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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 Voices in French. Three hours.

Prerequisite: FR 202 or placement examination.

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. Usually offered in the fall semester. Study abroad equivalent: FR 328.

FR 322 Advanced French Grammar. Three hours.

Prerequisite: FR 202 or placement examination. Review of French grammar with emphasis on written exercises. Study abroad equivalent: FR 329.

FR 323 Text, Image, and Word. Three hours.

Prerequisite: FR 202 or placement examination.

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. Usually offered in the spring semester.

FR 324 Commercial French. Three hours.

Prerequisite: FR 202 or placement examination.

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

FR 331 French Civilization. Three hours.

Prerequisite: FR 321, FR 322, or FR 323.

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. Three hours.

Prerequisite: FR 321, FR 322, or FR 323.

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. Three hours.

Prerequisite: FR 321, FR 322, or FR 323.

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 (same as 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.

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

FR 421 Pronunciation and Phonetics. Three hours.

Prerequisite: FR 321, FR 322, or FR 323.

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, FR 322, or FR 323.

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

FR 461 French Linguistics. Three hours.

Prerequisites: FR 321, FR 322, or FR 323.

Linguistic theory applied in the analysis and description of French phonological, morphological, syntactic, and semantic structures. Offered alternate years.

FR 470 Undergraduate Seminar. Three hours.

Prerequisites: FR 321, FR 322, or FR 323.

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

FR 480 Special Topics. One, two, or three hours.

Prerequisite: FR 321, FR 322, or FR 323.

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, FR 322, or FR 323.

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

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