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FRENCH (FR)

Professor Bruce Edmunds, Advisor
Office: 228 B. B. Comer Hall

A French placement examination administered by the University's Testing and Data Management Services is included as part of the new-student orientation program. Students with two or more high-school units of French who wish to continue the study of French at The University of Alabama are eligible to take the French placement examination. Students with fewer than two high-school units of French are not eligible to take the placement examination.

FR 101 is open only to students who have no prior high-school or college study of French and students who have fewer than two high-school units of French or who have departmental approval. FR 102 is open only to students who have completed FR 101 at The University of Alabama with a grade of "C" or higher, or who have departmental approval. (Students with transfer credit equivalent to FR 101 are ordinarily placed in FR 103 if they wish to continue the study of French.) FR 103 is open to students who have two or more high-school units of French and students with transfer credit equivalent to FR 101. Students with two or more high-school units of French are ordinarily placed in FR 103 unless, on the basis of their performance on the French placement examination, they qualify for placement in FR 201 or a higher-level French course.

FR 101 Introductory French I. Four hours.

Introduction to basic linguistic skills and communication in French. Emphasis on discussion and writing activities. Five hours of instruction per week. The course is the first semester of college-level study in French. Offered each semester.

FR 102 Introductory French II. Four hours.

Prerequisite: FR 101 with a grade of "C" or higher at The University of Alabama, or permission of the department.

Second semester of introductory French. Enhanced knowledge of basic linguistic skills with a focus on communicative proficiency. Increased emphasis on discussion and writing activities that focus on current issues in the French and Francophone world. Five hours of instruction per week. Offered each semester.

FR 103 Intensive Review of Elementary French. Four hours.

Prerequisite: Two or more high-school units of French or Elementary French I at another university.

Five hours of instruction per week. Intensive review and accelerated study of French at the first- and second-semester college level.

FR 201 Intermediate French I. Three hours.

Prerequisite: FR 102, FR 103, or placement by the foreign language advisor.

Course goals include improvement of reading and writing proficiency, listening comprehension, and speaking skills. Offered each semester.

FR 202 Intermediate French II. Three hours.

Prerequisite: FR 201 or placement by the foreign language advisor.

Continuation of FR 201. Offered each semester.

FR 321 French Studies I: Voices of France. Three hours.

Prerequisite: FR 202 or three years of high-school French.

Introduction to literary and cultural analysis through selected works of French cultural expression. Emphasis on expanding vocabulary and improving grammar in order to develop speaking, reading, and writing proficiency beyond the second year. Study abroad equivalent: FR 328.

FR 322 French Studies II: Text, Image, and Word. Three hours.

Essential issues in literary and cultural analysis. Works from various periods, genres, forms of cultural media (journalism, literature, music, film). Emphasis on guided discussion, oral proficiency, critical thinking, writing, grammar review. Study abroad equivalent: FR 329.

FR 323 French Studies III: Contemporary France and Francophonie. Three hours.

Prerequisite: FR 202 or three years of high-school French.

Contemporary French and Francophone society and culture. Continued work in literary and cultural analysis through selected works of recent cultural media (journalism, literature, music, film). Emphasis on written exposition, oral proficiency, critical thinking, grammar review.

FR 324 Commercial French (previously FR 360). Three hours.

Prerequisite: FR 202 or three years of high-school French.

French business vocabulary and practices. Offered in the spring semester.

FR 331 French Civilization (previously FR 366). Three hours.

Prerequisite: FR 321.

The course is also taught abroad as FR 339. Study of French artistic heritage and development of social and political institutions. Offered alternate spring semesters.

FR 341 Survey of French Literature I (previously FR 371). Three hours.

Prerequisite: FR 321.

Prerequisite or corequisite: FR 322.

French literature from its origins through the 18th century. Readings from major authors, lectures, and reports. Offered alternate fall semesters.

FR 351 Survey of French Literature II (previously FR 372). Three hours.

Prerequisite: FR 321.

Prerequisite or corequisite: FR 322.

French literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. Readings from major authors, lectures, and reports. Offered alternate fall semesters.

FR 361 Introduction to Romance Linguistics (also IT 361, SP 361). Three hours.

Prerequisite: Any 202-level foreign language course, or equivalent proficiency and permission of the instructor.

Introduction to linguistic science and its use in describing language in general and the Romance languages in particular.

FR 380 Special Topics. One, two, or three hours.

Prerequisite: FR 341 or FR 351 or FR 361.

Directed reading or research. May be repeated for credit. Offered according to demand.

FR 421 Advanced Conversation and Phonetics (previously FR 485). Three hours.

Prerequisite: FR 321.

Introduction to phonetic theory and corrective phonetics through auditory discrimination exercises and contrastive analysis; emphasis on mastery of oral skills. Offered in the spring semester.

FR 431 Contemporary Civilization. Three hours.

Prerequisites: FR 321 and FR 322.

Exploration of the political, technological, and cultural movements of France from 1871 to the present. Offered alternate spring semesters.

FR 461 French Linguistics (previously FR 487). Three hours.

Prerequisites: FR 321 and FR 322.

Linguistic theory applied in the analysis and description of French phonological, morphological, syntactic, and semantic structures. Offered every other fall semester.

FR 470 Undergraduate Seminar. Three hours.

Prerequisites: FR 341 or FR 351 for topics from literature; FR 361 or FR 461 for topics from linguistics; or FR 331 or FR 431 for topics from French civilization.

Intensive examination of a selected topic, with emphasis on student research and presentations. May be repeated for credit. Offered each semester.

FR 480 Special Topics (previously FR 490). One, two, or three hours.

Prerequisite: FR 470 or permission of the instructor.

Directed reading or research. May be repeated for credit. Offered according to demand.

FR 484 Advanced Conversation and Phonetics in France. Three hours.

Prerequisite: FR 321.

Emphasis is on improvement of oral expression in a variety of contexts. Consideration of phonetics as it serves this goal.

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