FRENCH 333 - French Phonetics
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: French (FRENCH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
FRENCH 235 or RCLANG 320 and two courses in FRENCH numbered 250-299; or two courses in RCLANG 320 and one course in FRENCH numbered 250-299.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course is designed to provide students with a foundation in phonetics and an introduction to French phonology as well as techniques for improving their own pronunciation or for teaching French to others. You’ll learn about regional varieties of French and examine the relationship between the sounds of French and their spelling. You will learn rules governing the pronunciation of a few regional varieties which you can apply to your own speaking of the language.

Class is interactive and taught entirely in French, with an emphasis on group work. Homework for each class consists of reading theory, writing phonetic transcriptions, and refining your own pronunciation via recordings on Canvas. Written homework, tests, and a final written exam will evaluate students’ ability to recognize and describe phonological and orthographic patterns and use the phonetic alphabet. Participation, short recordings, and the final oral evaluation will be used to evaluate proficiency in pronunciation.

This course requires attention to details, especially in the transcription system and in recognition of patterns. Typically, students who enjoy this class and do well are detail-oriented and comfortable with the type of thinking that people often associate with logic, math, or science.

Required Textbook for the course: Etextbook - Dansereau, Diane. Savoir dire. Cours de phonétique et de prononciation. 2nd edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006.

Class Format:

Taught entirely in French.



FRENCH 333 - French Phonetics
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001 (REC)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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