AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Paris, France
Summer 2016
Course Descriptions

   

All students take a French language course. The regular French Language Program is available in Session 1, Session 2 or Session 3 and consists of 2 hours of class per day for 5 days plus 2 hours per week of phonetics.

The Intensive French Language Program is available in Session 2 or Session 3 and consists of 5 hours of class per day Monday to Friday with levels from Beginner through Advanced. All students take a placement test after arrival in Paris to determine the appropriate language level.

French Language Program students on Session 2 or Session 3 can earn further credits by opting to take a French conversation course and a Fashion in France course, taught in English, at the Institut de Langue et de Culture Francaises (ILCF). Due to the work load of the French course this is not possible for students on the Intensive Language Program.

Intermediate, Advanced or Superior level students may audit a number of lectures (not for credit) given in French by eminent lecturers. The lectures consider the nature of French civilization and the contribution of the French to the Western cultural heritage.

French Language Program (Non-Intensive)

Recommended credits are shown in parentheses. The first number is for Session 1 and Session 2, the second is for Session 3.
Course Code and Credits: French 101 (3) (5)
Course Title: Beginner French: Cours Pratique
Course Description:
This cours pratique concentrates on acquisition of vocabulary, grammar, oral comprehension and written and spoken expression. Instruction is in groups according to ability. Suitable for absolute beginners or for students with some high school French. Class is held 2 hours a day, 5 days a week. Additional hours of phonetics: Session 1 15 hours, Session 2 10 hours, Session 3 15 hours.
Course Code and Credits: French 151 (3) (5)
Course Title: Elementary French: Cours Pratique
Course Description:
Suitable for beginners or for students with some high school French. Class is held 2 hours a day, 5 days a week. Additional hours of phonetics: Session 2, 10 hours; Session 3, 15 hours.
Course Code and Credits: French 201 (3) (5)
Course Title: Intermediate French: Cours Pratique
Course Description:
Suitable for students who have mastered the elementary level. Stress on formal grammar. Examples of varying French styles used to improve awareness of idiom. Held 2 hours a day, 5 days a week. Additional hours of phonetics: Session 2, 10 hours; Session 3, 15 hours.
Course Code and Credits: French 301 (3) (5)
Course Title: Advanced French: Cours Pratique
Course Description:
Aspects of language and style, text analysis and dissertation. Language laboratory study is required. Classes are given at both 301 and 401 levels. Held 2 hours a day, 5 days a week. Additional hours of phonetics: Session 2, 10 hours; Session 3, 15 hours.
Course Code and Credits: French 401 (3) (5)
Course Title: Superior French: Cours Pratique
Course Description:
Aspects of language and style, text analysis and dissertation. Language laboratory study is required. Classes are given at both 301 and 401 levels. Held 2 hours a day, 5 days a week. Additional hours of phonetics: Session 2, 10 hours; Session 3, 15 hours.

Session 2 or Session 3 Electives

TThe following elective courses are available to students in Session 2 or Session 3. Please note that due to the work load of the Intensive French Language Program we strongly advise that only students taking the regular French Language Program take these courses.

Course Code and Credits: French 152/202/302/402 (1)
Course Title: Conversation
Course Description:
Students at the Intermediate or above level can take this course designed to improve fluency in speaking. Classes begin after placement in a cours pratique. Meets 10 hours total.

An additional, optional course is offered at the Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises (ILCF). The ILCF, part of the Institut Catholique de Paris, is a private University recognized by the French Ministry of Higher Education. Students should confirm with their home institutions whether transfer credit is allowed from private educational institutions.
Course Code and Credits: Fine Arts 307 (2) (Taught in English)
Course Title: Fashion in France from the 18th to the 20th Century
Course Description:
Links between fashion and artistic, cultural, social, political contexts across French history are explored. The lasting dominance of Paris in the world of fashion is examined. Students will be able to appreciate how fashion and accessories have been used to express all types of identities. Students visit different exhibitions, museums and the Yves Saint-Laurent Foundation. Students pay some entrance fees.

Intensive French Language Programs

Course Code and Credits: French 101 Intensive (6) (10)
Course Title: Intensive Beginner French: Cours Pratique
Course Description:
Intensive beginner course. Meets 5 hours a day, Monday through Friday, with daily homework assignments. Instruction is under the supervision of specialist professors, consisting of a combination of language lab work, drills, grammar, vocabulary, conversation and dictation. The workload is such that students electing it should try not to take other courses for credit. Although designed for beginners, it is intensive and demanding. Students with some prior knowledge of French may enroll.
Course Code and Credits: French 151 Intensive (6) (10)
Course Title: Intensive Elementary French: Cours Pratique
Course Description:
This class meets for 5 hours a day, Monday through Friday, and is designed for students with some prior knowledge of French. Students work on describing their daily lives and discussing familiar topics both in written and spoken formats. The course encourages students to use a variety of tenses and grammatical constructions, through a combination of grammar drills, lab work, dictation and conversation. The workload is such that students electing it should try not to take other courses for credit.
Course Code and Credits: French 201 (6) (10)
Course Title: Intensive Intermediate French: Cours Pratique
Course Description:
This class meets for 5 hours every day, Monday through Friday, and is designed for students with a sound grounding in French who wish to achieve a higher level of expression and understanding. Through grammar drills, lab work, dictation and conversation students learn to understand and express ideas about French society and culture as well as describing events from their personal experience. They are encouraged to debate, advise and give opinions. The workload is such that students electing it should try not to take other courses for credit.
Course Code and Credits: French 301 (6) (10)
Course Title: Intensive Advanced French: Cours Pratique
Course Description:
This course allows students to develop both their written and spoken skills, through conversation and document study, relating to personal and professional situations. Students are encouraged to use a variety of tenses and structures, gaining greater fluency and ease.

French Civilization Conferences - Non Credit Course

Students enrolled in Intermediate, Advanced or Superior French (French 201, 301 or 401) may audit a number of lectures given in French by eminent lecturers. Topics covered include literature, art, economic and social problems, geography and history. The lectures consider the nature of French civilization and the contribution of the French to the Western cultural heritage. Homework is not required and there are no examinations, as these are French culture enrichment noncredit courses.