French

What is Francophonie? Qu'est-ce que c'est la Francophonie? In today's world of globalization and the clash of various cultures, it is important to know one's neighbors. French is spoken by 290 million people in 28 countries. Knowledge of the language enables the speaker to understand different cultures and gain a broader view. Countries where French is one of the primary languages are located in Europe, the northern and western part of Africa, the Caribbean, parts of North and South America, and in southeastern Asia.

Top 5 Reasons to learn French

  • More than 1,200 French companies have subsidiaries in the U.S., and France is the largest recipient of U.S. foreign investment.
  • French is an official language of the European Union, and the language of the second largest trading block in the world.
  • French is the second most commonly used language in communications in the United Nations.
  • In many scientific fields at the graduate level, most American institutions require a reading knowledge of French or German in order for scholars to be able to conduct research. France continues to be a leader in civil engineering, medical technologies and telecommunications.
  • More than 40% of English vocabulary comes from French.

Instructors

Dr. Hiroko Yamashita
Chair of MLC, Professor of Japanese
Language taught:
Japanese
Office: EAS-3239
Phone number:
585-475-6074
Afrah Alfatli
Adjunct Professor of Arabic
Language taught:
Arabic
Office: 1-3219
Phone number:
585.475.2903
Natala Arapov
Natalya Arapov
Adjunct Professor of Russian
Language taught:
Russian
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-3219
Godys Argmengot
Godys Armengot Mejía
Lecturer of Spanish
Language taught:
Spanish
Office: EAS-3236
Phone number:
585-475-7627
Dr. Sara Armengot
Dr. Sara Armengot
Associate Professor of Spanish
Language taught:
Spanish
Office: EAS-3223
Phone number:
585-475-4343
Sandra Bradley
ASL Advisor
Language taught:
ASL
Office: LBJ-3616
Phone number:
Videophone: (585) 266-4551
Jo Bussler
Adjunct Professor of German
Language taught:
German
Office: G. Eastman Hall Rm. 3254
Phone number:
585-475-2903
Roberto Camps
Adjunct Professor of Spanish
Language taught:
Spanish
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-2903
Dr. Philippe Chavasse
Associate Professor of French, French Program Coordinator
Language taught:
French
Office: EAS-3233
Phone number:
585-475-3156
Dr. Zhong Chen
Assistant Professor of Chinese, Chinese Program Coordinator
Language taught:
Chinese
Office: EAS-3179
Phone number:
585-475-6917
Dr. Elisabetta D'Amanda
Principal Lecturer of Italian, Italian Program Coordinator
Language taught:
Italian
Office: EAS-3152
Phone number:
Birgit Deir
Adjunct Professor of German
Language taught:
German
Office: G. Eastman Hall Rm. 3219
Phone number:
585-475-4427
Patricia Durr
Deaf Cultural Studies Advisor
Language taught:
ASL
Office: LBJ-1283
Phone number:
Videophone: (585) 286-4693
Nadia Eldabh
Adjunct Professor of Arabic
Language taught:
Arabic
Office: EAS (Building 1) Room 3219
Phone number:
475-2903
Dr. Diane J. Forbes
Dr. Diane J. Forbes
Associate Professor Spanish, Spanish Program Coordinator
Language taught:
Spanish
Office: EAS-3197
Phone number:
585-475-6765
Vincent Incardona
Systems Administrator
Office: EAS-3241/ EAS-3263
Phone number:
585-475-7880
Mizuho Johnson
Adjunct Professor of Japanese
Language taught:
Japanese
Office: EAS-3211
Phone number:
475-2903
Wibke Klapetzky
Adjunct Professor of German
Language taught:
German
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-2903
Alexandra Kuzmich
Adjunct faculty of French
Language taught:
French and German
Office: GAN 3279
Phone number:
(585) 475-5438
Kévin Le Blévec
Lecturer of French/Technology Specialist
Language taught:
French
Office: EAS-3260
Phone number:
585-475-7234
Yu Fang Liu
Adjunct Professor of Chinese
Language taught:
Chinese
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-2903
Francia Gonzalez
Francia Marrot
Adjunct Professor of Spanish
Language taught:
Spanish
Office: EAS-3211
Phone number:
475-2903
Yukiko Maru
Yukiko Maru
Principal Lecturer of Japanese, Japanese Program Coordinator
Language taught:
Japanese
Office: EAS-3329
Phone number:
585-475-4558
Daniela Morschbacher
SILP Adjunct Professor of Portuguese
Language taught:
Portuguese
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
dxmgsl@rit.edu
Masako Murakami
Masako Murakami
Senior Lecturer of Japanese, Japanese Program Coordinator
Language taught:
Japanese
Office: EAS-3158
Phone number:
585-475-4418
Ping H. Pian
Adjunct Professor of Chinese
Language taught:
Chinese
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-2903
Kana Toda Pierce
Adjunct Professor of Japanese
Language taught:
Japanese
Office: G. Eastman Hall Rm. 3219
Phone number:
585-475-3219
Rosalba Pisaturo
Adjunct Professor of Italian, Adjunct Professor of Spanish
Language taught:
Italian, Spanish
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-4427
Linda Rossiter
Modern Langues and Cultures Sr. Staff Assistant
Office: EAS-3225
Phone number:
585-475-2018
Yolanta Samek
Adjunct Professor of French
Language taught:
French
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-3219
Dr. Ulrike Stroszeck
Dr. Ulrike Stroszeck
Principal Lecturer of German, German Program Coordinator
Language taught:
German
Office: EAS-3156
Phone number:
585-475-2921
Marina Sweany
Adjunct Professor of Russian
Language taught:
Russian
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-4427
Dr. Guoming Tian
Adjunct Professor of Chinese
Language taught:
Chinese
Office: EAS-3189
Phone number:
585-475-4092
Miriam Santana Valadez
Adjunct Professor of Spanish
Language taught:
Spanish
Office: 2282 LBJ Hall
Phone number:
585-475-6365v/tty
Dr. Marie-Josephe Van Vliet
Dr. Marie-Josephe Van Vliet
Adjunct Professor of French
Language taught:
French
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-2903
Mihoko Wakabayashi
Adjunct Professor of Japanese
Language taught:
Japanese
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-4427
Ai-ze Wang
Adjunct Professor of Chinese
Language taught:
Chinese
Office: EAS-3211
Phone number:
475-2903
Wilma Wierenga
Associate Professor Emeritus
Language taught:
German
Phone number:
Ida Wilder
Adjunct Professor of Italian
Language taught:
Italian
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
58-5475-4427

