FRENCH COURSE OFFERING QUARTER SYSTEM WINTER SPRING 2020

FRAN 303 Contemporary French and Francophone Culture in Media taught by Dr. Cary Campbell, Antioch College 

Winter Term: 6 January to 17 March

  • Days and Time: MTWR 12:30-13:20
  • Course dates (based on the quarter system): 6 January to 17 March, 2020 with the exception of 20 Jan and 11 Feb.
  • Pre-req.: FRAN 202 or the equivalent, placement, or special instructor permission
  • Course credits: 4 quarter credits, respectively 3 semester credits
  • This upper-level course will be taught in French.

Description:

For students with years of previous study in French as demonstrated by a placement protocol or with a passing grade in FRAN 202, FRAN 303 uses a content-based approach to investigate French and Francophone cultural practices, and perspectives through press articles, film, music, and popular art forms on a variety of topics including but not limited to politics, ideology, family, religion, love, feminism, language, race, ethnicity, gender.  The course envisions a cross-cultural study of contemporary topics of interest to the students and promotes a democratic pedagogy.  Using the course’s content as the subject of academic inquiry, it also develops the four skills of communication in French (reading, writing, speaking, and listening), with a focus on real-time interpersonal and presentational oral production of cohesive paragraphs featuring narration and description in all tenses and on a variety of increasingly abstract and academic contexts, as well as on interpretive communication and argumentation through expository process writing.  This course roughly targets the ACTFL Advanced-Mid rating.  Teaching methodologies may include task-based, project-based, and other experiential learning assignments.  Offered every other winter term.  Prerequisite: FRAN 202, placement, or special instructor permission.  Taught in French.

 

FRAN 304 Special Topics: The Francophone Bildungsroman taught by Dr. Cary Campbell, Antioch College 

Spring Term: 6 April to 16 June

  • Days and Time: MTWR 12:30-13:20
  • Course dates (based on the quarter system): 6 April to 16 June, 2020 with the exception of 12 May and 25 May.
  • Pre-req.: FRAN 202 or the equivalent, placement, or special instructor permission
  • Course credits: 4 quarter credits, respectively 3 semester credits
  • This upper-level course will be taught in French.

Description:

Since at least the Romantic period, many authors out of the French tradition have written captivating coming-of-age stories as a way to weave social commentary into a highly personalized style of writing that draws readers into an intimate self-identification with the characters.  In the 20th Century, as the French-speaking world expanded to include authors from Quebec, Vietnam, Lebanon, the Caribbean, and Africa, among others, authors with various relationships to French colonialism picked up the genre, played with it, and often used it against the French.  For students with years of previous study in French as demonstrated by a placement protocol or with a passing grade in FRAN 202, FRAN 304 surveys several bildungsromans, their techniques for drawing their readers in despite vast cultural differences, and investigates the postcolonial impact of the social commentary within.  The comparison and contrast of styles, of genre-bending/transgression, and of target of critique will be valuable for students of literature and/or the Francophone cultures in question, students of the skills of creative composition, and students of social justice.  This course roughly targets the ACTFL Advanced-Mid rating.  Teaching methodologies may include task-based, project-based, and other experiential learning assignments.  Offered every other spring term.  Prerequisite: FRAN 202, placement, or special instructor permission.  Taught in French.

 

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