Paris, Eiffel Tower
Elementary French, first semester
Spring 2021
Class No: various -- see schedule of classes
remote; synchronous with asynchronous elements
D. Hoffmann in Charge
various -- see Schedule of Classes


Chez nous: Branché sur le monde francophone, 5th Edition; MyLab, Chez nous: Branché sur le monde francophone, 5th Edition, or Student Activities Manual, 5th Edition.

Course Description:

Elementary French is a whirlwind introduction to French language and culture. It assumes no prior study of the language. In this class, you’ll learn to navigate simple interactions in a French-speaking environment; to converse informally on familiar topics; to express thoughts simply and clearly in essentially-correct French prose; and to read and understand a variety of texts, from menus to poems. We’ll develop these skills through a sustained engagement with various aspects of Francophone cultures from around the world—including art, music, film, and of course, food! We’ll learn how to think about these cultures with a critical and historical perspective. This class is conducted entirely in French.


No previous French experience required. This course is also appropriate for students with one quarter of college-level French, 2 years of high school French, or less. For additional placement information please see Placement Guidelines.

Additional information:

During remote instruction, this class will be a blend of synchronous (or “live”) and asynchronous instruction. Synchronous elements of the course will be conducted by your instructor via Zoom, while asynchronous work (including videos, discussions, vlogs, and music) will be completed through various online portals, primarily bCourses.

**Please note that time conflicts are incompatible with the demands on this course.**

Course not open to native or heritage speakers of French. Classes are limited to 20 students.  Students who do not attend first five days of class may be subject to Instructor Drop.

See the Schedule of Classes to obtain the class number for your desired section.