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French 3101

Stylistics and Textual Analysis

At the beginning of a tourist brochure on Saint Pierre we read: « Trois îles principales, Saint-Pierre, Miquelon et Langlade, ainsi qu’une dizaine d’îlots dont l’Ile aux Marins composent l’archipel. Le relief est peu accidenté. » What is the meaning and function of the word "dont" here? What does the expression "peu accidenté" mean? If we wish to express the ordinary, everyday idea "he borrowed it from her," why must we say, "il le lui a emprunté" and not "il l’a emprunté d’elle"? What two important mistakes must be corrected in this everyday sentence written by a student: "Je vais aller à la Nouvelle Ecosse décembre prochain"? What does the common expression "Ce n’est pas la mer à boire" mean? Many questions like these are studied in French 3101, always with one goal in mind: helping students attain a level of proficiency in French that will enable them to speak, write and understand the language with confidence and with a reasonable degree of fluency and accuracy.

Course content

Advanced-level study of grammar and idiom, including the use of articles and other determiners, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, words and their meaning, comparison, and figures of speech. Careful study and stylistic analysis of texts (short passages of different types: journalistic, literary, commercial, etc.). Vocabulary enrichment and study of idiom. Exercises in writing sentences and longer passages, and possibly, depending on the instructor, some translation exercises. Weekly conversation classes with assistant or lector (graduate students from France who come to Memorial University as part-time teachers). Emphasis is on using the language, rather than learning about the language as in linguistics courses.

Prerequisites

French 3100.

Textbooks

An intermediate/advanced-level French grammar with exercises (for example, Descotes-Genon et al., L’Exercisier, or Hoffmann, L’Essentiel de la grammaire française). As a supplementary text some instructors use an inexpensive reproduction, St. John et al., Current French. French passages for study may be in a book of such passages, or may be provided by the instructor.

Assessment

Varies according to the instructor. The conversation class may be worth a certain percentage (5% or 10%) of the final mark, or can be used as part of a final evaluation when assessing students’ attendance, etc. Class tests, written assignments and oral presentations are given a total weight of a further 35% to 60%, and the remaining percentage is determined by a written final examination.

Frequency

French 3101 is normally offered in the Winter Semester.

Along with 3101

Students registering for 3101 who are majoring or minoring in French should also consider registering for one or more of the following: one of the group 3302, 3310, 3311; one of the group 3500, 3501, 3502, 3503, 3504, 3506; one of the group 3650, 3651, 3653. In any given term there will not normally be more than one course offered in each group.

After 3101

Students who have completed French 3101 may register for any of the above-mentioned courses for which they have the necessary prerequisites, and for 4100, 4101, 4120 to 4129, 4301, and 4310.

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