Languages and Cultures

West Chester University

Dr. Mahmoud Amer
Acting Chair 2016-2017
224 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2700
Fax: 610-436-3048

 Master of Arts in French (for students enrolled before August 2014)

Please come talk to us about our Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures begun in Fall 2014.



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Admission to the Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures in French is through the Office of Graduate Studies online application form. Candidates should submit an application form, a goals statement in French (send directly by email to, all graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and two references. Applicants must have an undergraduate major in the language, or native fluency and a related four-year university degree. You may enroll in up to three seminars while you complete your application process.



FRE 501 Commercial French (3) A study of French economic and business systems, with extensive practice in business correspondence.

FRE 503 Oral Proficiency (3) preparation and practice in discussing a variety of topics

FRE 504 Francophone Literature (3) A study of French language literature from cultures around the world, including Europe.

FRE 505 Writing Proficiency and Stylistics (3) A course developing written expression and mastery of the French language.

FRE 510 French Theater (3) Principal French dramatists analyzed against the social, political, literary, and critical backgrounds of their age.

FRE 511 Modernism (3) a study of modernist texts in various genres from the 19th and 20th centuries.

FRE 512 French Narrative (3) A study of prose texts, their ethos, and their narrative techniques, from the epics and contes of the Middle Ages to the experimental works of the late 20th century.

FRE 513 French Poetics (3) An intensive survey of French poetry, its theory and practice, using models drawn from the whole tradition, from Villon to Bonnefoy.

FRE 514 Contemporary France (3) A study of France since 1945, with emphasis on current events and social changes.

FRE 515 French Civilization (3) A study of France since 1789, with emphasis on social, political, economic, and educational institutions.

FRE 516 Writing Literary Criticism: Theory and Practice (3) Study of various fields of literary theory and francophone studies. Techniques of textual interpretation.

FRE 520-521-522 Topics in French Literature and Language (3) Course topics courses will vary by semester and instructor, and may include titles such as genre studies, film study, women writers, francophone writers, the study of literary periods or movements, and structural and applied linguistics.

FRE 523 Translation Techniques (3) A theoretical and practical study of modes of lexical and syntactic transposition, from L1 to neutral zone to L2. Extensive practical exercise in diverse types of translation.

FRE 540 Writing French Children's Stories (3) A workshop on producing children's tales, fables, etc.

FRE 550 French Film Studies (3) Varied syllabi studying French and Francophone Cinema.

FRE 595 Cultural History of France and the Islamic World (through IAU in Aix-en-Provence France)


LIN 501 Introduction to Linguistics (3)

LAN 500 Methods and Materials of Research in Second Language Education (3) Techniques of research in language education, including sources, design, interpretation, evaluation, and reporting of data.

LAN 502 Second Languages in the Elementary School (3) Problems in teaching second languages in the elementary school. Curriculum design, bilingual education, classroom techniques, articulation, materials, and testing. Preferably, LIN 501 or equivalent should precede LAN 502.

LAN 503 Techniques of Second Language Teaching (3) Advanced course in recent theoretical bases, methods for teaching beginning and advanced levels, curriculum design, and evaluation. PREREQ: LIN 501 or equivalent.

LAN 505 Introduction to Bilingual/Bicultural Education (3) Introduction to history, philosophy, current status, and future directions of bilingual/ bicultural education. Survey of materials, tests, techniques, instructional processes, and instructional patterns. Overview of testing, placement, and pupil evaluation.

LAN 610 Thesis (6)

For More Information, please contact:
Dr. Anne-Marie Moscatelli
Department of Languages and Cultures
237 Mitchell Hall
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
(610) 436-2383