Goals for French & Francophone Studies Majors and Minors
Our first goal is to help students achieve an understanding and command of the syntactic structures and linguistic foundations of the French language. Students will be able to describe, narrate, and debate abstract concepts with high intermediate-level proficiency in written and spoken French, as measured by ACTFL standards. Students will compile a critical, methodological toolbox with which to appreciate, decode and analyze cultural representations. Students will apply a variety of methods of analysis in their approach to literature, film, and other media. Students will engage in critical dialogue with primary and secondary sources. Students will demonstrate informational literacy through research and citation (MLA style) in the field.
Our second goal is foster students’ awareness of cultural biases and ethnocentric views. Students will understand the socio-historical context of numerous French and Francophone cultural productions across time periods and geopolitical locations. Students will demonstrate understanding and consciousness of their own subject position as well as the subjectivity of the Other in their written essays, oral presentations and contributions to class discussion. Students will apply themselves to an ongoing pursuit of knowledge and personal development and will show curiosity and appreciation for a diverse array of Francophone cultures.
Our third goal is to provide every student with the means to develop purposeful and authentic engagement within a variety of French and Francophone communities and cultures. We strive to offer every student the opportunity to live and flourish within a variety of cultural and geographic contexts, including France, Vietnam, Canada, Sénégal, Morocco and Martinique, and to discard stereotypes and interpret cultural similarities and differences. Students will complete the French & Francophone Studies major with a portfolio as evidence of their achievements.
Past French & Francophone majors have pursued careers in business, law, communications, education, government, international relations, and diplomacy. Majors are also prepared for the rigors of law school and other graduate studies. French & Francophone Studies majors and minors receive support to prepare and sit for the internationally recognized DELF/DALF exam offered by the French Ministry of Education
Thirty (30) credits beyond FREN 102 , including at least two (2) of the mainstay courses( FREN 261 , FREN 262 , FREN 272 , FREN 301 , FREN 302 ). Students must register for course intensifications for semester-long courses taught in English ( FREN 289 , FREN 290 , or FREN 295 ) to count toward the major. The intensification will consist of customized French language review, writing instruction, dialogue and debate. A minimum of one-half the courses in the major field must be completed at Dominican. Students who study abroad must have prior written approval from the discipline director for their courses to count toward the French and Francophone major or minor.
Teacher Licensure: French grades K-12
NB: Students are urged to consider teacher licensure. Both nationally and regionally, we face a shortage of French language teachers.
Students who wish to teach French in kindergarten through 12th grades complete a major in French and complete the School of Education’s Teacher Education Program for K-12 licensure. Additional French Education Requirements :
- Professional education courses including EDUC 404 - Instructional Strategies for Teaching Modern Foreign Language
- 100 hours of field experience
- Oral Proficiency Interview: students must score at the minimum of advanced low level
- State Required edTPA
- Clinical Practice (one full semester) split between an elementary and either a middle or a secondary school classroom
For more information about K-12 licensure, see the School of Education section of this bulletin.
(NB: ISBE requirements updated as of Fall 2019)