Studies the sounds of the French language (both individual phonemes and items of connected speech, such as liaison, linking, intonation, etc.) Helps improve pronunciation of the language.
Do you know the difference between the pronunciation of “Louis” and “lui”? Do you still choke over your French “r”? Are you unsure of when to pronounce final consonants and when to drop them? Do Frenchmen pick you out as American as soon as you pronounce the first syllable of what you thought was their language? Then FREN 314 may be the course for you! Two hours of each week are spent learning the rules of pronunciation, practicing auditory discrimination, and transcribing French discourse, using the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet); one hour a week is given to practicing the sounds in small groups. Oral exercises to accompany the textbook are available on the Internet.