French is the second largest foreign language program at USC with over 300 students enrolled in basic language classes (French 1,2,3) each semester. These classes take place in a dynamic, French-only environment designed to be encouraging, enlightening, and fun.
For further information, see individual class descriptions below or contact Prof. Atiyeh Showrai, Director French Language Program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For students who enjoy French studies, we encourage you to continue beyond basic language courses. The Department of French and Italian offers many opportunities for further study including courses in language, culture, film, literature, and business.
Welcome to French!
This course is designed for students who have studied no French or have placed into this level though the USC placement exam. The course meets for four hours per week and is taught entirely in French. The course has a fully integrated multimedia program (electronic workbook with audio, video, chapter exercises, and activities plus a related website with pronunciation and grammar practice).
The focus of the course is on building real-life communicative skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in a fun and dynamic environment. You will learn to ask basic questions, tell time, give directions, greet other people, and describe family, friends, interests, activities, and everyday life. The study of France and other Francophone cultures is also integrated into the language learning. Extra optional help sessions are available several times weekly for students to practice French in the friendly, comfortable Language Center. This is a great class for beginners.
For the upcoming Semester Schedule of Classes, Click:
French I (FREN 120)
This second-semester elementary course is for students who have taken French 120 at USC or have placed into this level through the USC placement exam. The class meets four hours per week and is taught entirely in French. The course has a fully integrated multimedia program (electronic workbook with audio, video, chapter exercises and activities plus a related website with pronunciation and grammar practice).
The focus of the course is on building real-life communicative skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in a fun, dynamic environment. The course covers such topics as food, travel, health, modern technology, and integrates information about Quebec, West Africa, and other Francophone cultures.Students actively interact with each other in pairs or small groups. In this course you will learn to narrate in the present, past, future, to use direct and indirect object pronouns, order a meal, read a recipe, and plan a trip. Extra optional help sessions are available several times weekly for students to practice French in the friendly, comfortable Language Center.
For the upcoming Semester Schedule of Classes, Click: French II (FREN 150)
FREN 220 is the third-semester intermediate French course that will develop your ability to communicate effectively in French and to interact in Francophone communities with cultural competence. The course addresses the five goal areas of the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages established by ACTFL (communication, culture, comparisons, connections, communities) by incorporating themes related to sociology (the city, cultural diversity, identity), politics (immigration, globalization, external views of France) and the humanities (creativity in the arts) that provide a multidimensional view of French and Francophone culture.
Class discussions focus on cultural and social issues, and draw from authentic texts across genres (excerpts from literary and non-literary texts, poems, short films, songs, and a novel) as well as from students’ personal experiences and opinions. You will be working individually, in pairs, or in small groups, and will engage in meaningful activities that are communicative, contextualized, and function-based. Lessons are conducted entirely in French and you are encouraged to participate fully.
The latter part of the semester is devoted to the study of Albert Camus’ novel, L’Etranger. The novel isread and analyzed in French, and it provides a rich context for the discussion of France’s colonial history, existentialist philosophy, the justice system and an introduction to literary analysis and close-reading techniques that develop critical thinking skills.
For the upcoming Semester Schedule of Classes, Click: French III (FREN 220)
Students who have studied French in high school or at another institution prior to attending USC are required to take a placement test that is administered by the Language Center (Third Floor, Taper Hall), Click here for the Schedule of Placement Exams. Credit is given only for course work taken above the level of proficiency determined by the examination. Students may retest every six months, results are valid for one calendar year. Students with no record of previous instruction in French are not required to take the placement examination and should enroll in first semester French (FREN 120).