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Pau Courses – 2020 Summer Session II

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Courses

You will enroll in at least four to six credits in Session I, and in four to five credits during Session II, plus one additional credit if enrolled in the Paris Field Study. Course availability is conditional on student interest and enrollment. Please visit the USAC website for complete course descriptions.

French Language Studies

In Session I, a 3-credit French language course is required. In Session II, you will choose between a 3-credit French language course or a 3-credit French Literature course (see elective section). A 1-credit French Conversation course is required for students at the intermediate level and higher in Session II. Language courses have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each.

Session I and Session II

  • Summer Session I
    FrenchWorld Languages and Literatures100-level4 creditsTaught in French
    Summer Session II
    FrenchWorld Languages and Literatures100-level4 creditsTaught in French

    Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of French grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary and useful expressions are studied. The goals of these courses are to build reading, writing, listening and above all speaking skills and to enable the students to handle basic communicative tasks and social situations.

  • Summer Session I
    FrenchWorld Languages and Literatures100-level4 creditsTaught in French
    Summer Session II
    FrenchWorld Languages and Literatures100-level4 creditsTaught in French

    Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of French grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary and useful expressions are studied. The goals of these courses are to build reading, writing, listening and above all speaking skills and to enable the students to handle basic communicative tasks and social situations.

    Prerequisite: one semester of college French.

  • Summer Session I
    FrenchWorld Languages and Literatures200-level3 creditsTaught in French
    Summer Session II
    FrenchWorld Languages and Literatures200-level3 creditsTaught in French

    These courses involve a review and deeper study of the structure of the French language and the French culture. Practice of oral and written communication: speeches, discussions, interviews, role-playing, writing messages, statements, letters and stories. Practice of listening and reading comprehension through authentic materials such as news, films and literary texts.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college French.

  • Summer Session I
    FrenchWorld Languages and Literatures200-level3 creditsTaught in French
    Summer Session II
    FrenchWorld Languages and Literatures200-level3 creditsTaught in French

    These courses involve a review and deeper study of the structure of the French language and the French culture. Practice of oral and written communication: speeches, discussions, interviews, role-playing, writing messages, statements, letters and stories. Practice of listening and reading comprehension through authentic materials such as news, films and literary texts.

    Prerequisite: three semesters of college French.

  • Summer Session I
    FrenchWorld Languages and Literatures300-level3 creditsTaught in French
    Summer Session II
    FrenchWorld Languages and Literatures300-level3 creditsTaught in French

    Classes revolve around compositions that the student writes frequently on a variety of topics. Part of the class is used to correct the composition or exercises, which the student does outside of class and on teaching the necessary expressions and structures for essay writing. The goal of these courses is to enable the students to express themselves effectively in formal and informal writing on practical, social and professional topics and to achieve a personal style in written French.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college French.

  • Summer Session I
    FrenchWorld Languages and Literatures300-level3 creditsTaught in French
    Summer Session II
    FrenchWorld Languages and Literatures300-level3 creditsTaught in French

    Classes revolve around compositions that the student writes frequently on a variety of topics. Part of the class is used to correct the composition or exercises, which the student does outside of class and on teaching the necessary expressions and structures for essay writing. The goal of these courses is to enable the students to express themselves effectively in formal and informal writing on practical, social and professional topics and to achieve a personal style in written French.

    Prerequisite: five semesters of college French.

  • Summer Session I
    FrenchWorld Languages and Literatures400-level3 creditsTaught in French
    Summer Session II
    FrenchWorld Languages and Literatures400-level3 creditsTaught in French

    Designed to improve the knowledge and expressive capabilities of advanced language students. Readings of narrative, drama, poetry, essays and journalism are analyzed for style, for the meaning of vocabulary in precise context and serve as a basis for subsequent discussion. Close study of the register of the French language and transposition exercises. Students work to strengthen their own personal style through frequent written assignments.

    Prerequisite: six semester of college French.

  • Summer Session I
    FrenchWorld Languages and Literatures400-level3 creditsTaught in French
    Summer Session II
    FrenchWorld Languages and Literatures400-level3 creditsTaught in French

    Designed to improve the knowledge and expressive capabilities of advanced language students. Readings of narrative, drama, poetry, essays and journalism are analyzed for style, for the meaning of vocabulary in precise context and serve as a basis for subsequent discussion. Close study of the register of the French language and transposition exercises. Students work to strengthen their own personal style through frequent written assignments.

    Prerequisite: seven semester of college French.

  • Summer Session I
    French400-level3 creditsTaught in French
    Summer Session II
    French400-level3 creditsTaught in French

    This course is specifically designed for students with an advanced knowledge who want to augment their ability to comprehend spoken French and to express themselves more fluently in French.

    Taught in French.

    Prerequisite: six semesters of college French.

  • Summer Session I
    French300-level1 creditTaught in French
    Summer Session II
    French300-level1 creditTaught in French

    Acquisition and improvement of communicative and linguistic terms with the help of a constant interaction between teachers and students

    Active listening and participation, contribution to written and oral activities.

    Presentation of the results of short research projects followed by debates.

    - Utilized methods and documents:

    In turn; Communicative exercises of progressive French grammar of an intermediate level; Cadences 2; etc...

