The Department of French and Italian

FRIT Course Spotlights - Spring 2022

This page spotlights specific courses in the upcoming registration cycle. Click on the course title for a class description and instructor information. To explore all course offerings in the department by field of study and semester, click here: UT FRIT Courses. UT Austin updates the official course schedule about two weeks before registration opens: UT Registrar Official Course Schedule 

 


 

FR 320E Advanced French I (Instructor varies)
All Sections on MWF:
9am - 10am, MEZ 2.118, 36250
10am - 11am, MEZ 1.202, 36255
11am - 12pm, GAR 0.132, 36260
12pm - 1pm, MEZ 2.122, 36265

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This advanced language course’s goal is to substantially advance your spoken, written and listening skills in French while discussion controversial social topics in France and in the United States such as the effects of social media in interpersonal relationships, gender equality, and the limits of personal freedoms. There will be 3 written exams, 3 debates, 3 major written assignments based on the 3 themes of the course and a final project.

FR 320E is a fast-paced challenging course that requires extensive outside of class preparation in order to succeed in improving your vocabulary and grammar level (2-3 hours of preparation for each hour we meet is normal at the beginning). The prerequisite for FR 320E is FR 317C with at least a grade of C. If you received a C- in FR 317C, you do NOT meet the prerequisite for this course. This course carries the Writing flag.

The Lower-Division Grading Scale for French is the following:
97-93 A
92-90 A-
89-87 B+
86-83 B
82-80 B-
79-77 C+
76-73 C
72-70 C-
69-67 D+
66-63 D
62-60 D-
Less than 60 F

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FR 322E Advanced French II (Instructor varies)
All Sections on MWF:
10am - 11am PAR 304, 36270
12pm - 1pm MEZ 1.208, 36275
2pm - 3pm BEN 1.108, 36280

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This advanced language course’s goal is to substantially advance your spoken, written and listening skills in French while discussion controversial social topics both in the Francophone world and in the United States such as the effects of globalization in the world, conflicts regarding immigration, and the loss of indigenous cultures and languages due to colonialism/imperialism. There will be 3 written exams, 4 oral exams (2 individual presentations and 2 debates), 2 major written assignments based on 2 of the themes of the course and a final project.

FR 322E is a fast-paced challenging course that requires extensive outside of class preparation in order to succeed in improving your vocabulary and grammar level (2-3 hours of preparation for each hour we meet is normal at the beginning). The prerequisite for FR 322E is FR 320E with at least a grade of C. If you received a C- in FR 320E, you do NOT meet the prerequisite for this course. This course carries the Global Cultures flag.

The Lower-Division Grading Scale for French is the following:
97-93 A
92-90 A-
89-87 B+
86-83 B
82-80 B-
79-77 C+
76-73 C
72-70 C-
69-67 D+
66-63 D
62-60 D-
Less than 60 F

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FR 324L Practical Phonetics
David P. Birdsong  
birdsong@austin.utexas.edu
11am - 12:30pm
GAR 1.126

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This introduction to French phonetics provides students with a structured and practical understanding of the French sound system. The basics of descriptive phonetics and phonetic transcription are taught. Pronunciation and discrimination exercises emphasize individual sounds such as nasal vowels and the [u]-[y] contrast, as well as prosodic features (intonation, syllabification, liaison, etc.). The class is conducted in French.

The course is organized around:
Descriptive linguistics. Our text materials and classroom sessions provide descriptions and examples of essential features of French speech, such as l’assimilation, l’enchaînement, la syllabation, la ‘loi de position’, la dénasalisation, etc.

Practice in pronunciation and discrimination. With opportunities to apply your knowledge of linguistic description and phonetic transcription, you practice and sharpen your pronunciation and auditory discrimination of French sounds.

Improvement. Ten percent of your final grade is determined by your improvement over the course of the semester. Improvement is measured in part by comparing your reading aloud of a Diagnostic Exercise at the beginning of the term with your reading of similar material at the end of the term.

