French

4455 Littératures de genre
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: FREN 3350 and 3351 with a minimum grade of C.

Littératures de genre include the detective novel, science fiction, fantasy, comics, and gore.  Students will analyze a combination of French and Francophone works belonging mainly to the 20th Century.  Students will come to understand the social background and defining features of some of these.


*3310 Introduction to French Culture
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: FREN 2236 with a minimum grade of C

This course focuses on contemporary French culture, France’s role in the European Union and the country’s efforts to reconcile modern developments and ethnic diversity with tradition. Topics covered include history, politics, education, the arts and gastronomy.  Films, TV broadcasts, slides, and magazine and newspaper articles will assist students in developing informed perspectives on French culture. This course is of particular interest to current or prospective French teachers.


*3312 Introduction to Quebec Culture
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: FREN 2236 with a minimum grade of C

This course informs students about present-day life in Quebec. Topics covered include bilingualism, politics, education, the arts and leisure.  Students will gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for contemporary Quebec culture. This course is of particular interest to current or prospective teachers of French.


*3350 Introduction to Literature Written in French, I
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: FREN 2236 with a minimum grade of C

A selection of modern writing in French drawn from poetry, fables, short stories, drama and novels.  The purpose of this course is to teach students to read literary language, to grasp structural relationships, and to interact with various works in terms of theme, character portrayal and style.

Note: This course is required of all students who intend to major or take honours in French.


*3351 Introduction to Literature Written in French, II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: FREN 2236 with a minimum grade of C

A selection of modern writing in French drawn from poetry, fables, short stories, drama and novels.  The purpose of this course is to teach students to read literary language, to grasp structural relationships, and to interact with various works in terms of theme, character portrayal and rhetorical devices.

Note: This course is required of all students who intend to major or take honours in French.


*4410 La France en Chansons
3 credit hours
Prerequisite:  FREN 3350 and 3351 with a minimum grade of C. FREN 3310 is recommended.

Songs are part of daily life and reflect the evolution of the society in which they are rooted.  They also have a genuine poetical value and in this respect, they are timeless.  The purpose of this course is two-fold; first, to examine the cultural and historical background behind the works of France’s most prestigious songwriters; second, to analyze the literary value of the lyrics.  This course is of particular interest to prospective teachers of French.


*4416 The Eighteenth Century
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: FREN 3350 and 3351 with a minimum grade of C.

A study of some of the major works of the eighteenth century with special emphasis given to Les liaisons dangereuses and the epistolary novel.


*4426 The French Short Story
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: FREN 3350 and 3351 with a minimum grade of C. 

A study of a wide variety of modern short stories (19th and 20th centuries) illustrating the richness of this genre in francophone literature.


*4433 Women’s Literature in France [WMST 4433]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: For FREN students, FREN 3307, 3308, and 3350, 3351 with a minimum grade of C.  For WMST students, three (3) credit hours in WMST and six (6) credit hours in FREN at the 3000 level with a minimum grade of C.

This course will provide an introduction to French women’s writing emphasizing the plurality of women’s voices. The course contains an historical overview of women’s writing in France and an analysis of individual texts based on feminine perspectives.


*4451 Quebecois Literature I
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: FREN 3350 and 3351 with a minimum grade of C.

A study of selected major works in Quebec literature from 1935 to 1960 in the context of their socio-cultural background.


*4452 Quebecois Literature II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: FREN 3350 and 3351 with a minimum grade of C. 

A study of selected major works in Quebec literature from 1960 to the present in the context of their socio-cultural background.


*4460 20th Century French Literature
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: FREN 3350 and 3351 with a minimum grade of C.
 
A study of the important literary movements in French literature from 1900 to the New Novel of the 1950’s.

*4461 Contemporary French Literature
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: FREN 33503351 and 3307 and 3308, with a minimum grade of C.

The course focuses on France’s major authors from the 1980s to the present.  The course explores how the traditional literary genres of theatre, poetry and the novel are often replaced by free-form genres, especially in the works of women writers.


Course Descriptions

1111 Beginners’ French Level I
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: placement test.

An introductory course for students who have not had formal training in French, or not enough to justify their admission to FREN 2201 and 2202 as demonstrated on the placement test. Students who have completed two (2) years of senior high Core French or equivalent are not eligible for enrollment in this course.

Note: This course does not count toward the French major and is not intended for immersion students or those having has enriched or extended French programs, or Francophone students.


1112 Beginners French Level II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: FREN 1111 with a minimum grade of C and taken within the previous twelve (12) months. and/or placement test in french.

This course continues the elementary skill development started in Level I, and is intended for students who have not completed Grade 12 French.

