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Interim 2013


FREN W80 Interim in Quebec. Students live in Montreal with French-speaking host families that provide bed, breakfast, and dinner. Classes are held in downtown Montreal in space provided by the Farel Reformed Theological Seminary (near McGill and Concordia Universities). Over the three weeks of class, students examine current events in Quebec. They also study a novel, short stories, and films set in Montreal. In the afternoons, the group visits the neighborhoods described in these works and have various activities, ranging from museum visits, plays, concerts, and walking tours to service learning, tobogganing, skating, and (if possible) a Canadiens hockey game. Invited speakers offer seminars covering potential topics such as the differences between Quebecois French and “standard French,” the religious history of Quebec, and the ecology of the Saint-Lawrence River. Excursions include a weekend trip to Quebec City and a trip to the Laurentian Mountains north of Montreal for a day of winter activities. Students are awarded 3 credit hours and a grade based on regular participation in course activities and satisfactory progress in improving French-language skills. In addition to oral presentations on aspects of Quebec society, students write a series of reflection papers on cultural differences and the challenge of adapting to the cultural expectations of the other. This course may fulfill an elective in the French major and minor. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Prerequisite: French 201. Course dates: January 3 -23. Fee: $ 3000. O. Selles. Off campus.

FREN 112 Multisensory Structured French II. 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 are continuing from French 111 and expect to complete through the French 113 level. Evaluation will be by means of quizzes, tests, writing assignments, oral interviews, cultural projects and activities, journals and one-hour afternoon small group sessions. Prerequisite: French 111 or permission of instructor. A. Haveman. 9:00 a.m. to noon and 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

FREN 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. DeVries. 8:30 a.m. to noon.