French

Department of World Languages

Courses in French are designed for students whose interests and career plans have an international or multi-ethnic focus. Students who minor in French will develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing fluency and will study the culture, history and literature of the people who use the language.

Alpha Mu Gamma, a national honor society in foreign languages, recognizes excellence in the study of foreign languages. Any Worcester State University student who receives two “A’s” in French at any level at Worcester State University and a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A. is eligible to join. Application for membership is in early February. Contact Professor Judith Jeon-Chapman.

Placement for French Courses

Students are encouraged to discuss placement with French Faculty or the World Languages Department Chair. The following are intended to be general placement guidelines to help students with previous experience with French:

0-2 years of French in high school: FR-101
1-2 years of French in high school: FR-102
3 years of French in high school: FR-210
4 years of French in high school: FR-211
5 or more years of French in high school: 300-level & 400-level courses
Native Speakers of French: 300-level & 400-level courses
 

Students may also take a placement exam in French at the Academic Success Center. It is recommended that the results of the test be discussed with the French Faculty or the World Languages Department Chair, especially if the test places the student below the level recommended above.

Café Babel

“Café Babel” is a weekly coffee-hour open to all speakers of a foreign language, whether students, faculty or staff. Guests can converse in a relaxed setting while enjoying a cup of coffee/tea/hot cocoa, dessert, and good company.

Coffee and desserts are free, provided by the Department of World Languages.

Café Babel is hold in SUL310 (Faculty Lounge)

Faculty

Judith Jeon-Chapman, Professor (1993), B.A. College of St. Benedict; M.A., Ph.D. University of Washington

Ana Perez-Manrique, Department Chair, Associate Professor (2006), B.A. Universidad de Malaga, Spain; M.A. University of South Carolina; Ph.D. Florida State University

 

FR-101 Beginning French I

LASC Categories: TLC, GP

Fundamentals of pronunciation, patterns of speech, basic structures. Develops listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

Fall only and other or on demand. 3 Credits

FR-102 Beginning French II

LASC Categories: TLC, GP

Continuation of FR101.

Spring only and other or on demand. 3 Credits

FR-191 Special Topics in French

An introductory level course in French on current or specialized topics.

Every year. 3 Credits

FR-193 Special Topics in French for First Year Students

LASC Categories: FYS

An introductory level course covering topics of special interest to first year students.

Every year. 3 Credits

FR-210 Intermediate French I

LASC Categories: TLC, GP

Prerequisites: FR-102

Review of fundamentals and presentation of more complex grammatical features; development of conversational skills; selected readings; written and oral composition.

Every year. 3 Credits

FR-211 Intermediate French II

LASC Categories: TLC, GP

Prerequisites: FR-210

Continuation of FR210.

Spring only and every year. 3 Credits

FR-321 Advanced French Composition I

LASC Categories: TLC, WAC

Prerequisites: EN-102 or EN-250 or EN-202

Practice in diverse composition styles as well as review of grammar, and introduction to reading French texts. Conducted in French. [Prerequisite: Two 200-level French courses.]

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

FR-323 Advanced French Conversation

LASC Categories: TLC

Prerequisites: FR-211 or any 300 level French course.

Development of fluency and accuracy, free discussions, prepared oral presentations, practical exercises in oral expression. Conducted in French.

Spring only and other or on demand. 3 Credits

FR-331 General French Civilization

LASC Categories: TLC

Prerequisites: 6 credits department FR At level 200;

Significant aspects of French history, geography, cultural achievements to world War I. Conducted in French. [Prerequisite: Two FR 200 level courses or equivalent.]

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

FR-341 Introduction to French Literature

LASC Categories: TLC, GP, DAC

Prerequisites: 6 credits department FR At level 200;

Major periods and genres of French literature; for majors and minors. Conducted in French. [Prerequisites: Two FR 200 level courses or equivalent.]

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

FR-342 Survey of French Literature I

LASC Categories: TLC

Prerequisites: 6 credits department FR At level 200;

Selections from the epic, drama, lyric poetry, and the major prose writers to major authors of the classical period. Conducted in French. [Prerequisite: Two FR 200 level courses or equivalent.]

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

FR-344 Survey of French Literature II

LASC Categories: TLC

Prerequisites: 6 credits department FR At level 200;

Major authors of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Conducted in French. [Prerequisites: Two FR 200 level courses.]

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

FR-346 Twentieth Century French Literature

LASC Categories: TLC, GP

Prerequisites: 6 credits department FR At level 200;

Major novelists, dramatists and poets from the turn of the century to the present. Conducted in French. [Two FR 200 level courses or equivalent.]

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

FR-401 Seminar in French Studies

Special topics in French language, literature or civilization. For advanced students.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

FR-402 Independent Study in French

Study of a special topic. Both content and eligibility subject to departmental guidelines and approval. Consent of instructor.

Fall and Spring and every year. 1-6 Credits

FR-403 Teaching Assistantship French

Teaching Assistants in French will regularly attend the beginning or intermediate-level classes to which they are assigned to assist the professor. Suggested for advanced students of French.

Fall only and every year. 3 Credits

FR-408 Directed Study: French

3 Credits