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Karen Simroth James

Associate Professor
Director of the Language Program
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of French Language and Literatures
Office location and address
375 New Cabell Hall
1605 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Bachelor of Arts (BA), University of Virginia
Master of Arts (MA), University of Michigan System : Ann Arbor
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Virginia
FREN 2010: Intermediate French I
Credits: 3
Develops the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Focuses on reading skill development through readings on contemporary Francophone culture and short stories. Followed by FREN 2020. Prerequisite: FREN 1020 or one to three years of formal instruction in French and appropriate SAT score.
FREN 2020: Intermediate French II
Credits: 3
Designed for continued development of the four skills at an advanced level. Readings emphasize contemporary Francophone culture and include a modern French play. Prerequisite: FREN 2010 or one to three years of formal instruction in French and appropriate SAT score.
FREN 2320: Intensive Intermediate French
Credits: 3
This in-depth, intermediate-level course is recommended for students whose placement scores nearly exempt them from FREN 2020, and for any students who wish to refine and expand their mastery of French grammar before taking 3000-level courses. Students who have completed FREN 2020 may take 2320 as an elective to fine-tune their language skills. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or departmental permission (contact the Language Program Director).
FREN 3031: Finding Your Voice in French
Credits: 3
In this course, students explore and develop their own "voice" in written and spoken French. Through reading and viewing a variety of cultural artifacts in French, and completing a series of individual and collaborative creative projects, students will improve their skills in grammar, communication, self-expression and editing. Prerequisite: FREN 2020, 2320, or the equivalent, or appropriate AP, F-CAPE, or SAT score.
FREN 3037: French for Global Development and Humanitarian Action
Credits: 3
Designed for students seeking to develop advanced linguistic skills in oral and written French and cultural competence in preparation for careers related to global development and humanitarian action. Discussions and assignments revolve around case studies and simulated professional situations drawn from real-life global development and humanitarian aid initiatives in the francophone world.
FRTR 3559: New Course French Cultural Topics
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in French Culture in translation.
FREN 3559: New Course in French and Francophone Cultural Topics
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of French and Francophone culture.
FREN 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Normally, only French majors may enroll in this course and only by written permission from the department chair prior to the end of the first week of classes.
FREN 7040: Theories and Methods of Language Teaching
Credits: 3
Introduces the pedagogical approaches currently practiced in second-language courses at the university level. Critically examines the theories underlying various methodologies, and their relation to teaching. Assignments include development and critique of pedagogical material; peer observation and analysis; and a final teaching portfolio project.