French Course Offering Spring 2019

FREN 399 – Research in French Phonology, Dr. Shureka Nyawalo, The College of Wooster

  • Days and Time: M, W, F, 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm
  • Pre-req.:
  • Prerequisites: College of Wooster courses FREN 220 or FREN 224, or seven semesters of French, or equivalent level of French, or permission of professor
  • Course credits: Credits range from 1 (Wooster) to 4 credits, depending on participating institution’s credit distribution
  • Course fulfillments: College of Wooster requirement in Arts and Humanities (AH)
  • This upper-level course will be conducted in French.

Additional Scheduling Information:

  • Course starts on Monday, January 14, 2019 and ends on Friday, May 3, 2019.
  • There will be one class session during the College of Wooster’s final exam week (May 6-9, 2019), time and date to be determined
  • No classes on the following dates:
    • Monday, January 21
    • From Monday, March 11 through Friday, March 22
    • Friday, April 26

Required Materials/Resources:

  • A computer with access to reliable, high-speed internet
  • A computer with a recent version of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, a webcam and audio speakers
  • A devise that can record high-quality audio in .mp3 format (many recent smartphones have this capability)
  • A French native speaker in your geographical area to interview

Optional Materials:

  • A devise that can record high-quality audio in .wav format
  • A headset and microphone that can attach to the computer (an external microphone and external audio)

Course Description:

In this course, students conduct original and empirical research in the areas of phonology and sociolinguistics in French. This hands-on course enables students to work both individually and collaboratively in their study of two main phonological phenomena in French (schwa and liaison), across two different styles (conversation and reading), and with members of different social groups (differences in age, gender, and country of origin).

Students in this course learn how to conduct oral interviews in the domain of French phonology, conduct and audio record interviews with native speakers of French in their local community (either professors, students, or community members), transcribe and code their data, and share their data with the larger purpose of creating a corpus of spoken French. Once the students have gathered their data and contributed to the corpus, they will be able to observe patterns and draw conclusions, linking their findings with research on French phonology.

By the end of the semester, students will be able to present their findings and analyses in both written and oral presentational format in French.

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