In FRENCH 232, we will use literature, magazine articles, movies, videos, and
songs to explore the history of France and several other Francophone countries
from the 1940's until the present. We will begin by studying life in France
during the Second World War. Then, through some videos and the literature of
several other Francophone cultures, we will examine the effects of colonization
and decolonization on language use, culture, and identity. The last part of
the course will focus on the politics and social climate in modern French society.
Throughout the course of the term, students will be expected to review and learn
various grammatical elements and vocabulary in order to participate in classroom
activities and discussions. Linguistically, we will focus on supporting opinions,
making comparisons, hypothesizing, and composing more and more sophisticated
REMINDER: All students who have not taken
any French language courses at U-M should take the placement
exam before registering for a course.
Since communicative skills are emphasized,
daily, regular attendance and active participation are essential and will be
included in the final grade. There will be several short writing assignments,
one composition, two tests, and a final examination.
Classes meet four times per week.