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French Course Descriptions

FRE 150 Elementary French I 3 hours
Term 1 and 2. General Education option
Introduction to the French language and culture using the four skills approach – understanding, speaking, reading, and writing – with an emphasis on communication.

FRE 151 Elementary French II 3 hours
Prerequisites: FRE 150 or placement. Term 2. General Education option
Continued development of basic grammar as well as oral and written communicative skills. Further exploration of French and Francophone cultures.

FRE 250 Intermediate French I4 hours
Prerequisites: FRE 151 or placement. Term 1
Continued development of language skills, especially of vocabulary and idiomatic expressions for oral use. Further practice with reading and writing. Greater appreciation for Francophone culture.

FRE 251 Intermediate French II 4 hours
Prerequisite: FRE 250 or placement. Term 2
Continued development of language skills and multicultural competence. More advanced grammar, conversation, and composition. Reading of a variety of short texts.

FRE 310 Business French - online 4 hours
Prerequisite: FRE 251 or equivalent. Term varies
Practical guide to acquiring oral and written linguistic competence in French in a variety of business and work situations. Conducted in French.

FRE 320 Conversational French 4 hours
Prerequisite: FRE 251 or equivalent. Term varies
Development of oral language skills at the intermediate/ advanced level. Conducted in French.

FRE 325 Francophone Culture & Civilization - online 4 hours
Prerequisite: FRE 350 or equivalent. Term varies
European literature, expressive arts, and cultural values. Cultural impact of European colonialism. Conducted in French.

FRE 335 Caribbean Humanities 3 hours
Prerequisite: FRE 350 or equivalent. Term varies.
Expressive arts and cultural values of the Caribbean, focusing on the African Diaspora. Conducted in French.

FRE 347 Methods in Foreign Language Teaching and   Language Acquisition- online 3 hours
Prerequisite: FRE 350 or placement. Term Varies.
Strategies for developing and implementing detailed lesson plans based on a diagnostic-instruction model for both developmental skills in language acquisition. First half of the course will prepare the student for field-based experience. Peer, instructor, and self-evaluation of lessons. Student must take Oral Proficiency Interview after this course.

FRE 350 Advanced Grammar and Composition - online 4 hours
Prerequisite: FRE 251 or placement. Term 1.
Advanced grammar, composition, and conversation based on a variety of cultural and literary selections from the Francophone world. Conducted in French.

FRE 351 Introduction to Francophone Literature- online 4 hours
Prerequisite: FRE 350 or equivalent. Term 2
Representative readings of Francophone literature, with an emphasis on twentieth-century authors. Conversation and composition, and advanced grammar review, conducted in French.

FRE 400 Principles of Translation - online 3 hours
Prerequisite: FRE 350 or equivalent. Term 1
Introduction to the Translation Certificate programs in French, Spanish, and Arabic. Survey of the main theories of translation and interpretation; methodology section dealing with the linguistic and cultural aspects of language transfer; professional component including an overview of career opportunities and current practices. Course taught in English. Taught online.

FRE 401 Translation Workshop I - online 3 hours
Prerequisite: FRE 350 or equivalent. Term 1
Translation of journalistic, commercial, legal, and scientific texts from French into English. Includes an overview of the French language and a contrastive analysis of the two linguistic systems. Also introduces the interpretation process. Taught online.

FRE 402 Translation Workshop II - online 3 hours
Prerequisite: FRE 350 or equivalent. Term 2
Continuation of Translation Workshop I. Also includes translations of contemporary literary excerpts from French into English and practice tests from the American Translators Association. Taught online.

FRE 403 Business Translation Workshop - online 3 hours
Prerequisite: FRE 350 or equivalent. Term 2
Translation of French business texts into English. Texts include printed and online promotional and informational material, as well as various types of business correspondence and transactions. Taught online.

FRE 404 Introduction to Interpretation 3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of the Modern Languages Department. Term: varies
An overview of subjects and techniques in interpretation with an emphasis on classroom practice. Focus on expanding student’s range of expression in order to build vocabulary. Topics covered include: Conference, legal, and medical interpreting.

FRE 488 Cooperative Field Experience 4 hours
Prerequisites: For translation, FRE 400, 401, 402, and 403; for other bilingual field experience, FRE 350. Term varies
Opportunity for supervised field experience and preparation of a professional portfolio.

FRE 491 Independent Study - online 1-4 hours
Prerequisite: FRE 350. Term varies
Enrichment of a regular course or research project.