Advanced Beginning French: From Language to Literature


This course is designed for students who have studied some French in the past but wish to review the fundamentals before venturing into the study of complex literary texts in French. The course will be divided into two parts. The first semester will focus mainly on an intense, fast-paced revision of language skills: vocabulary, grammar, syntax, idioms. Students will write multiple short essays and participate in conversation and oral activities in class. We will also engage with various kinds of documents in French (songs, movies, texts, etc.). The second semester of the course will continue this work on language but will shift the focus more toward literature and literary discussions. Conferences will be individual, allowing students to pursue their interests in any area of French and francophone literatures and cultures. In addition to conferences, a weekly conversation session with a French language assistant(e) is required. Attendance at the weekly French lunch table and French film screenings are highly encouraged. Students who have successfully completed a beginning and an intermediate level French course may be eligible to study in Paris with Sarah Lawrence College during their Junior year. Admission by placement test (to be taken during interview week at the beginning of the fall semester). Course conducted in French.