Insider Perspectives on the Francophone World I (FRE2103.01)

Stephen Shapiro

Viewed from the outside, the French-speaking world offers enticing images of beauty, pleasure, and freedom. From the inside, however, it is a complicated, often contradictory world where implicit codes and values shape the most basic aspects of daily life. This course will give you an insider’s perspective on a cultural and communicative system whose ideas, customs, and belief systems are surprisingly different from your own. Together, we will examine how daily life and activities (friendship and family relationships, housing, leisure, work, and food culture) reflect culturally specific ideologies and values. Emphasis will be placed on developing ease, fluency, and sophistication in oral and written expression. Designed for students with no previous study of French, this class will revolve around authentic materials from the Francophone world (video, music, advertisements, literary texts). Introductory level. Conducted in French.

Learning Outcomes:
Linguistic Development of :
familiarity with and a partial command of the phonetic system
an understanding of and competency in the use of basic grammatical structures
sentence-level discourse
vocabulary in basic and concrete topics
the ability to understand, and to speak, read and write about basic topics

Cognitive Development of :
the ability to recognize different registers of language and cultural products and practices
the ability to infer vocabulary, grammar and content through context
the ability to recognize and identify essential information in various types of texts

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Corequisites: Participation in CSL language series, French table (1 session).
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 5
M/W/Th 8:30AM - 9:50AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 21
Course Frequency: Once a year

Categories: 2000 , All courses , Five Credit , French , Fully In-Person
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