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French Courses, Spring 2014

French 103 - First Semester French, 4cr (U)

Class Number: 18745/18748, Lec401/Lab801, MTWRF 10:00-10:50am (TBA)
Class Number: 18746/18749, Lec402/Lab802, MTWRF 11:00-11:50am (TBA)
Class Number: 18747/18750, Lec403/Lab803, MTWRF 12:00-12:50pm (TBA)
Class Number: 20261/20262, Lec404/Lab804, MTWRF 1:00-1:50pm (TBA)

Learn French in a varied and stimulating environment through communicative in-class activities to develop your speaking, listening, writing, and reading skills. The new language program, which integrates the use of technological tools (language software, videos, World Wide Web), introduces you to the cultures of the French-speaking world. For students with no previous knowledge of French. Prereq: none.

French 104 - Second Semester French, 4cr (U)

Class Number: 18752/19193, Lec401/Lab801, MTWRF 10-10:50am (TBA)
Class Number: 19192/20548, Lec402/Lab802, MTWRF 11-11:50am (TBA)
Class Number: 20547/20759, Lec403/Lab803, MTWRF 12-12:50pm (TBA)
Class Number: 20758/32817, Lec404/Lab804, MTWRF 1:00-1:50pm (TBA)
Class Number: 20170/32814, Lec405/Lab805, MW 6:30-8:10pm/W 5:30-6:20pm (TBA)

Continuation of French 103. Prereq: French 103 or placement.

French 110 - French for Travelers, 1cr (U)

Class Number: 22549, Lec001, W 6:30-8:10pm, 8wks 3/03-5/03(TBA)

Have you always wanted to speak French? Learn enough French to get by in France or another French-speaking country, whether you travel for business or pleasure. This conversational course presents basic syntax, useful vocabulary, and cultural information. The course is open to students with no knowledge of French or those with only a basic foundation in the language. Prereq: none.

French 145 - Views of France: Learning French Culture Through Cuisine, 3cr (U)

Class Number: 19191, Lec401, ONLINE (Anderson)
Class Number: 21040, Dis601, M 4-5:15pm (TBA)
Class Number: 21050, Dis602, M 4-5:15pm (TBA)
Class Number: 21051, Dis603, T 4-5:15pm (TBA)
Class Number: 22329, Dis604, T 4-5:15pm (TBA)
Class Number: 21072, Dis605, W 4-5:15pm (TBA)
Class Number: 22330, Dis606, W 4-5:15pm (TBA)

Find out how much you can learn about the people, history, and geography of France by looking at, understanding, and even tasting French cuisine. This course, taught in English, will use French Food– seen through many media – as a way of understanding the French, and seeing how they understand themselves. This is a hybrid course. Most class work will be completed online. Students must, however, also enroll in one of the discussion sections. Satisfies GER requirement. Satisfies L&S Int’l req. Prereq: none.

French 203 - Third Semester French, 3cr (U)

Class Number: 18753, Lec001, MWF 10-10:50am (TBA)
Class Number: 20192, Lec002, MWF 11-11:50am (TBA)

Continue to learn French to communicate by building on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Refine your conversational skills, review and complete the basic grammar, and learn more about the cultures and current events of French-speaking countries. Prereq: French 104 or placement.

French 204 - Fourth Semester French, 3cr (U)

Class Number: 18754, Lec001, MWF 10-10:50am (TBA)
Class Number: 18755, Lec002, MWF 11-11:50am (TBA)
Class Number: 21079, Lec002, MW 5-6:15pm (TBA)

Continuation of French 203; in addition, view and discuss a feature-length French film and read its screenplay. This course may be taken concurrently with French 303. Prereq: French 203 or placement.

French 210 - French Immersion: Intermediate, 1-2cr (U)

Class Number: 21366, Lec301, F 5-8pm, S 9am-5pm, U 9am-12pm. Meets 4/04-06 only (TBA)

Improve your French fluency dramatically after a weekend (13 hours) of conversation with native speakers in a small-group setting. You will share a meal, learn about the French-speaking world, and play language games.

French 299 - Ad Hoc, 3cr (U)

Topic: Accelerated 1st year French for Speakers of Spanish
Class Number: 33581, Lec001, MW 2-3:15pm (Alkhas)

Study French in a fast-paced setting with other experienced language learners. Build on your knowledge of Spanish to progress more quickly in French. This intensive, accelerated course requires a strong commitment in and outside of class. Prereq: minimum of four semesters of university-level Spanish or equivalent (or instructor approval).

French 303 - Conversation and Composition: Intermediate Level, 3cr (U)

Class Number: 18756, Lec001, MW 11am-12:15pm (Callahan)
Class Number: 21365, Lec002, MW 11am-12:15pm (Anderson)

This course serves as a bridge to all other upper division French courses here at UWM, including literature, language and culture, phonetics, business French and advanced grammar. French 303 is designed to develop your ability to understand, read, speak and write French, with emphasis on everyday language and culture. Through the use of a text, workbook, and media input, you will practice extensive writing & speaking in French. Through reading a short, graphic novel, daily reflections on key French figures and French cultural components, you will be challenged to express your opinions and beliefs about both fictional and real-life controversies. Prereq: grade C or better in French 204(P) or level 5 score on French placement exam or instructor consent; may be taken concurrently with French 204 w/grade B or better in French 203(P). Generates L&S credit for demonstrated equivalent preparation (14 retro cr).

