Languages and Cultures
West Chester University
Dr. Jerome Williams
109 Main Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Contact our graduate faculty advisors about courses for Spring 2014.
You may call 610 436 2943 or go to the following web page
choose "Apply Now" and fill in the necessary information.
(You may take up to 3 grad courses while you put together your application for the program.)
In Fall 2013, we are offering the following graduate French courses:
FRE 504 Francophone Literature Dr. Pauly
FRE 550 French Film studies: "Bonjour les enfants: children on French Film" Dr. Pauly
FRE 520 Topics: Heroes and Anti-Heroes T 4:15-7 Dr. Moscatelli
FRE 521 Topics: Phonetics Dr. Sage
Please note: we are now offering an ONLINE graduate course, listed below.
Our Spring 2014 course offerings will include:
FRE 514-80 Contemporary France W 4:15-7 Dr. Sage
FRE 515-01 Francophone Civilization, TR 2-3:15, Dr. Pauly
FRE 522-01 Topics: Stylistics and Writing TR 12:30-1:45 Dr. Moscatelli
FRE 540-90 Writing French Children's Stories, online on D2L, Dr. Pauly
Our Summer Immersion Institute in 2014 will include the following courses:
First Summer Session, 3 credits each:
FRE 522-20, Topics: oral and written proficiency - Course Description
May 19-30, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Dr. Moscatelli (no Memorial Day)
FRE 520-80, Topics - Course Description
Oral proficiency through presentations, Dr. Moscatelli
June 2-12, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
FRE 521-20, Topics
One-week AP Language Teaching Workshop, June 23-27,
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with French lunch, Dr. Goutal
Second Summer Session, 3 credits:
FRE 520-30, Topics: to be announced, Jul 1 - 31,
class meetings Tues and Thurs mornings, Dr. Pauly
Admission to the Master of Arts in French program of the College of Arts and Sciences is through the Office of Graduate Studies online application form. Candidates should submit an application form, a goals statement in French (send directly by email to firstname.lastname@example.org), all graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and two references. Applicants must have an undergraduate major in the language, or native fluency and a related four-year university degree. You may enroll in up to three seminars while you complete your application process.
The degree consists of 7 French graduate seminars, totalling 21 hours, and 3 additional electives for a total of 30 hours. The electives may be in graduate Spanish courses, Linguistics, L-2 Language Methods or research, or related graduate courses from other departments such as History or Philosophy, or you may write a six-hour thesis in place of two electives.
You will have six years to complete the Master of Arts program. You may transfer in up to six semester hours from another graduate school, provided they are not part of an existing degree. Candidates for the M.A. in French prepare and defend a research project at the end of their coursework or a portfolio of three graduate research papers from courses they have taken, with a narrative presentation of their research at an oral exam.
FRE 501 Commercial French (3) A study of French economic and business systems, with extensive practice in business correspondence.
FRE 503 Oral Proficiency (3) preparation and practice in discussing a variety of topics
FRE 504 Francophone Literature (3) A study of French language literature from cultures around the world, including Europe.
FRE 510 French Theater (3) Principal French dramatists analyzed against the social, political, literary, and critical backgrounds of their age.
FRE 511 Modernism (3) a study of modernist texts in various genres from the 19th and 20th centuries.
FRE 512 French Narrative (3) A study of prose texts, their ethos, and their narrative techniques, from the epics and contes of the Middle Ages to the experimental works of the late 20th century.
FRE 513 French Poetics (3) An intensive survey of French poetry, its theory and practice, using models drawn from the whole tradition, from Villon to Bonnefoy.
FRE 514 Contemporary France (3) A study of France since 1945, with emphasis on current events and social changes.
FRE 515 French Civilization (3) A study of France since 1789, with emphasis on social, political, economic, and educational institutions.
FRE 516 Writing Literary Criticism: Theory and Practice (3) Study of various fields of literary theory and francophone studies. Techniques of textual interpretation.
FRE 520-521-522 Topics in French Literature and Language (3) Course topics courses will vary by semester and instructor, and may include titles such as genre studies, film study, women writers, francophone writers, the study of literary periods or movements, and structural and applied linguistics.
FRE 523 Translation Techniques (3) A theoretical and practical study of modes of lexical and syntactic transposition, from L1 to neutral zone to L2. Extensive practical exercise in diverse types of translation.
FRE 540 Writing French Children's Stories (3) A workshop on producing children's tales, fables, etc.
FRE 550 French Film Studies (3) Varied syllabi studying French and Francophone Cinema.
FRE 595 Cultural History of France and the Islamic World
LIN 501 Introduction to Linguistics (3)
LAN 500 Methods and Materials of Research in Second Language Education (3) Techniques of research in language education, including sources, design, interpretation, evaluation, and reporting of data.
LAN 502 Second Languages in the Elementary School (3) Problems in teaching second languages in the elementary school. Curriculum design, bilingual education, classroom techniques, articulation, materials, and testing. Preferably, LIN 501 or equivalent should precede LAN 502.
LAN 503 Techniques of Second Language Teaching (3) Advanced course in recent theoretical bases, methods for teaching beginning and advanced levels, curriculum design, and evaluation. PREREQ: LIN 501 or equivalent.
LAN 504 Use of Media in Language Teaching (3) Role of media in language instruction including the tape recorder, language laboratory, television, and the computer.
LAN 505 Introduction to Bilingual/Bicultural Education (3) Introduction to history, philosophy, current status, and future directions of bilingual/ bicultural education. Survey of materials, tests, techniques, instructional processes, and instructional patterns. Overview of testing, placement, and pupil evaluation.
LAN 610 Thesis (6)
For More Information, please contact:
Dr. Rebecca Pauly
French and Graduate Coordinator
Department of Languages and Cultures
109 Main Hall
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383