French

Faculty Top of Page

Virginia R. Donovan, Assistant Professor

French Program Top of Page

The French Program introduces students to the French language and to French and Francophone cultures. The courses offered enable students to lay the groundwork for fluency in French and to enhance practical language skills for specific career purposes.

Students may choose either the Liberal Arts French Minor or the Teacher Certification Minor (ages 6 - 12/13 or 10 -21).  Students may elect to submit a French Studies Individually Designed major for approval in conjunction with UW-Superior's cooperating institution, University of Le Havre, in Le Havre France.  Students may also study abroad during faculty-led programs to Paris or Martinique, or they may participate in other programs offered through UW-Superior at a foreign university which will provide a French-immersion experience.

The French program seeks to educate students to become more effective participants in the global community by promoting international and ethnic awareness and sensitivity to other cultures.

French Minor-Suspended Top of Page

No admission to Program after December 22, 2014.  Program suspended.  Current students in good standing have until December 27, 2017 to complete the program.

21 total credits

French Required Courses (12 credits required):

Beginning French I -- 3.00 credits
Beginning French II -- 3.00 credits
Intermediate French I -- 3.00 credits
Intermediate French II -- 3.00 credits

Students with prior French study must take the French placement test.  Any or all of the above courses can be reduced or eliminated by earning a grade of B- or above in the next higher course. For example, a student who completes a 300-level French course with a grade of B- or above will receive retroactive credit to his or her transcript for FREN 101, 102, 201, and 202 for a total of 12 retroactive credits in French.

French Elective Courses (9 credits required):

Advanced French Grammar and Writing -- 3.00 credits
Advanced French Conversation -- 3.00 credits
History of Paris in French -- 3.00 credits
Survey of French/Francophone Literature and Culture -- 3.00 credits
Special Topics in French/Francophone Literature, Culture, and/or Civilization -- 3.00 credits
French Short-Term Study Abroad -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits
French Study Abroad -- 6.00 - 18.00 credits
French Independent Study -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits

The prerequisite for French elective courses is FREN 202, appropriate placement test score, or consent of instructor.

 

French Minor Teacher Certification - Suspended Top of Page

No admission to Program after December 22, 2014.  Program suspended.  Current students in good standing have until December 27, 2017 to complete the program.

25 total credits

French Required Courses (12 credits required)

Beginning French I -- 3.00 credits
Beginning French II -- 3.00 credits
Intermediate French I -- 3.00 credits
Intermediate French II -- 3.00 credits

Students with prior French study must take the French placement test.  Any or all of the above courses can be reduced or eliminated by earning a grade of B- or above in the next higher course.  For example, a student who completes a 300-level French course with a grade of B- or above will receive retroactive credit on his/her transcript for FREN 101, 102, 201, and 202 for a total of 12 retroactive credits in French.

Teacher Education Required Course (3 credits required)

Methods of Teaching World Languages -- 3.00 credits

French Elective Courses (9 credits required)

Advanced French Grammar and Writing -- 3.00 credits
Advanced French Conversation -- 3.00 credits
History of Paris in French -- 3.00 credits
Survey of French/Francophone Literature and Culture -- 3.00 credits
Special Topics in French/Francophone Literature, Culture, and/or Civilization -- 3.00 credits
French Short-Term Study Abroad -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits
French Study Abroad -- 6.00 - 18.00 credits
French Independent Study -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits

The prerequisite for French elective courses is FREN 202, appropriate placement test score, or consent of instructor.  To be certified, a French Teacher Certification Minor must pass Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction certification requirements.  To reach the mandated level of language competence, all French Teacher Certification Minors are required to spend at least one month in a 30-day French immersion experience, either through a study abroad program or during student teaching through Educators Abroad.

For further information on the UW-Superior French Program, go the World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Department.  See also the International Programs section of this catalog.  For more information on the courses offered, see French in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes Top of Page

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing of the language.
  2. Explain aspects of culture, including differences from their own cultures.
  3. Understand how learning a foreign language positively impacts learning in other academic disciplines.
  4. Identify similarities and differences between the target language and their native languages.
  5. Demonstrate the importance of using the foreign language within their communities.