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FR 325C Crisis & Conflict
Dr. Daniel Kahozi 
danielkahozi@utexas.edu
MWF 11am-12pm
GDC 2.210

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FR 325C, “Crisis and Conflict,” focuses on historical and social conflicts as primarily manifested in texts, by which we mean: novel, poetry, essays, but also film, music and art.
Themes deal specifically with moments of crisis (involving language, race, ethnic, gender, class, religious and national identity) in the history of francophone countries in Africa.

Instruction will emphasize strategies of reading and interpreting texts. In this particular course section, we will explore the ways in which writers, musicians and filmmakers raise awareness about the consequences of social conflicts and human rights violations in post-independence African francophone countries.

We will deal with such themes by studying an assortment of texts and genres from 1960 to the present.

Class time will not simply focus on the comprehension of texts, but rather, on their interpretation, so as to emphasize the way you can engage with them as a group. Interpretation being a subjective term, each course participant must come ready and prepared to engage critically with the material. If each discussion shall be guided and contextualized by the professor, the notion of exchange is primordial. Asking questions, sharing ideas and challenging conventional knowledge are all imperative tasks you will pursue during the semester.

Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Students will be able to analyze and explain the interaction between different cultural and historical crises and conflicts and the texts studied.

2. Students will be able to demonstrate comprehension of main ideas in a variety of literary genres, even when something unexpected is expressed (interpretive reading, Advanced-Low on the ACTFL proficiency scale: https://www.actfl.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/Can-Do_Statements_2015.pdf).

3. Students will be able to respond critically to the studied texts in various time-frames (presentational writing, Advanced-Low on the ACTFL proficiency scale:  https://www.actfl.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/Can-Do_Statements_2015.pdf). 

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FR 325E Representing Difference in France, Middle Ages to the Present
Marc Bizer  
mbizer@utexas.edu
TTH 9:30 - 11am
MEZ 1.208 

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In this course we will be looking at cultural documents (texts, films) covering the Middle Ages through the 21st century in order to examine the representations of groups in France whose shared religion, ethnicity, social class, and gender makes them seem fundamentally different from more dominant counterparts. We will study how the marginalized are seen by the dominant group (from without) but also how the dominant group(s) are seen by the marginalized (from within), along with self-representations of the marginalized. The goal will be to arrive at a better understanding of the different purposes that these representations serve: marginalization and oppression to be sure, but also self-satire and identity formation. This course carries the Global Cultures flag.

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FR 327C French Through Cuisine
Marc Bizer  
mbizer@utexas.edu
TTH 12:30 - 2pm
MEZ B0.302

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This course has 4 goals: 1. Master the vocabulary and styles of culinary discourse across different eras. 2. Mettre la main à la pâte by preparing French cuisine yourself! 3. Understand the major stages in the history of French cuisine 4. Grasp the relationship between the history of gastronomy and more general historical and cultural phenomena. This course carries the Global Cultures flag.

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FR 330K The Joy of French
Dr. David Birdsong 
birdsong@austin.utexas.edu 
TTH 2pm-3:30pm
BEN 1.102

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How many rhyming expressions are there in French to tell someone to chill out? (The number will surprise you!) In French, how do you convey attraction and affection, disdain and disgust, virtue and vulgarity? In what ways do people create humor with the French language, and how can you enjoy and appreciate French linguistic humor yourself?

How are new words formed in French? How do words and expressions from English make their way into the French language? What grammatical and lexical “errors” (non-standard features of language) are made by nearly all French speakers – and are markers of “nativeness”)?

Did you know that there are 52 different ways that the [u] sound can be spelled in French? Did you know that the French noun amour is masculine in the singular form, and feminine in the plural? What is the origin of the word chef, and why should this be of interest to a cattle owner, a governor, or a financier? What makes the verbs gésir and résoudre special?

As the above questions and the course title suggest, the goal of this course is to acquaint students with facts and features of the French language that make it fascinating and fun. In so doing, students will increase and refine their knowledge of French, enhance their French speaking, reading and writing proficiencies, and learn techniques for linguistic analysis and creativity. Illuminating examples will be taken from French film, music and literature. For illustrative purposes, occasional comparisons and contrasts with English and other languages will be made.

