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French Courses

Language courses

101 Elementary French I (4). F. An introductory course in the comprehension and use of spoken and written French.

102 Elementary French II (4). S. Continuation of French 101.

111 Multisensory Structured French I (4). F. An introductory course in the comprehension and use of spoken and written French designed for at-risk students. Materials are presented with an emphasis on understanding the nature of language. General language-learning skills are developed as specific foreign language goals are met. Students are assigned to this course on the basis of adequate documentation of being at-risk.

112 Multisensory Structured French II (3). I. The second course in a three-course sequence of language study designed for at-risk students. Materials are presented with an emphasis on understanding the nature of language. General language-learning skills are developed as specific foreign language goals are met. Prerequisites: The course is open to students who are continuing from French 111 and expect to complete through the French 113 level.

113 Multisensory Structured French III (4). S. The third course in a three-course sequence of language study designed for at-risk students. Materials are presented with an emphasis on understanding the nature of language. Introduction to cultures where French is spoken, including North Africa, West Africa, and Quebec provides the opportunity for understanding how the language and culture interacts to shape expression in various contexts. Completion of French 113 satisfies the foreign language requirements. Prerequisites: This course is open to students who are continuing from French 112.

131 Introductory French (5). F. This is the first course in a closely integrated and intensive sequence of language study involving two semesters and the interim, for students who have completed some high school French but who, on the basis of a placement test, are not prepared for 201. The course is also open to strong language learners who have had no previous French, but who are capable of learning French in a fast-paced sequence. Students in this sequence take French 132 during interim and complete the foreign language core requirement with French 202 in the spring.

132 Intermediate French I (3). I. This is the second course in a closely integrated and intensive sequence of language study involving two semesters and the interim. Students in this sequence complete their foreign language core requirement with French 202. Prerequisites: This course is open to students continuing from French 131.

201 Intermediate French I (4). F. Further training in oral and written French, study of the structure of the language, practice in speaking, listening, reading, writing and introductory study of francophone cultures. Students in this course can complete their foreign language core requirement with French 202.

202 Intermediate French II (4). F and S. Further training in spoken and written French, study of the structure of the language, practice in listening, reading, and writing, and continuing study of francophone cultures. This course provides insights into the historical, cultural, and sociological contexts which have shaped the French language. Completion of French 202 satisfies the foreign language core requirement.

301 Advanced Conversation (3). F. This course is designed to develop advanced aural comprehension skills, as well as continuing competence in spoken French through exercises, drills, conversation in class, and in small groups. Prerequisite: French 202, or the equivalent.

302 Advanced Grammar (3). S. Systematic study of advanced grammar and composition. Prerequisite: French 202, or the equivalent.

IDIS 356 Foreign Language Education in the Elementary School (3). F and I. Theory and practice of foreign language teaching in the elementary school. Study of language skill development, second language acquisition, methodologies, curricula, and programs. Off-campus school visits for observation and aiding experience. Should be taken in the junior or senior year, prior to student teaching. Required for elementary certification in foreign language, K-12 endorsement, and ESL elementary endorsement. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent registration in Education 302/303.

IDIS 357 Introduction to Foreign Language Pedagogy (3). F. An introduction to the major principles and practices of foreign language pedagogy, offering a study of various methodologies and the major controversies associated with them. The course explores how a Christian approach to education affects foreign language pedagogy and how foreign language pedagogy interacts with the language learner’s personal growth. It also introduces the prospective educator to the teaching of the basic skills, to issues in evaluation and assessment, and the use of technologies in the foreign language classroom. This course should be taken in the junior or senior year, prior to student teaching. Required for secondary certification in foreign language and for the ESL secondary endorsement. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent registration in Education 302/303.

IDIS 359 Seminar in Secondary Foreign Language Pedagogy (3). S. A seminar reinforcing the major principles and practices of foreign language pedagogy on the secondary level for students during their semester of directed teaching. The course will provide an opportunity for collaborative work on putting theoretical and pedagogical matters of immediate concern into a practical framework. This course is required concurrently with Education 346. This course does not count as part of the major or minor program. Prerequisites: Education 302/303, concurrent registration in Education 346, and successful completion of the department competency exam.

372 French Linguistics (3). S An introduction to French linguistics, including phonetics and phonology, morphology and syntax, lexicology and derivational morphology, pragmatics, and historical perspectives. Conducted mainly in French. Prerequisite: French 301 or 302.

373 French for International Business (3). An introduction to French business concepts and structures in a contemporary context. Various aspects of the French economy (transportation, trade, banks and the European Union) as well as French business practices and language nuances in Quebec will be studied. This course develops proficiency in written and oral communication in French in a business context. Students will have the opportunity to earn the Diplôme de Français des Affaires conferred by the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris. Conducted mainly in French. Prerequisite: French 301 or 302.

