French And Italian | Applied French Linguistics
F580 | 2436 | Valdman

F580 is designed to introduce prospective teachers of French and persons
interested in the language issues of Francophone countries to the structure
of the French language and to such sociolinguistic problems as the notion of
correctness and geographical and social variation.  Emphasis will be placed
on issues and methods rather than on exhaustive coverage of individual topics.
Among the topics to be treated will be:  varieties of French in and outside
of France; pedagogical norms; remedial phonetics; the spelling reform issue;
key aspects of the structure and use of the language; the teaching of
vocabulary and use of dictionaries.

Prerequisites:  No previous course work in linguistics is assumed; since the
course will be taught in French, in-depth competence in the language is

Texts:  A packet of various readings.