Course Offerings

FRENCH (FREN)

Students may petition to receive course credit by examination (CBE) for no more than 12 units towards the major, minor or certificate (see Page 51 for definition of this grade.) Exact times and places of examinations are announced by the departments concerned, students should make arrangements with the department office or coordinator well in advance.

Lower Division

Courses at the 101, 102 and 103 levels require one hour each week in the language laboratory in addition to the regularly scheduled classroom hours.

101. College French I
Emphasizes listening and speaking, with reading and writing as supporting skills. Students learn to formulate and respond to questions about their daily life, express preferences, as well as master the ability to list, enumerate, identify, compare, agree and disagree. (4 units)
102. College French II
Develops listening and active speaking skills with further development of reading and writing skills while expanding vocabulary of daily life. Ability to describe events in present, near past and near future. Prerequisite: FREN 101 or consent of department. (4 units)
103. College French III
Develops listening and speaking with emphasis on reading and writing skills. Student would be able to negotiate routine social situations and more complex tasks. Ability to recount events in the past, present and future. Formerly FREN 150. Prerequisite: FREN 102 or consent of department. (GE=C3) (4 units)
200. Culture and Communication
Intermediate-level course in French culture and in the four language skills-oral comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing-designed to prepare students for the required courses in the core. Prerequisite: FREN 103 or equivalent. (GE=C3) (4 units)
201. Culture and Communication II
Second-year course to build proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing while enhancing knowledge of French-speaking world. Prerequisite: FREN 103 or 200 or consent of department. (GE=C3) (4 units)
202. Culture and Communication III
Second-year course to increase proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing while enhancing knowledge of the French-speaking world. Prerequisite: FREN 201 or consent of department. (GE=C3) (4 units)
250. Reading and Interpretation
Concentration on reading and interpretive writing skills in preparation for upper-division coursework in French. Prerequisite: FREN 202 or consent of department. (4 units)
270. Introduction to French Culture
Written research project based on traveling or living in a French-speaking country. Research for the project will be completed in the country of choice. Approval of a written proposal for the project will be submitted on a standard application form filed in advance of the quarter in which the project is to be completed. Graded credit/no credit. (2-4 units)
275. Introduction to French Business Culture
Analysis of French business etiquette and culture. Focus on French business practices, traditions, values, and communication styles, including practical tips for doing business in France. (4 units)
290. French Literature in English
Introduction to French literature read in English translation. (GE=C3) (4 units)
295. Intermediate Assessment
Assessment of skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking and knowledge of culture based on defined performance standards. Students will be advised on how to improve skills and will also begin their on-line assessment portfolios. Satisfactory completion is required for enrollment in all upper-division French courses except FREN 303 and 307. Graded credit/no credit. (2 units)

