The mission of the French & Francophone Studies Program is to promote "specialized knowledge of a discipline with a comprehensive worldview"
and preparation for "citizenship and life in a global society," by providing developmental
opportunities for linguistic proficiency, as well as cultural sensitivity and competency
of the French language and French and Francophone cultures, to the students of Illinois
Student Learning Goals
- Language Production. Students will demonstrate comprehension of the target language through speaking
and writing as measured by Advanced Low for majors and Intermediate High for minors
(ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines). For speaking, this means that students can function
well in everyday situations, circumlocute, and handle "with confidence but not facility"
more complicated situations with native speakers. For writing, students' language
is still characterized by some grammar and spelling errors, but students can write
letters, take notes, and summarize with facility. Writing sometimes reads like a
"direct translation," but a "rhetorical structure" is emerging. The speaking and
writing is understandable to sympathetic native speakers.
- Language Perception. Students will demonstrate comprehension of the target language through reading and
listening as measured by Advanced Low for majors and Intermediate High for minors
(ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines). For reading, students can understand target-language
texts of different types, including newspaper articles, critical essays, and literary
prose and poetry. For listening, students can comprehend native speech, including
personal conversations, news broadcasts, podcasts, and film, at an ordinary speed.
- Cultural Awareness and Knowledge. Students will demonstrate cultural proficiency in French language and French and
Francophone cultures. Given the diversity of the Francophone world, students will
acquire knowledge of and appreciation for the cultural texts, traditions, worldview,
and cultural history of target cultures both in France and in French-speaking locales
such as Qubec, the Maghreb, West Africa, and the Antilles. An understanding of the
colonial/postcolonial dynamics and the influence of France and the French language
is expected, as is an awareness of the sensibility required to function effectively
in one or more Francophone cultures, leading to students' better awareness of their
- Critical Thinking Skills. Students will demonstrate their ability in written and oral work to effectively
gather quality information in French in order to evaluate and synthesize it. Culturally-specific
examples of academic exercises include the analyse de texte and the explication de texte, as well as the expos.