French at CFCC

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French courses are housed in the Humanities Department.

French Courses

Currently CFCC offers 3 levels of French

-French I: French 111 + lab French 181    -> 4 credits

-French II: French 112 + lab French 182   -> 4 credits

-French III: French 211  -> 3 credits

In each course, students learn how to speak, listen, read and write. They also learn the culture of French-speaking countries, as well as useful tools to be long-life learners of foreign language and humanities.

Students are encouraged to take all three levels of French to fulfill the language requirement of their transferring institutions. It is also recommended to take all three courses consecutively.

Please email the instructor if you want to see a sample syllabus.


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Course Goals

In French I (French 111 + lab French 181), student learn basic communication skills such as how to introduce themselves, describe themselves (their personality, physical description, hobbies), their house, their favorite foods, etc.

In terms of culture, students are introduced to France and the French-speaking world, and learn many fun facts.

In French II (French 112 + lab French 182), among other things, students learn to talk about their past (what they did last week-end, last summer, etc.), what they used to do, what they liked when they were younger, what activities they did when they were younger, etc.

In terms of culture, students study various aspects of the broader Francophone world.

In French III (French 211), students learn to talk about what the future, compare things, and talk about what they would do if things were different (If I was a millionaire, I would…; If the world was a village, it would…). French III focuses strongly on speaking skills. One third of class-time is devoted to conversation and games in French in order to improve fluency. By the end of French III, students are expected to speak French in a fluent manner.

In terms of culture, students learn more about art in French-speaking countries (film, literature, and painting).


All three courses require the same material, which means you will only have to pay for the material once if you take all three courses consecutively. The only required material is an access code that gives you access to the eBook, labs, videos, and extra-credit assignments. See the bookstore for the edition currently used.

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French on campus

There are many French cultural activities offered on campus.

-Free screenings of French Films. CFCC has been awarded a yearly FACE Foundation Grant since 2014 to organize a Tournées French Film Festival open to all.

-French tutoring is available for currently enrolled students (with a referral from their instructor)

-Excellent students of French are offered Service Learning opportunities, such as teaching French to preschoolers at CFCC Bonnie Sanders Burney Child Development Center.


Why Study French?

-to learn the language: French is the official language of 32 countries and is spoken in 56 countries.

-to learn the culture of French-speaking countries: Did you know that France is the world’s most popular tourist destination? That the Louvre is the most visited museum in the world? That France uses 12 different time zones, the most of any country on the world? That beauty pageants for children are banned in France? That there are more people speaking French in the Democratic Republic of Congo than in France? That France has no official racial statistics? That France banned free refills at fast food restaurants? That a rooster is the national animal of France?


French Film Festival

Each February, CFCC hosts the Tournees French Film Festival.  French Instructor Caroline Hudson is responsible for this annual event at CFCC.