Course Description

Course Name

French Language and Culture

Session: VPRU3123

Hours & Credits

3 US Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


This course is two-pronged, serving as an introduction to French culture, while also providing a focus on
the essential aspects of the French language.
The cultural aspect of the course allows students to experience the Parisian lifestyle during class outings,
while learning about French customs, etiquette, social behavior, and common traditions. In the
classroom, students will become acquainted with some of the historical events and artistic movements
that define French culture. They will also learn about French men and women who have influenced the
history and culture of France.
The linguistic content of the course is aligned with the A2 level of the Common European Framework of
Reference for Languages and is suitable for beginner and intermediate French learners. Basics in
phonetics, grammar and vocabulary will be covered in order to allow students to more easily navigate
day-to-day life during their time in Paris.

Students will learn the main structures of the French language and vocabulary to help them learn how
to manage everyday situations in their Parisian life. Through the course and outings, students will learn
grammar and expressions to help them communicate in French in typical exchanges, such as taking
public transport, visiting a museum, or ordering a pastry at a bakery. The course also aims the course
will immerse students in the art, architecture, and cuisine of Paris during class outings.
This course requires active participation both during site visits and classroom sessions, where simple
assignments will be focused on communication. The ultimate goals of this course are for students to
gain autonomy and self-confidence while communicating in French and to have a deeper knowledge of
French culture.

Upon completion of this course students should be able to:

– introduce themselves and greet others in French
– purchase tickets, clothes, and food from French shops and cultural venues
– speak in French about everyday activities, family, and holidays
– describe a city, a place, or a monument in French
– showcase their knowledge of French art, culture, and cuisine

*Course content subject to change