French 324(327) - Contemporary French Language and Culture, 3cr (U)

Class Number: 18758, Lec001, MW 12:30-1:45pm (Farrell Whitworth)

Fine tune your French language skills and broaden your understanding of French and Francophone cultures through authentic, up-to-date materials like the Internet, movies on DVD, a textbook and other sources. Persuade others and express yourself in fun, focused writing assignments. Work on a semester-long research project about the topic of your choosing. Each portion of this project, from oral presentations to creative writing assignments will help you to expand your active vocabulary. Prereq: French 303, placement, or consent of instructor.

French - 325 Intensive Grammar and Usage, 3cr (U)

Class Number: 34793, Lec001, MW 11:00-12:15 (Alkhas)

The Beauty of Boundaries! The primary focus of this course is to help you improve your comprehension of French and your written self-expression in French through careful study of its grammar. Students are asked to explore French social constructs, and identity through grammatical and linguistic constructs. 3 cr. U. Grammatical structures; levels of styles; written accuracy and proficiency. Prereq: French 303 or consent of instructor. Generates L&S credit for demonstrated equivalent preparation (14 retro cr).

French 332 - Approaches to Poetry and Fiction, 3cr (U)

Class Number: 21507, Lec001, TR 11:00-12:15 (Russell)

This course focuses on the key structural and figurative elements of three genres of texts – narrative, poetry, and theater – to help you hone your abilities in reading, understanding, critiquing and appreciating French and Francophone literature in different genres and from different periods. Emphasis will be on the process of reading texts, as well as on the identification and analysis of the elements of literature. Students will engage with texts in a variety of ways, including through writing assignments, online discussion forums, and class discussion.

French 401 - French for Reading Knowledge, 3cr (U)

Class Number: 19762, Lec201, ONLINE (Callahan)

This course is an intensive introduction to the French language designed to enable students to read French at an advanced level as quickly and pleasurably as possible. It is geared toward graduate students and advanced undergraduates with an excellent command of English, typically those who seek reading knowledge of French for research purposes and to fulfill foreign language requirements in their graduate-level programs. No previous knowledge of French is necessary. Because the course focuses only on translating and reading skills acquisition (and not listening, speaking, or writing), you will be able to cover more sophisticated material more quickly than a traditional language course that takes an integrated four-skills approach.

French 426(326) - Growing Up French, 3cr (U)

Class Number: 32816, ONLINE (Bullot)

This online course proposes an expedition through the world of childhood in France. What do French kids do during the year and during vacations? What stories are they told? What songs do they sing? What do they read for fun? What are they taught? How do they relate to their parents? How do these experiences vary according to gender, socio-economic background, or ethnic heritage? We will study literary works, historical essays, newspaper articles, and French classroom materials; listen to songs, musicals, and interviews with French children; and watch films, documentaries, commercials, and television shows. In comparing and analyzing these documents, completing creative writing projects, and sharing our reflections in online discussion forums, we will develop an understanding of the day-to-day world and cultural sphere in which French children grow-up. The course will be conducted entirely in French.

French 428 - Castles, Cathedrals, and Common People: The Foundations of French Culture, 3cr (U)

Class Number: 32815, Lec001, MW 2-3:15(Bolduc)

How did France become French? How can we understand the many vestiges of the past—cairns and chateaux forts, churches and cathedrals—that dot the French landscape? This course will explore the origins of France and French culture from its earliest peoples (Celts, Franks, Romans, Visigoths) to its emergence as a unified nation-state at the end of the Middle Ages. We will read medieval poetry, epics, farces, and romances as well as historical documents, watch films on the long Middle Ages, studying the literary and artistic expressions of various social groups and regions that together formed the foundations of France as we know it today.

French 433/733 - Seminar in French Literature, 3cr (U/G)

Topic: Love, Marriage, and Friendship in Early Modern France
Class Number: 33091, Sem001, MW 2-3:15 (Russell)

What traditions, theories, and taboos shaped early modern relationships? How did early modern society organize and police interactions between its members? In what ways were writers questioning and challenging these social norms? Could spouses be friends? What role, if any, did love play in the concept of marriage? These are some of the questions we will explore in reading texts of many different sorts, including poems, essays, novellas, dialogues, and letters. Works by authors such as Marguerite de Navarre, Clément Marot, Michel de Montaigne, Louise Labé, François Rabelais, and Maurice Scève. 3 cr. U. In-depth study of important works of French literature.  Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; French 325(P) & 332(322)(P).

French 451(351)- Cinema of the French-Speaking World, 3cr (U)

Topic: Turning Twenty
Class Number: 22332, Lec001, MW 4-5:50 (Bullot)

Echoing the literary genre of the bildungsroman, French cinema offers a wide range of films that deal with coming-of-age stories. In this course, we will explore films that focus on the psychological growth of the protagonist and the challenges encountered by young people as they navigate relationships and social spaces. Facing rites-of-passage and conflicting value systems, these characters are torn by ethical, political, sexual, emotional, and professional dilemmas. By comparing the genres, themes, formal elements, and narrative structure of these films and placing them in their historical, cultural, political, and philosophical context, we will investigate the various figures associated with French youth, such as the écorché vif (the tormented soul). Through weekly readings, screenings, discussions, and written analysis, students will develop sophisticated understandings of cinematographic representations, while expanding their knowledge of critical concepts and vocabulary in French. We will discuss films by Olivier Assayas, Jacques Audiard, Laurent Cantet, Philippe Garrel, Louis Malle, Emmanuelle Millet, Éric Rohmer, André Téchiné, François Truffaut, and Érick Zonca. The course will be conducted entirely in French.