Which courses do I sign up for?
The course description and placement guidelines that follow should help you choose the proper gateway course given your background. If you have taken an AP, IB or SAT II test (with or without listening), you should use that score as your guide for selecting a course.
If you have this background and/or test scores:
You should take this course:
Elementary French - 100 level courses
French 101: Elementary French 1 - Introduction to the essential elements of French language and aspects of French/Francophone cultures. Open to students who have never studied French before, or to those who have not studied French more than two years in high school. Practice in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing the language. Includes computer, video, and audio labs. Four class meetings a week.
French 111: Intensive Elementary French - Covers the basic elementary French language curriculum (French 101-102) in one semester. Not open to students who have studied French for more than two years pre-college. Practice in understanding, speaking, readings, and writing French, and an introduction to some aspects of French/francophone cultures. Computer, video, and audio laboratory work required. French 111 is the equivalent of French 101-102, and students who complete it earn 2 credits. French 111 is offered in the Spring semester.
||French 102: Elementary French 2 - Continues work on the essential elements of French language and aspects of culture. Aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing activities receive equal attention. Requires work in the language and computer laboratory. Classes conducted in French. Four class meetings a week.|
Intermediate French - 200 level courses
French 203: Intermediate French Language and Culture - The first half of the two-semester program of intermediate French. Review of basic grammar; introduction to second language reading as a process; emphasis on understanding the cultural implication of written and visual texts; guided writing practice. Resources include audiotapes, computer tutorials, and videotapes.
French 212: Intensive Intermediate French Language and Culture - Covers the intermediate French language curriculum (French 203,204) in one semester. Increased attention grammatical variety and accuracy; guided writing practice; development of second language reading skill with increasing emphasis on critical analysis of cultural and literary texts. Resources include audiotapes, computer tutorials, videotapes, and French language websites. Six class hours a week.
||French 204: Advanced Intermediate French Language and Culture - The second half of the two-semester program of intermediate French. Focus on building higher proficiency levels in all four skills. Intensive grammar review and daily reading and in-class discussion of texts of varying lengths and styles which increase in difficulty as the semester progresses. Guided essay writing on topics related to the readings and discussion.
Advanced French - 300 level courses
French 302S: Cultural and Literacy Perspectives - Designed to give students leaving intermediate French the reading and writing skills necessary to enter 100-level courses in French studies. Cultural and literary texts introducing students to contemporary French thought, and to how cultural practices, globalization, and immigration influence the formation of a French identity. Topics include stereotypes, family life, cuisine, youth culture, sports, language, media, and politics.
French 301: Advanced French Language/Writing Workshop - Development of competence in written expression in French, with special emphasis on stylistic variations, lexical nuances, and complex grammatical structures. Practice of different forms of French rhetoric and different styles in creative, argumentative, and analytical writings through literary, journalistic, historical, and philosophical texts. Revision and rewriting, with focus on in-class analysis and critique and individual conferences.
French 303S: French for Current Affairs - Contemporary culture/civilization course on changes/controversies in France today. Sources from French media (press and TV). Current cultural, social, economic, political issues. Includes political institutions, media, religion, immigration, health and educational systems, foreign policy, France in the European Union. Equal emphasis on written/oral skills.
French 329S: French Phonetics - Theory and practice of French pronunciation, corrective phonetics, intonation, accentuation, syllabification, elision and liaison. Focus on areas of speech production in French that are generally the most difficult for native speakers of English. Comprehension, dictation, and recitation exercises; interactive video and audio activities; self-assessment tasks; and end-of-term individual improvement grade.
French 304: French Composition and Translation - Advanced Translation and Stylistics. Cultural and social difference between French and English patterns in written and oral expression. Extensive practice in translation of different types of texts. Equivalencies between French and English. Prerequisite: French 301 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
French 321S: Business and Culture in the Francophone World - Analyzes current socio-economic and cross-cultural issues to increase understanding of global marketplace. Focus on oral and written communication, business and economic practices, labor issues, case studies, and product marketing in the Francophone world.
Fabula, la recherche en litterature - http://www.fabula.org/
Duke Libraries French and Francophone Studies Resources - http://guides.library.duke.edu/content.php?pid=18017&sid=122889
Students currently enrolled in the French Language Program courses at Duke University have several options for receiving out-of-class assistance. Note, tutoring is available for students who really struggle, NOT for cramming for quizzes or exams. See the schedule below.
