French Survey, Spring 2005


Bowdoin College
Survey of Senior French Majors and Minors


This survey is being conducted to provide information for the departmental review being done next year of the Romance Languages department. The department designed these questions and will benefit enormously from your honest responses. We ask for your name so that we may connect your responses to course-taking patterns. Be assured that your responses will remain anonymous. If you have problems completing or submitting this form, please contact Margaret Allen in the Office of Institutional Research. Thank you.



Who are you?

Your name:
Your 1st major:
Your 2nd major (if applicable):
Your minor (if applicable):

If you studied abroad, in which country did you study and for how long?

Your immediate plans for after graduation:

Your potential future plans:

Please respond to each item below by clicking on the radio button next to the number along the continuum that best corresponds to your opinion. If an item does not apply to you, simply skip the item.

What is your opinion on... Outstanding   ........   Poor
1. ...the quality of your interactions with faculty in Romance Languages? 5 4 3 2 1
2. ...the quality of the French beginning and intermediate language courses you took (101-204)? 5 4 3 2 1
3. ...the quality of the French courses you took at the advanced level (205-210)? 5 4 3 2 1
4. ...the quality of the 300-level literature and culture seminars you took? 5 4 3 2 1
5. ...the quality of the French independent study courses you took (if applicable)? 5 4 3 2 1
6. ...the quality of your Senior Seminar (351) experience (if applicable)? 5 4 3 2 1
7. ...the degree of intellectual challenge in the French courses you took? 5 4 3 2 1
What is your opinion on... (continued) Outstanding   ........   Poor
8. ...the variety of course offerings in French? 5 4 3 2 1
9. ...the availability of the courses you wanted to take in French? 5 4 3 2 1
10. ...the sense of community within the French section of the Romance Languages department? 5 4 3 2 1
11. ...the opportunities to interact outside of class with faculty in Romance Languages? 5 4 3 2 1
12. ...the opportunities to interact outside of class with other French majors or minors? 5 4 3 2 1
13. ...the quality of information and advising you received about the requirements for the French major or minor? 5 4 3 2 1
14. ...the requirements for the French major or minor? 5 4 3 2 1
What is your opinion on... (continued) Outstanding   ........   Poor
15. ...the quality of information and advising you received about study abroad opportunities in French? 5 4 3 2 1
16. ...the quality of information and advising you received about summer opportunities in French? 5 4 3 2 1
17. ...the quality of information and advising you received about graduate school opportunities in French? 5 4 3 2 1
18. ...the quality of information and advising you received about career opportunities using French? 5 4 3 2 1
19. ...the opportunities to integrate your study abroad experience with your French major or minor (if applicable)? 5 4 3 2 1
20. ...the opportunities to study special topics within French studies that interest you? 5 4 3 2 1
21. ...the opportunities to integrate French with your other major or your minor (if applicable)? 5 4 3 2 1

Click on the radio button next to the number along the continuum that best represents your answer to each question.

How confident are you in your ability to... Extremely Confident   ........   Not At All Confident
22. ...read newspapers or popular literature written in French? 5 4 3 2 1
23. ...read and appreciate contemporary French literature? 5 4 3 2 1
24. ...read and appreciate early French literature? 5 4 3 2 1
25. ...write effectively in French? 5 4 3 2 1
26. ...write creatively in French? 5 4 3 2 1
27. ...converse comfortably in French with a native speaker? 5 4 3 2 1
28. ...give a formal spoken presentation in French? 5 4 3 2 1
29. ...perform a reading or scene in French? 5 4 3 2 1
How confident are you in your ability to... (continued) Extremely Confident   ........   Not At All Confident
30. ...teach another person the rules of French grammar? 5 4 3 2 1
31. ...recognize another person’s incorrect use of French grammar? 5 4 3 2 1
32. ...teach another person about French or Francophone societies and cultures? 5 4 3 2 1
33. ...describe the unique qualities of French-speaking cultures? 5 4 3 2 1
34. ...recall key events in the history of France? 5 4 3 2 1
35. ...recall key events in the history of the Francophone world? 5 4 3 2 1
36. ...know and understand French or Francophone customs? 5 4 3 2 1
37. ...understand the political, cultural and socio-economic issues of France? 5 4 3 2 1
How confident are you in your ability to... (continued) Extremely Confident   ........   Not At All Confident
38. ...understand the political, cultural and socio-economic issues of Francophone countries? 5 4 3 2 1
39. ...recognize French or Francophone stereotypes? 5 4 3 2 1
40. ...understand and appreciate French or Francophone art within its cultural context? 5 4 3 2 1
41. ...understand and appreciate French or Francophone music within its cultural context? 5 4 3 2 1
42. ...understand and appreciate French or Francophone film within its cultural context? 5 4 3 2 1
43. ...understand and appreciate French or Francophone theater and dance within their cultural contexts? 5 4 3 2 1
44. ...formulate and defend an opinion or argument with confidence? 5 4 3 2 1
45. ...come up with a creative or original idea? 5 4 3 2 1
How confident are you in your ability to... (continued) Extremely Confident   ........   Not At All Confident
46. ...set goals for yourself and see a project through to successful completion? 5 4 3 2 1
47. ...employ effective strategies for interacting with others and working with them as a team? 5 4 3 2 1
48. ...critically evaluate your own work and that of others? 5 4 3 2 1
49. ...critically evaluate information presented by the media? 5 4 3 2 1
50. ...encounter socio-cultural difference with sensitivity? 5 4 3 2 1
51. ...appreciate and understand perspectives other than those presented in the U.S.? 5 4 3 2 1
52. ...adapt well to new circumstances that challenge you? 5 4 3 2 1

53. Please select one ability from the list above (items #22 to #52) and describe a specific situation or example from your life that illustrates your proficiency with that ability.

54. Which of your French courses was your favorite? Why was it your favorite?

55. Which of your French courses had the greatest impact on you? Why?

56. Which of your French courses was the most challenging? Why?

57. Which French course do you wish you had taken or would have been able to take?

58. What kinds of French courses would you have liked to have seen offered or seen more of?

59. What did your study abroad experience contribute to your experience as a French major or minor (if applicable)?

60. What did the Senior Seminar (351) add to your experience as a French major or minor (if applicable)?

61. Overall, how satisfied are you with your French major or minor?
extremely satisfied
somewhat satisfied
not sure
somewhat dissatisfied
extremely dissatisfied

Could you briefly explain your response to item #61 above?

62. As you leave Bowdoin, what are the most important things you have gained from pursuing a French major or minor?


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