French Intensive

French Intensive

French 106

For students with little or no previous experience of French who wish to acquire a strong grasp of the French language and culture in the shortest time possible. Students complete the equivalent of three semesters of college-level French in a semester course that meets ten hours a week and is followed by a four-week stay at the Institut de Touraine (Tours, France). There students continue daily intensive study of French language and culture while living with French families. Eight credits (12 credits with four-week immersion).

Overview

Tours, France—Institut de Touraine

Students will take courses at the Institut de Touraine in Tours. The Institut has a long history (dating back to 1897) and an international reputation for excellence. Students at the Institut come from many different countries, creating a cosmopolitan character and opportunities to discover and exchange ideas with a variety of people. Surrounded by the famous Chateaux of the Loire valley and only 55 minutes from Paris, Tours is an ideal location. The Touraine region is known for great food, a tranquil and easy lifestyle, art and architecture, including fortresses and cathedrals, and a vibrant and stimulating cultural environment.

Every year, interested students complete the equivalent of three semesters of college-level French in a semester course that meets ten hours a week and is followed by a four-week stay at the Institut de Touraine in Tours, France. There, students continue daily intensive study of French language and culture while living with French families. Eight credits (June trip carries an additional 4 credits).

First years and Sophomores are strongly encouraged to take this class. No more than a couple of seniors can be accepted. Students with previous French experience should take Intermediate classes.

Contact: Professor Odile Chilton (ochilton@bard.edu)
Next Program: June 2016 ( 4 credits)

Pre-Trip Course Requirements

Spring Semester

French 106: (8 credits) 
This course is designed for students who wish to acquire a strong grasp of the French language and culture in the shortest time possible. Students with little or no previous experience of French will complete the equivalent of three semesters of college‑level French. The semester course meets ten hours a week (with an extra hour of tutorial with the French assistant), using a variety of pedagogical methods, and will be followed by a four‑week stay at the Institut de Touraine (Tours, France). There the students will continue daily intensive study of the French language and culture while living with French families (successful completion of the course in France carries 4 additional credits). Students must consult with Profs. Odile Chilton or Eric Trudel before on-line registration.

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