- French students may visit their Instructors during office hours to review material and receive individualized explanations.
- Instructors may refer a currently enrolled student to the French Language Program tutor, which will allow the students to schedule a weekly appointment. Once referred, it is the student’s responsibility to schedule and keep appointments with the tutor. Appointments usually go between15-30 minutes. This is a free service paid for by the Office of the Dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences. To make an appointment, please contact Professor Karine Provot: email@example.com.
- Students who are not having serious problems or just want to practice conversation may also sign up for Peer Tutoring with the Academic Resource Center. This is also a free service.
- Students who only want/need to practice their conversation skills can also go to the French table every Wednesday at 5.30 pm in the new Penn Pavilion.
9:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.
1:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Duke Language Labs
- 114 Languages Building (West Campus)
- 101 Carr Building (East Campus)
Duke Global Education Office
Several programs offered through the Duke University Global Education Office for Undergraduates are jointly administered by the Department of Romance Studies, have faculty and staff participants in the programs, or involve a substantial Spanish language component. Please see the Global Education links below for the following programs:
There are also many other global education programs available that are administered by other organizations. See the Global Education Office website.
Within the language programs in Romance Studies there are multiple opportunities for engagement in the community, the best venue for acquiring real-world linguistic and cultural knowledge. Student interaction with language communities provides occasions for developing civic engagement, cultural competence, political activism, and awareness of issues of social justice.
Through my service experience, I have seen evidence of the themes that we have discussed in class and for me, it was a pretty heavy experience to see the topics from our readings and conversations in class occurring so close by in real life. (Spanish 307S, spring 2014)
Duke students interact with the community in many ways, such as getting to know community members during class visits and departmental events, visiting businesses in Durham, participating in international video conversations, and working alongside community members in service-learning courses. Some examples of service projects are acting as conversation partners with refugees from the Central African Republic, organizing art activities for Latino/a elementary school students, and tutoring Latino/a adults in English.
This course has been one of the most rewarding courses I have taken at Duke. I absolutely loved the component of interacting via Skype or meetings with different health organizations in Latin America. It was inspiring to talk to leaders who are actively working in an area many of us aspire to work in. A lot of time our goals feel like unattainable dreams but this course made them seem really real. (Spanish 306 student, spring 2014)
Currently there are service-learning courses offered in Spanish and French. These courses require a commitment of 20 hours of service in the community in addition to traditional class contact hours.
By the end of my visits as I became more invested in [the] family, I gained an unparalleled sense of humility. The balance between serving, learning, and prospering was much more equal than I initially expected, which strongly increased my investment in all three areas. I realized that [the] family helped me reflect deeply about my personal goals in serving my community and strengthened my ability to connect with someone so seemingly different from myself on a very personal level. These outcomes, while unexpected, were the most meaningful. (French 270T student, spring 2014)
- To learn more about the French-language projects see: http://servicelearning.duke.edu/initiatives/cbli/french
- To learn more about the Spanish-language interactions see: http://servicelearning.duke.edu/initiatives/cbli/spanish
What I learned in class, I saw in the real world. I gained a glimpse of how it is to be Latino living in the US. (Spanish 307 student, spring 2014)
See how other Duke language programs participate in the Community-Based Language Initiative at http://servicelearning.duke.edu/initiatives/cbli
Deborah S Reisinger, Lecturer, French; Director of Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) Initiative
Office: 242 Sociology-Psychology Building
Campus Box: 90257
Phone: (919) 660-2420
Sandra L. Valnes Quammen, Lecturer, French; Assistant Director of the French Language Program
Office: 015B Languages Building
Campus Box: 90257
Phone: (919) 660-8436
My research focuses on second language acquisition (primarily at the elementary level) and on pedagogical applications of technology. Full Profile »
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La Table Francaise
La Table Française is a weekly conversation table which takes place in the new Penn Pavilion behind the bookstore (look for the table with a French flag). It is open to everyone in the Duke Community who would like to speak French with us! All levels welcome.
French Cine Club
The French Ciné club is back in the Spring 2014, with one movie showing a month. The film is announced every month. FREE and open to everyone so bring your friends. Movie in French with English subtitles. Some light snacks will be provided!