French Intermediate/Advanced Course Descriptions
2101.01 Introduction to French and Francophone Studies
TR 11:10-12:30, #3903 Instructor: Patrick Bray
MWF 3:00-3:55, #3902 Instructor: Heidi Brown
Prereq: 4 cr hrs of French 1103 or 5 cr hrs of French 104 or permission of the instructor. Not open to students with credit for French 201.01, 201.51, or 206.
Techniques for reading and interpreting different French texts: stories, poetry, plays, films, music and ads while building vocabulary, comprehension, speaking and writing skills.
H2101.01 Honors Introdution to French and Francophone Studies
TR 11:10-12:30, #3901 Honors, Instructor: Danielle Marx-Scouras
Prereq: 4 cr hrs of French 1103 or 5 cr hrs of French 104 or permission of the instructor. Not open to students with credit for French 201.01, 201.51, or 206. Non-honors students are welcome, but need the permission of the instructor to enroll (email@example.com)Non-honors students are welcome, but need the permission of the instructor to enroll. (marx-scouras.1) Non-honors students are welcome, but need the permission of the instructor to enroll. (marx-scouras.1) Non-honors stu
How can the act of opening a door constitute poetry? Why do contemporary French musicians make use of seventeenth and nineteenth century writers such as La Fontaine and Rimbaud? Is hip-hop poetry?
Are love and war related topics? Why is Camus still the best selling author in France? Is the French spoken in Quebec still “French”? How do gender and ethnicity alter language and culture? Join us as we answer these and other questions pertinent to French and francophone studies, on a journey that will take us from France to Quebec, Algeria, Martinique, and other countries. Representative works from literature and the media will be read in conjunction with music and film.
Students will gain proficiency in analyzing literary texts and media materials. They are expected to engage in lively class discussions and give oral presentations. Writing is also an essential component of the course. This course prepares students for further work in culture, literature, composition, and conversation. It will also introduce students to the workings of undergraduate research. An outing to La Chatelaine is planned.
2193 FLC Radio
Registration by Permission of the Instructor
Arranged, Instructor: Rebecca Bias
Prereq: Instructor permission. Repeatable to a maximum of 15 cr hrs or 15 completions.
FLC Radio is an Independent Study course in which students train to be the DJ of French or Italian radio broadcasts performed in the target language on Arts and Humanities Streaming Radio at OSU. The DJ technical training is onsite in the HIS Hypermedia Studio in Hagerty Hall.
Students will develop a broad knowledge of target language radio broadcast history, programming, and content through web research at reliable sites and by previewing current and archived live broadcast programs. After preparing an approved one-hour script with their partner, including pronunciation practice before each broadcast, they will serve as a DJ for three live one-hour broadcasts. The recorded programs will then be available for download on the FLC Radio site.
2801 Classics of French Cinema
M 10:05-11:55; WF 10:20-11:15, #4816 (GE/VPA Course)
Instructor: Margaret Flinn
Introduction to the study of the cinema and to French film classics. Students will explore cinema as an art form, the social and cultural history of France as it relates to the cinema, and the qualitities that make individual films cinematic materpieces. Lectures and readings in English, all films subtitled. French 2801 Course Flyer
3101 French Grammar Review
MWF 9:10-10:05, #3905; MWF 10:20-11:15, #3904
Instructor: Gloria Torrini-Roblin
Prereq: French 1103.01 (104.01), or 4 sem cr hrs of 1103.51 (5 qtr cr hrs of 104.51), or equiv. Students with 4 sem cr hrs or 5 qtr cr hrs for 1103.02 (104.02), 1103.03 (104.03), or 1103.04 (104.04) will need permission from the instructor to enroll. Prereq or concur: French 2101. Not open to students with credit for French 401.
Consolidation of previously learned grammar and introduction to new grammatical concepts. Practice in speaking French with attention to comprehension and oral expression. Not open to native speakers of this language through regular course enrollment or EM credit.
3103 French Conversation
MWF 11:30-12:25, #3907
Instructor: Garett Heysel
Prereq: French 2101 (201.01) or 2101.51 (201.51) or French 206. Not open to students with credit for French 402.
