Trinity Western University

Course Descriptions

French

NOTE regarding all French courses: After consulting with the department, students may begin one level below that for which they have qualified if they have not taken French for several years, or if they lack confidence in the adequacy of their preparation. Placement tests may be given to determine a student’s level.

    • FREN 101, 102 Introduction to French (3, 3 sem. hrs.)

      An introduction to the French language and culture for those with no or very little French (no higher than high school French 10). Courses develop oral and written skills as well as introduce aspects of French culture. Language labs provide additional practice.

      Prerequisite(s): None; FREN 101 is a prerequisite for FREN 102. (3-1; 3-1)


    • FREN 111, 112 Intermediate French (3, 3 sem. hrs.)

      Intensive practice in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension, with integrated language laboratory program. Courses improve the student's command of oral and written French by reviewing previous knowledge and introducing new grammatical structures and readings with a cultural content. Various media used.

      Prerequisite(s): Grade 11 French or FREN 102. FREN 111 is a prerequisite for FREN 112. Students whose Grade 12 average in French is less than 75% may take FREN 111. (3-1; 3-1)


    • FREN 113, 114 Conversational and Written French (3, 3 sem. hrs.)

      Conversational courses aimed at developing greater fluency in the spoken language through the study of language, society, and culture. The emphasis is on developing oral skills, including improved vocabulary, pronunciation, and proper use of grammatical structures, aided by written work. FREN 114 focuses on vocabulary and conversational skills useful for the workplace. Conducted entirely in French.

      NB: FREN 114 may not be offered every year. See Department chair. Courses not intended for students with Grade 12 French immersion.

      Prerequisite(s): FREN 112 or Grade 12 French for either FREN 113 or 114. FREN 112 or 122 may be taken concurrently with FREN 113. (3-1; 3-1)


    • FREN 121, 122 Langue et introduction à la littérature française (3, 3 sem. hrs.)

      Introduction to French literature through the study of various genres: short story, poetry, novel, and theatre. Literary texts are analyzed with a view to developing an understanding and appreciation of French literature. Basic elements of French grammar are thoroughly reviewed and consolidated.

      Prerequisite(s): Grade 12 French or FREN 111, 112. FREN 121 is a prerequisite for FREN 122.

      NB: Students whose Grade 12 average in French is 75% or higher should register in FREN 121; students whose Grade 12 average in French is lower than 75% may register in FREN 111 if they feel more confident at that level. Students whose Grade 12 average in French Immersion is 80% or higher may enter FREN 215, following a successful placement test in grammar. (3-1; 3-1)


    • FREN 214 Conversation avancée (3 sem. hrs.)

      A course designed to provide intensive oral practice through conversation, discussion, debate, and oral presentations. Various forms of media are used such as websites, magazine articles, radio, television, and film clips. Students work on vocabulary building, pronunciation, improved sentence structure, and the integration of correct grammatical principles.

      Prerequisite(s): FREN 113 or 114, or 122, or Grade 12 French Immersion. (3-1 or 3-1)


    • FREN 215, 216 Langue écrite et orale (3, 3 sem. hrs.)

      Grammar, reading, composition, and oral practice intended to prepare students going into advanced work in French. Basic work is in language practice through the use of grammatical exercises and oral activities, as well as the study of literature. Readings and compositions provide the means of acquiring vocabulary, developing writing skills, and acquiring cultural insights.

      Prerequisite(s): FREN 121, 122; or 111, 112, and 113. FREN 215 is a prerequisite for FREN 216. (3-1; 3-1)


    • FREN 318 Le modernisme en littérature et en art (avant 1930) (3 sem. hrs.)

      Course focuses on French literature, culture, and society in the latter part of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. It introduces students to early modernism in French poetry and prose, while presenting parallels in art and architecture. Beginning with symbolism as a precursor to modernism, it touches on such poets as Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Verlaine, and MallarmÉ, and shows how Impressionist art reflects the concerns of the symbolist poets. Apollinaire's new poetic forms are examined in relation to early 20th century society and to developing art forms such as cubism and surrealism. Novelists Marcel Proust and AndrÉ Gide are also studied as founding figures of modernism.

