Languages and Cultures

West Chester University

Dr. Mahmoud Amer
Acting Chair 2016-2017
224 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2700
Fax: 610-436-3048

Master of Education in French (for students enrolled before 8/2014

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Admission to the Master of Education in French program of the College of Arts and Sciences is through the Office of Graduate Studies online application form. Candidates should submit the application form, a goals statement in French (send directly by email to, 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 6 French graduate seminars, totalling 18 hours, and 6 graduate pedagogy or methodology courses also totalling 18 credits, for a degree total of 36 hours. Your 6 graduate pedagogy courses, including methods, may be part of the required courses for PA State Certification in French.

You will have six years to complete the Master of Education program. You may transfer in up to 9 semester hours from another graduate school, provided they are not part of an existing degree. Candidates for the M.Ed. 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) A workshop developing oral expression on a number of contemporary topics

FRE 504 Francophone Literature (3) A study of French language literature from cultures around the world, including Europe. (submitted for approval Fall 2013)

FRE 505 Writing Proficiency and Stylistics (3) A course developing written expression and mastery of the French language.

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 a variety of genres incorporating modernist aesthetics from the 10th 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 interpreting francophone culture. Techniques of textual interpretation.

FRE 510-521-522 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 tales, fables, etc. for children.

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 foreign 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. Alternately, LAN 401 Teaching of Modern Languages may be substituted for LAN 503.

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.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Anne Marie Moscatelli, French Coordinator
Department of Languages and Cultures
237 Mitchell Hall
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
(610) 436 - 2383