Study Abroad in Paris, France

Study Abroad in Paris: Courses

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All students take a French language course. The regular French Language Program is available in Session 1 and Session 2 and consists of 2 hours of class per day for 5 days plus 15 hours of phonetics in Session 1 and 10 hours of phonetics in Session 2. All levels are available from Beginner through to Superior.

The Intensive French Language Program is available in Session 2 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. Students should consult with their university advisors prior to participating in the program to have course credit pre-approved.

French Language Program students on Session 2 can earn further credits by opting to take a French conversation course and a Fashion in France course, taught in English. 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.

French 101 (3) | Beginner French: Cours Pratique

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;

French 151 (3) | Elementary French: Cours Pratique

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 1, 15 hours, Session 2, 10 hours.

French 201 (3) | Intermediate French: Cours Pratique

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 1, 15 hours, Session 2, 10 hours.

French 301 (3) | Advanced French: Cours Pratique

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 1, 15 hours, Session 2, 10 hours.

French 401 (3) | Superior French: Cours Pratique

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 1, 15 hours, Session 2, 10 hours.

Session 2

The following elective courses are available to students in Session 2. 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.

French 152/202/302/402 (1) | Conversation

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 15 hours total.

Fine Arts 307 (2) (Taught in English) | Fashion in France from the 18th to the 20th Century

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 or the Yves Saint-Laurent Foundation. Students pay some entrance fees.

Intensive French Language Program Courses

French 101 Intensive (6) | Intensive Beginner French: Cours Pratique

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.

French 151 Intensive (6) | Intensive Elementary French: Cours Pratique

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.

French 201 (6) | Intensive Intermediate French: Cours Pratique

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.

French 301 (6) | Intensive Advanced French: Cours Pratique

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 non-credit courses.