French Courses

Whether or not you have ever studied French before, there is a course for you at Simpson! (Not sure where you would fit in? Click here to see our Information for self-placement in French.)

Beginning Level

French 110 Identity and Culture and French 111 Memory and Culture
The focus of the first year is on using French—really using it—to communicate with native speakers in order to learn about their culture and share something about yours. Multimedia is the norm, so think blogs, Skype, video…. These are definitely not your traditional language classes!

Intermediate Level

French 220 Comparing Cultures

This course compares U.S. and French cultures from the perspective of a specific theme, such as education, food, or the media.

French 221 France in History

This course focuses on a particular period of French history, such as the French Revolution, the Nazi occupation during World War II, or the May 1968 student movement.

French 221 Francophone Places

This course offers a thematic exploration of a country or region in the French-speaking world through readings, films, document analysis, and direct communication with native speakers, in order to broaden and solidify language and intercultural skills.

Advanced Level

At the advanced level, a menu of electives forms a 4-year rotation of classes:

FREN 341 French Narratives
FREN 342 French for Professional Purposes
FREN 343 Advanced Stylistics
FREN 344 Spoken Language through Film
FREN 351 French Press
FREN 352 Movements in Art and Literature
FREN 353 Comparative Cinema
FREN 354 Paris through History

Workshop Classes

Workshop classes are modular courses, each focusing on a specific skill in French. Topics include:

FREN 231 Pronunciation Workshop
FREN 232 Vocabulary Workshop
FREN 233 Grammar Workshop
FREN 234 Listening Workshop

A different topic is offered each semester on a 2-year rotation. Each workshop meets once a week and is the equivalent of half of a regular class, counting for 2 credits instead of 4, so workshops can fit easily into a full schedule. These classes have basic and advanced tracks, so you can take them at any level and repeat them once for credit.