French (MLFR)

MLFR 101 Elementary French I     (3 credits)

This course is designed for students with no prior experience studying French or less than one year of high school study. Through a communicative-based approach, students in this class will learn to understand and participate in basic conversations on familiar and everyday topics. There will be an emphasis on practicing words, phrases and simple sentences using practical vocabulary and basic grammatical structures. Students will be exposed to basic cultural practices employed by native speakers in order to understand appropriate interpersonal behaviors and communicative practices unique to French and francophone cultures. By the end of the course, students will be able to express basic needs and personal preferences and ask and answer simple questions both orally and also in writing.

Focus: INTL

LSM: GP

MLFR 102 Elementary French II     (3 credits)

MLFR 101 or permission from instructor.

This course is designed for students who have taken one or two years of high school French or one semester of university study. Through a communicative-based approach, students in this class will learn to understand and participate in conversations on familiar and everyday topics. There will be an emphasis on expanding vocabulary related to familiar and everyday topics and on how to speak about present and past events. By the end of the course, students will be able to express, ask about, and react to preferences, feelings, and opinions through a series of connected sentences both orally and also in writing. They will also be able to rehearse appropriate interpersonal behaviors and communicative practices unique to French and francophone cultures.

Focus: INTL

LSM: GP

MLFR 201 Intermediate French I     (3 credits)

MLFR 102 or permission from instructor.

This course is designed for students who have taken three years of high school French or two semesters of university study. Through a communicative-based approach, students in this class will learn to participate in spontaneous spoken conversations on familiar topics. They will learn how to express, ask about, and react with some detail to preferences, feelings, or opinions on familiar topics by creating multiple, connected sentences both in writing and also orally. Emphasis will be placed on increasing vocabulary and building competencies to communicate in various time frames. By the end of the course, students will be able to interact with native speakers on a functional level and make comparisons between different cultural practices related to everyday life and personal interests or studies.

Focus: INTL

LSM: GP

MLFR 202 Intermediate French II     (3 credits)

MLFR 201 or permission from instructor.

This course is designed for students who have taken four years of high school French or three semesters of university study. Through a communicative-based approach, students in this class will learn to participate in sustained spontaneous spoken conversations on familiar situations at school, work, or play. They will learn how to exchange information on a variety of topics through the use of topic-specific vocabulary and a series of complex, connected sentences. Emphasis will be placed on increasing reading comprehension and written expression using grammatical structures in a variety of time frames. By the end of the course, students will be able to interact with native speakers on a functional level, show an interest in basic cultural similarities and differences, use appropriate learned cultural behaviors, and avoid major social blunders.

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 20th 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)

This course analyzes selected events of French history from the 19th century to the present and contemporaneous changes in society and the arts. Students will 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, studentns will better understand French civilization.

Focus: INTL

LSM: GP

MLFR 398 Experimental course in French     (3 credits)

Pre-Req: MLFR 202 or Instructor Permission.

Experimental courses explore curriculum development, with specific content intended for evolution into a permanent course. A topic may be offered twice before it becomes a permanent course. Students may repeat experimental courses with a different topic for credit.

Focus: INTL

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