The Department of French and Italian

FRIT Course Spotlights - Fall 2021

This page spotlights specific courses in the upcoming registration cycle. To explore all course offerings in the department by field of study and semester, click here: UT FRIT Courses. 

 


FR 392K / F C 342 French through Coding

Dr. Barbara Bullock

The goal of this course is to teach students basic computational tools and skills to automatically process language so that they can explore aspects of contemporary foreign language usage that are of interest to them. Students will engage in independent investigation regarding both linguistic and coding topics. The language topics they research will be generated by the students themselves, based on what they have learned about French language and culture in their studies and experiences abroad. While they will be taught basic python in the course, they will also independently work to ‘hack’, manipulate, and debug the code snippets they have and those that they can find on-line using the resources that all coders exploit like Stack Exchange.

Students enrolled in FR392K are expected to have a more advanced knowledge of French linguistics and a greater proficiency in French. View the petition for F C 342 / FR 392K here.

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FR 351 Narrating the Multilingual Self

Dr. Carl Blyth

Narrative and identity are often regarded as closely connected. As such, narratives are seen as one of the prime vehicles for expressing identity. In fact, narrative analysts have gone so far as to argue that the stories we tell about ourselves as well as the stories others tell about us play an important role in our development of a “sense of self.” Along these lines, the psychologist Jerome Bruner has argued that “in the end, we become the autobiographical narratives by which we ‘tell about’ our lives” (1994: 53).

In this course, we will explore the stories of “multilingual francophones,” including the stories of French language learners. How do multilingual francophones think and feel about their languages?  For example, many bilinguals note that their different languages are closely tied to their cultural identities or different linguistic selves. What exactly does the French language symbolize for different multilingual speakers? For immigrants to a francophone country, French may represent a struggle to find one’s place in an alien society. Canadian French speakers often recount feelings of linguistic insecurity as well as ethnic pride  when speaking their dialect.  To Cajuns in Louisiana, French often symbolizes the pain and regret that typically accompanies the loss of an ancestral language.  And what about classroom learners of French?  What does the French language mean to them? Do they experience language learning as an expansion of their sense of self? In this course, students will read and analyze short stories, diaries and novels written by French multilinguals. We will also read secondary works by linguists and psychologists to understand the relationship between language development and identity development.  Finally, students in this course will have the opportunity to reflect on of their own multilingual experiences.

Grading/Assignments

  • 20% Oral participation (in class discussion)
  • 20% Canvas discussion (written responses to prompts)
  • 20% Interpretive essays (based on narrative texts)
  • 40% Written personal narratives

***Notice of Fall 2021 Prerequisite Change - FR 351C (Narrating Multilingual Self) prerequisite requirement has changed from 3hrs of FR 325C/D/E to FR 322E. If you are interested in enrolling in FR 351C and have completed FR 322E or will complete it by the start of Fall 2021, please complete this Prerequisite Waiver Request Form so that a registration system override of prerequisite will be entered for you, allowing you to self-enroll in any open seat(s) in FR 351C. Please note that while FR 325C/D/E is no longer the prerequisite for the course, it is still strongly recommended to take FR 325C/D/E as a co-requisite with FR 351C. The prerequisite of successful completion of FR 322E will be checked at the start of the Fall 2021 semester for all students enrolled in FR 351C, and anyone who does not demonstrate the required prerequisite of FR 322E will be dropped at that time and notified via Secure Academic Note. 

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ITL 348 – Italian Drama Workshop

Radio Dramma (T Th  3:30-5:00) 

Prof. Antonella Del Fattore Olson

In this class, you will reach a deeper understanding of contemporary Italian culture, improve your pronunciation and intonation and make progress in the Italian language through performing art skills.

We will read and stage short plays by four major Italian playwrights: Dario Fo, Franca Rame, Dacia Maraini, Ascanio Celestini and study the social, historical and cultural background that inspired them. Our main focus will be on Feminism and Immigration; controversial topics with which we will deal in the Italian style…with humor and irony. With this spirit, we will enrich the course by writing together a new short play based upon an event that took place in Italy in 2020. View the Fall 2021 course description here.

For more information, please contact Prof. Antonella Del Fattore Olson adolson@austin.utexas.edu 

NOTE: The course carries the Global Culture Flag! 

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ITC 338 Italian Television Advertising: Fashion, Food, Cars + Foreign Languages Across the Curriculum (FLAC)

Dr. Cinzia Russi

Interested in taking ITC 338 Italian Television Advertising: Fashion, Food, Cars with Dr. Cinzia Russi this Fall 2021, and having it count as a FLAC add-on? Contact the Texas Learning Center (TLC) at tlc@austin.utexas.edu and be sure to reference ITC 338 with Dr. Cinzia Russi!

The TLC selects courses to be counted as FLAC add-ons based on expressions of interest from students (before and during registration). Learn more about Foreign Languages Across the Curriculum (FLAC). 

More about ITC 338 Italian Television Advertising: Fashion, Food, Cars with Dr. Cinzia Russi: "Italy is a country associated with “style”—life style (il dolce far niente), fashion style (Valentino, Prada, Gucci, etc.), film style (Fellini and the like), and, for better or for worse, a certain sort of rather effusive political style (Mussolini, Berlusconi, and their ilk, among others). The specific objective of this course is to categorize and analyze the major changes that have taken place in the peculiarly Italian style of television advertising during the past fifty years." View the Spring 2020  course description here. Previous syllabi can be found here. 

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ITL 325C Italian Through Cinema 

Dr. Paola Bonifazio

If you want to improve your Italian language skills while watching films, you should definitely take this class! During the course, we will explore different topics in contemporary Italy such as migration, gender roles and sexualities, working conditions, media fandom, and racism. Students will also work on independent research in contemporary issues and create short video projects with the assistance of their instructor. Previous syllabi can be found here. 

NOTE: The course carries the Independent Inquiry Flag! 

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Undergraduate Advisor

Heather Peterson
BEN 2.108 (office currently closed)
Appointment Request 
Walk-In Availability

Undergraduate Faculty Advisors

Undergraduate Italian Faculty Advisor
Antonella Olson
HRH 2.106B (office currently closed)
512-471-5531/5706

Undergraduate French Faculty Advisor
Heather Pelletier
HRH 3.112A (office currently closed)
512-471-7470


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