Course Directory


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.

Courses Taught in French

  • Ce cours invite les étudiants à utiliser les arts plastiques comme moyen d’expression face à la ville qu’ils découvrent. Après une initiation à différents médias tels l’aquarelle, le pastel, l’huile, le crayon, le fusain, et la photographie, les étudiants parcourent la ville et livrent leurs impressions sur papier. Ils croquent les passants à la Place de la Comédie, ils font des esquisses au Musée Fabre, peignent les petites places et ruelles médiévales, et font des collages de leurs oeuvres et photos. Les élèves s’initient également à différentes disciplines au travers d’ateliers (sculpture, sérigraphie, céramique, linogravure, etc.) et constituent un portfolio qu’ils présentent à la fin du programme. Supplément de $250 US pour la classe Majeure et de $150 US pour la classe Mineure.

    Visual Arts. This course invites students to discover the city through the visual and plastic arts. After an introduction to different media such as water color, pastel, oil, pencil, charcoal, and photography, the students keep an artistic record of their explorations of Montpellier. They sketch the crowds in the Place de la Comédie, and capture on canvas the small squares and medieval passages. At the end of the course, the students compile a portfolio that reflects their artistic interaction with and intimate knowledge of the city. Supplementary fee of $250 US for Majors; $150 US for Minors.

  • Ce cours permet aux étudiants de faire connaissance avec un éventail d’auteurs francophones ainsi que d’expérimenter le processus d’écriture. L’objectif, à travers la découverte des textes et l’exploration de la ville, est de stimuler l’imagination et la créativité des étudiants pour leur permettre de s’exprimer en s’essayant à différents genres.

    Creative Writing. In this course, students study a broad range of Francophone authors and explore the writing process.  Through the discovery of new texts and the exploration of the city, this course stimulates the students’ imagination and creativity by allowing them to express themselves through different writing styles.

  • Les étudiants découvrent l’histoire de la cuisine française, en étudiant des oeuvres de célèbres experts tels que Vatel, Escoffier, Brillat-Savarin, et Julia Child. Aux cours s’ajoutent de nombreuses visites et dégustations qui témoignent du haut niveau de la gastronomie montpelliéraine. Les étudiants participent à une série d’ateliers en cuisine sous la direction d’un grand chef de Montpellier. Supplément de $300 US pour la classe Majeure et de $250 US pour la classe Mineure.

    Culture and Cuisine. Students learn about the history of French cuisine, by studying such famed culinary experts as Vatel, Escoffier, Brillat-Savarin, and Julia Child. Classroom sessions are enhanced by visits to local markets, butchers, and pastry shops which bear witness to the outstanding gastronomy of Montpellier. In the last week of the program, several sessions are taught in the kitchens of one of the city's top chefs. Lab fee of $300US for Majors; $250 US for Minors

  • FOR STUDENTS WITH TWO YEARS OF FRENCH

    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 are evaluated on the first day and placed in a group with others of a similar level.


    Minors: 

    Students enrolled in a language course on an immersion program choose from a variety of Minors, all of which are centered around a particular theme and emphasize language acquisition as well as focusing on developing the skills learned in the Major.

    Art : Students acquaint themselves with different techniques and media to create a portfolio that 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: Students combine cooking classes, visits to local bakeries, markets, and stores, to discover the history and evolution of French cuisine. Lab fee $250 US.

  • Etape du pèlerinage de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle et bastion du protestantisme pendant les guerres de religion, Montpellier est à la fois un haut lieu d’érudition depuis le Moyen Age, et un palimpseste de styles et d’époques qui contribuent fondamentalement – à travers un programme de visites et de cours – à la compréhension de l’histoire et la culture françaises et au caractère particulier du pays.

    History of France. Stopping point on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, and bastion of Protestantism during the wars of religion, Montpellier is both a center of learning since the Middle Ages and a palimpsest of styles and periods which contribute – through a program of visits and coursework – to understanding French history and culture, and the particular character of the country.

  • A travers des visites journalières de musées, de galeries, de sites historiques dans la région, ainsi qu’à travers des cours de théorie, les élèves acquièrent les outils nécessaires pour lire, décrire et évaluer une oeuvre d’art. Le cours couvre toutes les périodes: l’antiquité, le médiéval, la Renaissance, le baroque, le classique, le romantisme, le réalisme, le modernisme, et toutes les formes d’expression artistique, telles la peinture, la sculpture, l’architecture ou la photographie.