Practice in speaking French, building of practical vocabulary; emphasis on comprehension and oral expression.
3201 French Literary and Visual Texts
TR 3:55-5:15, #3908
Instructor: Patrick Bray
Prereq: French 2101.01 (201.01) or 3 cr hrs of French 2101.51 (5 cr hrs of 201.51), and French 3101 (401). Not open to students with credit for French 425 or 426.
Students improve reading, writing, and speaking skills by analyzing the discussing full-length French literary works and visual texts-such as paintings, fashion, photographs, and films from the Middle ages to the present.
3202 Literary and Visual Texts of the Francophone World
TR 2:20-3:40, #3918
Instructor: Danielle Marx-Scouras
Prereq: French 2101.01 (201.01) or 3 cr hrs of French 2101.51 (5 cr hrs of 201.51), and French 3101 (401). Not open to students with credit for French 427
This course is multi-media in nature, thereby reflecting the rich literary, cinematographic, and musical diversity of the francophone world. One of our goals will be to understand the ways in which texts, films and music connect to give us an aesthetic, cultural, political and historical understanding and appreciation of France and other countries where French is spoken. We will not exclude France from la francophonie, but rather consider how France has become a multi-cultural society, over the past few decades. The French language itself has become trans-cultural. The materials in this course cover Québec, Algeria, Morocco, French Guiana, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Congo, and ethnic minorities in France.
3401 Introduction to Contemporary France
TR 9:35-10:55, #3919
Instructor: Elizabeth Bishop
Prereq: French 2101.01 (201.01) or 3 cr hrs of 2101.51 (5 cr hrs of 201.51), or French 206 and 3101 (401) Not open to students with credit for French 440.
Introduction to ways of studying major aspects of French culture by means of lectures, readings, research projects, in-class presentations, and research reports.
3501 Introduction to French for the Professions
WF 2:20-3:40, #4175
Instructor: Kelly Campbell
Prereq: French 3101 (401, 402, 403) or French 3102 (404) or permission of the instructor. Not open to students with credit for French 406.
An introduction to business French with emphasis on basic business terminology, commercial correspondence, similarities and differences in business transactions, and international procedures. Not open to students with credit for French 406.
3801 French/American Culture Wars
TR 12:45-2:05, #3911
Instructor: Jennifer Willging
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for French 153.
This courses examines cultural relations between France and the United States from World War I to the present through analyses of many kinds of cultural texts–such as travel literature, films, music, cartoons, and newspaper articles–that attest to the influence and the fascination the two cultures have exerted and continue to exert on each other. We will also learn about contemporary French society and culture and discuss the ways in which they differ from American society and culture. Some of the questions concerning the complex “love-hate” relationship between France and the US that we will explore include: How have the French viewed the United States and its people over the past century? Which of their conceptions about the Americans have remained static, and which have evolved over time? What has been the impact of different American “exports” (such as jazz, GIs, Hollywood, fast food, and the War on Terror) on French society and culture? Which aspects of American culture have the French embraced, and which have they resisted? And finally, what is the state of Franco-American relations today?
Taught in English, this course can count toward the French major or fulfill a Cultures and Ideas GE. French 3801 Course Flyer
4501 Advanced French for the Professions
WF 9:35-10:55, #3912
Instructor: Jean-François Fourny
Prereq: French 3501 or permission of the instructor.
A study of the French geographic, economic and social environment as it relates to business; parallel emphasis on advanced language skills.
5101 Advanced French Grammar
MWF 3:00-3:55 (#4053 Undergrad) (#4051 Grad)
MWF 4:10-5:05 (#4055 Undergrad) (#4054 Grad)
Instructor: Michele Vincent
Prereq: Undergrad students must have credit for French 3101 (401). Not open to students with credit for French 601.
Systematic review of French grammar with composition and other exercises based on contemporary authors; modern tendencies in syntactic analysis. Prerequisites: French 3101 (401) and at least one other course at the 3000-level (400-level) or higher, preferably two.
