The French program at Polyglottist Language Academy introduces French language and culture through speaking, listening, reading, and writing in French. All classes are conducted in French. Students develop their abilities to communicate in French through oral exercises, class discussion, and the use of various media resources. In intermediate and advanced classes, students ameliorate their spoken French skills through discussion and analysis of short texts, cultural topics, current events, and personal experience. They expand their knowledge of French grammar through the study of complex structures.
FRENCH BEGINNER I
(Thursday 6:15pm to 7:15pm)
This class is for complete beginners with no knowledge of French. Students enrolled in this class will learn how to talk about themselves, their families, their interests, etc. Students will learn basic grammar including sentence structure, articles, adjectives agreement with nouns, present tense, etc. Students will be also introduced to French culture.
FRENCH BEGINNER 2
(Thursday 7:30pm - 8:30pm)
In order to enroll in this class, students are advised to be able to comfortably conjugate verbs in Present tense, including irregular verbs; to be able to use Futur proche and Futur simple; to know reflexive verbs in Present. Students need to be able to describe themselves, their families, interests, professional life, everyday routine; to be able to order food at a French cafe and describe their favorite food; to buy groceries, etc.This class is conducted entirely in French.
INTERMEDIATE CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH
(Monday from 4:30pm - 6:00pm)
This class is for students who studied French for at least two years. The level of French varies each semester. Usually, students enrolled in this class visited and/or lived in French speaking countries. The main emphasis in this class is to practice oral comprehension and speaking. Students discuss various topics of everyday life, their life, French culture, etc.
INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
(Thursday 3:45pm - 4:45pm)
This class is for complete beginners or for students who studied French for a short period of time.
USEFUL INFO FOR STUDENTS OF FRENCH
1. Why study French?
Read an article below, in which an associate university librarian, Kathy Stein-Smith, PhD, explains the growing demand for French. She argues that French is a language of international diplomacy, a global business language, a top internet language. There are currently 900 million people learning French around the world. To read the full article, click on the link below.
2. To learn about last cultural events at the French department of UC Berkeley, please click on the link below.
3. To order books and other items directly from France, please click on the link below.
4. To learn more about the French language, please go to Wikipedia.
5. To connect with other Francophiles and practice French, please check one of the meet-up groups below.
6. For cooking classes in Paris, including macaroons' classes, click on the link below.
7. To listen beautiful French music, please click on the links below.
8. You can check your pronunciation at Forvo. Please click on link below to go there.