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Lourdes I. Torres, Ph.D.
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Minor in French
Translation Certificate in French
Elementary Teacher Certification
Secondary Teacher Certification

French Overview

Potential Careers:

Teacher, Translator, Study Abroad Advisor, Bilingual Assistant. Customer Representative, Court & School Mediator . Foreign Service Worker . Technical or Media Writer. Editor. Proof-Reader . Court Reporter, Research Analyst, Consultant, Health Care Representative/ Patient Advocate, Personal Banker, Manager, Linguist


You will be interested in a French minor if you want to teach or work in a multicultural environment. A French minor can also prepare you for graduate school in many fields.

You will be interested in a French Translation Certificate if you have advanced French proficiency and plan to pursue a translation career. This curriculum will prepare you for the American Translators Association (ATA) certificate exam. You can also pursue this certificate if you wish to communicate more effectively in a multilingual work environment.


A French minor consists of 20 total credit hours. By completing a minor in French, you will:

  • Gain broad knowledge pertaining to the history and culture of France as well as French Canada, Francophone Africa, and the Caribbean.
  • Achieve competence in the four areas of language learning and acquisition: writing, reading, understanding, and speaking.
  • Gain an understanding of topics such as the literature, history, popular culture, art, and social issues of the French-speaking world.
  • Apply what you have learned in the classroom by living in a French-speaking country, interning in a French-speaking environment, or taking part in a similar immersion experience.

The Translation Certificate Program

This program is a five-course sequence taught online that will provide you with training to translate from French into English. You will also gain some familiarity with oral interpretation, and you will have the opportunity to complete an intern­ship.

You can seek admission to the Translation Certificate program if you have completed at least third-year college French classes, or if you have native or near-native reading and writing proficiency in French and English. A placement exam and an interview with the Program Director is also required to complete the admission process.

Translation workshops are open to all qualified students, including native and heritage speakers. Enrollment in a degree program is not necessary for these classes.


  1. FRE 150 and FRE 151 can be used to fulfill general education requirements. Credit earned for FRE 150 and 151 cannot be applied toward a French minor.
  2. Advanced Placement and CLEP credit in French can be applied toward the elective hours needed to complete a minor. You can receive up to 12 hours of credit. A language proficiency exam is required to be placed in courses FRE 250 and administered by the Program Director.
  3. If you are placed into FRE 350 Advanced Grammar and Composition, you must still complete the 20 credits required for a minor in French; you will not receive credit for FRE 250 or FRE 251.
  4. French 300- and 400-level courses are taught online.
  5. First-hand Language Experience. You will find that you will get the most out of your language program if you take every opportunity to speak French and to immerse yourself in French-speaking cultures. You can earn French credit while studying overseas through Marygrove’s Study Abroad program. Work and volunteer abroad opportunities, summer jobs, and work/study placements can also put you in touch with French-speaking people. To earn a French minor, you are encouraged to participate in an approved study abroad program in a French-speaking country, or approved equivalent.


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 I                               4 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 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.


Translation Certificate - French

Required Courses
Students must complete each of the following courses with a grade of B or better.

FRE 400    Principles of Translation - online

FRE 401    Translation Workshop I - online   

FRE 402    Translation Workshop II - online

FRE 403    Business Translation Workshop - online

FRE 488    Cooperative Field Experience or   FRE 404 Interpretation Studies


French Minor

Required Courses

Students must complete each of the following courses with a grade of C or better.

FRE 250    Intermediate French I *

FRE 251    Intermediate French II *

FRE 325    Francophone Culture & Civilization**     - online


FRE 335    Caribbean Studies

FRE 350    Advanced Grammar and Composition**- online

FRE 351    Introduction to Francophone Literature**- online

*   These courses are counted as electives toward Teacher Certification

** FRE 325, and FRE 347 are mandatory for Teacher Certification.

Students must complete three additional credit hours, with a grade of C or better, from among the following courses:

FRE 310    Business French- online

FRE 320    Conversational French

FRE 401    Translation Workshop I- online

FRE 402    Translation Workshop II- online

FRE 403    Business Translation Workshop- online

FRE 488    Cooperative Field Experience

FRE 491    Independent Study- online

Students seeking Teacher Certification are required to complete FRE 347 Methods in Foreign Language Teaching and Language Acquisition as well as an Oral Proficiency Interview before they take their state certification exam.