What will I learn?

The faculty in French are committed to helping their majors attain a high degree of skill in the five areas of language usage: speaking, listening, reading, writing, and cultural understanding. With the increasing globalization of activity in all areas of public life, the importance for our students of entering the work force with a command of at least one foreign language cannot be doubted. French stands out among the available options by virtue of its importance in the fields of medicine, technology, diplomacy, and finance, among others, as well as by the interest which its distinctive cachet continues to inspire in beginning learners of the language. By developing our students’ skills in each of the five areas, we are preparing them to succeed in the greatest possible variety of situations where French may be required, including our traditional mission of preparing many students to pursue careers as secondary and college-level teachers of French.

Mission Statement

The faculty in French are committed to helping their majors attain a high degree of skill in the five areas of language usage: speaking, listening, reading, writing, and cultural understanding. With the increasing globalization of activity in all areas of public life, the importance for our students of entering the work force with a command of at least one foreign language cannot be doubted. French stands out among the available options by virtue of its importance in the fields of medicine, technology, diplomacy, and finance, among others, as well as by the interest which its distinctive cachet continues to inspire in beginning learners of the language. We may confidently expect--and statistical measures confirm this--that the demand for instruction in French will continue to grow at a healthy rate. By developing our students' skills in each of the five areas, we are preparing them to succeed in the greatest possible variety of situations where French may be required, without, however, neglecting our traditional mission of preparing the majority of them to pursue careers as secondary and college-level teachers of French. The members of the French section have opted to use the ACTFL (American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages) Proficiency Guidelines as the main tool for assessing the performance of our incoming and exiting majors. Following their initial publication in 1986, the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines have gained widespread application as a metric against which to measure learners' functional competency; that is, their ability to accomplish linguistic tasks representing a variety of levels. The ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines offer a reliable and finely calibrated instrument for assessing what language learners can do with the language rather than what they cannot do.

To measure speaking/listening in the foreign language, a special tool called the Modified Oral Proficiency Interview (MOPI) will be used. This nationalized assessment will show where majors are on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) standards for speaking/listening. The MOPI is an audio-mediated test of speaking proficiency. All MOPI items are based on the speaking proficiency guidelines developed by ACTFL. The test is presented to examinees via a test booklet and audio (either via a recording or in person). During testing, the examinee listens to directions for speaking tasks while following along in a test booklet. As the examinee responds to each task, his or her speaking performance is recorded. Each examinee's response is later evaluated by a trained rater (i.e. members of the assessment committee) who scores the performance according to the proficiency guidelines developed ACTFL.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to read and comprehend literary and cultural texts written in French. Students are expected to have reached the Advanced range of reading proficiency.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts

Study options

Full Time (120 Units)

Tuition fees
US$22,236.00 per year
Start date

26 August 2019, 21 January 2020

Venue

College of Liberal Arts

1664 N. Virginia Street,

RENO,

Nevada,

89557, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

A student must have graduated from high school at the time of applying to the University. If you have not yet graduated from high school at the time of applying to the University, you will need to submit at least 6th semester transcripts before the file can be evaluated for admission. The final transcripts and diploma need to be submitted as soon as they become available. Required: Minimum academic GPA of 3.0; 3 years each of Language, Mathematics, Natural Science, and Social Science.

English language requirements: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 61 (iBT-Internet-Based Test) or 500 (Paper-Based Test); International English Language Testing System (IELTS - must be academic version) with an equivalency score of 6; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic with an equivalency score of 57.

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