French I OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Undergraduate French Language Course

Published Feb 13, 2009

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers its 'French I' course as free OpenCourseWare. The original introductory 'French I' course immerses MIT bachelor's degree students in the French language and culture. It is primarily taken by students fulfilling their foreign language requirement, but it is also the first step towards an undergraduate major or minor in French language.

French I: Course Specifics

Degree Level Free Audio Video Downloads
Undergraduate Yes No No Yes

Lectures/Notes Study Materials Tests/Quizzes
No Yes No

French I: Course Description

Several instructors teach this elementary French class in rotation, including Professors Laura Ceia-Minjares, Cathy Culot, Gilberte Furstenberg and Johann Sadock. They created the 'French I' curriculum to teach basic French reading, writing and speaking skills to undergraduates who are taking care of their foreign language requirements or earning a major or minor in French. The lecture class is conducted only in French beginning on the very first day, giving students an immersion experience. It combines activities that teach students about Francophone culture with assignments that help students internalize French vocabulary and grammar.

This OpenCourseWare includes lists of readings, assignments (in French) and links to course-related resources. You can explore these materials on your own at the elementary French course page.

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