Spring 2014 Course: French Language and Cultural Identity

Submitted by Jennifer M. Keene on

French 320
5 credits, VLPA/I&S
MW 11:30-1:20
Maya Smith, Asst. Professor
Course conducted in English 

This course explores the French language as social practice in which speakers’ notions of identity influence how they use and relate to language. Interdisciplinary in nature, this course borrows from different fields, most notably linguistics, sociology, and French cultural studies. The aim of the course is to inform students of the social aspects of the evolution of the French language, highlight the dynamic relationship between language and identity, and present a detailed picture of linguistic and cultural diversity in the Francophone world. Students will read texts in English and will learn how to write in different academic genres, including a reaction journal, an annotated bibliography, and a research paper.

French 320 Course Flyer (PDF)