Languages, Literatures and Cultures (BA) - French and Francophone Studies

Shown here are the general learning goals of the program broken down into specific student learning outcomes (SLOs). These SLOs represent what a student should be able to do as a result of successfully completing this program. Student performance on these outcomes are routinely assessed by program faculty as a way of informing programmatic improvement efforts.

Goal Outcome

Students will demonstrate communicative competence through the ability to use French in interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational modes

  • Students can engage in unrehearsed conversation on topics related to academic and non-academic situations.
  • Students can make formal presentations and convey their ideas and opinions on academic and non-academic topics.
  • Students can understand the subjects and nuances of topics expressed in standard language and some regional variation in a wide range of media.
  • Students can use a variety of written forms to summarize, explain and interpret a broad range of topics using appropriate and culturally authentic language.
  • Students can with limited use of dictionaries understand a variety of literary and nonliterary forms of written communication.

Students will demonstrate cultural proficiency.

  • Students identify literary and cultural elements in film and literature and make appropriate literary and cultural inferences from context.
  • Students recognize and interpret similarities and differences in beliefs, behaviors and value systems among target language cultures.
  • Students recognize and interpret similarities and differences in beliefs, behaviors and value systems between American culture(s) and target language cultures.

Students will demonstrate the ability to think critically in French.

  • Students identify the overarching issues present in the literature, art, and culture(s) of their target language.
  • Students analyze a variety of cultural products in the target language, using a style and documentation appropriate for academic writing.
  • Students assess and evaluate film, literary, and internet materials written for the target language audience.