This course has three goals: to acquire a sound basis of grammar, vocabulary, and idiom; to develop different means of expression and written and oral comprehension; and to learn about French culture. The methods of language teaching are varied and include such activities as the study of authentic documents, including newspapers, comic strips, literary texts, and videos. All classes call for the active participation of students.
*beginning, intermediate, advanced and superior levels are available
Intermediate/Low Advanced French Grammar
This course assumes a basic knowledge of grammar, including verb tenses and vocabulary. Classroom work focuses on new vocabulary, written and oral expression, developing more sophisticated sentence structures, problems in writing and improving the ability to structure ideas and communicate fluently in a foreign language.
Intermediate/Low Advanced French Vocabulary
Vocabulary Improvement is a seminar designed to build on students’ vocabulary, both in terms of quantity and quality/usage.Intermediate/Low Advanced students must choose this course or the translation course.
Advanced French Grammar
This course assumes a strong knowledge of grammar, including verb tenses, vocabulary and sentence structure. Classroom work concentrates on written and oral expression, developing more sophisticated sentence structures, looking at problems in writing, and improving the ability to structure ideas and communicate fluently in a foreign language. For the advanced student, the language course serves to polish working knowledge and expression in the language.
Advanced Introduction to Linguistics
This class will help students discover a new method from the 20th Century to understand the structure of a language through an overall concept of the French language.
Advanced French Vocabulary
French Vocabulary helps students perfect their speaking and writing ability by learning French vocabulary. This course is taught at a higher and more academically sophisticated level than the intermediate course.
Superior French Grammar
This course assumes a strong knowledge of grammar, including verb tenses, vocabulary and sentence structure. Classroom work concentrates on written and oral expression; developing more sophisticated sentence structures; looking at problems in writing; and improving the ability to structure ideas and communicate fluently in a foreign language. For the superior student, the language course serves to polish the working knowledge and expression in the language.
Monde des affaires et environnement économique (The French Business World & Economic Environment)
This course looks at the political and economic systems in France today and its position in Europe. The goal is to bring students to an understanding of the key facets of French society. Students look at France as it deals with problems, the characteristics of French political and economic systems, and the evolution of these entities. Topics to be covered include contemporary issues in France, the role of France in Europe and the world today, and the model of the French government and the value of that system.
Histoire du cinéma français (History of French Cinema)
In this course, students view and analyze French films from the 1930s to the present.
Histoire de l’art français (History of French Art)
This course focuses on different artistic developments in Grenoble and greater France. Students study the major contributors to French art and visit local examples of the art and architecture. Specific topics vary by semester.
Histoire de la France contemporaine (History of Contemporary France)
This course looks at the history of France – politically, economically, and socially – and its interaction with the modern world system prior to the revolution of 1789. The goal of the course is to better familiarize students with the historic culture and different periods and changes that France has experienced from the 1780s through the present. Material is approached through both topical and chronological order, paying particular attention to major events.
Oral Expression: Tales, theater and poetry
This popular course is offered for 2 hours each week, but no credit is assigned. At the end of the semester, students will put on a play.
La vie politique de la France contemporaine (Politics and Economics of Contemporary France)
This course covers the economic and political history of Grenoble and of France as a whole. Students study the system and structure of the French government, and they also learn about France’s membership in the European Union.
Littérature française et francophone (French and Francophone Literature)
In this course, students read and discuss literature and poetry from the primary periods in French literary history. Students study the most dominant movements and trends, including the surrealist movement, the trend toward philosophical writing and the emergence of the modern novel in France. Authors studied include Guillaume Apollinaire and Albert Camus.
Culture et société (French Culture and Society)
This course presents a wide variety of information about France, the Rhône-Alps region, and Grenoble. Topics include an introduction to the most important aspects of French geography, history, politics, art history and popular culture. This is an excellent option for the student wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the country and culture.
Littérature française du XXe siècle (French Literature of the 20th Century)
Discover the evolution of literature in the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will study important French authors and explore their main works to better understand the cultural and artistic contexts of the time. This course will touch upon big literary movements such as surrealism, existentialism, and nouveau roman.
A French Experience: Grenoble Teaching Internship
Students at any level of French language ability are able to participate in the teaching internship for an additional 3 credits. Spaces are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Students may do this on a volunteer basis not for academic credit, or they may work with a teacher at the CUEF to get academic credit for the internship. Students who wish to receive credit will need to do additional assignments along with the teaching hours, and they will pay an additional fee of $450.
Students teach English two to three hours a week in a collège (junior high school). This is a unique experience for API students in Grenoble to get to know French life from the inside, not only through the teenagers in the classes students teach, but also from the teachers that students assist.Classes are generally conversational courses for French pupils. Students are asked to keep a journal where all course plans and weekly evaluations are registered (one page per class, per course taught). Students also have to write a final internship report (in French) analyzing the French teaching system and their perception of French society through their own teaching experience. Upon successful completion, students earn 3 semester credits. A teacher at the CUEF will help the students to write his/her report and will grade the internship.
Civilisation et Mythologies 2 (Civilization and Mythologies)
The objective of the Civilization and Mythology is to deepen the student's understanding of the world's culture by examining the world is explained through mythologies and past civilizations.
Atillier Théatre (Theater Workshop)
This course is intended for motivated students who have a background in drama/theater.