AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Paris, France (ILCF)
Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
Course Descriptions


French Language and Liberal Arts Program

All students take a French language course. Students are placed into the appropriate level determined by a placement test taken online before arrival in Paris and an oral test taken upon arrival in Paris.

The French language course aims to enable students to communicate effectively in both written and spoken French. Through classes in phonetics, grammar, conversation and French life, students learn to express themselves in most everyday situations.

Students are required to take one of the following four courses depending on which level they test into.

French Language Courses
Course Code and Credits: French 131 (12) or (9)
Course Title: Beginner French
Course Description:
The Beginner classes introduce students to the rudiments of the French language. They learn to introduce themselves, to give and respond to simple greetings, to express their nationality and age. Vocabulary work focuses on numbers, colors, clothes, the family, the calendar and items encountered in the home. Working in the present tense, students learn to buy, order and pay for things as well as to express their likes and dislikes.
Course Code and Credits: French 132
Course Title: Elementary French (12) or (9)
Course Description:
The elementary French classes aim to teach students to understand common phrases that they will encounter in daily life. They learn to answer basic questions and to ask for information on familiar subjects. Students discuss their habits, daily activities and personal experience and learn to give opinions. They are able to make comparisons and use both the simple future and simple past tenses. They work at expressing obligation, desire, future plans and past experience.
Course Code and Credits: French 232 (9) or (6)
Course Title: Intermediate French
Course Description:
At this level students learn to grasp the meaning of more detailed information through discussion of topics such as their studies, family ties, the work environment and social relationships. They are able to use the conditional as well as more complex future and past tenses, including the subjunctive. They can give orders, express doubts and feelings, relate what someone else has told them and discuss hypothetical situations. They learn to suggest, advise, reason and contest.
Course Code and Credits: French 332 (5)
Course Title: Advanced French
Course Description:
Advanced students learn to interact naturally and with spontaneity when conversing with native speakers, being able to express the subtleties of their feelings and thoughts. They work at associating facts and ideas, moving with fluency between tenses and learning to alter their register to suit a given situation. In debates and discussions students aim to make convincing and structured arguments backed up by concrete examples. They discuss politics, economy and history, comparing different written and spoken styles.

Additional Language Courses
Course Code and Credits: French 102 (2)
Course Title: Elementary French Oral
Course Description:
The elementary Oral French classes aim to teach students to understand simple phrases that they will encounter in daily life. They learn to answer basic questions and to ask for information on familiar subjects, learning simple polite phrases useful in everyday life. At the higher levels, students will discuss their habits, daily activities and personal experiences, offering opinions. Classes use a mix of role play, listening exercises and pronunciation work with particular focus on intonation. Students are required to give regular short presentations in French. The elementary classes focus on themes such as the family, work and leisure environments.
Course Code and Credits: French 202 (2)
Course Title: Intermediate French Oral
Course Description:
At this level students learn to grasp the meaning of detailed information communicated via news reports, interviews or dispatches. They are able to follow conversations and understand short presentations. Students aim to be able to communicate with ease about familiar subjects even those not frequently encountered and to relate events to others using the correct temporal context. They learn to express feelings and opinions and to justify thoughts in discussion. They are able to say how they feel about abstract or cultural subjects such as films, books and music. Study is based on video and audio recordings, press articles and group discussion. Students will research social themes such as travel, cinema and family life.
Course Code and Credits: French 302 (2) / French 402 (2)
Course Title: Advanced French Oral / Master French Oral
Course Description:
Students at this level work at following conferences, speeches and reports of complex content and structure. They will understand recordings relating to professional, social and university life. They will be able to interact naturally and with spontaneity when conversing with native speakers, being able to express the subtleties of their feelings and thoughts. In debates and discussions students aim to make convincing and structured arguments. Students prepare 15-minute presentations (without notes), participate in classroom debates and make short oral summaries of radio bulletins and/or newspaper articles.
Course Code and Credits: French 112 (2)
Course Title: Elementary French Written
Course Description:
This course introduces students to simple written French. Students examine short, authentic texts (postcards, e-mails, articles) and learn to write similar texts of their own. Through study of the present and simple past tenses, as well as adjectives, adverbs and prepositions, students aim to master the key elements of the written language.
Course Code and Credits: French 212 (2)
Course Title: Intermediate French Written
Course Description:
At this level students read and analyze a variety of texts from the press and/or literature and work on particular linguistic features. Classes focus on syntax, vocabulary enrichment and more complex structures such as the subjunctive.
Course Code and Credits: French 312 (2) / French 412 (2)
Course Title: Advanced French Written / Master French Written
Course Description:
Students learn to give detailed descriptions, to recount events that occurred in the past and to express opinions, composing texts that respond to material they have studied. Complex sentences are analyzed, written exercises “in the manner of” are re-written.
Course Code and Credits: French 121 and 122 (2)
Course Title: Beginner and Elementary French Phonetics
Course Description:
The phonetics classes aim to help students with pronunciation and intonation. At this level classes work on the acquisition of sounds, relating the heard sound to its written equivalent and correcting individual mispronunciations. Students learn the phonetic alphabet.
Course Code and Credits: French 222 (2)
Course Title: Intermediate French Phonetics
Course Description:
At this level, phonetics classes develop the student’s awareness of his/her pronunciation and increase the fluency of speech. Students work on transcribing phonetically-written texts.
Course Code and Credits: French 322 (2)
Course Title: Advanced French Phonetics
Course Description:
Students read aloud to perfect their intonation and fluency. Review of all exercises in a more detailed and complex way.

