FREN 4510 Topics in French Linguistics Linguistics Applied to Reading French
3 credits 01:25 P.M. – 02:15 P.M. , M,W,F Professor Betsy Kerr
Topic title: Linguistics Applied to Reading French In this course, we will study from a linguistic perspective certain aspects of the French language that are most helpful in reading French-language texts. These aspects include derivational morphology (the building blocks of words and how they are put together) and grammatical analysis of sentences (what grammatical role does each word play: subject, direct object, indirect object, etc.?). The course will thus combine both theoretical and practical components. An important goal of the course is the expansion of the student’s French vocabulary. Activities designed to accomplish this goal include extensive out-of-class reading (of texts of the student’s choosing) and the keeping of a ‘personal dictionary’, as well as the use of electronic aids such as electronic dictionaries and concordancers (special search engines and databases that reveal the patterns of use of a word or expression). Considerable class time will be devoted to study of assigned short texts for intensive analysis of difficult passages or unfamiliar vocabulary. We will attempt to measure any gains in reading proficiency through pre- and post-testing of reading comprehension.
Note: The level of the course will be no more advanced than other 3000-level courses.