The Department of French and Italian

Ellenor M Shoemaker

PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Adjunct Associate Professor, French
Ellenor M Shoemaker



F C 341 • Americans In Paris

36397 • Spring 2020
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM BEN 1.126
GC (also listed as EUS 347)

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.

FR 601C • Beginning French

35645 • Fall 2019
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM BIO 301

Welcome to the French Intensive Language Program. French 601C is the first semester elementary French course at the University of Texas and assumes no previous knowledge of the language.  Français interactif is a unique beginning French program developed at the University of Texas. Français interactifhelps you explore the French language and culture by following the lives of real UT students who participated in the UT Summer Program in Lyon, France. The UT students will introduce you to their French host families, their French university, and their lives in France.  Keep in mind as you watch these students that they were in your position only a year ago--enrolled in beginning French at UT!  This program shows you that it IS possible to learn French well enough to communicate with native speakers.

In addition to following the exploits of these UT students, you will also watch videos of native French speakers as well as scenes of day-to-day interactions (e.g., vendors in the market, waiters at a café, children getting ready to go to school, etc.)  These video-based materials give Français interactif an authenticity and immediacy lacking in most commercially produced textbooks. 

As its name implies, Français interactif emphasizes interaction:
student/teacher, student/student, student/computer, and even
student/native-speaker.  The goal of these materials is in its title: interaction in French!  More specifically, the goal of this course is to improve your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in French.  This means that you will learn useful vocabulary, grammatical structures, and cultural information, which is embedded naturally in the videos and textbook content.  The classroom focus is on learner-centered group activities and language is naturally communicative.

FR 320E • Advanced French I

35780 • Fall 2019
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM GDC 5.304

Description of FR320E


FR 320E • Advanced French I


FR 612, 312L, 312M, 312N, or the equivalent.

Course Description

This course will be taught in French.

The objective of this course is to improve all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) through a series of communicative tasks (compositions, listening comprehension activities, dictations, oral practice, etc.). Emphasis is placed on diversifying vocabulary, mastering a wider range of grammatical structures, increasing fluency, and developing appropriate rhetorical strategies for essay writing in French. And finally, participants can expect to learn about social issues in the French-speaking world (e.g. role of media in society, immigration, globalization, education, etc.)

Grading Policy

Chapter Exams (4 x 10%) 40%

Oral Exams  (3 x 5%) 15%

Compositions  (4 x 5%) 20%

Daily Assignments  15%

Final Project  10%



Oukada, Larbi. 2nd Ed. 2012. Controverses. Boston: Thomson/Cengage Heinle. (ISBN textbook 9780495797777; workbook 9781439082065): Required

Hawkins, French Grammar and Usage, (2nd edition), 2001, MCG, ISBN: 9780658017988: Recommended

Oxford, Compact Oxford Hachette French Dictionary, 3rd Ed., Oxford University Press, ISBN: 9780198610717: Recommended

F C F340M • Continu/Chng In Mod France-Fra

81130 • Summer 2019

Restricted enrollment; contact the department for permission to register for this class.

Focuses on various social, political, and cultural crises in France from the revolution of 1789 to the present time. European Studies 340M and French Civilization 340M may not both be counted. May not be counted toward fulfillment of the foreign language requirement for any bachelor's degree. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

Class meets May 22-July 7. Faculty-led Abroad Program taught in Lyon, France. Lectures and readings conducted in French and English. Students must consult with department as travel and orientation dates may be in addition to these dates.

FR F322E • Advanced French II-Fra

81035 • Summer 2019

Ce cours de langue avancée a pour but principal d’améliorer vos compétences linguistiques en français (i.e., la compréhension auditive, l’expression orale, la lecture, et l’expression écrite) ainsi que votre connaissance de la grammaire et du lexique. Dans ce cours, vous aurez l’occasion de discuter des controverses sociales dans le monde francophone et aux Etats-Unis (e.g, la mondialistion, l’immigration, le système éducatif, etc.). A l’aide des textes contemporains, vous allez apprendre à mieux communiquer vos pensées en français en comparant les cultures francophones avec la nôtre.

E 316P • Masterworks Of Literature

34466 • Spring 2016
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM PAR 101

E 316P  l  Masterworks of Literature

Instructor:  Shoemaker, E

Unique #:  34466

Semester:  Spring 2016

Cross-lists:  n/a

Restrictions:  n/a

Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: One of the following: E 603A, RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 603A.

Description: Americans in Paris: Exploring more than three centuries of the American experience in the City of Light, this course will examine the writings of multiple generations of travelers and expatriates who have all made Paris their home. Students will learn how to interpret these texts as artifacts that reflect the historical, social, and cultural circumstances of the environment that inspired their creation.

Primary text: Americans in Paris: A Literary Anthology (Edited by Adam Gopnik, 2004, Library of America).

Further supplemental readings will be assigned throughout the semester.

Requirements and grading: 30% midterm exam; 40% final exam; 20% reading quizzes; 10% attendance and participation in classroom discussions.

