French

Beginning French 1

With over 275 million speakers spread over five continents, French is a truly global language. In addition to being a gateway to culture, philosophy, cinema, and travel, French is the official language of many international organizations, including the United Nations, the Red Cross, NATO, and the International Olympic Committee. French has wide-ranging career uses, whether in business, governmental affairs, social services, or the international humanitarian and development sectors. In Boston, which has a Haitian population of close to 13,000, French may allow you to interact with French-speaking Haitians in your community or work. Whether your motivation is personal or professional, every student of French will find something in the language that inspires them.

In this course, students will build the foundations of French language through speaking, reading, writing, and listening. The language will be taught in the context of French and Francophone cultures, giving students an exposure to the diversity of countries and regions where French is spoken around the world and the confidence to interact with French speakers in their future endeavors.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Students will gain basic knowledge of the following grammatical areas:
    • Subject pronouns
    • Indefinite and definite articles
    • Important French verbs: Etre, Avoir, Aller, Faire
    • Conjugation of verbs in the present tense
    • Basic interrogative structures
    • Adjectives: formation and placement
    • Prepositions with places
    • Basic negation
  • Students will acquire practical French vocabulary in subjects including introductions, the classroom, family and friends, weather, activities, travel, and everyday life.
  • Students will be able to introduce themselves and others, ask questions in French, express the time and weather, recite the French alphabet and numbers through 100, and give basic physical descriptions.
  • Students will develop listening skills to understand basic French conversations.
  • Students will learn about the countries and cultures in which French is commonly spoken.
  • Students will learn how to navigate interactions and common cultural situations with French people.

Target Audience

Students with little or no background in French. The target audience may include business professionals, tourists who plan on visiting France, students who are planning to study abroad in France, service providers who work with people who speak the French language, those pursuing careers in the international development or humanitarian sectors, or anyone interested in exploring French culture and language.

  • Number of Lessons: 6
  • Total hours to complete course: 18
  • Materials: This course will use the open source textbook Fran├žais Interactif, developed by the University of Texas. The textbook and all associated exercises are free and easily accessible online. Links will be provided by the instructor.
  • Delivery Method: Remote Synchronous, Video-Conference Meetings. This class will not meet face-to-face on campus. It will meet remotely during the scheduled times listed. Course materials will be online

Beginning French 1LNG-300E

In this course, students will build the foundations of French language through speaking, reading, writing, and listening.  The language will be taught in the context of French and Francophone cultures, and will give students the confidence to interact with French speakers in their future endeavors.  No book purchase needed for this class. 

SectionDatesDays and TimesInstructorFeeSeats LeftRegister
LNG-300E-F01Nov 7 - Dec 19
Saturday at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Sarah Schwartz$23518
LNG-300E-S1Feb 20 - Mar 27
Saturday at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Sarah Schwartz$24518