French

Nancy Gates Madsen (department head), Anne-Marine Feat (section head)

Required for a major: Thirty-two hours, starting at FREN 201 or above, including FREN 344 and 345 or FREN 347, and FREN 346 or 348; FREN 460 or 464; language immersion experience (followed by a 4-hour French course on campus); a senior project (unless this is completed in another major); an oral proficiency examination in French. Writing requirement completed with FREN 344. Students interested in teaching should see the education department for secondary education minor requirements.

Recommended supporting courses for students majoring in French: Two semesters of another modern or a classical language; linguistics courses, such as LING 131, 241, or 245.

Required for a minor: No fewer than 18 hours, including FREN 345 or FREN 347, and one literature course above 300; language immersion experience; an oral proficiency examination in French.

Required for a second teaching area: See education department for specific requirements. The second teaching area license is offered only in the state of Iowa.

Language immersion experience: For majors, a minimum of one semester of academic study in a country where French is an official language. For minors, at least one January Term of academic study in such a country, although a semester is strongly recommended. Those preparing to teach must spend at least one semester of academic study in such a country. Program selection and other options must be approved by the department for all majors and minors prior to departure. After having fulfilled the study-abroad requirement, all majors who are enrolled in on-campus courses for at least one semester are required to complete a 4-hour course in French. All majors and minors are strongly urged to help maintain and advance their language skills by completing courses in the language during their final semesters at Luther.

Language Learning Center

The department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics has a Language Learning Center in Main Building. Language students have access to computerized language learning materials, to computers with audio and video editing software, and to video study rooms where they may view prerecorded foreign language videos and DVDs or watch live international TV. The Language Learning Center also houses the department's Foreign Language Media Library with over 800 foreign language films and a selection of leisure reading books and audio books for language learners. Students can check out these materials as well as audio and video equipment for their class assignments. The Language Learning Center also provides language students with valuable work-study experiences related to their interest in languages.

French Courses

FREN 101 Elementary French I

  • 4 hours

A practical approach to the French language, in which the student begins speaking French from the first day and completes the year with a basic ability to speak, write, read, and understand French.

FREN 102 Elementary French II

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: FREN 101

A practical approach to the French language, in which the student begins speaking French from the first day and completes the year with a basic ability to speak, write, read, and understand French.

FREN 201 Intermediate French

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: FREN 102 or equivalent as indicated by the placement test

Review of structures through drills designed to develop skills, combined with individual practice in the language learning center. Graded readings chosen for their insights into French social and intellectual traits.

FREN 202 Intermediate French

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: FREN 201 or equivalent as indicated by the placement test

Review of structures through drills designed to develop skills, combined with individual practice in the language learning center. Graded readings chosen for their insights into French social and intellectual traits.

FREN 342 Introduction to French Culture

  • 4 hours
  • Fulfills: Intercultural
  • Prerequisites: FREN 202

An introduction to the study of French history, culture, and society, investigating selected trends and developments from its early history to the present that have contributed to the formation and continuing evolution of contemporary French identity.

FREN 344 Advanced Grammar and Composition

  • 4 hours
  • Fulfills: Human Expression
  • Prerequisites: FREN 202

An in-depth review of French grammar with systematic work in French composition. The course is intended to help students develop strategies for the production of effective written French. More complex grammatical, syntactic and stylistic structures, as well as more sophisticated vocabulary and expressions are introduced and practiced through a variety of activities: syntactic, structural and grammatical analysis of texts, study of common problem words for non-native French speakers, short translation and stylistic exercises, and guided writing projects in different genres.

FREN 345 Conversation and Phonetics

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: FREN 202

A course for advanced students wishing to increase their fluency through daily conversation on topics of current interest. A systematic review of problems in French pronunciation is included. Offered on a rotating basis.

FREN 346 Introduction to French Literature I

  • 4 hours
  • Fulfills: Human Expression—Primary Texts
  • Prerequisites: FREN 344

Historical survey of French literature from the earliest texts to the end of the 17th century. Emphasis on the development of literary forms, including the epic, drama, lyrical poetry and narrative literature. Fundamental concepts of analysis and criticism are presented. Attention will be paid to increasing the student's fluency in writing. Offered alternate years.

FREN 347 Introduction to Commercial French

  • 4 hours
  • Fulfills: Human Behavior, Intercultural
  • Prerequisites: FREN 202

An introduction to business in French context, including business vocabulary, commercial correspondence, economic geography, and the role of government in business transactions. Specific topics will be addressed on a rotating basis.

FREN 348 Introduction to French Literature II

  • 4 hours
  • Fulfills: Human Expression—Primary Texts
  • Prerequisites: FREN 344

Historical survey of French literature from the 18th century to the present and general introduction to the principal literary forms--prose, poetry, and drama--as illustrated by some of the best known authors in the French-speaking world. Fundamental concepts of analysis and criticism are presented. Attention will be paid to increasing the student's fluency in writing. Offered alternate years.

FREN 460 Topics in French Literatureyand Culture

  • 4 hours
  • Fulfills: Human Expression—Primary Texts
  • Prerequisites: FREN 344, 346 or 348.

Study in depth of a particular topic as seen through primary texts. The focus will vary each year, and may include topics such as women writers, social criticism, and film. Offered alternate years.

FREN 464 Francophone Literatures and Cultures

  • 4 hours
  • Fulfills: Human Expression—Primary Texts, Intercultural
  • Prerequisites: FREN 344, 346 or 348.

A survey of the literature and/or the culture and history of a Francophone country, or the study of a literary or cultural theme in several Francophone countries. Focus will vary, depending on the literary or cultural nature of the topic as well as on the number of Francophone countries studied. Offered on a rotating basis.

FREN 490 Senior Project

  • 1, 2, or 4 hours

The senior project requirement gives students an opportunity to participate in independent study, to read relevant literature in their chosen area, to develop methods of research and analysis appropriate to their selected topic, and to construct a sustained argument in the language of their major. To enrich their work, students will be encouraged to reflect on and use their study-abroad and firsthand cultural experiences as a means of contextualizing their projects. The research paper is written in French and is presented orally as well. If students have another major in addition to French, they are not required to complete a senior project in both majors.