French

Tower in France

Parlez-vous français? Whether your answer is "oui," "non," or "un tout petit peu," we encourage you to come and sample the variety of courses offered at Cal State East Bay by the French Division of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

We have several sections of first-year language courses available - MLL 1101, 1102 and 1103 - in which we will use all sorts of enticements to help you understand, speak, and write the French language and appreciate francophone culture and civilization throughout the world. The second year courses - MLL 2101, 2102 and 2103 - give you the opportunity to perfect your use of the language through the video series French in Action and the intriguing adventures of le Petit Nicolas, a French counterpart to our Dennis the Menace. Upper division offerings cover composition, grammar, literature, film, and civilization and culture.

French courses are currently being taught by Professors Teresa Myintoo and Yolanda Astarita Patterson.

We invite you to look in the Class Schedule and to join us in one of our sections. Classes are small enough to give every student the opportunity to participate in discussions on a daily basis.

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Myintoo at (510) 885-3474 or the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at (510) 885-3211.

Major Requirements

Since requirements are subject to change, consult an advisor in your major department for clarification and interpretation of your major requirements.

The French major consists of 44-68 units; the B.A. degree requires a total of 186 units. Acquisition of a reading knowledge in a second foreign language is strongly recommended.

A. Lower Divison (0-24 units*)

  • MLL 1101, 1102 and 1103 (12)
  • MLL 2101, 2102 and 2103, or equivalent (MLL 2110 is strongly recommended)

* Lower divison requirements will be waived for student with prior knowledge of the language. See "Placement" in the Catalog.

B. Upper Division (44 units)

  • MLL 3101, 3102, and 3111 or 3130 (12)
  • Thirty-two units from among the other upper division courses. (32)

Minor Requirements (20-44 units)

A. Lower Division (0-24 units*)

  • MLL 1101, 1102 and 1103 (12)
  • MLL 2101, 2012 and 2103, or equivalent (MLL 2110 is strongly recommended)

* Lower divison requirements will be waived for student with prior knowledge of the language. See "Placement" in the Catalog.

B. Upper Division (20 units)

  • MLL 3101, 3102 and 3111 (12)
  • Any two other upper division French courses (8)

Advanced Placement

A student who has completed the French Language examination with a score of "3" or above will receive 12 units of credit equivalent to MLL 2101, 2102 and 2103. A student who has completed the French Literature examination with a score of "3" or above will receive 8 units of credit equivalent to MLL 3106 and 3108. No letter grade will be assigned or computed in the student's grade point average.

Summer Study in Paris 2008

COME WITH US TO PARIS IN JULY 2008

Stay in Saint Germain des Pres in the Latin Quarter right in the heart of Paris and earn up to eight quarter units of credit in French by attending summer institute courses at all levels of language competency, from beginning to advanced, or two quarter units of credit for a ten-hour course in Survival French. Activities include a two-night stay in Saint Malo on the English Channel with side trips to Mont Saint Michel, the American cemetery, and Bayeux with its tapestry and medieval fair, a day excursion to impressionist artist Claude Monet's house and gardens at Giverny and the city of Rouen, trips to Versailles and Fontainebleau, visits to the Louvre and the nineteenth century Musee d'Orsay, and a choice of evening concerts, ballets, opera and theatre. Lectures and guided walking tours covering French history and culture from the Cro Magnon man to the present day will be given in both French and English. The program runs from July 1 to July 31, 2008.

Program fees:

Survival French program, including twin dorm room, breakfast, the above excursions, and tuition for two quarter units of credit in French at CSUEB: $2,750.

Institute Summer program, including twin dorm room, breakfast, the above excursions, and tuition for eight quarter units of credit in French at CSUEB: $3,650.

Fees do not include transportation to and from the program. However, group flight rates are available for departure on July 1, 2008. The group flight returns on July 31, 2008, but arrangements can be made to return at a later or earlier date. For further information, please contact Dr. Yolanda Patterson, Professor Emerita of French, at (650) 854-4183 or guyyopat@aol.com. Program website: www.esaparis.org

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