French and Francophone Studies (FR)

Associate Professor: M. Pereszlenyi-Pinter

The program in French and Francophone Studies is offered by the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures. The program comprises a rich curriculum in language, culture, literature, and film. An articulated sequence of courses in French leads from competence in basic French language skills to a thorough understanding of the language, as well as French and Francophone cultures and literatures.

There are well over 200 million French speakers worldwide. It is the official diplomatic language for all treaties and official documents. It is the first or one of the first official languages of 32 countries on five continents. Since the year 2000, French is accessible 24/7 worldwide via the TV5monde program available on cable television, and French media (radio, TV, print) offer online sites that are accessible from the four corners of the planet, making it very easy to be culturally and linguistically current. Studying French at JCU is especially important due to the University’s close proximity to Canada, where French is an official language spoken by 9.6 million people.

Many students of French opt to complement or complete their studies in a variety of disciplines in a French-speaking country, where they can connect their future to cutting-edge fields in science and technology. This is because French-speaking countries have been at the forefront of fields such as HIV research, medical genetics (the Human Genome Project), and reconstructive surgery. French-speaking countries are also on the cutting edge of scientific discoveries and technological innovations, including microchips, video gaming, commercial satellites, nanotechnology, nuclear energy, aerospace technology, voice compression, high-speed rail services, and fiber optics.

Since French is widely spoken in many industries—including food and fashion, finance, science, and technology, as well as the humanities and social sciences—a knowledge of French can be a highly useful asset for any student. For sports fans, French and English are the two official languages of the Olympic Games, irrespective of the host country.

For post-graduate education, many graduate schools require knowledge of at least one foreign language. French is the most commonly used language after English and the second most frequently taught language in the world after English. Knowing how to speak it enriches lives and opens up unlimited opportunities. All students are also strongly encouraged to study in France or in another French-speaking country. All courses are taught in French.

Program Learning Goals in French and Francophone Studies.

Students will:

  1. Communicate skillfully and effectively in French:
    1. engage in effective interpersonal communication.
    2. engage in effective interpretive listening.
    3. engage in effective interpretive reading.
    4. engage in effective presentational speaking.
    5. engage in effective presentational writing.
  2. Demonstrate foundational cultural and linguistic knowledge of a target-language area:
    1. demonstrate knowledge of features of the culture of a target-language area, such as its art, literature, music, film, popular culture, tradition, and customs.
    2. demonstrate knowledge of how aspects of the history, politics, religion, or geography of a target-language area relate to its culture.
    3. compare linguistic features of the target language with those of English.
    4. compare the culture and society of the target-language area with one’s own.
  3. Demonstrate emerging intercultural competence:
    1. demonstrate an awareness of the interplay of personal identity and culture.
    2. interpret an event, cultural product, or issue from the perspective of a worldview outside their own.