375 French Cinema (3). This course introduces French Cinema from the silent era to the present. Conducted mainly in French. Prerequisite: French 301 or 302; French 351 recommended.

381 Special Topics (3).

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Francophone world courses

361 Francophone Literature and Culture in Quebec (3). An introduction to French-language culture and society in Quebec. Conducted mainly in French. Prerequisite: French 301 or 302; French 351 recommended.

362 Francophone Literature and Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Diaspora (3). An introduction to representative writers and works of French expression from Sub-Saharan Africa and the African Diaspora. Conducted mainly in French. Prerequisite: French 301 or 302; French 351 recommended.

363 Francophone Literature and Culture in North Africa (3). F An introduction to representative writers and works of French expression from the Maghreb. Conducted mainly in French. Prerequisite: French 301 or 302; French 351 recommended.

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Literature courses

351 Survey of French Literature (4). S. An overview of selected major writers, movements, and genres from the Middle Ages to the present. Conducted mainly in French. Prerequisite: French 301 or 302.

374 Women and Gender in French Literature and Culture (3). F An introduction to women’s writing from the Middle Ages to the present. Conducted mainly in French. Prerequisite: French 301 or 302; French 351 recommended.

394 Medieval and Early Modern French Literature (3). S One of three possible capstone courses in the French major, this integrative studies course is designed to nurture Christian reflection on issues related to French literary studies of narrative, theater and poetry in France from the Middle Ages to the end of the 17th century. Authors may include Chrétien de Troyes, Calvin, Du Bellay, Ronsard, Molière, Racine and Mme de Lafayette. Prerequisite: French 351. Conducted in French.

395 French Literature Before and After the French Revolution (3). One of three possible capstone courses in the French major, this integrative studies course is designed to nurture Christian reflection on issues related to French literary studies of narrative, theater and poetry in France from the beginning of the 18th century to the end of the 19th century. Authors may include Montesquieu, Rousseau, Voltaire, Diderot, Beaumarchais, Staël, Hugo, Balzac, Baudelaire, Sand, Lamartine, Flaubert, Verlaine, and Zola. Prerequisite: French 351. Conducted in French.

396 Contemporary French Literature and Thought (3). One of three possible capstone courses in the French major, this integrative studies course is designed to nurture Christian reflection on issues related to literature in France from the twentieth century to the present. Authors may include Alferi, Blanchot, Cixous, Duras, Germain, Hocquard, and Perec. Prerequisite: French 351. Conducted in French.

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Courses Abroad

Semester in France (STFR)

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Students study in Grenoble, in southeastern France, on the campus of the Université Stendhal (Grenoble III) during the Fall semester. The prerequisite for all courses is French 301 and 302. French 351 is highly recommended.

The academic components taught by the Calvin program director are:

330 Contemporary France (3). An introduction to contemporary French culture through readings, discussions with guest speakers, and excursions. Begins early September with an orientation in Grenoble. Fulfills cross-cultural engagement core.

363 Francophone Literature and Culture in North Africa (3). An introduction to representative writers and works of French expression from the Maghreb. Conducted mainly in French. Fulfills global and historical studies core.

Students also take courses at the Centre Universitaire d´Etudes Françaises on topics such as language, stylistics, translation, literature and culture. Successful completion of the courses will result in credit for:

  • STFR 315: Advanced Language Study in France I (3 semester hours)
  • STFR 316: Advanced Language Study in France II (3 semester hours)
  • STFR 381: Special Topics (3 semester hours).

The program director will teach two courses: 

STFR 330: Contemporary France (3 semester hours) An introduction to contemporary French culture through readings, discussion with guest speakers, and excursions. Begins early September with an orientation in Grenoble. Fulfills Cross-Cultural Engagement Core.

The director will offer one of the following courses in addition to the STFR 330:

STFR 362: Francophone Literature and Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Diaspora (3 semester hours) An introduction to representative writers and works of French expression from Sub-Saharan Africa and the African Diaspora. Conducted mainly in French. Prerequisite: French 301 or 302; French 351 recommended. Core credit: Global and Historical Studies.

STFR 363: Francophone Literature and Culture in North Africa (3 semester hours) An introduction to representative writers and works of French expression from the Maghreb. Conducted mainly in French. Prerequisites: French 301 or 302; French 351 recommended; one course in the core categories of history of the west and the world I or II and one course in persons in community or societal structures in North America.

Interims

W60/W80 Interim in Quebec (3). See off-campus programs.

W80 Interim in Haiti (3). See off-campus programs.

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  • Programs for students wishing to major in French are worked out for them individually by departmental advisors who should be consulted early.
  • Calvin-sponsored programs are available in France for the interim, a semester, the academic year, or the summer.
  • Students interested in abroad programs should work out the details with the department chair, the director of off-campus programs, and the registrar.