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Willamette University

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Salem, Oregon 97301

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The Department of French offers courses in language and literature. By following a carefully designed program, French students learn to communicate; to think and write critically; and to appreciate the literary, social, and cultural traditions of the Francophone world. The department is committed to the concept of foreign study and strongly encourages students to participate in overseas programs in Dijon, Nantes, Paris, and Florence.

Requirements for the French Major (8 Credits)

No more than 3 credits toward French major may be earned through off-campus or foreign study programs.

French majors are required to complete 8 credits of course work beyond the intermediate-level language courses, including the core courses, 2 credits in Literature, and 2 additional credits in electives above 300 level.

Core courses

  • FREN 331 French Composition and Discussion (1)
  • FREN 333 History of French Civilization (1)
  • FREN 340 (IT) Intro to French Literature (1)
  • FREN 492 (W) Research and Discussion of Selected Topics in Literature (1)

Two credits in French literature, from the following (2)

  • FREN 430 Introduction to French Thought (1)
  • FREN 433 19th Century French Literature (1)
  • FREN 434 20th Century French Literature (1)
  • FREN 436 Francophone Literature (1)
  • FREN 437 Female Voices in African Lieterature and Film (1)
  • FREN 438 French Literature and Cinema (1)
  • FREN 439 Topics in French Literature (1)
  • FREN 440 Quebecois Literature and Cinema (1)

Two additional credits in French

  • Numbered electives at the 300 or 400 or above level (2)

Requirements for the French Minor (5 Credits)

No more than 3 credits may be earned through off-campus or foreign study programs.

Core courses

  • FREN 331 French Composition and Discussion (1)
  • FREN 340 (IT) Introduction to French Literature (1)

One course from the following (1)

  • FREN 333 History of French Civilization (1)
  • FREN 430 Introduction to French Thought (1)

Two additional credits in French

  • Numbered electives at the 300 or 400 or above level (2)

The department strongly urges its students to improve their language competency and broaden their education through off-campus study in approved programs. Of special interest to students of French is the Willamette semester abroad in France, through IES and CUPA.

Credits earned in Willamette University's off-campus study programs, or in other pre-approved foreign study programs, may be substituted for required courses in the French Department. Students should consult in advance with the Department Chair to assure such substitution.

Language students enjoy the use of a state-of-the-art Language Learning Center featuring multimedia stations, foreign language word processors, foreign television programs transmitted by satellite, and up-to-date communication technology.

Through the Institute for the International Education of Students, French students have the option of spending either one semester or one year in Paris, Nantes or Dijon. The Dijon program is open only to students who have a strong background in economics. Through the CUPA program (Center for University Programs Abroad) French students spend either a semester or a year in Paris. This program is recommended to highly motivated juniors and seniors interested in individualized programs of study at the leading universities and institutes of Paris. The French area also offers an assistant exchange program in cooperation with the French Ministry of Education.

Willamette University is the only testing center in the State of Oregon for the DELF/DALF diplomas, accredited by the French Ministry of Education.

Faculty

  • Amadou Fofana, Assistant Professor of French, Chair
  • Gaetano DeLeonibus, Professor of French (Sabbatical Spring 2010)
  • Francoise A. Goeury-Richardson, Professor of French
  • Francoise Courtin-Schreiner, Instructor of French
  • Marie-Eve Thifault, Visiting Instructor of French

Course Listings

FREN 131 Elementary French I (1)

Introduction to basic skills: comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. Regular assignments for laboratory work.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Goeury-Richardson, DeLeonibus, Fofana

FREN 132 Elementary French II (1)

Introduction to basic skills: comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. Regular assignments for laboratory work.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Goeury-Richardson, DeLeonibus, Fofana

FREN 205 Basic Conversation in French (.25)

This course will allow students to practice conversational French with confidence in an informal and relaxed setting, leading to a stimulating exchange of opinions. They will engage with French popular culture in the form of films, news items, songs, plays, etc. Conducted in French. May be repeated for up to one credit.

Prerequisite: FREN 131 or consent of instructor.

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Language Assistant

FREN 231 Intermediate French I (1)

Development of basic skills, classroom and laboratory. Carefully selected readings in the student's special fields of interest.

Prerequisite: Elementary French (or equivalent) or two years of high school French with satisfactory AP score.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Goeury-Richardson, DeLeonibus, Fofana

FREN 232 Intermediate French II (1)

Development of basic skills, classroom and laboratory. Carefully selected readings in the student's special fields of interest.

Prerequisite: Elementary French (or equivalent) or two years of high school French with satisfactory AP score.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Goeury-Richardson, DeLeonibus, Fofana

FREN 241 (4th Sem Lang Req) Topics in French History Through Film (1)

This course presents a survey of French history and culture, from the Renaissance to the 20th Century, as the history and culture are represented in a major French art form, the cinema. Topics studied include: religion and marriage in the Renaissance, court life under the ancient regime, the French Revolution, Napoleon's Empire, colonialism, World War I, World War II, the Algerian War, and the student revolution of 1968. Conducted in English.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Fourth Semester Language Requirement

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Staff

FREN 331 French Composition and Discussion (1)

Systematic review of French grammar through the writing of short compositions. Vocabulary-building and study of problematic grammar points which will be reinforced by weekly assignments in the language laboratory.

