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FRENCH (FR)

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The course level at which students begin their study of French is determined by several factors. These factors include the following: the number of high-school units complete; language placement examination scores; or, for those with native or heritage competency, faculty evaluation.

Level        Placement Criteria
FR 101No prior instruction in French, fewer than two high-school units in
French, instruction more than four years ago, or UA placement test
FR 102UA credit for FR 101 or UA placement test
FR 103Two high-school units of French or FR 101 at another institution
FR 201Credit for FR 102 or FR 103 or UA placement test
FR 202Credit for FR 201 or UA placement test
FR 300Credit for FR 202 or UA placement test

FR 101 Introductory French I. 4 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. 4 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. 4 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. 3 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. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: FR 201 or placement by the foreign language advisor.

Continuation of FR 201. Offered each semester.

FR 321 Voices in French. 3 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. 3 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. 3 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. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: FR 202 or placement examination.

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

FR 331 French Civilization. 3 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. 3 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. 3 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 and SP 361). 3 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. 1 to 3 hours.

Directed reading or research. Offered according to demand, topic to be determined in consultation with the instructor. Recent topics have included: The French Short Story, The Art of Lascaux, and Franco-American relations. May be repeated for credit.

FR 421 Pronunciation and Phonetics. 3 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. 3 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. 3 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. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: FR 321, FR 322, or FR 323.

Intensive examination of a selected topic, with emphasis on student research and presentations. A representative sample of topics would include: Francophone Africa, The 19-Century French Novel, French-English Translation, and Poetry of the French Renaissance. May be repeated for credit.

FR 480 Special Topics. 1 to 3 hours.
Prerequisite: FR 321, FR 322, or FR 323.

Directed reading or research. Offered according to demand. Recent topics have included: Québécois Literature and Culture, 17th-Century French Literature, and The 20th-Century French Novel. May be repeated for credit.

FR 484 Advanced Conversation and Phonetics in France. 3 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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