Courses

Fall 2024
Advanced French
Subject associations
FRE 108

FRE 108 is an intermediate to advanced class that will take you on a journey through various periods of French/Francophone history and culture and offer an opportunity to reflect on important questions at the center of contemporary debates. Examples include: the role of the State, urbanism, pandemics and ecology, healthcare, education, race and identity. We have selected a wide variety of materials (films, videos, newspaper articles, literary texts, etc.), so you will develop your ability to communicate and write on a wide range of topics in French and gain understanding of French and francophone cultures and societies.

Instructors
Murielle M. Perrier
Fall 2024
Advanced Italian
Subject associations
ITA 107

This course analyzes Italian culture and cultural changes through products such as newspaper articles, essays, comic books, music, film, food, and visual artifacts in connection with Italian history and society. Italian 107 is intended to provide students with tools for communicating effectively in Italian in an informal and formal context, to move students along the proficiency spectrum toward a more advanced language level, and to promote a global awareness and cross-cultural understanding of contemporary Italian life and culture. Classes are conducted entirely in Italian.

Instructors
Sara Teardo
Fall 2024
Advanced Italian - Contemporary Society and Culture
Subject associations
ITA 108

The main goal of this course is to improve fluency in Italian and prepare students for upper level courses in the Italian program. Through film clips, film screenings, and readings, students will increase their understanding of grammatical functions and vocabulary applications, and improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. The course has been enhanced with a digital platform, which allows students to actively interact with texts, films and each other through exercises and activities.

Instructors
Elisa Dossena
Fall 2024
Beginner's French I
Subject associations
FRE 101

This class develops the basic structures and vocabulary for understanding, speaking, writing, and reading in French. Classroom activities foster communication and cultural competence through comprehension and grammar exercises, skits, conversation and the use of a variety of audio-visual materials.

Instructors
Vincent Chanethom
Fall 2024
Beginner's French II
Subject associations
FRE 102

This course is a continuation of FRE 101 and is designed to promote proficiency through speaking, listening, and writing. Classroom activities include videos, films, small group work and a task-based approach to grammar. Graded work consists of 4 exams, 2 compositions with rewrites, an oral presentation, and a final project.

Instructors
Susan L. Kenney
Fall 2024
Beginner's Italian I
Subject associations
ITA 101

To develop the skills of speaking, understanding, reading and writing Italian. The main emphasis is on oral drill and conversation in the classroom. Aspects of Italian culture and civilization are integrated in the course. The Italian Language Program uses a new digital portfolio that serves as students' textbook. Through this medium, students are exposed to a more dynamic mode of language acquisition.

Instructors
Daniele De Feo
Fall 2024
Books into Film: The Art of Adaptation (CD or LA)
Subject associations
FRE 317 / COM 358

Filmmaking was always inspired by different kinds of texts (scripts, plays, novels, comics...) while raising crucial questions: Why retell a story that is already well-known? What makes a good adaptation? How faithful should it be? When does it become appropriation? Engaging comparatively with the texts and their cinematic transformations, we will examine the limits and possibilities of adaptation as an art through a wide range of genres and topics (social class, humor, love, homosexuality, intercultural relations, racism, colonialism, art...) and cultures from different countries (Canada, France, Japan, Morocco, Senegal).

Instructors
Yassine Ait Ali
André Benhaïm
Fall 2024
Classics of French and Francophone Cinema (LA)
Subject associations
FRE 250

This course will explore classic French and Francophone cinema from Meliès and Lumière to the Nouvelle Vague. Directors to include Vigo, Renoir, Godard, Truffaut, Rouch, Varda, and Djibril Diop Mambety. The course will investigate both the specific cinematic languages developed by these various directors, as well as the historical and political context in which these films developed.

Instructors
F. Nick Nesbitt
Fall 2024
France Today: Culture, Politics, and Society (CD or SA)
Subject associations
FRE 215

An intensive discussion-based seminar, designed to integrate linguistic and cultural learning. We will examine contemporary debates on important cultural, social and political issues, allowing you to gain enhanced cultural understanding and knowledge while honing your skills. Topics include the promises of the "Thirty Glorious Years", the social transformations of the sixties and seventies (family life, women's rights, etc.); as well as the challenges brought by the post-colonial period and globalization: immigration, social exclusion and inequalities, rise of the far-right nationalism, problems in the "banlieues" and debates on secularism.

Instructors
Christine M. Sagnier
Fall 2024
Francophone Language and Cultures through the Supernatural (LA)
Subject associations
FRE 207

This interdisciplinary, discussion-based course takes you on a journey into the supernatural while improving your fluency in French. It provides a broad survey of genres and mediums, including fairy tales, utopias, comics, science fiction, and films. Exploring the boundaries between reality and imagination, we will examine works by authors such as Perrault, Maupassant, Chamoiseau, Hergé, Ibrahima Sall, Voltaire, Chris Marker, and Coline Serreau. Through the study of language and the analysis of cultural material, the course will give you a deeper understanding of Francophone societies and strengthen your oral, writing and analytical skills.

Instructors
Nicolas J. Estournel
Raphael J. Piguet