Upper Division

Ordinarily, upper-division courses are conducted in French. Students enrolled in these courses will be evaluated on appropriate progress in both the command of the language and the subject matter.
301. French for Reading I
Students read French and translate from French to English. No prior knowledge of French is necessary. Students move from a novice level of reading skill to an intermediate level. This course is not applicable towards the French major, minor or certificate. (4 units)
302. French for Reading II
Building on the French reading skills of French 301, students move from an intermediate level of reading skill to an advanced level; by the end of the course students will be able to translate scholarly articles in French from a variety of disciplines into English. This course is not applicable towards the French major, minor or certificate. (4 units)
303. Contemporary Spoken French
Practice of contemporary spoken French through the reading and discussion of current topics in the French-speaking world. Prerequisite: FREN 202 or consent of department. (4 units)
307. Phonetics
In-depth study of the French sound system. Oral practice and study of general principles of French phonology and dialectology. Prerequisite: FREN 202 or consent of department. (4 units)
310. Approaches to Literature
Introduction to a variety of approaches to literature; how to read, interpret, understand, and explain a variety of literary genres (short stories, novels, poetry, theatre). Prerequisite: FREN 295 or consent of department. FREN 350 strongly recommended. (4 units)
321. French for Translation I
Techniques of translation with extensive practice from French into English and English into French. Prerequisites: FREN 202 and 295 or consent of department. (4 units)
322. French for Translation II
Advanced translation techniques and practice across disciplines from French into English and English into French. Prerequisite: FREN 321 or consent of department. (4 units)
323. Commercial Translation
Methods and techniques for translating business-related texts from French into English and English to French. Prerequisites: FREN 321 and 322 or consent of department. (4 units)
324. Technical Translation
Extensive practice in translating texts from a variety of technical and scientific disciplines from French into English and from English into French. Prerequisites: FREN 321 and 322 or consent of department. (2 units)
336. Francophone Women Writers
Exploration of selected works by Francophone women writers, with emphasis on issues in women's lives. Prerequisites: FREN 295; and 250 or 310; or consent of instructor. (4 units)
350. Advanced French Composition
Improvement of written expression in a variety of genres, including narrative, correspondence, summaries and research reports. Frequent writing required. Course may be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: FREN 295 or consent of department. (4 units)
360. Contemporary French Fiction
Exploration of fictional works by Francophone authors published since 1980. Particular attention will focus on how contemporary issues are revealed through these novels. Prerequisites: FREN 295; and 250 or 310; or consent of instructor. (4 units)
370. Francophone Film and Culture
Analysis and historical examination of Francophone cultures, literatures and themes through French-language films. Prerequisites: FREN 295; and 250 or 310; or consent of instructor. (4 units)
381. French Civilization I
Explores the national identity of the French people, as reflected in the arts and social and political institutions, from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment. Prerequisites: FREN 295 or consent of department. (4 units)
382. French Civilization II
Explores the national identity of the French people as reflected in the arts and social and political institutions in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Prerequisites: FREN 250 and 295 or consent of department. (4 units)
399. Community Service Project
Credit for performing academically related tasks in such agencies as governmental, social service and educational institutions. May be repeated for a total of six units. No more than six units of credit for Community Service Project courses may be applied toward degree requirements. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisite: consent of department. (1-2 units)
407. Comparative Linguistics: French/English
Application of modern linguistic theory to the problems of second-language acquisition in the areas of phonology, morphology, and syntax. Emphasis on practical implementation for teaching purposes. Prerequisites: FREN 295 and 307 or consent of department. (4 units)
408. Introduction to French Advertising
Explores culture, legal, and business aspects of advertising industry in France, including agency-client relations, planning and execution of advertising campaigns, creative strategy, and adaptation of international advertising for French markets. Prerequisite: FREN 303 or 350 or consent of department. (4 units)
409. Business French
Introduction to commercial vocabulary, business practices, and socioeconomic issues in French-speaking contexts. FREN 409 and 410 prepare students to take the Certificate of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry exam (DFA�1). Prerequisite: FREN 303 or 350 or consent of department. (4 units)
410. Business French Case Studies
Analysis of Francophone and cross-cultural business behavior through case studies and problem-solving. Prerequisite: FREN 303 or 350 or consent of department. FREN 409 highly recommended. FREN 409 and 410 prepare students to take the Certificate of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry exam (DFA�1). Prerequisite: FREN 303 or 350 or consent of department. FREN 409 highly recommended. (4 units)
411. Studies in the Novel
Analysis of major novels written in French from various periods and Francophone cultures. Prerequisites: FREN 295 and 310 or consent of department. FREN 350 strongly recommended. (4 units)
412. Studies in Theater
Reading and discussion of representative dramatic works written in French from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. Prerequisites: FREN 295 and 310 or consent of department. FREN 350 strongly recommended. (4 units)
413. Studies in Poetry
Introduction to poetry as a genre, principles of French versification. Major contributions of Francophone poets. Prerequisites: FREN 250, 295 and 310 or consent of department. FREN 350 strongly recommended. (4 units)
420. Special Topics in French Literature
Critical examination of selected works in Francophone literature focusing on a particular theme or literary movement. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisites: FREN 295 and 310 or consent of department. FREN 350 strongly recommended. (4 units)
450. Advanced Grammar Review
An intensive review of advanced French grammar, including vocabulary building, proficiency in the written and spoken language. Prerequisites: FREN 295 and 350 or consent of department. (4 units)
460. Contemporary France
Focus on society, politics and institutions of the Fifth Republic. Prerequisites: FREN 295; and 250 or 310; and 382; or consent of department. (4 units)
461. Contemporary Issues in the Francophone World
Issues affecting the contemporary Francophone world, such as colonialism, regionalism, women's issues, intellectual movements, education and the arts. Prerequisites: FREN 295 or consent of department. FREN 350 strongly recommended. (4 units)
470. Special Topics in Francophone Cultures
Critical examination of selected Francophone works focusing on a particular aspect of Francophone society or historical period. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisites: FREN 295; and 250 or 310; and 381 or 382; or consent of instructor. (2 or 4 units)
471. Culture and Identity
Exploration of how Francophone literature, film, and histories can reveal cultural identities as well as analyses of how authors express their identities through these media. Particular attention will be paid to the development of post-colonial issues. Prerequisites: FREN 295; and 250 or 310; and 381 or 382; or consent of instructor. (4 units)
496. Senior Assessment
Assessment of proficiency and performance in five skill areas: listening, speaking, reading, writing and culture. Submission of a student portfolio. Students who have not yet demonstrated the required proficiencies in all areas will not pass the course. Additional coursework may be assigned before the course can be repeated; therefore, students should take this course at least two quarters prior to their anticipated graduation. Students planning on entering a teacher credential program should take FREN 500 concurrently. Graded credit/no credit. (2 units)
500. Advanced Performance Assessment
Students' performance in the five skills assessments of FREN 496 and the portfolio will be measured according to the outcomes expectations for teacher credential candidates. Minimum required performance in all areas is advanced-low with a required overall average of advanced-mid. Students will have additional required items in their assessment portfolios, including an official oral proficiency interview (additional fees required). Graded credit/no credit. Corequisite: FREN 496. (2 units)
514. Seminar in French Language, Literature or Civilization
Advanced study of a single author, a literary movement, linguistics or civilization. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: one 400-level French course. (4 units)
575. Internship
Internship offers students wishing to pursue careers using French opportunities to observe and work with professionals in the field. Requires 30 hours of work/study per unit of credit plus a report documenting their activities and reflecting on their experiences. Graded credit/no credit. May be repeated for credit for a maximum of four units. Prerequisites: FREN 295 and consent of department. (1-4 units)

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