If you wish to attain proficiency in French and you’re fascinated with the French culture, you’ll appreciate this degree program which will increase your personal interactions and will lead to a wide array of careers and possibilities. With on-campus courses focusing on acquiring linguistic and cultural skills and a required Study Abroad program, you will engage in personal interactions and discover French civilization first-hand. You will also have the opportunity to develop a dynamic Christian worldview as you encounter differing cultural values and beliefs.
The French major is designed to equip students to interact in authentic situations in the French language and to live intentionally as global citizens. The major focuses primarily on proficiency, specifically developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as cultural awareness. Through the Study Abroad program, students will be enrolled in advanced French and civilization courses in one of Grace College’s member institutions in France and have opportunity to apply their faith in the context of the French culture.
Examples of courses in this major:
Students are put in the presence of authentic, unsimplified French and are trained to use it in the dynamic context of communication. The emphasis is placed on oral proficiency, the development of skills, self-expression and cultural insight.
Continuation of language study advancing students toward comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing while gaining a deeper appreciation for the francophone culture, language, and people.
This is an advanced proficiency-based approach to oral skill development. Students speak the language in a range of contexts likely to be encountered in the francophone culture, carrying out a range of functions likely to be necessary in dealing with others in the francophone culture. Students are exposed to a repertoire of methods or techniques of speech in order to increase sociolinguistic competence.
This course provides a link between basic language work done thus far and the increasingly diversified advanced work students will encounter overseas. The class focuses on underlying currents of the evolution of French culture. Students explore historical events and figures, cultural movements and trends that have shaped the French culture. This class is taught in French.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.A. in Art Education, Grace College; M.A. in French, Middlebury College
Professor Jacqueline Schram teaches French and also serves as the Associate Dean of Students. In her role as professor, she oversees the language programs at Grace College, and in her role as dean, her responsibilities include coordinating the general education core curriculum. In addition, she also helps coordinate the Study Abroad Programs in Dijon and Paris, France. Prof. Schram was raised in France, where her family served on the missionary staff of Grace Brethren International Missions. She moved to the United States to attend Grace College, and joined the Grace College faculty in 1992.
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What others are saying:
The French program at Grace was a significant contributor in my decision to enroll. Not only are the faculty amazing, but the classes are engaging and perfectly catered to the students. The required study abroad year is one of the best parts of the program. It's hard to truly grasp the syntax of the language until you spend time immersed in it. Being able to practice what you've learned with the owner of the bread store or cheese shop down the street is an amazing experience.
—Michelle Sweeten, B.A., French and Graphic Design (double major), graduating 2012