Courses in English
Course Code and Credits: Art History 311 (3)
Course Title: Paris, World Capital of Arts and Architecture
Course Description:
With a focus on modernity and through visits to significant sites in the city, students learn to classify architectural function and style. Through discussion of the social and economic conditions in which various buildings were constructed, students acquire an understanding of the historic conditions that defined the changing Parisian landscape of the 17th to 20th centuries
Course Code and Credits: Film Studies 321 (3)
Course Title: Great Authors in French Cinema Through Historical Films
Course Description:
The course focuses on the history of French cinema, from its scientific beginning at the end of the 19th century, moving through the industrial revolution to the 21st century. Historical films in the widest sense are studied, from opinion position to historical reenactment and documentary.
Course Code and Credits: Fine Arts 307 (3)
Course Title: Fashion in France 18th – 21st century
Course Description:
Links between fashion and artistic, cultural, social and political contexts across French history are explored and the lasting dominance of Paris in the world of fashion is examined. Students become familiar with the historical evolution of the luxury fashion industry and learn to appreciate how fashion and accessories have been used to express a variety of different identities over time. Students pay some entrance fees for museums and exhibitions. Enrollment is limited.
Course Code and Credits: History/Economics/Political Science 305 (3)
Course Title: The European Union Today
Course Description:
France has a long history as a key European player and has been a member of the European Union from the outset. Since World War II, the European Union has developed and changed considerably establishing its own currency, parliament and administrative institutions. This course looks at the historical, political and economic aspects of European integration since 1945 and acquaints students with the decision-making processes that enable the EU to function. Classes examine the key issues that Europe currently faces on the world stage, studying concerns such as national identity, immigration, ecology and demographics.
Course Code and Credits: Contemp. History/Society 309 (3)
Course Title: French Society and Immigration - 20th and 21st Centuries
Course Description:
This course introduces students to the key concepts of international migration and the challenges it poses for contemporary Nation-States. Focusing on immigration in France, students consider France’s colonial legacy, the evolution of immigration policy, as well as current issues such as socio-economic inequality, discrimination, the representation of the “banlieue” in mainstream media, French secularism and immigrant religions. Classes draw on a wide range of sources including statistical data, institutional reports, newspaper articles, literature, music, blogs and websites and above all else, film.

Courses taught in French

Courses taught in French
Course Code and Credits: Cultural Studios/French 142 (2) open to Elementary level students only
Course Title: Culture et gastronomie françaises (French Culture and Gastronomy)
Course Description:
Renowned throughout the world, French cuisine is an art unto itself. This course explores the emergence and preservation of French culinary traditions, considering their history from the Middle Ages to the present day and highlighting the importance of gastronomy in French culture. Protocol and etiquette are discussed, as students examine how influences such the Royal Court or changes in fashion affect what people eat, how food is prepared and how it is presented. Students look in detail at regional specialties as well as produce of world repute such as bread, chocolate and wine. Classes include visits to a cooking school, a bakery and the Museum of Fine Arts.
Course Code and Credits: Fashion 242 (2) open to Intermediate French level students only
Course Title: La mode et le stylisme (Fashion and Design)
Course Description:
This course examines the history of fashion and the socio/ economic developments that have driven the industry over the centuries. Students consider how revolution and war, for example, have caused changes in style and how modern consumerism has opened up new avenues for designers and manufacturers. Peripheral industries such as that of perfume and accessories are also examined as the course moves towards the present day and the emergence of high street brands.

Courses Taught by Other Institutions

Students may take one additional course at these institutions. Students receive transcripts or certificates authenticating work completed.

These institutions vary in accreditation status. Students should confirm the status of credit transfer with their home institutions.

The Académie de Port Royal is a private art school not of university status in France. Students wishing to transfer credit for Port Royal courses should check with their home institutions.

The Schola Cantorum is a private music school in Paris.

Académie de Port Royal
Course Code and Credits: Fine Arts 301 fall/spring (1-3)
Course Title: Art in Studio (Painting, Sketching, Drawing)
Course Description:
The amount of credit granted depends on the work produced and hours spent at the Académie; two sessions of 3 hours or three sessions of 2 hours per week. Taught in French. Students must pay a supplement in Paris of approximately 700 euros per semester and must buy course supplies costing approximately 120 Euros.

Schola Cantorum
Course Code and Credits: Music, Ballet, Theater 307 fall/spring (1-3)
Course Title: Instrument Study, Lyrics, Ballet
Course Description:
Placement is by examination, except for beginners. Instruction in French is at the student’s expense. Credit granted depends on the work produced and hours spent at the Schola. Instruments (except piano) are not provided. Students must pay a supplemental fee, the cost of which depends on the number of hours of instruction. Sessions are 30, 45 or 60 minutes.