Courses in French
For a complete listing of sections and times, consult the Schedule of Classes.
Note: Honors option is available at almost all levels. For introductory and intermediate language courses (101, 102, 203, 204, 227 & 228), odd numbered courses offer a dedicated honors section in the Fall, and even numbered courses offer a dedicated honors section in the Spring. Honors sections in 101-228 offer smaller enrollments (16 instead of 24 max) and, by demanding a more concerted and independent effort on the part of the students, class sessions allow for greater expansion of activities and more in-class communication.
Semester: Spring 2018
French 101: First Semester French
French 101 is intended for students with no previous study of French. Course goals focus on developing interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communicative skills and cultural awareness of the French-speaking world. Topics explored in the course include personal identity, daily life, youth culture, and education.
French 102: Second Semester French
French 102 is the continuation of French 101 and is intended for students with limited study of French (e.g., 1-2 years of high school level study). Course goals focus on developing interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communicative skills and cultural awareness of the French-speaking world. Topics explored in the course include travel, fashion, media, and housing.
French 203: Third Semester French
Oral practice and conversation, reading, grammar review, vocabulary expansion, creative writing in French. Lab programs stress comprehension of non-textbook material on life in France today. Prerequisite: French 102 or approp score on placement exam.
French 204: Fourth Semester French
Oral practice and conversation, reading, grammar review, vocabulary expansion, creative writing in French. This student-centered program engages the learner in textbook and non-textbook material focusing on life today in France and in the French-speaking world. Prerequisite: French 203 or appropriate score on placement exam. There are four (4) sections of French 204 currently scheduled for Spring 2017.
French 209: Littrans: Masterpieces of French Literature and Culture
The entire span of French literature from the Middle Ages to the present as well as selected Francophone writers. Emphasis on literary movements and their cultural settings. Major authors will include Montaigne, Voltaire, Stendhal, Proust, de Beauvoir. Section-level COM-B available.
French 228: Intermediate Language and Culture
In this writing-intensive course, students practice the types of writing tasks typical of courses in the major (composition, compte rendu, explication de texte), explore both traditional and evolving notions of culture in France and the francophone world, review grammar, and build vocabulary related to the cultural topics studied. Prerequisite: French 204 or French 227. There are three (3) sections currently scheduled for Spring 2017.
French 271: Introduction to Literary Analysis
An introduction to the terms and techniques of literary analysis, examining works of each genre (short story, poetry, theater and novel) from various time periods and areas of the francophone world. Prerequisite: French 228. There are currently three (3) of French 271 scheduled for Fall 2016. All sections are available for honors credit.
Professors teaching sections this semester: Jan Miernowski, Ullrich Langer, and Martine Debaisieux.
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French 302: Practical French Conversation
UW-Madison students can join us for lunch any day, Monday through Friday. It’s as easy as that. Come, sit and chat in French with fellow students and native speakers. Many students report that this course was a very valuable experience for them. Their spoken French improved immensely and they felt very comfortable interacting with other students and native speakers on everyday topics.
Those that can come at least 4 times per week should consider enrolling in French 301 (fall) or French 302 (spring) and receive one credit for their commitment. This credit counts towards the French major.
Lunch is served at 12:15. Students can buy their lunch ($5 “all you can eat”), bring their lunch, or just sit and talk.
With 30-40 students and 5-10 native speakers, what’s on the menu takes a back seat to what’s on our minds. French class is great, but learning to chat, in French, about everyday topics, in a complete French immersion environment is something no student of French can pass up. Only French is spoken at the French House and most students at lunch have the equivalent of at least 4 semesters or 4 high school years of French.
Students registered for 301 (fall) or 302 (spring), here is what you need to know:
- Arrive between 12:00 and 12:15 and stay until 12:45 or 1:00. Each student must remain at the French House and engaged in conversation for at least 45 minutes.
- Choose the 4 days per week that work best for you. There is some flexibility (choose 3 days one week and 5 the next, for example). The grade is based on participation (which is of course tied to attendance). A = 54+ days attended; AB= 50-52 days attended; B = 47-49 days attended; BC = 44-46 days attended; C = 39-43 days attended; D = 33-38 days attended; F = 32 or fewer days attended.
- Absences: because of the flexilibilty with regard to scheduling, there are no excused absences. Students who have a conflict on Tuesdays and Thursdays have two options:
- Regularly attend the Wednesday evening dinner which is also open to the public.
- Audit the course.
French 311: Advanced Composition and Conversation
Trains students to write essays on a variety of topics, using different registers of French, and work to correct pronunciation and improve conversation skills.
Pre-Reqs: French 228
French 314: Contemporary Issues in Government, Organizations, and Enterprise
Cultural study of contemporary Francophone Africa, focusing on issues in government, organizations and enterprise. Exploration of cultural and professional relations between Francophone Africa and France, the European Union, and the United States.
Pre-Reqs: French 228 or 311 or 313 or cons inst
French 321: Introduction to Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Literature
Introduction to important literary works from the medieval era to the French Revolution. Classes conducted in French.
Pre-Reqs: French 271
French 322: Introduction to Literature of Modernity
Introduction to important literary works of modernity (from the French Revolution to the twenty-first century). Classes conducted in French.
Pre-Reqs: French 271
French 347: Introduction to Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Civilization
An introduction to the political, social, intellectual, artistic and literary development of French culture, from its origins to the French Revolution (1789).
Pre-Reqs: French 321 or 322
French 348: Modernity Studies
An introduction to political, social, intellectual, artistic and literary developments in French and Francophone culture, within the time period from the French Revolution to the current era.
Pre-Reqs: French 271
French 429: Introduction to the Romance Languages
Cross-listed. Introduction to structural similarities and differences apparent in major Romance languages (French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish) and to their historical developments, with reference to basic linguistic features of each language: phonology, morphology, syntax, and lexicon. Does not count towards French major.
French 462: History of French Cinema
A study of how culture has evolved over the course of French history, in relation to a chosen topic.