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Academic year 2022-23

MIT students have interests and prospects that span the globe.

The French and francophone program offers undergraduates the opportunity to combine a degree in any STEM-related field with in-depth language and cultural studies. 

Fall 2022

21G.301/351/371            French I                                                                                                                                                                

21G.302/352/372            French II                 

21G. 303/373                   French III               

21G.304/374                    French IV               

Intermediate

21G.308                             Writing (like the) French                                                                                                               

21G.312                             Basic Themes in French Literature and Culture (taught in French)

Advanced

21G.344                             French Feminist Literature (taught in French)                                                                                             

21G.348                             Global Paris (taught in French)                  

21G.049                             French Photography (taught in English, CI-H)                                                                         

 

IAP Term 2023                                                                                                                              

21G.301/351.                    French I                                                                                                                                                                    

 

January 2023

January Scholars in Paris (non-credit bearing)

Spring Term 2023

21G.301/351                      French I

21G.302/352                      French II

21G.303                              French III                                 

21G.304                              French IV                                 

Intermediate

21G.310                               French Conversation: Intensive Practice                                                                                

21G.312                               Basic Themes in French Literature and Culture: A Tour of Belgium in 80 Days (taught in French)

Advanced

21G.320                               Introduction to French Literature: Become Jury Members of the Goncourt Prize USA! (taught in French)       

21G.342                               French Pop Music (taught in French)

21G.346                               Topics in Modern French Literature & Culture: Exploring Contemporary French Crime Genre (taught in French)

21G.356                               The "Making" of Modern European- 1789-present (taught in English)

For more information and class description, please consult the MIT catalog

For sample syllabi, please consult the Open Courseware webpages

Placement

If you have no previous experience in French, enroll in 21G.301 French I (21G.351 for graduate students).

If you have taken one year of French in high school, or one semester at the college level, enroll in 21G.302 (21G.352 for graduate students).

Contact Leanna Rezvani with further questions about placement in French I or French II.

 

If you have taken two years of French in high school, or two semesters at the college level, enroll in 21G.303 French III.

If you have taken three years of French in high school, or three semesters at the college level, enroll in 21G.304 French IV.

If you have scored a 4 or 5 on the French AP exam, consider enrolling in intermediate or advanced classes.

Contact Cathy Culot with further questions about placement in French III or above.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

21G.301 French I
21G.301 French I

Introduction to the French language and culture with emphasis on the acquisition of vocabulary and grammatical concepts through active communication. Conducted entirely in French. Exposure to the language via a variety of authentic sources such as the Internet, audio, video and printed materials which help develop cultural awareness as well as linguistic proficiency. Coordinated language lab.

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21G.302 French II
21G.302 French II

Continuation of introductory course to the French language and culture with emphasis on acquisition of vocabulary and grammatical concepts through active communication. Conducted entirely in French. Coordinated language lab.

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21G.303 French III
21G.303 French III

Third subject in the French language sequence. Systematic work on grammar and vocabulary expands skills in understanding, speaking, reading and writing in French. Intercultural exploration through a variety of authentic materials, such as music, videos, films, newspapers, and excerpts from literary texts.

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21G.304 French IV
21G.304 French IV

Fourth subject in the French language sequence. Focuses on language and intercultural understanding. Students work with a variety of materials such as surveys, newspapers, commercials, films and music. Systematic work on grammar and vocabulary expands students' skills in understanding, speaking, reading and writing.

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21G.306 French: Communication Intensive I
21G.306 French: Communication Intensive I

Intensive tutorial in writing and speaking for majors only. Provides students with enhanced linguistic and cultural fluency for academic or real-world purposes. Conducted entirely in French.

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21G.307 French: Communication Intensive II
21G.307 French: Communication Intensive II

Intensive tutorial in writing and speaking for majors only. Provides students with enhanced linguistic and cultural fluency for academic or real-world purposes. 21G.307 builds on writing and speaking skills acquired in 21G.306. Conducted entirely in French.

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21G.308 Writing (Like the) French
21G.308 Writing (Like the) French

For students who wish to continue with language study before taking upper-level subjects in literature or culture. Emphasis on development of reading and writing skills, review of the basic concepts of French grammar, and acquisition of precise vocabulary through the use of printed materials, short stories, and poems. Taught in French.

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21G.310 French Conversation: Intensive Practice
21G.310 French Conversation: Intensive Practice

Training in oral expression including communication skills, fluency, idiomatic French and pronunciation. Discussion materials include short literary and sociological texts, recent films, varied audio and digitized video interviews and the Internet. Taught in French.

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