- Classes taught in French
- Most popular API Grenoble program!
- Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
- Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
- Open to students with a minimum of two semesters of college French or the equivalent.
- Completed API application
- One letter of recommendation
- One official transcript
- University contact information form
- Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa
Dates & Fees
If you require syllabi that are not listed below, please contact your API Program Manager.
FRENCH LANGUAGE COURSES (REQUIRED)
Intermediate level students take 10-12 hours per week of language instruction, and advanced and superior level students take 8 hours per week of language instruction, comprised of French grammar, and either Translation, Vocabulary, or Techniques of Written Expression.
Intermediate/Low Advanced French Grammar (10) – Conducted in French
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 Translation (2) – Conducted in French
Translation focuses on translations from French to English and vice-versa, paying special attention to common grammatical mistakes in meaning and translation. Students are assessed on grammar, text comprehension and accuracy. Intermediate/Low Advanced students must choose this course or the vocabulary course.
Intermediate/Low Advanced French Vocabulary (2) – Conducted in French
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 (6) – Conducted in French
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 Translation (2) – Conducted in French
Translation focuses on translations from French to English and vice-versa, paying special attention to common grammatical mistakes in meaning and translation. Students are corrected on grammar, text comprehension and accuracy.
Advanced French Vocabulary (2) – Conducted in French
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.
Advanced/Superior Techniques of Written Expression (2) – Conducted in French
This is a seminar on written French expression, designed to improve students’ writing skills. Exercises include writing papers, essays and other genres of the written word. This course is helpful for students who already have a strong verbal ability in French and want to improve their writing ability.
Superior French Grammar (6) – Conducted in French
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.
ELECTIVE OPTION COURSES
Intermediate students select 3-7 elective option courses; Advanced and superior students choose 3-5 elective option courses. Please note that some courses have level restrictions. Students are taught according to their level.
Monde des affaires et environnement économique (The French Business World & Economic Environment) (1.5) ALL LEVELS – Conducted in French [Syllabus]
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) (2) ALL LEVELS – Conducted in French [Syllabus]
In this course students view and analyze French films from the 1930s to the present.
Histoire de l’art français (History of French Art) (1.5) ALL LEVELS – Conducted in French [Syllabus]
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) (1.5) ALL LEVELS – Conducted in French [Syllabus]
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 (no credit) ALL LEVELS [Syllabus]
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) (1.5) INTERMEDIATE ONLY – Conducted in French [Syllabus]
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) (1.5) INTERMEDIATE/LOW ADVANCED – Conducted in French [Syllabus]
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) (1.5) INTERMEDIATE/LOW ADVANCED – Conducted in French [Syllabus]
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) (1.5) ADVANCED AND SUPERIOR – Conducted in French [Syllabus]
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.
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.
A French Experience: Internship (3)
Students teach English in a French collège. 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.
Students teach English two to three hours a week in a collège (junior high school). 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.
(247 Contact Hours; up to 16 semester credits)
Students with a superior* knowledge of French may opt to take part in a special program at the CUEF designed for individuals interested in teaching French in their future career. Students will take a set menu of course modules (list below) and participate in a teaching internship that involves class observation, course analysis, lesson planning, and student teaching, earning a Diplôme Supérieur d’Aptitude à l’enseignement du Français Langue Etrangère (DSA) at the close of the semester.
*Students will generally need to have taken the equivalent of 6-8 college French courses to have the necessary skills to succeed in this program. Students wishing to take part in this program must place into the B2/C1 level upon arrival in France. Students who place below the B2/C1 level will not be eligible for this special track, and will take part instead in the main Language and Culture program courses.
REQUIRED COURSE MODULES
- Evaluation and Certifications
- French Phonetics and Phonetic Correction
- General French and Specialty French Teaching Methodology
- Introduction to Acting
- Language and Grammar
- Literature Pedagogy
- Multimedia and “FLE” Teaching
- Techniques of Oral and Written Expression
ELECTIVE COURSE MODULES
(students choose 2)
- Contemporary French History
- French Cultures and Literatures
- French XXth Century Literature
- History of French Cinema
- Introduction to Art History