L’Académie de France is a 100% immersion program. Students must have completed at least two years of French in school. Students choose one MAJOR course and one MINOR course, both of which are taught entirely in French. Major courses meet six mornings a week and, depending on the nature of the course, include fieldwork, labs, workshops, guest speakers, group discussions, and one-on-one instruction. Coursework includes homework assignments, as well as researching and preparing projects outside of class time. Minor courses meet three afternoons a week, with all work contained within the class session.
After class, students choose from a selection of workshops, regular grammar clinics, and cultural activities, all conducted in French, that give them more opportunities to practice their language skills in a natural setting. Additionally, guest speakers and excursions into the Languedoc region and Provence are arranged throughout the month to promote language fluency.
COURSE GUARANTEE DEADLINES
There is no final application deadline. We accept applications on a rolling basis until a program is full, but we do have Course Guarantee Dates. Students who apply to L'Académie de France on or before January 27, 2017 and are accepted to the program have their first choice of courses guaranteed, subject to enrollment minima. As we begin receiving applications in September, we recommend that students apply as soon as possible for courses that may fill early.
STUDENTS WITH TWO YEARS OF FRENCH STUDY
Students who have completed two years of French
should enroll in French Language: Conversation and Composition
. They are evaluated on the first day of class and placed in a group with students at a similar language level. Students choose from a selection of 3 Minors, all of which are centered on a particular theme and emphasize language acquisition as well as developing the skills learned in the Major.
French Language: Conversation and Composition
Using innovative and interactive teaching methods, this course offers a review of tenses and structures, as well as vocabulary-building exercises with a strong focus on conversational proficiency. Language learning is approached through a variety of activities, such as story-telling and role playing, and short thematic units that take advantage of the city and bring students into contact with local native speakers. In the language lab, students work on pronunciation and intonation and also practice structures learned in class. Students in French Language: Conversation and Composition choose from one of the following 3 Minors:
Art: Through a series of workshops, students acquaint themselves with different techniques and media and create a portfolio they present at the end of the program. Materials fee $150 US.
Cultures françaises: Through a series of participatory workshops on film, pop-culture, music, art, and current affairs, students engage with the cultures that make modern France.
Gastronomie: Through cooking workshops and visits to local bakeries, markets, and stores, students learn the history and evolution of French cuisine. Lab fee $150 US.
STUDENTS WITH THREE OR MORE YEARS OF FRENCH STUDY
Students who have been taking French for three or more years or who are preparing for AP/IB exams
should enroll in any two cours à thème
(thematic courses) from the drop-down list below: one as a Major and one as a Minor. These courses approach the study of the French language through the exploration of a specific theme, allowing students to gain in-depth knowledge in a particular topic while at the same time perfecting their French. The focus of the course is on advanced writing techniques, as well as discussion and debate using more complex grammar skills.