FR 317C • Enhancing French Skills

35855 • Spring 2016
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM PAR 105

FR 317C. Enhancing French Skills. An advanced intermediate course which serves to
continue the development of your communication abilities in French by practicing the four basic skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading.  In this course, you will expand your knowledge of the French language and culture through the daily use of authentic documents, such as songs, movie clips, comic strips, journalistic and literary readings, internet videos, and websites.  Meets the prerequisite requirements for French 320E or 324L.  Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: French 611C with a grade of at least C.

FR 507 • First-Year French II

35015 • Spring 2006
Meets MTWTHF 12:00PM-1:00PM MEZ 2.122


The prerequisite for French 507 is completion of French 506, taken at the University of Texas at Austin, with a grade of C or better.  Students who took French in high school, French 506 at another college, or at The University of Texas at Austin prior to spring 2010 are required to take a placement exam. A schedule of administration dates for the placement exam may be obtained from the Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment, 2616 Wichita, 471-3032, or at


Course and Objectives

French 507 is a four skills language course in which you will expand the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing as you explore the French language and culture with Français interactif, the first year French program developed at the University of Texas.  Completion of French 507 with a C or better qualifies you to enroll in a second-year French course (FR 612).


Required Materials 

• FR 507 text , Français interactif Part II available at  Go to the textbook page of the new Français interactif site for a direct link to qoop :



Please make sure that you order Part II of the textbook. The cost is $19.05 in black and white or $44.41 in color. Don't worry that you do not have the textbook on the first day of class, as we will be doing review exercises (distributed through Blackboard) for the first week. 


   •  First Year French website: Francais interactif  ( includes

• videos (vocabulary, interviews and culture) downloadable mp4 files or podcasts.


• recorded  vocabulary lists and phonetic examples:  downloadable mp3 audio files or podcasts.


• links into Tex’s French Grammar ( grammar explanations, audio files in mp3 format or podcasts, interactive exercises, a verb conjugation reference, and a verb tutor.



• Compact  Oxford Hachette French/English Dictionary ISBN 0-19-864535X (at the Coop), which is required for upper division French classes.  Word is also an excellent online dictionary. 



Exams (five  @ 100 points): 50% = 500 points

Preparation & Participation: 20% = 200 points

Speaking Exams (2 @ 50 points): 10% = 100 points

Listening Comprehension exam: 05% = 050 points

Final Exam (written; 2 hours): 15% = 150 points

100% =1000 points



Daily preparation and persistent, active participation in class are essential to your success in learning French.  Your teacher will make specific assignments for each day.

The preparation/participation grade includes your performance on activities in the classroom and occasional quizzes.  Most daily homework and participation grades will be valued at 10 points each.  No late homework will be accepted.  If you are not in class to get the assignment(s) due the next day, it is your responsibility to contact your instructor or another student in the class to get the assignment. 


Students are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom environment that is conducive to learning.  In order to assure that all students have the opportunity to gain from time spent in class, unless otherwise approved by the instructor, students are prohibited from engaging in any form of distraction.  Inappropriate behavior (cellular phones, eating or drinking, tardiness, making offensive remarks, sleeping, overt inattentiveness, etc.) shall result, minimaly, in a request to leave class.


Computer Lab :  MEZ 2.104

You will  be required to do daily homework using the Français interactif  website.

Access to computers for individual study is available in the Liberal Arts ITS media lab in MEZ 2.104.  Liberal Arts ITS media lab operating hours:

M-Th 8 a.m.- 7:45 p.m., F 8 a.m.- 4:45 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.- 6:45 p.m.



Regular attendance is absolutely necessary for success in French 507. You are allowed a total of five absences without penalty during the semester.  All absences count. In addition to lowered preparation/participation grades, a penalty of 10 pts (or 1% of your final course grade/ up to 10%) will be deducted for each absence after 5 in the semester.



The five exams will contain a variety of listening, reading, and writing activities.  Each exam  covers one chapter, lasts 50 minutes and is valued at 100 points.  There are also two five-minute speaking exams.  Note carefully the dates of these exams, as there are no make-ups.


The final exam will be Thursday, Dec 9 from 7 p.m. -10 p.m. contingent upon Registrar Scheduling.  A makeup will be given on Friday, Dec 10 from 7-10 p.m. for students with verified schedule conflicts.  Please notify your instructor to obtain course supervisor's permission.  


Course supervision 

If you have any questions about French 507, please consult your instructor or the course supervisor, Karen Kelton,  HRH 2.106A (471-5511, 


The Department of French & Italian offers many services to beginning students, including free tutoring in the French Department. Your instructor will announce tutorial center hours during the second week of classes.  You will also be invited to films and activities sponsored by the French Department. Your instructor will announce these and other events throughout the semester.  Bienvenue!  We hope you will enjoy learning French.  


The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities.  For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students, Services for Students with Disabilities, 471-6259,

FR 506 • First-Year French I

34690 • Fall 2005
Meets MTWTH 4:30PM-5:45PM MEZ 2.122

test 2 from add/edi course first screen

FR 506 • First-Year French I

33525 • Spring 2005
Meets MTWTHF 12:00PM-1:00PM MEZ 2.126

test 2 from add/edi course first screen

FR 506 • First-Year French I

34305 • Fall 2004
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:00AM MEZ 2.126

test 2 from add/edi course first screen

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