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Introduction to French Language and Culture

The course offers a contemporary, interactive, intensive, and effective introduction at the elementary level to the French language and various aspects of the French culture. It aims to foster the acquisition of the French language through increased immersion; it helps students master vocabulary needed to accomplish simple and routine tasks, and build more comprehensive grammatical structures necessary to communicate issues of immediate relevance. It encourages students to further improve their understanding, speaking, and writing skills. In addition, the course enhances the understanding, appreciation, and interpretation of French and Francophone cultural practices, products, and perspectives and encourages students to apply principles of intercultural communication in their interaction in the French language. Prerequisites: MLL 115 or a placement test prior to registration (with signed permission from the instructor). Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every spring.

Intermediate French: Perspectives on French and Francophone Cultures

The course offers a contemporary, interactive, and interdisciplinary approach to the study of the French language and French and Francophone cultures at the intermediate level. It introduces students to the analysis of topics, such as education, family values, traditions, work ethic, urban life, multicultural society, migration, consumption of resources, politics, identity, stereotypes, and cultural heritage, as well as notions relevant for intercultural communication, such as politeness and formality of interactions. Aiming to promote an in-depth cross-cultural understanding, the course exposes students to a large variety of authentic resources, such as print and electronic media, film, music, literature, and other forms of French and Francophone cultural expression. Students perform individual reflection tasks, work in small teams and other collaborative formats, which allow them to consolidate and expand their understanding, writing, and speaking skills, as well as to refine their grammatical and lexical competence in a culturally rich context. Prerequisite: MLL 116 or permission from instructor. Gen. Ed.: Social and Cultural Analysis. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.) Offered in the Fall.

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