Courses available in French

Courses

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

—Glissant

2020 Summer

Graduate | Pedagogical

Undergraduate

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

R. Weiher

Immersive 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. Due to issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this course will be offered via remote format.

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R1B, section 1: English Composition through French Literature in Translation -- The Poet and the Revolution (Summer Session D — 6 weeks)

T. Sanders

Why did the Poet emerge as a spiritual guide in the years after the French Revolution of 1789? Why did these years witness the flowering of Romantic poetry? And why did Romantic poetry begin as prose phenomenon in France? These questions will animate our study of an often overlooked period in French literary history, but one that was of crucial importance to modern forms of literary expression and political reflection. We will examine the relationship between poetry and history; between the poetic and the spiritual; and between the Poet and the People. Finally, we will consider the ways in which these particular authors challenged social and literary conventions and expressed an oppositional political and cultural agenda through their writing. French R1B fulfills the second half of the Reading and Composition Requirement in the College of Letters and Science. Class conducted in ENGLISH. For additional details, please click on course title. Due to issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this course will be offered via remote format.

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R1B, section 2: English Composition through French Literature in Translation -- “This Could All Be Yours Someday” – Building the Nation Through Literature (Summer Session D — 6 weeks)

M. Arrigo

Using concepts from Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities as a starting point, this class will focus broadly on how literature shapes the “nation” and mediates our relationship to it. We will study a variety of texts, principally from traditions of French expression, meant to consider various themes and questions literature helps to answer in creating and sustaining the imaginary of the nation: who belongs to the nation? how should the nation be represented? What is its genesis story? What versions of history should constitute the nation’s shared memory? French R1B fulfills the second half of the Reading and Composition Requirement in the College of Letters and Science. Class conducted in ENGLISH. Due to issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this course will be offered via remote format.

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

V. Bergstrom

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. Due to issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this course will be offered via remote format.

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

T. Blakeney

French 3 is an immersive intermediate-level 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. Due to issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this course will be offered via remote format.

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

L. Dixon

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. Due to issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this course will be offered via remote format.

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121A: Literary Themes, Genres, Structures -- Paris in Film and Literature (Summer Session D -- 6 weeks)

Ariel Shannon

In this course we will examine representations of Paris from the 18th century to the present. We will analyze the symbolic value of the city, and trace its re-significations, in French and Francophone literature from Voltaire to Assia Djebar. We will pay special attention to the personification of Paris in the 19th and 20th centuries. Course conducted in French. For additional details, please click on course title. Due to issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this course will be offered via remote format.

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Graduate

Pedagogical