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You already know some French!  Terms such as RSVP (Répondez s´il vous plait), déjà vu, à la carte,rendez-vous are French!   Studying French will definitely improve your English vocabulary since there are so many French words in the English language.  Did you know that French is the largest donor of foreign words in English?

Did you also know that French is a highly influential language in the world since it touches so many  areas of what is considered "general culture".   This includes literature, art, cuisine, dance, film, fashion,  science, and technology.  France has won more Nobel Prizes for literature than any other country in the world and is one of the top producers of international films. 

Did you know that French is spoken on five continents?  Did you know that French is the official administrative, or business, language in over 30 countries?  French is an administrative language of the European Union, the International Olympic Committee, and the United Nations among others.  Along with English, it is the most used language in the European Commission.  French is the foreign  language spoken by our largest trading partner, Canada. 

Studying French at East Angeles College

  • Our class offerings include hybrid online and traditional classes.
  • Students have the option of beginning their study of French on the main campus or at the South Gate Educational Center.
  • French textbooks come with web access to a wide range of activities and resources that motivate students to aim for mastery of the language and to become knowledgeable about the French culture.
  • East Los Angeles College offers an outstanding Summer Study opportunity to earn course credit in Paris during the month of July with the European Studies  Association. 

Course Offerings

East Los Angeles College offers beginning and intermediate, university-transferable French language courses. Our classes are supported by extensive web sites with sound and video files to help students´ perfect pronunciation modeled by native speakers from around the Francophone world.

1 Elementary French I (5) UC:CSU Lecture, 5 hours   Note: Units cannot be earned for both French 1 and French 21

This introductory course builds basic competencies in French through intensive practice of the sound system and study of grammatical patterns and expressions that prepare students to function within the contexts relevant to everyday life. Topics include greeting people and getting acquainted, comparing tastes and preferences in music, film, art, and other activities, telling time, making plans with others, and describing family and friends. Information about France and other French-speaking cultures of the world is presented through readings supported and enhanced by multimedia.

2 Elementary French II (5) UC:CSU IGETC Area 6A Prerequisite: French 1 or French 22     Lecture, 5 hours

 This course completes the introduction of basic structures of the French language. Emphasis is placed on developing vocabulary and refining communication skills needed to function in everyday situations. Further study of France and French-speaking cultures of the world is made through reading and class discussions enhanced by multimedia activities.

3 Intermediate French I (5) UC:CSU IGETC Area 3B, 6A; Prerequisite: French 2; Advisory: French 10;   Lecture, 5 hours

This course reinforces the basic patterns of French and develops oral expression and reading proficiency. Focus is on establishing a firm linguistic base for self-expression by practicing key structures in a variety of communicative formats. Integrated film, video, and readings from literature and the media foster increased awareness of French-speaking cultures.

4 Intermediate French II (5) UC:CSU IGETC Area 3B, 6A; Prerequisite: French 3; Lecture: 5 hours

This course emphasizes the study of complex grammar and idioms through authentic texts and media derived from a variety of sources, including literature, film, art, history, and contemporary life. Analysis and discussion of works by well-known artists and writers are used to enable students to practice critical thinking skills as they develop proficiency in French through oral and written composition.

5 Advanced French I (5) UC:CSU IGETC Area 3B, 6A; Prerequisite: French 4; Lecture: 5 hours

This course explores the works of selected French and Francophone writers from medieval to the present time while reviewing grammar and developing linguistic skills of a more advanced level. Topics include methods of literary analysis, review of literary tenses, advanced linguistic structure, stylistics, and the practice of writing research papers in French.

8 Conversational French (2) UC:CSU Prerequisite: French 2; Lecture: 2 hours

The course is designed to improve the student's comprehension of oral French as well as increase fluency in conversation by emphasizing pronunciation and enunciation, vocabulary, idiomatic expressions and use of the present and past tenses. The themes discussed in class explore issues such as everyday life situations, travel, shopping, holidays and traditions, and family dynamics.

10 French Civilization (3) UC:CSU IGETC Area 3B; Advisory: French 2; Lecture: 3 hours

This course is a study of the geography, history, government, and institutions of France. Readings on the French people, their customs and way of life, their values and important contributions to world culture in scientific, intellectual, and artistic domains are also included. The course is conducted in English.


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