Conversation Table

The MLC Department offers weekly opportunities to practice conversations in specific languages with other students.

 

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Tutoring

The MLC Department offers free tutoring opportunities for students two times a week for one hour.

Tutor: Tanvi

Mondays. 5pm-6pm in room EAS 3191
Wednesdays, 1pm-2pm in room EAS 3181

 

Resources

Date and Time

Dictionaries

Literature

Country and Culture

Media

French Films, Art, and Music

Search Engines

Links

Intermediate French I - Songs

French Project - Video Files

How to Combine Audio and Video in Movie Maker

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How to Record and Export a File in Audacity

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Clips - Beginning French II

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Clips - Modern French Society

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Course Materials

Beginning French I

Francophone Countries
 
Descriptions of Francophone countries written in French with useful links

Beginning French II

In order to use these course materials, you will have to provide a valid RIT Username and Password

Using a Mac? Please Follow This Guide to Setup MMS Streaming on a MAC.

Music in French

Presentations of singers from the French-speaking world with music samples

Audio/Video Project

Segments of French news on TV5 dubbed by students

Intermediate French I

Poems Read by Students


Advanced French III

Blogs created by students on various aspects of Francophone cultures
 
Cinema:
Comics:
Literature:
Countries and Cities:
Immigration in France:
Language:
Music:

French Films and Hollywood Student Projects

Fall 2015 Final Projects - Group 2

Breathless    (À bout de souffle)

Jean-Luc Godard, 1960

Michel Poiccard, an irresponsible sociopath and small-time thief, steals a car and impulsively murders the motorcycle policeman who pursues him. Now wanted by the authorities, he renews his relationship with Patricia Franchini, a hip American girl studying journalism at the Sorbonne, whom he had met in Nice a few weeks earlier. Before leaving Paris, he plans to collect a debt from an underworld acquaintance and expects her to accompany him on his planned getaway to Italy. Even with his face in the local papers and media, Poiccard seems oblivious to the dragnet that is slowly closing around him as he recklessly pursues his love of American movies and libidinous interest in the beautiful American.

(This is not the 1983 Hollywood version with Richard Gere.  The 1983 film is cataloged in the MLTC collection, and can be accessed from .)

Tell Me More! Language Learning Software

Tell Me More! is a premier language learning company. Their latest product is an online Language Learning "Lab" which is available to all students at RIT. The Modern Languages Department strongly recommends this resource to any Language Student who is currently taking Italian classes

To use this exciting resource, please visit the Wallace Center's Login Portal (RIT Login Required):  http://library.tellmemore.com.ezproxy.rit.edu/?lid=Rochester&cc=Rochester

You'll need to set up a Tell Me More account when you visit the site for the first time in order to track your progress.

Tell Me More! also offers a Demo Site. If you are interested in checking out Tell Me More!, but do not want to make an account just yet, feel free to check it out here: http://www.tellmemore.com/edudemo.aspx Please Note: The demo site does not track progress.