French 2602 is designed to perfect and broaden the reading skills acquired in French 2601. Particular attention is given to showing how texts can be divided into different sections to determine the development of the main ideas, on specifying how the subjects of various actions function in a text, and on observing how these actions are situated in time and space.
Whereas the readings for French 2601 are primarily descriptive and narrative, those in French 2602 are readings designed primarily to convey information ("textes informatifs" in French) or to convince readers of a particular point of view ("textes argumentatifs" in French).
"Textes informatifs" include readings such as newspaper and encylopedia articles. Techniques for a close reading of such articles, for example, answering the questions "who?", "what?", "when?", "where?", "how?", "with what result?", etc., are used in class discussion.
More time is devoted to "textes argumentatifs", which include any readings that present direct or indirect arguments in order to defend a particular point of view. These texts may be non-fictional, such as essays or magazine articles. They may also be fictional, such as a satirical novel or play in which the author comments on practices of society, government, religion, etc.
Vary from term to term according to instructor. Recent choices include fictional works such as the play Le Bourgeois gentilhomme by Molière and L'Île des pingouins by Anatole France. Non-fictional works have included essays such as the Traité sur la tolérance by Voltaire and J'accuse! by Émile Zola.
The term mark, based on tests and/or written assignments, is usually given a weight of 40% to 60%, with the remaining 60% or 40% determined by a written final examination.
French 2602 is normally offered in the Winter Semester, and sometimes in the Fall Semester..