culture. It aims to foster the acquisition of the French language through increased immersion: it helps students master vocabulary needed to accomplish simple and routine tasks, and build more comprehensive grammatical structures necessary to communicate issues of immediate relevance. It encourages students to improve further their understanding, speaking, and writing skills. In addition to that, the course enhances the understanding, appreciation and interpretation of French and Fracnophone cultural practices, products and perspectives, and encourages students to apply principles of intercultural communication in their interaction in the target language. Prerequisites: The course is open to students who have already taken MLL 115. Students who have studied French for one year in high school or elsewhere must take a placement test prior to registration and will receive a signed permission slip from the instructor. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered in the Spring.
MLL 216 Intermediate French Composition and Conversation
This course emphasizes oral and written expression in the French language, grammar skills, and expansion of vocabulary to increase communicative fluency and accuracy at the intermediate level. It provides students with the opportunity to improve their speaking proficiency in a variety of contexts through class discussions, group conversations, and individual oral presentations. Students also develop their written expression based on authentic French texts, selected to illustrate styles and levels of contemporary written French. The language practice is reinforced through publications and communication on French social media and/or with partner classes from French-speaking countries, the USA, etc. The course also provides continued reading and listening practice, reflection on other cultures, as well as development of effective language learning strategies.
Prerequisite: MLL 215 or permission from instructor. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.) Offered once every two years.
MLL 217 Intermediate French Reading
This course introduces students to a broad range of texts in French (short stories, poetry, drama, comics, letters, travel journals, literary critiques, etc.) and familiarizes them with various reading strategies, and the methods of textual analysis and interpretation. Discussion of other sources, such as film and media will complement the readings. Students will examine the historical and cultural contexts of each literary work. In addition, they will refine their French language skills at the Intermediate level through active writing, listening, and discussing.
Prerequisite: MLL 215 or permission from instructor. Gen. Ed.: Principles of Textual Analysis. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.) Offered once every two years.
MLL 317 Topics in French Language, Literature, and Film
Approved Topic: Paris in French Literature, Films, and Songs
This course explores the French capital through the different perspectives offered by writers, filmmakers, songwriters, and other artists who have shaped significant literary and artistic trends and movements. More than just a theme, the city has even become a character in its own right in the poems, short stories, and novels of many great French authors. The main focus of the course are literary works, films, and songs, which have portrayed Paris in a variety of perspectives from the 19th century up to the present days. Students will read representative texts from the period, such as works by Stendhal, Hugo, Baudelaire, Prévert, Modiano, and Perec. They will be exposed to the literary and artistic movements through readings, presentations, virtual museum tours, songs, and films. Students will expand and fine-tune their analytical skills through discussion and composition in French.
Gen.Ed.: Case Studies in Textual Analysis. Prerequisites: ENG 102; MLL 217 or another Principles of Textual Analysis course and language proficiency in French at the upper-intermediate level (or MLL 216). Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered once every two years.
MLL 301 Modern France: Society, Politics, and Culture
This course introduces students to contemporary concepts in French society, politics, and culture. The course brings together students' evolving linguistic skills and their understanding of today's France through exposure to various types of discourses and contexts. The course also considers the role of French as an official and working language in the framework of European and international organizations and introduces students to specific terminology and sources that enhance their research, communication, and language skills.
Gen. Ed.: Social and Cultural Analysis. Prerequisite: MLL 216 or MLL 217, or permission of instructor. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered once every two years.