Western Kentucky University

Department of Modern Languages: Courses and Internships

French Courses

FREN 100 FRENCH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE 
ON-SITE 1-3 HOURS
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. An introduction to French and French-speaking culture in conjunction with study abroad for students with little or no previous language study. Does not fulfill the general education foreign language requirement.

FREN 101 ELEMENTARY FRENCH I 3 HOURS GEN ED A-II
A beginning course designed to teach the four basic skills of understanding, speaking, reading and writing with emphasis on speaking and understanding as well as on cultural aspects of France and other French-speaking nations.

FREN 102 ELEMENTARY FRENCH II 3 HOURS GEN ED A-II
Prerequisite: FREN 101. Continuation of the development of the four basic skills and cultural insights.

FREN 105. INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH CULTURE.  3 HOURS
Survey of contemporary culture of France, with emphasis on values, behavioral characteristics, social and political structures, and achievements of the French speaking people. Taught in English; only taught abroad.

FREN 201 INTERMEDIATE FRENCH I 3 HOURS GEN ED A-II
Prerequisite: FREN 102. Expansion of grammatical knowledge and practice in oral and written expression.

FREN 202 INTERMEDIATE FRENCH II 3 HOURS GEN ED A-II
Prerequisite: FREN 201. Continuation of oral and written practice, vocabulary building and introduction to the reading of literary or cultural texts.

FREN 306 EXPERIENCING FRENCH ABROAD1-6 HOURS
Prerequisite: FREN 202 or equivalent and permission of instructor. Prequisite: Enrollment in supervised language study while abroad. Supervised language and cultural studies accomplished during a study abroad program. Students who receive transferable credit for language study done during the study abroad program will receive credit only for cultural study. May be repeated once for a maximum of six hours of credit.

FREN 210. INTERMEDIATE FRENCH CONVERSATION ABROAD.
1-3 HOURS
Prerequisite: FREN 102 or equivalent. Course designed to develop the vocabulary and communication skills of a student with one year of college French or equivalent, with emphasis on contact with French native speakers. FREN 210 may not substitute for FREN 201 or 202, but may count as an elective for the major or minor. Taught in French. May be repeated for a total of three credits.

FREN 211. FRENCH CULTURE ABROAD.1-3 HOURS
Prerequisite: FREN 102 or 
equivalent. Course designed to develop an appreciation for different aspects of France and its people and culture, for a student with one year of college French or equivalent. FREN 211 may not substitute for FREN 201 or 202, but may count as an elective for the major or minor. Taught in French. May be repeated for a total of three credits.

FREN 314 INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH LITERATURE
3 HOURS GEN ED B-I
Prerequisite: FREN 202. This course is intended to develop adequate reading skills to enable the student to succeed in literature courses. Texts from the theatre, poetry, short stories and selections from novels will be read.

FREN 320 FRENCH GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION 3 HOURS
Prerequisite: FREN202. A comprehensive study of French grammar based on classroom explanation and drill and written translation of texts especially prepared to illustrate grammar under discussion.

FREN 321 FRENCH CONVERSATION 3 HOURS
Prerequisite: FREN 202. Exercises in pronunciation, comprehension and composition. Thorough review of language usage. Ample opportunity for conversation. Entirely in French.

FREN 322 TRANSLATION 3 HOURS
Prerequisite: FREN 202.A concentrated study of the intricacies and processes of translation work (both French to English and English to French) for literary and non-literary materials.

FREN 323 FRENCH CIVILIZATION AND CULTURE 3 HOURS GEN ED B-II
Prerequisite: FREN 202. Readings , discussion, lectures, films, oral and written reports on different aspects of France and its people and culture.

FREN 325 SURVEY OF FRENCH LITERATURE I 3 HOURS
Prerequisite: FREN 314 or equivalent. Reading of French literary texts representing the masterpieces of this important branch of French civilization; lectures on literary history and criticism. The period covered is from 842 AD to the end of the 18th century.

FREN 326 SURVEY OF FRENCH LITERATURE II 3 HOURS
Prerequisite: FREN 314 or equivalent. See French 325 for description. The period covered is the 19th and 20th centuries.

FREN 328 FRENCH DICTION AND PRONUNCIATION 3 HOURS
Prerequisite: FREN 202 or equivalent. Mastery of fluent French diction and pronunciation through intensive practice with sounds, stress, rhythm, linking, phrasing, and intonation.

FREN 331 BUSINESS FRENCH 3 HOURS
Prerequisites: FREN 202 or equivalent. Introduction to business communication in the French speaking countries. Linguistic structures and vocabulary, forms of business communication, reading and discussion of business texts, social customs.

FREN 389 INTERNSHIP IN FRENCH 1-3 HOURS
Prerequisites: One 300-level French course or the equivalent, and permission of instructor. Supervised work using French in a professional setting. Open only to French majors or minors.

FREN 420 ADVANCED FRENCH COMPOSITION AND STYLISTICS.
3 HOURS

Prerequisite: FREN 202. Creative self-expression in written French, refinement of grammatical understanding, introduction to the art of translation and an examination of selected texts to study stylistic devices.

FREN 421 ADVANCED FRENCH CONVERSATION 3 HOURS
Prerequisite: FREN 202. Free classroom discussion on assigned topics and reports on newspaper and magazine articles of current interest. Special attention will be paid to idiomatic expressions.

FREN 426 FRENCH LITERATURE OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY 3 HOURS
Prerequisite: One 300-level French literature course. A study of the works of major French writers of the 20th century.

FREN 427 FRANCOPHONE CULTURE 3 HOURS
Prerequisite: FREN 323. Course will cover all francophone countries (including France) and deal with various aspects of their culture: oral literature.

FREN 445 FRENCH CANADIAN LITERATURE 3 HOURS
Prerequisites: FREN 321, 314, 325 or 326, or instructor's permission. A survey of the Qubcois novel, theatre and poetry through a selection of 19th and 20th century writers.

FREN 450 TOPICS IN FRANCOPHONE CINEMA 3 HOURS
Prerequisites: For French majors: FREN 320, 321 For non-French majors: ENG 100, 200. Course examines the way Francophone film directors and social scientists look at various aspects of the most recent cinema: narrative structure, recurring patterns, relation form/content and ideology.

FREN 499 ADVANCED STUDIES IN FRENCH 1-4 HOURS
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and permission of instructor. For guided independent study in culture, language, or literature. May be used with consent of full-time program faculty members for work accomplished during study abroad. Number of credit hours will be determined in consultation with instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of six hours of credit.

 Last Modified 7/23/13