Courses available in French

Courses

La poétique de la durée s'efforce d'apaiser l'hier fiévreux, de tramer ce lointain devenir.

—Glissant

2019 Summer

Graduate | Pedagogical

Undergraduate

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

R. Kaur

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. For a more detailed description, please click on course title.

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R1B, section 1: English Composition through French Literature in Translation -- A History of French Cinema Before the New Wave (Summer Session D — 6 weeks)

T. Blakeney

This class will explore the often disregarded “pre-modernity” of French cinema, from the era of impressionistic silent film of the 1920s to the so-called “cinema de qualité” of the 1940s and 1950s. We will analyze these films on their own merits, but we will also challenge the critical distinctions between popular and high art that the popular New Wave interpretation has imposed on many of these films. French R1B fulfills the second half of the Reading and Composition Requirement in the College of Letters and Science. Class conducted in ENGLISH.

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R1B, section 2: English Composition through French Literature in Translation -- Revolutionary Women (Summer Session D — 6 weeks)

T. Sanders

French R1B fulfills the second half of the Reading and Composition Requirement in the College of Letters and Science. Class conducted in ENGLISH.

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

L. Dixon

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. Class conducted entirely in French. 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. For a more detailed description, please click on course title.

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

P. Lyons

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. For a more detailed description, please click on course title.

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

V. Rodic 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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42AC: Cultures of Franco-America -- Negotiating Alterity and Identity in Franco-American Encounters (Summer Session D -- 6 weeks)

E. Linares

Students will explore the politics of identity and representation in the long history of contact between the French in North America and Americans in France. In our close readings of a wide range of literary and cultural texts—including novels, poetry, and short stories—produced in the context of Franco-American encounters, we will trace the formation of “race.” Our analyses will attend to variant ways of constructing otherness in Franco-American and Anglo-American approaches to racialization. Course taught in ENGLISH. Satisfies American Cultures Requirement.

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121A: Literary Themes, Genres, Structures -- Form and Function -- French and Francophone Literature through a Linguistic Lens (Summer Session D -- 6 weeks)

Elyse Ritchey

In this course, we will analyze literary works in French by using resources from linguistics. Among the matters that we will investigate are the ways in which authors portray class and gender through language, how voice is attributed to characters, and how poets harness sound and structure to create melody and meaning. The class will take up literary works from a variety of genres, dating from the medieval to the present day. Students will gain a deeper appreciation of the expressive resources of the French language as well as of the ways in which linguistic transgressions shape literature. For more details, please click on course title.

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Graduate

Pedagogical