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French 2900

Survey of Francophone Cultures

If you ask a first-year student why he or she is studying French at MUN, you are likely to get the answer "Because Canada is a bilingual country". Beyond the academic exercise of learning the vocabulary, the grammar, the literature and some cultural stereotypes, what does it really mean? Who are these people whose first and often only language is French? How many people are we talking about? Where are they living? Why is there a need for an Official Languages Act? Did you know there are about 3000 Francophones in the province of Newfoundland? Why was a French First Language School Board established in Newfoundland and Labrador? Why are you more likely to get a job if you are fluently bilingual in Canada (and in many other countries)? The answers to all these questions - and many more - are meant to underline the relationships between the subject (French) you choose to study at MUN and the "real" world where French is used at different degrees by an estimated 250 million people.

Course Content

This second year course is given entirely in French and relies heavily on Internet resources for up-to-date information on various areas of interest. During the term, students will watch documentaries on topics relating to francophonie and give an a presentation in class. Students are also asked to participate regularly in the French 2900 discussions.

The material is divided into three areas:

1. Francophones in the world: geographical, historical, economic and political background

2. Francophones in Canada outside Quebec (studied in French 3651): a portrait of about 1 million people scattered in various regions

3. Francophones in the Atlantic region: Acadie and Newfoundland

Prerequisite

The minimum is French 1502; if you have less than 70% in 1502, you should give serious consideration to completing 2100 before going on to 2900, which is given entirely in French. The supplementary material consists of authentic French data: web pages, videos, films, magazine articles etc.

Textbook

There is no textbook required as material will be posted on D2L.

Assessment

Travaux du trimestre

30 %

Présentation

10 %

(participation) cours

10 %

Examen

Entretien : dernière semaine de cours

30 %

20 %

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