The French Program

The French section subscribes to the university’s mission to provide intellectually challenging undergraduate and graduate courses that meet both individual student needs and the needs of the broader community. The French program emphasizes a holistic approach to the undergraduate experience, encourages and supports the educational aspirations of underrepresented student populations and helps expose students to new ideas and developments within the French and Francophone world through close interaction with faculty and through the development of innovative, interdisciplinary courses. The French department also works to improve the effectiveness of elementary and secondary education through undergraduate and graduate teacher education and in-service programs. The mission of the French department is to provide all students with opportunities to learn about and reflect on diverse cultural perspectives, practices, and products while, at the same time, developing students' communicative abilities in French and preparing students to succeed in professional programs that apply this knowledge.

Specifically, the French program is designed to help students demonstrate an integrated understanding and proficiency in the areas outlined in our departmental mission. Our specific learning objectives are outlined below.

Learning Objectives

The French program is designed to help students achieve the following learning objectives in ways aligned with all five of the Standards of Foreign Language Learning as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign languages (see mission statement) and with current models of communicative and interactive competence that include discourse, actional, strategic, linguistic, and sociocultural components of language use:

  • engage in interactions with speakers of French for a variety of purposes and in a variety of contexts, using socially and culturally appropriate forms for participating in conversations, establishing relationships with others, providing and obtaining information, expressing feelings and emotions, and expressing opinions.

  • understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics and manifest growing awareness of the social and cultural influences shaping the production and use of knowledge in the French-speaking world

  • present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of academic and non-academic topics.

Each language learning stage of our French program has a specific set of objectives that we expect our students to meet in ways that are aligned with these interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational learning objectives of the French program. These objectives are detailed in the course syllabi.

All course information can be found in the University's online catalog.