Grading
2 Exams @ 30% 60%
Assignments 10%
Project 20%
Participation/attendance 10%
No final exam

Texts (tentative list)
Un bonbon sur la langue, by Muriel Gilbert (La Librairie Vuibert)
Dictionnaire des difficultés de la langue française, by Adolphe V. Thomas (Larousse)
Allons-y, Alonzo! by Marie Treps (Seuil)
Online materials and Canvas postings

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FR 349P French Internship
Dr. Heather Pelletier 
hpelletier@austin.utexas.edu

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Are you interested in earning upper-division course credit in French through an experiential learning experience?  In spring 2022, the Department of French & Italian will offer a French Internship course (FR 349P).  Enrolled students will complete 10-12 hours per week at their internship site (Texas-based francophone or French-affiliated organizations such as the European American Chamber of Commerce or the Délégation du Québec) as well as attend an in-person professional skills seminar at UT taught in French. Through this internship, you can establish professional connections, develop or enhance transferable job skills, practice your French, and earn course credit.  FR 349P is open to all Liberal Arts majors who have met the prerequisite of FR 322E, a minimum 3.0 GPA, and consent of the department. 

For more information or to apply, please contact French internship coordinator Heather Pelletier (hpelletier@austin.utexas.edu).  In order to begin the process of finding a suitable internship, please contact Dr. Pelletier as soon as possible during the fall 2021 semester.

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FR 363L French Through Media
Barbara E. Bullock  
bbullock@austin.utexas.edu
TTH 12:30 - 2pm
MEZ 2.118

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What do people talk about today in the French media and how do they talk about it? This upper division course examines how the French language is used today to discuss current and cultural topics. Students watch and discuss the journal télévisé daily, focusing on the topics of most interest to them, and they complete a range of activities that help them expand their French linguistic repertoires by adding contemporary vocabulary, turns of phrases, and pragmatic nuances to their discourse. This course aims to strengthen your oral fluency and increase your awareness of current events in the francophone world. This course also carries the Global Cultures flag. Global Cultures courses are designed to increase your familiarity with cultural groups outside the United States. You should therefore expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from assignments covering the practices, beliefs, and histories of at least one non-U.S. cultural group, past or present.

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FR 372 Comparative Stylistics
Kate Nelson  
katenelson@utexas.edu
TTH 11am - 12:30pm
HRH 4.102B

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What can French do differently than English? How can you employ these differences to create subtleties of meaning? In this class, we will answer these questions by analyzing the grammatical, rhetorical, and stylistic habits of each language. This will certainly lead us into the nuances of translation, but this class will also focus on self-expression, allowing you the space to learn and craft your written French to creatively convey your message. This course carries a Writing flag.

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F C 341 Americans in Paris 
Heather Sanders 
hdsanders@utexas.edu
TTH 2pm-3:30pm
PAR 308

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The City of Light has long served as both a haven and a source of inspiration for scores of expatriate Americans. With Paris and its cultural patrimoine as a backdrop, this course will analyze the writings of multiple generations of travelers, from the bohemian to the bourgeois, who have made Paris their home. Taking expatriation and exile as two of our main themes, we will examine major social and political trends, events, and debates that have informed the works of artists living and working both at the margins of Parisian society as well as in its most celebrated salons. This course invites students to interpret texts as artifacts that reflect the historical, social, and cultural circumstances of the environment that inspired their creation and to reflect upon their role in the cultural symbiosis between America and France. All readings and discussion will be in English.

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ITL 320 Advanced Italian
Francesca Beretta
francesca.beretta@utexas.edu
MWF 9am-10am

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Italian 320 is conducted entirely in Italian and it is designed to improve skills in speaking and writing, as well as to advance reading and listening comprehension. We will expand on the knowledge of Italian culture using a variety of resources: pieces of literature and art, online articles and YouTube videos, streaming movies and TV shows, social media and memes.


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ITL 328 Composition and Conversation 
Prof. Antonella Del Fattore Olson 
adolson@austin.utexas.edu 
TTh 3:30pm-5pm

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Course Objectives:

• To master the grammar and improve your writing and oral skills in Italian by reading and practicing
• To expand your knowledge on Italian cultural and social changes from post war years to current times.
• To build a community in which its members feel free to express and exchange their opinions, reflect upon them, and draw a connection between the past and the present.