5102 Advanced Pronunciation and Accents of the Francophone World
MWF 12:40-1:35 (#4100 Undergrad) (#4099 Grad)
Instructor: Michele Vincent
Prereq: Undergrad students must have credit for French 3102 (404) or permission of instructor. Not open to studetns with credit for French 604.
Training in auditory and oral aspects of advanced French pronuncation; analysis of different styles of spoken French and different francophone accents.
5202 Versailles to the Enlightenment: Texts and Contexts; Moralistes and libertins: questioning the cultural paradigm in the 17th and 18th centuries
TR 12:45-2:05 (#4102 Undergrad) (#4101 Grad)
Instructor: Karlis Racevskis
Prereq: French 3101 (401) and either French 3201 (425, 426) or French 3202 (427); graduate students require written permission of the Graduate Studies Chair in consultation of student's advisor. Not open to students with credit for French 652 and 653.
The 17th century is generally seen in terms of an order and stability ensured by an all-powerful church and a monarchy of divine right. The 18th, on the other hand, is a time when all the established truths and conventions are brought into question. The questioning, however, is already rife in the century of the Sun King, when a number authors begin to suspect the legitimacy of the prevailing norms and beliefs. The purpose of the course will be to examine the subversive and progressive thought of 17th and 18th-century writers whose influence was to radically change French culture and society and—eventually—contribute to bring down the Ancien Régime. Authors will include La Rochefoucauld, Mme de LaFayette, La Fontaine, Pascal, La Bruyère, Bayle, Fontenelle, Montesquieu, Voltaire, Diderot, Olympe de Gouges, and Mme de Charrière. In French.
Texts : Mme de LaFayette, La Princesse de Clèves (Larousse) ; La Bruyère, Les Caractères (GF Flammarion) ; Montesquieu, Lettres Philosophiques (Librio) ; Voltaire, Lettres philosophiques (GF Flammarion) ; Diderot, Le neveu de Rameau (Livre de Poche) ; Isabelle de Charrière, Lettres de Mistriss Henley (Modern Language Association). French 5202 Course Flyer
5402 The Roaring 20’s to the 21stCentury
TR 11:10-12:30 (#4104 Undergrad) (#4103 Grad)
Instructor: Jean-François Fourny
Prereq: French 3101 (401) and 3401 (440) or permission of the instructor; or Grad standing and permission of Graduate Studies chair. Not open to students with credit for French 644.
The transformation of French society since WWI as a result of changing social and political structures.
5702 Studies in Contemporary French Cinema
M 2:15-4:55; WF 9:10-10:05 (#4106 Undergrad) (#4105 Grad)
Instructor: Julie Parson
Prereq: 10 cr hrs in literature and or cinema above 200 level, or permission; graduate students require written permission of the Graduate Studies Chair in consultation with student's advisor. Not open to student with credit for French 672.
Study of the history and aesthetics of French cinema since 1959. Taught in English.
8201 Rewriting the Crusade: Imagining Outremer
M 9:10-11:50 (#4817)
Instructor: Sarah-Grace Heller
The main piece of propaganda that linked Osama Bin-Laden to the 9/11 attacks, the “World Islamic Front Statement urging Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders,” evokes a Muslim memory of the crusades largely forgotten in the West. The works of the Old French Crusade Cycle are unique texts remembering and fantasizing the encounter with Muslims and other “others” in the Mediterranean. Composed by Graindor de Douai between 1190 and 1212, they recounted the First Crusade (1095-1099) in the era of the failed Third (1188-90) and disastrous Fourth (1204). In this seminar, explore why the Song of Antioch, the key work of the Crusade Cycle, has remained among the most obscure works in medieval French, yet was quite popular in its day. Look at this exciting and disturbing work in its intertextual context, comparing it with Chansons de geste which also helped nurture dreams of reliving the First Crusade, both caricaturing and admiring the Muslims, depicting both tragic and humorous interactions between the opposing groups, and continuing to rewrite the crusades again and again in varying settings. Villehardouin's chronicle of the Fourth Crusade and the Life of Saint Louis suggest how such texts fed heroic fantasies that led the French to undertake new crusades. These chronicles depict the realities of the "holy" war and French colonization of the Holy Land, rationalize the disappointments, and inform about the medieval incarnation of "Francophonie" in the Mediterranean. All texts in Old French-Modern French parallel translation. (French 8201 Course Flyer)
