French (MLFR)

MLFR 101 Elementary French I     (3 credits)

Students acquire a basic foundation in French grammar through a structured, active oral approach incorporating personal expression, cultural insights, and a specialized vocabulary for practical application in thematic contexts appropriate to everyday life in a Francophone-speaking environment. The development of aural comprehension of modern conversational French, speaking proficiency, and elementary reading and writing skills are stressed.

Focus: INTL

LSM: GP

MLFR 102 Elementary French II     (3 credits)

The second course in the elementary French sequence seeks to further develop modern spoken French and listening comprehension, while continuing to advance their writing and reading skills. Situational improvisation and conversation implementing a specialized vocabulary within a variety of everyday thematic contexts constitute the core of the course. Cross-cultural awareness is highlighted through film clips, French web-sites and selected readings.

Focus: INTL

LSM: GP

MLFR 201 Intermediate French I     (3 credits)

This course is designed to reactivate and build upon knowledge gained through previous French language study. The course accentuates the basic communication skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, develops cultural understanding, and reviews the grammar necessary to support and develop activities, contemporary audio and videotape programs, and guided practice of specific grammatical structures, especially selected films and basic readings exploring diversity in French and Francophone cultures.

Focus: INTL

LSM: GP

MLFR 202 Intermediate French II     (3 credits)

This course further builds on the intermediate language skills introduced in MLFR 201. It focuses on increasing conversational ability and listening comprehension through discussion of communication situations and contemporary French cultural issues. Students continue their study of diversity in Francophone cultures. Enactment of role plays and original skits, videos from France and West Africa, and a systematic review of grammar based on use in conversation and writing are included.

Focus: INTL

LSM: GP

MLFR 205 French Language Immersion     (3 credits)

With a theoretical and hands-on approach, this intermediate course offers the opportunity for students to increase all four language skills (aural-oral/reading/writing/grammar) while at the same experiencing the culture firsthand. Students will attend classes every day and, under the supervision of a Bentley Modern Language Faculty, will visit various sites. These visits will offer the students a chance to appreciate the history and culture of the Francophone world. This course will fulfill the same requirements for Modern Language intermediate course depending on language placement. Therefore, it can fulfill Arts and Sciences language requirements, or LSM Global Perspective language courses, as well as Modern Language French minor requirements.

LSM: GP

MLFR 301 Contemporary Francophone Cultures     (3 credits)

This upper-level French course in language and modern cultures and the French-speaking world (Africa, the Caribbean, Louisiana and Canada). Emphasis is placed on further developing oral skills, listening comprehension, and reading and writing proficiency through cross-cultural study of contemporary life, traditions, basic social structures and values. The course is especially useful forstudents planning future study or work in a French-speaking country.

Focus: INTL

LSM: DSC

MLFR 302 French for Business     (3 credits)

This course is designed for upper-level students of French with the socio-cultural background and practical skills to function and communicate effectively in a business environment in a French-speaking country. Writing and understanding business letters, learning the specialized language of French commerce, and gaining awareness of the current French business environment are essential elements of the course. Course work includes taped and live interviews with French business people, and current newspaper and magazine articles that focus on practices, customs and "intangibles" that make French businesses different from their American counterparts. The course also can prepare students for the written and oral examinations given by the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris forthe internationally recognized Certificat pratique de francais professionnel.

Focus: INTL

MLFR 304 French for Cinema     (3 credits)

This course examines French films from the golden age of French cinema, Clair, Vigo, Carne and Renoir, on through the new wave of Godard and Truffaut, and finishing with the filmmakers of the 2000 and after. The course teaches students to analyze and discuss the classics of French cinema on a technical, historical, political and cultural level.

Focus: INTL

MLFR 307 France Across the Ages: Studies in French Civilization     (3 credits)

This course analyzes selected events of French history from antiquity to the late twentieth century and contemporaneous changes in society and the arts, including works of art, architecture, music and literature as representations of the French cultural and social mindset. Through a detailed study of the changes in France's civil society and the creative works resulting from these transformations, students will gain an insight into French culture.

Focus: INTL

LSM: GP

MLFR 308 Studies in French Civilization: 1830 - Present     (3 credits)

Studies in French Civilization: 1830 to the Present analyzes selected events of French history from the nineteenth century to the present and contemporaneous changes in society and the arts. We examine works of art, architecture, music, film and literature as representations of the French cultural and social mindset. The course is an analysis across disciplines of the fundamental artistic, literary and political changes of modern France. Through detailed study of the transformations in France's civil society and the resultant creative works, we will better understand French civilization.

Focus: INTL

LSM: GP

MLFR 401 Directed Study in French     (3 credits)

Permits students to do special studies in language, literature or culture not offered as a departmental course.

Focus: INTL

MLFR 402 Seminar in French     (3 credits)

This course brings together advanced and native speakers of the same language to engage in the study of a selected topic using a critical lens of analysis.

Focus: INTL

LSM: GP