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Whether studying French as preparation for studying and working in a French-speaking country, this program offers both curricular and extracurricular means to meet your goals. Though a broad range of offerings and opportunities, this program encourages students to work not only toward proficiency in the French language, but to learn about the culture, history, literature, politics, and geography of the French-speaking world.
Course content is both literary and more broadly cultural, drawing on fields such as history, philosophy, politics, economics, and the arts
Courses taught in an interactive format with a focus on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as intercultural competence
Students have access to the Language Learning Center as a resource
This course is primarily a conversation course to develop linguistic and cultural proficiency in verbal communication. Task-oriented communication strategies in cross-cultural training will be practiced by presenting students with models that demonstrate appropriate linguistic and cultural competencies. Students will practice these skills by role-playing, giving presentations, enriching self-awareness with practiced in-group discussions on various topics (such as, prejudice, racism, values, and customs) that dispel stereotypes and foster more in-depth social-cultural understanding, and with participation in guided cultural encounters. Students will improve their listening and comprehension skills and deepen cultural proficiency by learning how to communicate and collaborate with other people and cultures in a global age. (This is an oral skills course.) Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in FR 202 or advanced placement or permission of the instructor.
This is an intensive writing course designed with writing assignments that examine various cultural contexts that enable students to understand cultural content, style, audience and organization. The main objective of the course is increased awareness of and sensitivity to appropriate word choice, and syntax in the language. Students will engage in writing for different cultural audiences and in varied contexts such as literary, artistic and media expressions around the world. Special emphasis is placed on the methodology of close reading as students hone the analytics skills and vocabulary necessary to interpret idioms, regionalism, cultural expressions and overall intercultural skills observed in various genres and cultures. Students will analyze compelling global issues and the diverse cultural perspectives that inform them. Prerequisites: a grade of C or better in ENGL 211C, ENGL 221C, or ENGL 231C and a grade of C or better in FR 202 or advanced placement.
Students will be introduced to a selection of French plays, which will give them a general sampling of a variety of different dramaturgical styles and periods from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, contextualized in the historical, social, political, and cultural milieu. Students will learn different ways of approaching French theater (historical, stylistic, philosophical), what to look for in a given play (ideas, poetry, plot) and how to write about French theater critically and creatively. Prerequisites: FR 202 or advanced placement.
Students entering the Bachelor of Arts program in French should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)
Must complete the Lower Division General Education requirements and the core requirements.
A cumulative grade point average of 2.00 is required for the 30 hours of upper-division courses in French.
No more than two FR courses taught in English can be counted for the major.
At least 12 hours in the concentration must be taken at Old Dominion University.
Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.
Peter Schulman Ph.D.
4020 BATTEN ARTS & LETTERS, NORFOLK, VA, 23529
1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529
2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529
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