Courses available in French

Courses

Le soleil est rare et le bonheur aussi l’amour s’égare au long de la vie.

— Gainsbourg

2014 Summer

Graduate | Pedagogical

Undergraduate

1, two sections: Elementary French, first semester (Summer Session C -- 8 weeks)

S. Chavdarian in Charge

This course is conducted entirely in French. Introduction to Francophone cultures through speaking, listening, reading, and writing in French, with French as the exclusive means of communication. No previous French experience required. This course is also appropriate for students with one quarter of college-level French, 2 years of high school French, or less. Course not open to native or heritage speakers of French. For a more detailed description, please click on course title.

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R1B, section 1: English Composition through French Literature in Translation -- The Multi-Accented Life (Summer Session D -- 6 weeks)

W. Heidenfeldt

In this course, we will examine biographical writings as well as songs from different genres and in different languages in order to understand how accent can play a role in speakers’ identities. This course fulfills the second half of the Reading and Composition Requirement in the College of Letters and Science. Class conducted in ENGLISH. For a more detailed description, please click on the course title.

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2: Elementary French, second semester (Summer Session C -- 8 weeks)

Class conducted entirely in French. Continuing development of students' knowledge of fundamental structures of French, awareness of Francophone cultures, and their appropriate socio-linguistic application in both spoken and written communication. Required: French 1 at UC Berkeley or 1 semester (or 2 quarters) of college-level French at another university or 3 years of high school French or consent of the instructor. Course not open to native or heritage speakers of French. For a more detailed description, please click on course title.

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3: Intermediate French (Summer Session C - 8 weeks)

D. Pries in Charge

This is an intermediate language and culture class that aims to consolidate and expand the skills of listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing in French. This course is conducted in French. Required: one of the following -- 4 years of high school French; a passing grade in French 2 at UC Berkeley; 2nd or 3rd semester college French; 3rd or 4th-quarter college French; a 3 on the AP French exam. Course not open to native or heritage speakers of French. Satisfies the College of Letters & Science breadth requirement in International Studies (IS). For a more detailed description, please click on course title.

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4: Advanced Intermediate French (Summer Session C -- 8 weeks)

D. Pries in charge

French 4 is an advanced intermediate language and culture class that aims to refine the skills acquired in French 3 or equivalent courses and to introduce students to French and francophone literature. Emphasis is placed on the development of oral and written expression to promote linguistic and cultural competences through an extensive grammar review and exploration of spoken and written texts, as well as film, multi-media, and other cultural artifacts. Course conducted in French. For a more detailed description, please click on course title.

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12: Intensive French Workshop (Summer Session B -- 10 weeks)

Danièle Boucher

Course conducted entirely in French. This course is an intensive introduction to the first year (French 1 and French 2) of French Language study. No previous knowledge of French is required or assumed. For a more detailed description, please click on course title.

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35: Practical Phonetics and Listening Comprehension (Summer Session C -- 8 weeks)

R. Kern in charge

This multimedia web-assisted course concentrates on pronunciation and listening comprehension skills. Because it concentrates on the first task confronted upon arrival in a French-speaking country (to understand and be understood), it has traditionally been considered very helpful before going to France for study, work, or travel. For a more detailed description, please click on course title.

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116A: Sixteenth-Century French Literature -- Love Poetry in a Time of War (Session D -- second 6-week session)

Vesna Rodic

In the sixteenth century, France was shaken by religious wars. Why is that, during this period of political and religious turmoil, the French letters experienced a proliferation of poetic forms? In this course, we will study France’s literary Renaissance (or rebirth) through the key representatives of its poetic expression. For a more detailed description, please click on course title

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142AC: The Cultures of Franco-America (Summer Session A -- first six week session)

Livi Yoshioka-Maxwell

Since the 17th century, when the French established their first stable settlements in North America, there has been a long history of productive encounters between the French and Americans. In this course, we will read a broad range of literary works that showcase these encounters as they open up questions of racial, cultural, and linguistic identities. By observing how these identities shift and interact over 400 years, as well as how they are bound up with sexual, gender, and national identities, we will work to understand how categories of race have been shaped and contested over time, and the role that literature plays in those processes. We will read literary texts from five distinct historical encounters: early encounters between the French and Native Americans in North America; French treatments of American democracy in the 19th century; the complex relations of Franco- and Anglo-Americans in 19th-century Louisiana; the travel of African-American writers in France following World War I; the bi-directional travel of French and American feminist writers across the Atlantic in the mid-20thcentury.

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Graduate

Pedagogical