Department of French
Course Descriptions


Practice in French Listening and Pronunciation (1), (2)

This course raises the speaking, reading comprehension, and expression skills of practical French by studying its basic grammar, vocabulary, and syntax.

ElementaryFrench Conversation (1), (2)
A native speaking professor uses conversation materials, recently published in French, to raise students’ basic French communication skills. In particular, focus is placed on listening and speaking.

Practice in French Listening and Pronunciation (1), (2)
With focus on the basic expressions and sentence structure of French, students are intensively trained in French listening to learn accurate pronunciation and modulation. It lays down the foundation for efficient learning of French in senior classes.

Readings in Intermediate French (1), (2)
This course is an extension of Practice in French Listening and Pronunciation, which students take in the first year. The basic purpose is to deepen the knowledge of French grammar and increase reading comprehension capability of French texts.

IntermediateFrench Conversation (1), (2)
This course is an extension of Elementary French Conversion taken in the first year. Continuous conversation training with native speakers increases French listening and speaking capabilities that are one step higher.

Reading French Literary Text
Literature is the flower of culture and French literature is the flower of world literature. This course faithfully reads French masterpieces in French. In other words, it is designed to increase French proficiency and literary sensitivity so that basic skills are cultivated for majoring in French literature in the future.

French Composition (1), (2)
Students learn French writing appropriate for various situations and purposes. They acquire ways to phrase natural sentences using grammar and sentence structure through practice they have learned so far.

Reading French Cultural Text
The goal is to read French cultural texts faithfully in their original texts based on French skills learned in the freshman year. Students cultivate their French skills and increase their understanding of French culture by reading texts reflecting French daily life and culture from the past and present.

Advanced French Conversation (1), (2)
This advanced-level French conversation course following the elementary and intermediate courses develop listening and speaking capabilities at a level where students can freely speak with native speakers about various topics without being much restricted by vocabulary or sentence structure.

French Literature and Cinema
Films are one of the important art genres that represent contemporary French culture. Literature has always provided rich sources for films. The course looks into the common and different aspects between film art and language art and how the two genres converge.

Exercises in Translation of French Literary Text
Literature text has a much more complex structure than the general meaning delivery system. A dimension of symbols as well as a dimension of culture always intervenes in literature texts. This course enhances the reading ability of French literary works, skills to write in Korean, and capability to translate literary works through pragmatic practice rather than theoretical study.

History of French Literature
The trends in the history of French literature are studied, encompassing French literature of different ages and genres, to clarify the contradictory phenomenon of succession and discontinuation of traditions. Rather than understanding a written work as independently produced, it is understood in connection with the periodic background and analyzed in connection with the ideology of the author. Connection between cultural thought and art is also considered for comprehensive understanding.

Analysis of French Texts
This course teaches under which principles a text, a unit of communication beyond phrases, is constructed and functions as an “organic whole”. Using French texts of various types as teaching materials, it is analyzed how language elements such as vocabulary and grammatical expressions as well as non-language elements such as utterances contain meaning and pragmatic roles in texts and affect the coherence of texts. As such, both macro- and micro-understanding of texts are pursued.

Introduction to French Linguistics
This course introduces the various theories of the French linguistics circles to offer an understanding of the concepts used in linguistics.

French Language & Culture
This course first looks at the transition and characteristics of French and then analyzes various texts about French culture and uses audio-visual materials to increase capabilities and knowledge about the French language and culture.

Studies of French Politics & Society
This course fosters the understanding of France through its myriad political and social changes.

Contemporary French Literature
This course looks at the various trends of modern literature such as surrealism, existentialism, theater of the absurd, and nouveau Roman. Students appreciate the thoughts and works by representative writers such as Gide, Proust, Camus, Sartre, Beckett, and Robbe- Grillet.

19th Century French Literature

Studies various 19th century thought and selected literary works representative of the period. The early 19th century romanticism, transcendentalism, realism, naturalism, and symbolism are studied in sequence.

French Economy and Business
Basic knowledge of the French economy is enhanced, the core strategy of French management is explored, and economy and management-related French is cultivated. This course also introduces the status of French companies in Korea and searches for jobs for students through cooperation with these companies.

French Classic Literature
This course is a study of 17-century literature represented by baroque literature and classic literature. The exaggerated abundance of the baroque and the moderated beauty of balance of classism are compared and appreciated. Students are exposed to major writers such as Corneille, Racine, Moliere, la Fontaine, and Pascal.

