Programs

French

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Globalization has made international communication skills a necessity. Speaking French can open opportunities for your education and career because French is a key language in today’s global economy.

French was the most important language for international relations from the 1600’s until being overtaken by English after World War II, when the United States became the dominant global power. French is one of the key languages in the sciences, social sciences (law) and most other disciplines because of the contributions of the French in the advancement of science, technology and the social sciences during the age of enlightenment.

France is the largest country in Western Europe and the fifth largest economy in the world. It is the wealthiest nation in Europe and the fourth-wealthiest in the world.
French and English are the only official languages of the European Union, NATO, all United Nations agencies and 29 countries. There are over 77 million native French speakers in Europe and more than 115 million people in Africa speak French as a first or second language. French is also present in all the continents of the world.

FRE 101 Elementary French 1 (f)
Essentials of grammar, composition and culture acquisition with progressive practice in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
4 credits

FRE 102 Elementary French 2 (s)
Prerequisite: FRE 101 Elementary French 1
Continuing emphasis on grammar, composition, reading, speaking, listening, and culture competence.
4 credits

FRE 201 Intermediate French 1 (f)
Prerequisite: FRE 102. Elementary French 2 or four years of High School French (With Instructor’s approval).
Systematic review of grammatical structures and principles with vocabulary building; developing skills and techniques to learn French as spoken and written language.
3 credits

FRE 202 Intermediate French 2 (s)
Prerequisite: FRE 201 Intermediate French 1
This course is a continuation of the skills and themes taught in FRE 201. Students will refine their understanding of grammatical structures; they will expand their vocabulary; and they will improve their reading and conversational skills.
3 credits

FRE/WST 215 Francophone Women in Translation (s)
This course introduces students to influential women writers and film directors from several different Francophone countries. This course explores the themes of class, race, gender, identity, family, language, education, culture, and social progress. It will explore the history, geography and socio-cultural dynamics of the Francophone country or area from which the work being studied originates. Students will read a variety of genres: novel, short story, autobiography, memoir, drama, and poetry. In addition, they will watch several films by female directors or that have female protagonists. All works will be read and discussed in English.
3 credits

FRE 211 French Literature 1 (xy or independent study)
Prerequisite: FRE 202 Intermediate French 2
Survey of French poetry and theater from its origins to present day. Course includes lectures, reading, and discussion of representative works. 3 credits

FRE 212 French Literature 2 (xy or independent study )
Prerequisite: FRE 202 Intermediate French 2
Survey of French short story and novel from its origins to present day. Course includes lectures, reading, and discussion of representative works.
3 credits

FRE 213 Oral French (xy or independent study)
Prerequisite: FRE 202 Intermediate French 2
Develops comprehension of spoken French as step toward further developing oral expression. Includes review of difficult grammar concepts.
3 credits

FRE 214 French Civilization (xs or independent study)
Prerequisite: FRE 202 Intermediate French 2
French history and geography from the medieval age to the present; Past history as introduction to the present political, economic, and social life; French culture and its diffusion in the world.
3 credits

Required FRE courses to fulfil the General Education the AA degree requirements:

General Education French Requirements:
FRE 101 Beginning French
FRE 102 Beginning French
FRE 201 Intermediate French 1
FRE 202 Intermediate French 2

AA degree French Requirements
FRE 101/2 Elementary French 1/2
FRE 201/2 Intermediate French 1/2
FRE 213 Oral French (xy)

Humanities French Requirements
All 200 level French courses with the exception of FRE 201/2 and FRE 213

Mary Mba
Assistant Professor of French
123 Grantham
ext. 2260
mmba@cottey.edu