Prerequisite: FREN 232

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Goeury-Richardson, DeLeonibus

FREN 332 (W) Advanced French Composition and Discussion (1)

A writing-centered course that will introduce students to the art of writing in French. The two fundamental principles underlying this course will be the interdependence of reading and writing skills and the importance of a variety of models in teaching students the different styles of French composition. Consideration will be given to such writing strategies as notes and outlines and such styles as summaries, reports, portraits, essays and correspondence.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

Prerequisite: FREN 331

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: DeLeonibus

FREN 333 History of French Civilization (1)

Geography, history and the chronological development of culture; current developments in modern France. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: FREN 331 or consent on instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Goeury-Richardson

FREN 335 Contemporary French Culture (1)

A course which will stress oral communication in French. Debates and panel discussions will be used as a means of bringing students into active participation. The course will focus on current problems in French culture. There will be no written assignments, but background reading will be required as a basis for discussion. Audio excerpts from French TV programs will occasionally be used as laboratory material. A course well-suited as a preparation for study in France and for non-majors who wish to further develop or retain their fluency. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: FREN 331 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Goeury-Richardson

FREN 340 (IT) Introduction to French Literature (1)

Introduction to the study of French literature through reading typical works in the various genres. The course will acquaint the student with the basic vocabulary and tools of literary criticism. Required for the major. Conducted in French.

Mode of Inquiry: Interpreting Texts

Prerequisite: FREN 331

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: DeLeonibus

FREN 430 Introduction to French Thought (1)

A study of selected themes such as education, enlightenment, reason and existentialism from the works of French thinkers. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: FREN 331 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: DeLeonibus

FREN 431 Phonetics (1)

A practical course based on the study of the French sound system. Phonemic inventory, physiology of French articulation with emphasis on sound recognition and reproduction. Transcriptions in International Phonetic Alphabet, practice with recorded exercises and individual correction in the language laboratory. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: FREN 331 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Goeury-Richardson

FREN 432 Introduction to French Linguistics (1)

Examination of the characteristics of language and language diversity, including structure, linguistic change and theories of origin. The second part of the course will concentrate on the contributions of French linguists (Martinet, Dubois) to linguistic theory. Practice in applying various methods of analysis to French sentences. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: FREN 331 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Goeury-Richardson

FREN 433 19th Century French Literature (1)

The course will focus on representative novels, plays and poetry of the Romantic and Realist movements. Baudelaire’s poetry will also be studied. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: FREN 340 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: DeLeonibus

FREN 434 20th Century French Literature (1)

Selected works from some of the most important writers of the 20th Century will be studied: Proust (excerpts only), Mauriac, Malraux, Sartre, Camus, Ionesco and Beckett. Poetry of Apollinaire, Eluard and Aragon. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: FREN 340 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: DeLeonibus

FREN 436 Francophone Literature (1)

A study of representative texts of literature written in French by Francophone authors, including among others, works by Léopold Senghor (Senegal), Aimé Césaire (Martinique), Jacques Roumain (Haiti), Leïla Sebbar (Algeria). Open to students majoring in Comparative Literature. Good reading knowledge of French is required; discussions conducted primarily in French. French majors will be expected to fulfill course requirements in French; other students may use English.

Prerequisite: FREN 340 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years, spring
  • Instructor: DeLeonibus, Fofana

FREN 437 (IT) Female Voices in African Literature and Film (1)

This course surveys the literature and culture produced by African men and women in the last four decades focusing on female voicing and representation. How do African feminisms deal with issues of female subjecthood and agency in local contexts where culture, politics, social institutions and language are ensconced within dominant male narratives? How do African feminist discourses negotiate the strictures and structures of feminist internationalism while maintaining a specific African inflection?

Mode of Inquiry: Interpreting Texts

Prerequisite: FREN 340 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate springs
  • Instructor: Fofana

FREN 438 French Literature and Cinema (1)

A study of the relationship between French cinema and literature from the late 19th century to the present. Representative novels and plays will be studied and screen adaptations will be analyzed. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: FREN 340 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: DeLeonibus

FREN 439 Topics in French Literature (1)

An examination of one major topic in French literature, with an emphasis on the significance of the specific topic in French literature in general. Topics may be organized around a major author or comparison of authors, an idea, a genre, a literary movement, or a critical approach, such as comparative approaches to humanism: Rabelais and Montaigne; comparison of the classicism of Corneille and Racine; literature and nationalism; existentialism; and the lyric voice. This course is taught in seminar format and designed not to be introductory in nature, but rather to explore a particular topic or theme intensively and creatively. Conducted in French. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: FREN 340 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: DeLeonibus

FREN 440 (IT) Quebecois Literature and Cinema (1)

This course focuses on Quebecois literature and cinema produced since the "Révolution tranquille" and Quebec's entrance into modernity in the 1960's. Examines Quebecois authors who unleashed a social and cultural revolution through their questioning of tradition, including that of the French language itself exemplified by their use of the working-class sociolect "joual," a non-standard dialect of Canadian French. Explores an important element of "Francophonie," geographical and cultural contexts outside of France which have contributed significantly to the richness and diversity of French language, literature and culture.

Mode of Inquiry: Interpreting Texts

Prerequisite: FREN 340 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: Staff

FREN 490-491 Reading and Conference (.5 or 1)

Designed to enable a student to acquire the necessary knowledge and experience of literary periods which are not covered by courses offered at Willamette University.

Prerequisite: FREN 331; Junior standing and g.p.a. of 3.0 or better

  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: Goeury-Richardson, DeLeonibus

FREN 492 (W) Research and Discussion of Selected Topics in Literature (1)

This seminar course will serve to integrate the lingistic, cultural, historical and literary experiences of seniors in the language. The class will be taught in a true seminar fashion, with a flexible format to allow students to highlight their varying individual backgrounds and interests in French. The course will include a discussion of major works of French literature, the topic set by the professor according to the proposed student projects. Students must present a major research paper at the end of the semester and pass an oral defense. Both research paper and oral defense will be in French. Conducted in French. Prerequisite: This course serves as the Senior Year Experience, so it is limited to seniors or consent of instructor.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Staff