The Small and Great History of French Language
Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne
Area of Study
French Culture, History
Intermediate, High Intermediate, Advanced, High Advanced, Superior
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits1
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units1
Hours & Credits
Summary: This cycle proposes a course in the history of the French language, from its origins to the classical period.
Course Content: We offer a cycle of ten lectures, entitled: The Small and Great History of the French Language
Program per session:
1- The origins of languages: from myth to reality.
2- Romana Lingua: ancestor of the French language (1st part: From Latin to Proto-French: the premises of the language)
3- Romana Lingua: ancestor of the French language (part 2: Late Antiquity)
4- La Romana Lingua: ancestor of the French language (3rd part:
From classical Latin to low Latin: to the origins of the consequences on French)
5- Romana Lingua: ancestor of the French language (4th part: barbarian invasions to the first royal dynasties)
6- From the Old to the Middle French: a language is created and a culture appears.
7- From the French Middle to the Renaissance: the affirmation of French as a State language.
8- The Renaissance: Italian influences, The discovery of the New World and the Reformation.
9- The culmination of literary French: from the Baroque period to Classicism.
10- Classical French: A new grammatical era ... that lasts ...
- know the history of the French language
- apprehend its construction over time
- to understand contemporary language in the light of its history
Interactive conference with many cultural contributions giving an important place to the participation of a non-French speaking audience
During the conference:
Dissemination of illustrations
Power point support
After the session:
Written support distributed at the beginning of the conference that allows students to better organize note taking and revisions
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.