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Curriculum - French

The French program at the University of Maine at Presque Isle is three fold:

  1. It offers courses from the elementary level to the advanced level that students can take to satisfy the world language general education requirement.
  2. It offers a minor in French
  3. It offers two concentrations in French, one for elementary education majors and one for secondary education majors to allow these students to teach French at each level.
Requirements
  • General Education Curriculum
  • Praxis I and Praxis II exams
  • Required education courses for a degree in elementary education or secondary education
  • French methods course: The Teaching of French (K-12)

Even though students receive their concentration in French (K-12), they still need to select a major in elementary or secondary education.   The requirements are somewhat different.

French Concentration in Elementary Education: 30 credit hours (At least starting at FRE 102, but FRE 201 preferred)

  • 30 credits hours in French OR A minimum of 24 credit hours in French and the rest in a combination of French and/or another language
  • Up to six credits can be acquired by attending a summer immersion program, such as the one at L'Université Laval in Quebec City.
  • Up to 15 credits can be acquired by studying for a semester at one of the French partner universities.

French Concentration in secondary education: 36 credits hours (At least starting at FRE 102, but FRE 201 preferred)

  • 36 credits hours in French OR A minimum of 24 credits hours in French and the rest in a combination of more French courses or other languages
  • Up to six credits can be acquired by attending a summer immersion program, such as the one at L'Université Laval in Quebec City.
  • Up to 15 credits can be acquired by studying for a semester at one of the French partner universities.
Courses Offered

As you will see below, we strive to offer a wide variety of courses to acquaint students with the diversity of francophone cultures.  Literature is taught as an illustration of the various civilizations and cultures taught.

  • FRE 101 and FRE 102 Elementary French I and II
  • FRE 201 and FRE 202 Intermediate French I and II
  • FRE 211 French for Professionals
  • FRE 301 Français idiomatique
  • FRE 321 Conversation dirigée
  • FRE 331 Lectures commentées
  • FRE 341 Grammaire et Composition française I
  • FRE 401 Grammaire et composition française II
  • FRE 412 Topics in French & Francophone Civilization and Culture: Various courses on Afrique noire, Antilles, France et Québec

Requirements for the Minor:

  • 18 credits hours (at least 12 credits at the intermediate level or above)
  • Up to six credits can be acquired by attending a summer immersion program, such as the one at L'Université Laval in Quebec City.

Elementary Education, BS (French Concentration)

Secondary Education - French, BS

Students not intending to teach French can benefit from taking a minor in French to complement their major, whatever their major may be.  Here are some fields where a minor in French can make a difference in being hired for a job:

  • Business
  • Banking
  • Border patrol
  • Journalism
  • Travel/hospitality
  • Translator/Interpreter
  • Foreign Service
  • International/Non-profit