    Articles from the press (Le Monde, Libération, Télérama, Courrier International...)

    Radio and television reports about present day society that foster oral expression by way of in-class debate.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college French.

Electives

These elective courses are designed to familiarize you with the region. Courses are taught in English unless otherwise noted in French; most courses taught in French are appropriate for students with four or more semesters of college French.

Session I

  • Summer Session I
    FrenchWorld Languages and Literatures200-level1 creditTaught in English

    In this course we will examine the major social, political and historical events and movements of the 20th century, which have helped create French thought and culture. Readings for the study and exploration of topics include French culture, character, society, history, language and education, and will be taken from a number of sources - literary, scholarly and popular. When appropriate, students will take field trips to local points of cultural interest.

  • Summer Session I
    Environmental ScienceGeology300-level1 creditTaught in English

    Pau is located near the 300 km-long Pyrenees with numerous peaks higher than 3000 m. It is then a very nice opportunity to present a lecture combining natural example of Pyrenees, environmental studies and geology. This lecture is addressed to a wide range of students in all fields of sciences. Through four lectures, and a two-day field trip, we will observe and understand spectacular examples of climate change, risk hazard, and new paradigm of mountain building, taking advantage of the Pyrenees mountain belt.

    This course has an additional fee.

  • Summer Session I
    FrenchHistory300-level3 creditsTaught in French

    The aim of this course is to develop an understanding of French civilization and culture as it developed from prehistoric times through the French Revolution. Our study will consider a variety of cultural artifacts, including literature, art, architecture, music, and political institutions, with a particular emphasis on regional examples through fieldtrips to historic locations. As this class will consist of discussions, lectures, readings, compositions, and film viewings, students also will improve their proficiency in the French language.

    This course has an additional fee.

    Prerequisite: Four semesters of college-level French.

  • Summer Session I
    FrenchWorld Languages and Literatures200-level1 creditTaught in English
    Summer Session II
    FrenchWorld Languages and Literatures200-level1 creditTaught in English

    This field study course is designed to optimize the benefits of the Paris tour by providing a solid historic and artistic base for studies of French language and culture. The point of departure for the course will be the sites visited on Paris and surroundings.

    This course may be taken in addition to the session's 5-credit maximum.

    Co-requisite: enrollment in Optional Paris Tour.

  • Summer Session I
    Art200-level1 creditTaught in French

    Art history of western Europe through the 17th century, with particular emphasis on country specific art. For example, students in France will study influential French artists along with important European artists of that period. The art and vision of the world of each period are studied through architecture, sculpture and painting, including: Romanesque art (the great cathedrals) and the Renaissance (da Vinci, Michelangelo, El Greco). The objectives of the course are to develop a more complete knowledge of European and local culture through art and to learn to identify, analyze and appreciate works of art.

    Taught in French.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college French.

Session II

  • Summer Session II
    FrenchWorld Languages and Literatures400-level3 creditsTaught in French

    Once considered a “throw-away” genre because solving a crime constituted its sole purpose, detective fiction has evolved significantly in the past couple decades. In this course, we will read mysteries situated in Southwestern France as a means of investigating real-life social, economic, environmental and political issues facing the region today. Whether it be against the backdrop of the Lascaux cave paintings, the booming real-estate market and Feria festival of Bayonne, or the annual Salon du Polar (detective novel book fair) in Pau, contemporary detective novels will allow us to explore the evolving problems and perspectives specific to the region.

    Taught in French.

  • Summer Session II
    French300-level1 creditTaught in French

    French history, politics, society, and living in France in general as shown through French music from the 20th century to now.

    Taught in French.

  • Summer Session I
    FrenchWorld Languages and Literatures200-level1 creditTaught in English
    Summer Session II
    FrenchWorld Languages and Literatures200-level1 creditTaught in English

    This field study course is designed to optimize the benefits of the Paris tour by providing a solid historic and artistic base for studies of French language and culture. The point of departure for the course will be the sites visited on Paris and surroundings.

    This course may be taken in addition to the session's 5-credit maximum.

    Co-requisite: enrollment in Optional Paris Tour.

  • Summer Session II
    French300-level1 creditTaught in French

    Travail sur l'articulation, la prononciation, l'intonation, travail sur le corps, les émotions, l'imaginaire, travail sur des textes d'auteurs contemporains avec correction phonétique, pratique de certaines structures grammaticales adaptés au niveaux des étudiants.

    Produire un spectacle en français à l'université devant un public d'étudiants et de personnel de l'Université à la fin du cours.

    Taught in French.

    Prerequisite: Two (2) semesters of college French

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

Field studies

Deepen your academic experience by turning the optional Paris Tour into a 1-credit field study by completing additional academic requirements (readings, research, written assignments, reports, etc). Students who choose the field study option will keep a journal and prepare a research paper on a topic interest specific to Paris.

Quick Details

2020-21 App. Cycle

Fall: Cancelled

Spring: Open

2021-22 App. Cycle

Summer programs: Opens 9/1

Fall/Yearlong: Opens 9/1

Spring: Opens 9/1

Eligibility

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

US Credit

Program Capacity

60 students

Instruction

English | French

Member

APUAF--Association des Programmes Universitaires Américains en France

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