Independent Learning: French
Bienvenue! Our distance learning programs in French offer you the flexibility and convenience of learning a language at “your pace, your place” from experienced, highly qualified, and caring instructors.
Whether you are looking for a beginning French course or advanced French Literature study, our distance education courses can fulfill your needs. Classes are available by correspondence or online. These include first-year, second-year, intermediate, and advanced French classes.
We are the only provider of advanced, college-credit, distance learning courses in French at your own pace.
First Year Level:
First Semester French (Online, 4 Credits)
Develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, all in a cultural context as you learn about French-speaking cultures around the world. French 101 assumes no previous knowledge of the language. French 101 and French 102 use the same textbook and other materials.
Second Semester French (Online, 4 Credits)
Continue to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, all in a cultural context as you learn about France and the French-speaking cultures around the world. French 101 and French 102 use the same textbook and other materials.
Second Year Level:
Third Semester French (Online, 4 Credits)
This is the first semester of the second-year university curriculum. The course provides a thorough grammar review, a variety of readings, and the opportunity to advance your French writing and communication skills. Audio and video materials allow you to continue improving your listening and speaking skills with listening/viewing exercises and oral exercises. The course includes speaking activities; students will need Skype to be able to conduct the three required interviews with the instructor.
Fourth Semester French (Online, 4 Credits)
This is the second semester of the second-year university curriculum. The course provides a thorough grammar review, a variety of short reading and listening assignments, and the opportunity to advance your French writing and speaking skills through audio and video materials. The course includes speaking activities; students will need Skype to be able to conduct the three required interviews with the instructor.
Intermediate / Third Year Level:
Intermediate French Language and Culture (Online, 3 Credits)
Teaches written skills in French by using key vocabulary and expressions in compositions and reviewing essential grammatical structures. Also develops cultural knowledge of France through short literary and cultural selections on relevant topics.
Introduction to French Literary Analysis (Online, 4 Credits)
Today’s literature courses sometimes expect students to be able to conduct insightful literary analysis without earlier instruction in literary analysis. Not so with this course! Develop your writing skills in French and literary analysis in this course. Learn the tips and tricks of solid close readings with a special emphasis on improving your French language writing skills. During this course, you will be introduced to the major literary movements of the 17th and 18th centuries through in-depth study of works by La Fontaine, Racine, Molière, Voltaire, Montesquieu, Diderot, Rousseau, and others.
Business French (Online, 3 Credits)
If you plan to use French in a business setting, this course is for you. Through the 13 units and 13 assignments in this course, students demonstrate their command of the French language skills needed to understand and communicate in writing about topics that relate to professional activities. You will develop specialized terminology for the French-speaking workplace and gain a working understanding of the French economy (including banking, insurance, the stock market, and transportation). Assignments and readings are completed in French. There are no comprehensive exams in this course.
Introduction a la Civilisation Francaise (Online, 3 Credits)
Interested in a comprehensive survey of French history and culture from prehistoric times to the revolution? If so, Introduction à la Civilisation Française is for you. Study the Gauls, the Romans, the Wars of Religion, the Renaissance, and the French Revolution. Learn about rulers such as Clovis, Charlemagne, Louis XIV, and Napoleon. Investigate political and social events, constitutional developments, economic changes, religious conflicts, intellectual history, and art and literary developments. This course has 11 units, 11 assignments and 2 exams. Students will complete most assignment activities in French, and have the option of completing all work in French. For appropriate course selection and placement, please contact the academic department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advanced / Fourth Year Level and Above:
Modern African Prose and Poetry in French (Online, 3 Credits)
Modern fiction and poetry by Francophone Africans from West Africa and the Caribbean. Explore great works by Mariama Bâ, Aimé Césaire, Birago Diop, Cheikh Hamidou Kane, Ousmane Sembène, Léopold Senghor, and others. While much of the course is written in French, students in U104-454 have the option of completing the written assignments and exams in either French or English. Students in U400-454 are required to complete the written assignments and exams in French.
Choose the right course: With a language, it is sometimes a challenge to determine which course is right for you. Please contact Sarah Korpi or David Werther for help in selecting your course. In some cases, we will ask you for a writing sample for correct placement.