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FRN 08 — Reading French

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Tues/Thurs
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jun 27—Jul 27
Time: 7:00—9:05 pm
Drop Deadline: Jul 5
Units: 2
Tuition: $460
Instructor(s): Maria Teodora Comsa
Limit: 27
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on July 4
Summer
On-campus course
Tues/Thurs
7:00—9:05 pm
Date(s)
Jun 27—Jul 27
5 weeks
Drop By
Jul 5
2 Units
Fees
$460
Instructor(s):
Maria Teodora Comsa
Limit
27
Open
Please Note: No class on July 4
Designed for intermediate to advanced students of the French language, this course will explore some of the social and political challenges faced in France today. We will read a full-length literary text, La Préférence nationale by Senegalese writer Fatou Diome, whose short stories recount the journey of a woman who moves from Senegal to Strasbourg and strives to become a part of French society. Diome’s text will serve as a springboard for discussion and will allow us to develop reading comprehension strategies, build vocabulary, and brush up on grammatical structures. Supplementary audiovisual materials (news excerpts, interviews) and newspaper articles will enhance the understanding of the themes in Diome’s stories. Students will refine their ability to read and discuss literary works in French. Readings, class activities, and discussions will be in French.

This advanced second-year course is intended for students who have completed “Beginning French III” (FRN 03) and “French Conversation and Culture” (FRN 04) in Stanford Continuing Studies or its equivalent.

Maria Teodora Comsa, Lecturer in French, Stanford

Maria Teodora Comsa received a PhD in French language and literature from Stanford. Her research interests include second-language acquisition, 18th-century French theater, French cinema, and digital humanities.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Fatou Diome, La Préférence Nationale, Éditions Présence Africaine (ISBN 2-7087-0722-1)
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