Graduate

Graduate Assessments & Learning Goals

Graduate Program in French
M.A.T. Degree Learning Goals and Assessment
(Adopted May 2015)


The M.A.T. program in French Studies is designed for individuals already teaching French or seeking to meet requirements for professional continuing education, certification or re-certification, or transfer to another program. A candidate is admitted on the basis of formal background in French studies. The course requirement for this program may be satisfied by course work taken during the summer session, and exceptionally during the regular academic year with the approval of the graduate director. Students are required to do 30 credits—27 chosen from among courses on French and Francophone culture, language, literature, and film and the remaining 3 credits dedicated to the preparation of a teaching portfolio.

Learning Goal 1: Consolidate and diversify individual reading, writing and speaking skills in view of developing native-like competence in the target language; acquire knowledge of the productions, issues, and approaches relevant to the French-speaking cultures of the world.

Assessment of student achievement of Goal 1:

Roles of the program in helping students to achieve Goal 1:

      If effectiveness of instructors in graduate courses does not meet expectations, work with faculty to improve effectiveness

-        By program graduate faculty

-        In consultation with the office of the dean of the graduate school and/or the unit dean

 

Learning Goal 2: Achieve mastery of current foreign language teaching methodologies and pedagogy; encourage creative engagement with a range of authentic cultural objects in view of K-12 classroom implementation.

Assessment of student achievement of Goal 2:

Roles of the program in helping students to achieve Goal 2:

-        By program graduate faculty

-        In consultation with the office of the dean of the graduate school and/or the unit dean

 

Learning Goal 3: Prepare students to be professionals in the field of French and Francophone literatures, culture, and language education

Assessment of graduate student achievement of Goal 3:

Role of the program in helping students achieve Goal 3:

The graduate program committee will periodically review the structure and content of the M.A.T. program and the feedback received from assessments and surveys.

 

Graduate Program in French
M.A./Ph.D. Degree Learning Goals and Assessment
(Adopted May 2015)

The M.A./Ph.D. program in French is designed to train students at the highest level to pursue academic careers in the field of French Studies. Masters and doctoral candidates in French at Rutgers receive rigorous and broad training in various aspects of French language, literatures in French, theory, literary and cultural criticism, cinema, and language pedagogy. Students may also use the skills acquired in the M.A./Ph.D. program to pursue careers at cultural institutions and international organizations as well as in publishing, journalism, and translation.

Learning Goal 1: Attain the ability to read and write critically and creatively, developing analytic skills and a comprehensive knowledge of French and Francophone literary and cultural traditions

Assessment of student achievement of Goal 1:

Role of the program in helping students to achieve Goal 1:

  

Learning Goal 2: Ability to teach French language, literature, and culture

Assessment of student achievement of Goal 2:

-           Assessment of weekly journal and end-of-semester report

-           Two peer observations per semester

Role of the program in helping students to achieve Goal 2:

-        By program faculty

-        In consultation with the office of the dean of the graduate school and/or the unit dean

 

Learning Goal 3: Engage in and conduct original research

Assessment of graduate student achievement of Goal 3:

-        Public defense of dissertation

-        Critical reading of dissertation by committee of graduate faculty members and a committee member from outside of the French graduate program.

-        Submission and acceptance of peer-reviewed articles and conference papers based on the dissertation

Role of the faculty in helping students achieve Goal 3:

 

Learning Goal 4: Develop skills to become leading professionals in careers that require training at the highest levels in the field of French and Francophone Studies

Assessment of graduate student achievement of Goal 4:

Role of the graduate faculty in helping students achieve Goal 4:

The French graduate program committeewill regularly review the structure and content of the M.A./Ph.D. program and the feedback received from assessments and surveys. These reviews will be used to provide the best possible education to students in order to meet the needs for highly trained individuals in the field of French Studies.