Note: This course does not count toward the French major and is not intended for immersion students or those having has enriched or extended French programs, or francophone students.


2200 Oral Traditions in the Francophone World
Prerequisite: none.

This course delivered in English examines the oral traditions and literary genres of the Francophone world, in particular, those from Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Caribbean. Students will examine traditional rituals, the music and song styles associated with them, contemporary forms of traditional and popular culture, oral traditional narrative, prose, religious texts and poetry. No previous training in French required. This course cannot count towards a French Minor or Major.


2201 Basic University French Level I 
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: placement test or FREN 1111 and 1112 with a minimum grade of C.

A student enrolling in this course should have completed three (3) years of senior high “core” French or already possess an equivalent knowledge of French, as demonstrated on the placement test. This is a general language course for non- or pre-majors with emphasis placed on developing communicative skills. Taught in French.

Note: This course cannot be counted for the French major and is not intended for immersion students or those having had enriched or extended French programs, or francophone students.


2202 Basic University French Level II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: FREN 2201 with a minimum grade of C and taken within the previous twelve (12) months.

Taught in French, this general language course continues in the development of the basic skill set studied in Level I, with emphasis on oral functional ability.

Note: FREN 2202 must be taken within twelve (12) months of completing Level I. This course cannot be counted for the French major and is not intended for immersion students or those having had enriched or extended French programs, or francophone students.


2235 Intermediate French Level I
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: placement test or six (6) credit hours in FREN at the 2000 level or equivalent with a minimum grade of C.

Taught in French, this is a general language development course at a more intensive level involving oral and written practice and a review of grammar.  This is the normal starting point for majors, immersion students, and those having had enriched or extended French programs.  Students with more developed skills, including Francophones, start at the 3000 level.


2236 Intermediate French Level II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: FREN 2235 or equivalent with a minimum grade of C and/or placement test.

This intensive course further expands the oral and written proficiency standards covered in Level I. Level II must be taken within twelve (12) months of completing Level I. Students with more developed skills, including Francophones, start at the 3000 level.


2260 Introduction to Francophone Cultures 
3 credit hours

In this course, delivered in English, students explore the cultures of various francophone regions and countries across the globe. Through an examination of francophone film, literature, art, and music, students will gain a deeper understanding of the diversity of French-speaking cultures throughout the world and develop more informed global perspectives and intercultural awareness.


2300 French Film Comedy
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CLAS 3610 or ANTH 3373, and permission of the instructor

Students will explore a variety of sub-genres of film comedy (slapstick, satire, farce, black humour, and romantic comedy) as well as several of France’s best-known comedic artists. All films are in French with English subtitles; no previous experience in French in necessary.

Class 2 hours and lab/screening 2 hours.


3307 Advanced French Language Skills I
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: FREN 2236 with a minimum grade of C. 

A practical course intended to continue the development of the student’s Linguistic abilities.  This course focuses on writing skills, yet also includes the aural/oral practice necessary for advanced studies in French.  Knowledge of intermediate level grammar is assumed.  Grammatical points will be reviewed as required.

Note: This course is compulsory for all students who intend to major in French.


3308 Advanced French Language Skills II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: FREN 3307 with a minimum grade of C.

Taught in French, this is a language development course focusing on written and oral communication at an advanced level and in formal contexts. Grammar points may be reviewed as required but do not form the focal point of the course. This course is compulsory for French majors.  A practical course intended to continue the development of the student’s Linguistic abilities.  This course focuses on writing skills, yet also includes the aural/oral practice necessary for advanced studies in French.  Contemporary texts as well as audio-visual material will provide a basis for discussion and writing.  Knowledge of intermediate level grammar is assumed.  Grammatical points will be reviewed as required.

Note:  This course is compulsory for all students who intend to major in French.


3315 Academic Translation I
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: FREN 2236 with a minimum grade of C

Students will work on a variety of literary, business and legal texts, both in English and in French.  Students will reinforce translation methodology and theory through practical exercises and the analysis of translation in film and print media including subtitled/dubbed films, food labels and bilingual advertisements.


3320 French Phonetics [LING 2321]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: FREN 2236 with a minimum grade of C

A course for students beyond the intermediate level who wish to improve their pronunciation.   Knowledge of intermediate level grammar is assumed.


3321 Writing in French
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: FREN 2236 with a minimum grade of C

A course for students beyond the intermediate level who wish to improve their command of written French by engaging in a variety of writing activities involving the production of different types of texts.  Knowledge of intermediate level grammar is assumed.


3331 French Review Grammar
3 credit hours
Prerequisite:  FREN 2236 with a minimum grade of C

Is your grammar rusty?  This intensive review of French grammar covers the basic points and those aspects of language use that are particularly difficult for English speakers.  This course is of interest to those wanting to perfect their accuracy, to broaden their knowledge of French structure.


