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Interim 2010


FREN W60/W80 Quebec.Students in this course spend three weeks in the province of Quebec studying French-Canadian culture and language. Students live in Montreal with a French-speaking host family that provides bed, breakfast, and dinner. For lunch, a daily cash allowance is provided. At the Institut Farel, a French Reformed seminary located in Montreal’s city center (near McGill University and Concordia University), Calvin and Farel faculty offer students take part in seminars covering topics such as the differences between Quebecois French and “standard French,” the religious history of Quebec, current events in Quebec, literature set in Montreal, and the ecology of the Saint-Lawrence River. A Bible study in French is also offered. Students visit the major cultural attractions of the city and have the opportunity to take part in winter activities. Walking tours in Montreal focus on discovering the various neighborhoods that form this uniquely bilingual and multicultural city. In Quebec City, students spend a weekend studying the French colonial heritage of the province’s capital. The course grade is based on regular participation in course activities and satisfactory progress in achieving language goals as evidenced by completing a series of assignments. Students reflect on cultural difference and the challenge of adapting to the cultural expectations of the other in journal entries and in three reflection papers in French. This course satisfies the CCE requirement. This course may fulfill an elective in the French major and minor. To obtain credit towards a French major or minor (W80), French 215/301 is a prerequisite and all assignments must be completed in French. To take the course for general interim credit (W60), French 201 is required and some assignments may be completed in English. Course dates: January 6-26. Fee: $2810. O. Selles. Off campus.

*Fee of $2810 includes air fare from and back to Grand Rapids, course fees at the Institut Farel, room and board, an excursion to Quebec City, and all other activities.

112 Multisensory Structured French. The second course in a three-course sequence of language study designed to meet the special needs of 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.  The course is open to students who, on the basis of adequate documentation, are continuing from 111 and expect to complete through the French 113 level. Evaluation is based on quizzes, tests, writing assignments, oral interviews, cultural projects and activities, journals, and one-hour afternoon small group sessions. Prerequisites: FREN 111 or permission of the instructor.  I. Konyndyk.  9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

132 Intermediate French.  This is the second course in a closely integrated and intensive sequence of language study involving two semesters and the interim, for students who have completed two years of 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 complete their foreign language core requirement with French 202. V. De Vries. 8:30 a.m. to noon.