      NB: Offered alternating years.

      Prerequisite(s) or Co-requisite: FREN 216. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • FREN 320 Littérature franèaise du XXe siècle (3 sem. hrs.)

      20th century literature as represented by the works of major authors such as Camus, Sartre, Ionesco, and Duras. Various works, as well as literary movements, are examined in the light of their philosophical, ideological, and historical contexts.

      NB: Offered alternating years.

      Prerequisite(s) or Co-requisite: FREN 216. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • FREN 321, 322 Littérature française du Moyen Age au XIXe siècle (3, 3 sem. hrs.)

      A survey of French literature from the Middle Ages to the mid-19th century, through the study of specific texts and literary excerpts. Courses focus on various time periods and movements including classicism, romanticism, and 19th century realism. FREN 321 covers to the end of the 17th century.

      NB: Offered alternating years.

      Prerequisite(s): FREN 216; and FREN 318 or 320 or instructor's permission. (3-0; 3-0)


    • FREN 340 Études dirigées en littérature francophone (3 sem. hrs.)

      Course introduces students to the history and literature of the francophone world, including such regions as Africa, the Caribbean, and Vietnam. Problems of colonization, decolonization and national identity are examined through literature. Presently offered as a directed study.

      Prerequisite(s): FREN 216.


    • FREN 350 Civilisation française (3 sem. hrs.)

      An overview of French civilization, highlighting important aspects of French life today and over the centuries. Through both a historical and a geographical approach, major developments in society, government, and the arts are examined, as well as cultures of the various regions of France.

      NB: Usually offered alternating years.

      Prerequisite(s): FREN 215, 216. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • FREN 360 Grammaire française avancée (3 sem. hrs.)

      An advanced course designed to give students a thorough review of French grammar while emphasizing the structure of the language. Students learn to identify all parts of speech and analyze sentences grammatically. Through numerous written exercises, students significantly improve their grammatical skills, including verb usage.

      NB: Offered alternating years.

      Prerequisite(s): FREN 215, 216. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • FREN 370 Style et Composition (3 sem. hrs.)

      Designed to give advanced students intensive practice in written French through various types of composition as well as stylistic exercises. Students work on improving vocabulary, grammar, and syntax, while focusing on different writing styles, including forms of creative writing. A variety of articles and short literary texts are used to provide models and examples.

      NB: Offered alternating years.

      Prerequisite(s): FREN 215, 216; FREN 360 strongly recommended. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • FREN 380 Phonétique et prononciation (3 sem. hrs.)

      Course in French phonetics and pronunciation, providing intensive language practice through a study of the mechanisms of pronunciation and numerous applied exercises, both oral and written. Students improve their accent, intonation, and speech patterns, while also learning the International Phonetic Alphabet as it applies to French.

      NB: Not offered every year. Normally offered during Summer sessions. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): FREN 215, 216. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • FREN 420 Littérature québécoise (3 sem. hrs.)

      An overview of the traditional themes of French Canadian literature followed by an intensive study of the themes and works of several modern QuÉbÉcois authors.

      NB: Offered alternating years.

      Prerequisite(s): FREN 216; and one of FREN 318, 320, 321 or 322. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • FREN 430 Littérature féminine d'expression française (3 sem. hrs.)

      A study of selected works of well-known French and francophone women writers, including a discussion of the themes, qualities, and importance of their works.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): FREN 216; and one of FREN 318, 320, 321 or 322. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • FREN 450 études dirigées en littérature française (3 sem. hrs.)

      With permission from the department, a student may do a directed study in a specific area of French literature, accompanied by various assignments, essays, and an oral and written exam.

      Prerequisite(s): FREN 216; and an upper level French literature course; and third or fourth year standing.


    • FREN 460 Études dirigées sur un auteur spécifique (3 sem. hrs.)

      With permission from the department, a student may do directed studies on a specific author in French or francophone literature, accompanied by various assignments, essays, and an oral and written exam.

      Prerequisite(s): FREN 216; and an upper level French literature course; and third or fourth year standing.

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