3335 French for Business
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: FREN 2236 with a minimum grade of C or placement test.

Students will acquire the basic vocabulary and reading skills necessary to understand business correspondence, reports, and articles in French, as well as writing skills to allow written communication in French in a Canadian commercial context.


3826 – 3849 Special Topics in French
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: permission of instructor


3876 – 3899 Directed Study in French
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: permission of instructor


4400 French Speech Strategies: Perfecting Oral Skills
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Six (6) credit hours in FREN credit at the 3000 level with a minimum grade of C.

An examination of speech acts and discursive features of language use found in real situations. Students practice how to structure and manage conversations at an advanced level in order to attain a higher level of oral proficiency. Discussions, debates and oral reports on current events form the central point of this course. Of particular interest to current or prospective teachers of French.


4418 Realism and Naturalism
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: FREN 3350 and 3351 with a minimum grade of C.

A study of some of the major novels of the second half of the nineteenth century and the literary movements which gave them form.


4422 Introduction to Literary Analysis
3 credit hours
PrerequisiteFREN 3350 and 3351 with a minimum grade of C.

The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of contemporary francophone literature and thought through exposure to theatre, short stories and film scripts. The course will serve as an introduction to formal critical analysis of literature. We will examine how a text functions at various levels: intellectual, formal and symbolic, and how the coherence of a literary work reveals itself. In addition, this course will provide opportunities for the student to learn how to organize a literature assignment (oral and written) and how to ground his/her thinking in the text.


4435 Advanced Grammar I
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: FREN 3307 and 3308 and 3321 or 3331, each with a minimum grade of C.

A systematic review of the main points of French grammar within the context of a theoretical framework describing the nature and function of different parts of speech and the structure of simple and compound sentences.  Strongly recommended for majors.


4436 Advanced Grammar II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: FREN 4435 with a minimum grade of C.

A systematic review of the main points of French grammar within the context of a theoretical framework describing the nature and function of different parts of speech and the structure of simple and compound sentences.  Strongly recommended for majors.


4437 Comparison of English and French Stylistics I
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: FREN 3307 and 3308 a minimum grade of C.

A course designed to increase the students’ knowledge of French beyond vocabulary and grammar and to enable them to grasp the similarities and divergences between French and English. The course involves practice in French/English translation and emphasizes the theoretical aspects of French and English stylistics which aid in establishing a method for translation.


4438 Comparison of English and French Stylistics II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: FREN 3307 and 3308 a minimum grade of C.

A course designed to increase the students’ knowledge of French beyond vocabulary and grammar and to enable them to grasp the similarities and divergences between French and English.  The course involves practice in French/English translation and emphasizes the theoretical aspects of French and English stylistics which aid in establishing a method of translation.


4440 Canadian French: Sociolinguistic Perspectives [LING 4440]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: six (6) credit hours of FREN at the 3000 level or equivalent a minimum grade of C. 

This course will examine the major features which distinguish Canadian French from European French, as well as the characteristics of the different varieties of French spoken in Canada, in particular Acadian and Quebecois French. The relationship between language and society will be studied both as a source of linguistic change and as a determining factor in current speech patterns. Authentic recorded speech samples will be used to illustrate the various aspects studied and will also serve to familiarize students with the French language as spoken in Canada.


4463 French and Francophone Cinemas
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Six (6) credit hours in FREN at the 3000 level with a minimum grade of C.

This course is an insight into diverse aspects of contemporary French and Francophone cultures and societies through the close analysis of film.  Topics include notions of marginality, social exclusion, ethnicity and identity; the impact of multiculturalism and globalization; the role of feminism; and the concepts of “nation” and national cinemas.  


4500 The Honours Essay
6 credit hours

French Honors’ students are required to submit a substantial essay or complete a research project selected and prepared in conjunction with a faculty advisor.


4826 - 4849 Special Topics in Francophone Studies
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: FREN 3350 and 3351.

The purpose of these courses is to introduce students to the riches and variety of voices and contemporary Francophone cultures throughout the world, outside France and Québec.

Topics to be considered include: issues of history, resistance, identity, gender and race.  Students will discover the Francophone world through the media of literature, newspaper articles, art, music and film, which will enable them to develop informed perspectives on the emergence of diverse French-speaking cultures.


4876 – 4899 Directed Study
3 credit hours

A three (3) credit hour course open to students who wish to study a special author or subject through tutorials, independent study and research. The availability of this course depends upon the agreement of a particular faculty member who is prepared to direct the readings and study.