    Art History. Through daily visits to the region’s museums, galleries, and historic sites, as well as through courses on theory, students acquire the tools to read, describe, and evaluate a work of art. The course covers all the periods: antiquity, the middle ages, the Renaissance, the baroque, the classical, romanticism, modernism, and all forms of artistic expression, including painting, sculpture, architecture, and photography.

  • Montpellier, dont la faculté de médecine compte parmi les plus anciennes d’Europe, est la destination rêvée pour les étudiants qui envisagent une carrière médicale. Dans ce cours, ils apprennent à établir l’histoire d’un patient et à mener un examen clinique; ils débattent de questions éthiques telles que l’euthanasie et le clonage et s’essaient à certaines pratiques médicales comme la dissection et l’extraction d’ADN. Ils examinent les médecines dites « douces » ainsi que de nouvelles formes de thérapie comme la musicothérapie. Ils visitent également le centre de médecine sportive et le célèbre Musée d’Anatomie de Montpellier.

    Medicine. Montpellier, whose medical school is counted among the oldest in Europe, is a dream destination for students aspiring to a medical career. In this course, they learn to take a patient’s medical history and conduct a clinical exam; they debate difficult ethical questions related to euthanasia and cloning and try their hand at various medical practices like dissections and DNA extractions. They discover alternative medicine such as musicotherapy and other new forms of therapy. Students also visit the sports medicine center and the famous Anatomy Museum of Montpellier.

  • Ce cours avancé d’expression orale et écrite s’adresse aux étudiants qui veulent enrichir leur vocabulaire et approfondir leur connaissance de la grammaire française et de ses complexités tels que l’emploi du subjonctif et du conditionnel, la concordance des temps et le choix des pronoms personnels et relatifs. Les étudiants lisent la presse régionale et nationale et regardent des extraits de films contemporains, ils discutent de questions de société et de sujets d’actualité et s’initient à l’art du débat. Ils s’essaient à différents types d’écriture et créent un portfolio qu’ils présentent à la fin du programme. 

  • Photographes débutants et expérimentés transforment la ville en leur studio privé afin de parfaire leur talent au travers de projets couvrant portraits, paysages urbains, photojournalisme, et photographie d’art. Les étudiants exposent leur meilleur travail à la fin du programme. Les étudiants doivent emporter leur propre appareil photo DSLR, avec son câble USB, chargeur, et au moins une carte mémoire de 8GB. Supplément de $175 US pour la classe Majeure et de $75 US pour la classe Mineure.

    Photography. Beginners and experienced photographers transform the city into their private studio, honing their skills on assignments that cover portraiture, urban landscapes, photojournalism, and art photography. All students exhibit their best work at the end of the program. Students need to bring their own DSLR camera with USB cable, charger, manual, and at least one 8GB memory card. Lab fee of $175 US for the Major; $75 US for the Workshop. 

  • En cette année d’élection présidentielle, ce cours vise à exposer les étudiants aux concepts de base, ainsi qu’aux principales méthodes de la science politique. Le cours commence par traiter des origines de cette grande discipline, de son émergence, et de ses principaux composants intellectuels, avant d’aborder les grands thèmes qui, aujourd’hui, dominent ses débats en France : la reprise, l’immigration, la loi sur le travail, la terreur, et le futur de l’Union Européenne.

    Politics. In this presidential election year, this course aims to expose students to the basic concepts and principal methods of political science. The class begins by addressing the origins of the discipline, its emergence and main intellectual components, before tackling the topics that dominate political debate in France today: economic recovery, immigration, labor laws, terrorism, and the future of the European Union.

  • Dans l’optique de cerner la complexité des relations agissant sur des régions aussi différentes que le Moyen et l’Extrême Orient, l’Afrique et l’Amérique du Sud, les étudiants se familiarisent avec les principaux modèles théoriques qui gouvernent les relations internationales à l’aide d’une série d’études de cas spécifiques, menées par des experts en la matière. Les étudiants sont ensuite amenés à organiser leur propre sommet traitant d’un important problème d’actualité.

    International Relations. With a goal toward grasping the complexity of the relationships at play in regions as disparate as the Middle East, Far East, Africa, and South America, students become familiar with the principal theoretical models that govern international relations, thanks to a series of case studies led by experts in the field. Students go on to organize a mock summit focusing on a critical current issue.

All students applying for L'Académie de France are asked to provide a writing sample in French as well as a completed Language Recommendation Form from their French teacher.