This course is conducted in Italian. It will focus on reviewing grammatical structures, and exploring new ones, in a literary and contemporary context as well as learning specific cultural themes in relation to Italian history and social changes through readings, videos and films. Students will carry conversations with Italians through Talk Abroad.

*This course carries the Writing Flag*

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ITL 375 Writing Fascism, the War, the Resistance (Scrivere il Fascismo, la Guerra e la Resistenza)
Dr. Daniela Bini 
bini@austin.utexas.edu 
TTh 2pm-3:15pm 
HRH 2.112

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Italian literature has been a manifestation of a cultural elite with little or no contact with the masses. The distance between the learned language, taught in school, and the many dialects, spoken in the various regions has contributed to the problem. It was precisely against this historical and social phenomenon that Antonio Gramsci waged his battle. Literature, that is rooted in the history and culture of a country, must maintain this contact with the social-historical forces that have formed it and aim at the improvement of those very forces. In the narrative production of the first half of the twentieth century, the literature of the war and of the Resistance, represents the best attempt to achieve such goal: writing in order to remember, to tell of a past experience made of mistakes and suffering, not only in order to exorcise it, but also in order to learn from it.
Placing them in their historical background, we will read the following novels and watch the following films dealing with the experience of the war, fascism and the resistance:

Novels
Ignazio Silone: Fontamara
Renata Viganò: L’Agnese va a morire
Cesare Pavese: La casa in collina
Italo Calvino: Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno
Primo Levi: Se questo è un uomo

Films
Roberto Rossellini: Roma città aperta
Roberto Rossellini: Paisà
Vittorio de Sica: Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini
P. e V. Taviani: La notte di San Lorenzo
Ettore Scola: Una giornata particolare

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ITC 330 American Dante
Dr. Guy Raffa 
guyr@utexas.edu
TTH 12:30pm-2pm
BEN 1.126

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“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.” Although Dante never said these exact words, they effectively convey his contempt for people who refuse to take a stand on questions of moral, political, and social justice. Engaged readers have had good reason to quote the “Dante” line at pivotal moments in US history, from decisions about entering the two world wars to John F. Kennedy’s call to combat bigotry and Martin Luther King Jr’s plea to end the war in Vietnam. Black Lives Matter activists and the California governor therefore drew on an illustrious tradition when they cited the medieval Italian poet in the summer of 2020 to inspire action against systemic racism.

Political engagement with Dante in the United States dates to the mid 19th century—in the movement to abolish slavery and during the Civil War—and is just one of several major themes we will explore in this course on the Italian poet’s strong presence in American history and culture. Other Dantean personas examined across a wide range of media—literature, art, music, film, television, and video games—will include the lover, the showman, and the judge.

 

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ITC 339 Italian Cinema
Dr. Paola Bonifazio 
pbonifazio@austin.utexas.edu
TTH 11am-12:30pm
(also listed as RTF359 Italian Cinema)

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From La dolce vita to the spaghetti westerns, from Neorealism to Euro-horror: in this course, students will study some of the masterpieces of World Cinema that were made in Italy. Sometimes more successful abroad than in Italy, these films will introduce students to the history of Italian cinema cultures from a global perspective.

Italian Cinema is a “Global Virtual Exchange Course” and includes a module on Italian stardom and celebrity taught in partnership with the University of Udine (Italy) faculty and students.

The course is taught in English and it carries an Independent Inquiry Flag and a Global Cultures Flag.

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Undergraduate Academic Advisor for French and Italian

Heather Peterson
BEN 2.108 
Appointment Request 
Walk-In Availability
heather_peterson@austin.utexas.edu

Undergraduate Faculty Advisors

Undergraduate Italian Faculty Advisor
Antonella Del Fattore-Olson
HRH 2.106B (please email for availability)
adolson@austin.utexas.edu

Undergraduate French Faculty Advisor
Heather Pelletier
HRH 3.112A (please email for availability)
hpelletier@austin.utexas.edu


Useful Links

• Current Course Schedule Information (registrar.utexas.edu) 
• Current Catalog Information (catalog.utexas.edu)
• UT FRIT Courses
• Undergraduate Advising Information
• Registration Information Sheet (RIS)

 

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