1. La Chanson d'Antioche, ed. Bernard Guidot (Champion, 2011) ISBN:2745321242
2. La Chanson de Roland, éd. Ian Short. Lettres Gothiques, 1990. ISBN 2253053414
3. Le Cycle de Guillaume d’Orange, éd. Dominique Boutet et al. Lettres Gothiques, 1996. ISBN 2253066605
4. Geoffroy de Villehardouin, La Conquête de Constantinople Garnier-Flammarion, 2004. ISBN 2080711970
5. Other texts on reserve in Carmen.
8301 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition: Theories, key issues and Classroom Implications
R 2:15-5:00 (#26304)
Instructor: Wynne Wong
Prereq: French/Italian/Spanish/German 7301 (or equivalent).
DESCRIPTION: Acquiring a second language is a long, complex, and fascinating process. An understanding of Second Language Acquisition (SLA) offers many professional opportunities including: (1) the ability to design language programs and course materials that are informed by theory and research in SLA; and (2) being more competitive on the job market for positions that involve language teaching, language program direction/coordination and GTA training. In this course, students will explore research, major theories, and key issues that have shaped and continue to drive the field of SLA. Implications for classroom practice will also be discussed.
- What is the initial state of acquisition?
- Can L2 learners become native-like?
- Is there a “critical period”?
- What does L2 development look like?
- What constraints are there on L2 acquisition?
- What are the roles of “input” and “output”?
- Is acquisition largely implicit, explicit, or some combination?
- What are individual differences and what roles do they play?
- Does instruction make a difference?
- Overview of major theories of SLA
- Introduction to research methods and design
- Implications of SLA research for L2 classroom instruction and materials design
This course fulfills the requirement for an introductory course in SLA for students pursuing the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Second Language Studies.
REQUIRED TEXT: VanPatten, B.,& Benati, A. (2012). Key terms in second language acquisition. London: Continuum Press.
8701 French and Francophone Cinema: Heritage, History, Document
M 2:15-5:00 (#3916)
Instructor: Margaret Flinn
Prereq: French 5701 (670) or French 5702 (672) or pervious French film course. Note open to students with 12 cr hrs for 870. Repeatable to a maximum of 12 cr hrs.
In this seminar, we will view French films from 1990-present, with particular attention to the way in which they view the past (both “History” generally and film history particularly) and their configurations of cinema’s relationship to “the real.” Of interest is the degree to which a cinema long noted as an “art cinema” contends with pressures both industrial/technological (digital production and distribution, international co-production) and social (globalization, the European Union as a political fact, “post”coloniality). Films will be drawn from a variety of genres and styles (animation, documentary, essay, drama, omnibus films, heritage cinema, “expanded cinema” or new media art, among others). Directors may include Olivier Assayas, Jean-Louis Boissier, anonymes.net, Rachid Bouchareb, Arnaud Despléchin, Jean-Luc Godard, Michel Hazanavicius, Michel Kassovitz, Chris Marker, Michel Ocelot, Nicholas Philibert, Eric Rohmer, Marjane Satrapi, Martin Scorsese, Agnès Varda, Christian Volckman. Readings by Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Rancière, Raymond Bellour, Bill Nichols, Michael Renov, Jean-Louis Boissier, etc. Some knowledge of French required: language of class discussion will be French; readings in French (translations available) and English, films are available in subtitled copies.
8899 Dissertation Research
R 10:00-11:50 (#3917)
Instructor: Sarah-Grace Heller , , ,
Prereq: Candidacy exams completed. Repeatable to a maximum of 30 cr hrs or 30 completions.
Faculty-led workshop in which Ph.D. candidates meet bi-weekly to discuss and critique their current dissertation research. Required each semester for Ph.D. candidates, including the semester in which they defend the dissertation. Prereq: Ph.D. candidate in French or Italian. Repeatable to a maximum of 10 cr hrs. This course is graded S/U. Cross-listed in Italian.