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During a weekly conversation session, Pam talks with Jordan, a native speaker from Lyon, France. Second year students are assigned a French conversation partner as part of their coursework.

At Valpo, your French classes will introduce you to the language, literature, and culture of the French-speaking world.

In Valpo language classes, you will master French by doing role-plays, engaging in debates, producing videos, and writing business letters, among many other hands-on activities. In literature and civilization classes, you will examine the key events, people, places, and texts that have shaped France and the Francophone world. Along the way, you may also study the history of French cinema, experience Digital Humanities through a Renaissance cookbook project, act in a French play, or learn how to cook French food.

 

 

French Classes

  • First Semester French
  • Second Semester French
  • Intermediate French
  • Composition & Conversation
  • Approaches to French Literature
  • French Phonetics
  • French Film Studies
  • Drama Practicum
  • Conversation Practicum
  • Seminar in French

 

  • Advanced Oral Expression
  • Advanced Written Expression
  • Contemporary France
  • Contemporary French Language & Communication
  • Professional French
  • From Feudalism to Humanism
  • From Absolutism to Revolution
  • From Romanticism to the Fifth Republic
  • Seminar in French
  • The Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • Senior Seminar

FLF 101 / First Semester French 
Introduction to French language and culture with emphasis on understanding, speaking, reading, and writing. (4 credits)
FLF 102 / Second Semester French
A continuation of FLF 101. Prerequisite: FLF 101 or equivalent. (4 credits)
FLF 203 / Intermediate French 
A course designed to improve communication and comprehension skills in French, review and refine knowledge of basic grammar, broaden vocabulary and increase familiarity with French and Francophone cultures. Prerequisite: FLF 102 or equivalent. (4 credits)
FLF 204 / Composition and Conversation
A course designed to build communication skills and understanding of French and Francophone culture. Grammar review, composition on varied topics, extensive oral practice, reading of a novel in French. Prerequisite: FLF 203 or equivalent. May be repeated for credit at the Paris Centers or similarly accredited programs. (4 credits)
FLF 220 / Approaches to French Literature 
An introduction to the strategies of reading, interpreting, and writing about French literature. Reading and discussion of works from a variety of literary genres with particular attention to textual analysis (explication de texte). Prerequisite: FLF 204. (3 credits)
FLF 230 / Contemporary France
An introduction to contemporary French culture and society, focusing on current institutions, issues, and events. Prerequisite: FLF 204. (3 credits)
FLF 240 / French Phonetics 
A study of the principles of French phonetics with special emphasis on the difficulties encountered by American students. Much practical training in the laboratory. Prerequisite: FLF 203 or equivalent. (3 credits)
FLF 260 / French Film Studies
This course examines film as an artistic medium in the context of French cinema from its origins to the present. Taught in English, the course focuses on cultural and historical context, cinematic technique, and instruction in the practice of writing critical analyses of film. May not be counted toward a major or minor in French. May be used to fulfill the Humanities: Fine and Performing Arts component of the General Education Requirements.
FLF 271 / Drama Practicum
Rehearsal and performance of a play or excerpts of a play in French. No prior acting experience required. Prerequisite: FLF 203. May be used to fulfill the Humanities: Fine and Performing Arts component of the General Education Requirements. (1 – 3 credits)
FLF 290 / Seminar in French
A study of selected themes or issues in French or Francophone literature, language, or civilization. May be repeated for credit if the topic varies. Prerequisite: FLF 204. (3 credits)
FLF 301 / Advanced Oral Expression 
Development of advanced speaking and oral comprehension skills through intensive oral practice. Through discussion, role-play, debate,
and other activities, students improve fluency, increase vocabulary, refine grammatical accuracy, and learn to use appropriate linguistic register. Prerequisite: FLF 204. (4 credits)
FLF 302 / Advanced Written Expression
Development of advanced writing skills in French. Using a variety of source materials including film, fiction, and non-fiction writing, students develop vocabulary, improve grammatical accuracy, and refine their ability to write in a variety of styles and genres for various occasions. Prerequisite: FLF 204. (4 credits)
FLF 306 / Contemporary French Language and Communication 
French newspapers, magazines, radio, television, films, and internet are used as a basis to build more advanced language skills and to familiarize the student with modern-day France. Prerequisite: FLF 204. (4 credits)
FLF 307/ Professional French 
A study of the French language as it is used in the international business world, including general commercial technology, correspondence, and the basic workings of French business. Prerequisite: FLF 204. (3 credits)
FLF 351: French Texts and Society: From Feudalism to Humanism
An interdisciplinary survey of French literature and cultural history from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance.  Culturally significant texts (literary, historical, philosophical, and artistic) are examined within the context of medieval and early modern French society.  Prerequisite:  FLF 220. (3 credits)
FLF 352: French Texts and Society: From Absolutism to Revolution
An interdisciplinary survey of French literature and cultural history from the Classical Age through the end of the Ancien régime.  Culturally significant texts (literary, historical, philosophical, and artistic) are examined within the context of classicism and enlightenment in pre-revolutionary French society.  Prerequisite:  FLF 220. (3 credits)
FLF 353: French Texts and Society: From Romanticism to the Fifth Republic
An interdisciplinary survey of French literature and cultural history from the Napoleonic era to present-day France.  Culturally significant texts (literary, historical, philosophical, and artistic) are examined within the context of modern French society.  Prerequisite:  FLF 220. (4 credits)
FLF 390 / Seminar in French
A study of selected themes or issues in French or Francophone literature, language, or civilization. May be repeated for credit if the topic varies. Prerequisite: FLF 220 or consent of the instructor. (3 credits)
FLF 493 / Senior Seminar 
A senior-level capstone course which integrates knowledge and skills from previous French courses. Language skills (speaking, listening, writing, reading) are refined as depth and nuance are added to the understanding of French history, literature, culture and contemporary events. Prerequisites: senior standing and consent of the Chair of the Department. (3 credits)

Required Courses for the French Major

More details on the French major in the Guide Valpo

FLF 204 French Composition and Conversation 4 credits
FLF 220 Approaches to French Literature 3 credits
FLF 351 French Texts and Society: From Feudalism to Humanism 3 credits
FLF 352 French Texts and Society: From Absolutism to Revolution 3 credits
FLF 353 French Texts and Society: From Romanticism to the Fifth Republic 3 credits
FLF 493 Senior French Seminar 3 credits
Eight additional credits in French beyond FLF 203 8 credits
TOTAL (Minimum) 27 credits
  • B.A. students in French at Valpo must complete the general-education requirements for the B.A in addition to the requirements for the major. This University-wide core strengthens communication and critical-thinking skills while introducing the student to global cultures and traditions.
  • Students who plan to teach French in elementary, middle, or secondary schools with a major or minor in French should consult their departmental advisor and Valpo’s education department for specific requirements.
  • Students who place directly into a course higher than level 204 need not complete level 204 but must complete all other requirements for the major, including the required total of 27 credit hours.

Required Courses for the French Minor

FLF 204 French Composition and Conversation 4 credits
FLF 220 Approaches to French Literature 3 credits
Nine additional credits in French beyond FLF 203. At least one course (three credits) must be 300-level or higher. 9 credits
TOTAL (Minimum) 16 credits
  • Students who place directly into a course higher than level 204 need not complete level 204 but must complete all other requirements for the minor, including the required total of 14 credit hours.

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