French Literary Criticism
This course aims at more in-depth examination and understanding of French literature and criticism by learning about the major theories and trends of modern French literature criticism. Furthermore, students are encouraged to appreciate the role of literary criticism as a crossroads of interdisciplinarity through connection with other humanities departments.

French Cultural Contents
This course looks at the major cultural events and trends of France, a strong cultural nation, and analyzes cultural contents such as wine and culinary culture, festivals and performances culture, and cultural heritages and the tourism industry among the many cultural elements. As such, students learn how to discern the potential to generate value for cultural products and develop basic capabilities for content devel- opment.

French Language and Cognition
Cognition science, an interdisciplinary science that studies human spirit, is the core science of the 21st century. What has emerged as a major paradigm in current language study due to such academic trend is “cognitive linguistics” based on the assumption that language and human cognition has an inseparable relationship. Cognitive linguistics contemplates that the analysis technology of language should consider the basic cognition mechanism of humans, and conversely, language should act as an invaluable window to approach the mysteries of human cognitive actions. This course attempts the analysis of French vocabulary and grammar from such perspective.

Studies on French Semantics
With an ambitious goal to study the world of meanings through French, this course reads related texts to study the problems of meaning interpretation, etc. resulting from the relationship among language, things and humans, the power of language, and the relationship between speaker and listener.

Practice in Korean-French Translation
The demand for Korean to French translation is increasing thanks to the diversification of Korea-France exchange. The focus is on translation from Korean to French of literary, art or practical texts.

French Literature and Arts
From time immemorial, French literature has continuously developed relations with music, art and other art genres. This course attempts diversified approaches to such mutual relations so that students can attain a better understanding of French literature as well as French culture.

Introduction to French Computational Linguistics
Basic understanding of information processing in natural language is indispensible in the 21st-century information and telecommunications society. This course offers an overview of “traitement automatique de la langue francaise”. It looks at main application areas such as search and derivation of information in French, computational understanding and generation of texts, translation and summarization by the computer, and construction of databases and electronic dictionaries. Through the understanding of the theoretical background and actual implementation methodology, students acquire basic attainments for computational processing of French.

Practice in Interpretation :
French into Korean and Korean into French

This course primarily targets students with advanced level French capabilities. Students acquire basic skills and relevant knowledge to successfully perform consecutive interpretation between French and Korean and develop basic qualifications to become able interpreters through interpretation practice in various actual areas such as politics, economy, society and culture.

Introduction to Language Engineering in France
This course studies the industrial engineering aspects of French, namely language engineering. As knowledge and information creates an industrial area of tangible and intangible value in the 21st-century informa- tion society, various types of knowledge and information in French generate industrial value. A systematic and scientific approach to such process is language engineering and this course deals with the status of language engineering and methodology of the French language related to all sorts of areas such as politics, society, culture, and science.

Understanding Modern French Thought
It is no exaggeration that the current world humanities garner the most important boost from French thought. Many French thinkers such as Foucault, Derrida, Lacan, Deleuze, Bourdieu, and Baudrillard have led the global circles of intellectuals. This course offers an overview of the flow of French thought since the age of existentialism so that students can understand the intellectual thinking of our age.

FLEX French

In preparation for FLEX, students are familiarized with question types and French texts on various topics.

18th Century French Literature
Focuses on promoting a general understanding of the structure and thought of 18th century French litera- ture. Consists of reading and analysis of selected prominent writers for increased appreciation of their work and critical analysis of literature as a whole.

French Literature and Analysis of Story-Telling
Recently, literature is transcending the boundaries of art and becoming an industry. Movies, advertisements, TV dramas, animations, computer games cannot be produced without a scenario. A vast story market awaits talented storytellers. This course explores the definition of “story” and its structure, in other words, narratology or storytelling.

Seminar on French Literature
Based on general knowledge about French literature, this course inquires into the deep structure of works through their literary analysis and interpretation. Students learn various methodologies used for analysis of works and learn and practice thinking that logically organizes results of analysis.

Understanding Francophonic Areas and European Union
The intrinsic structure of the French-speaking world and the EU, the two focused targets of France’s external policies, are explored, such as the distribution of the Francophonic world, outline of the Franco- phonic countries, relationship between France and the Francophonic world, forming process and structure of the EU, and relationship between France and the EU.

Debate and Dissertation in French
Under the guidance of a native professor, students discuss, in French, current issues, literary and philosophical topics dealt with in French newspapers and TV and increase writing skills to write their thoughts efficiently and logically.