World Language - French

  • Overview

Provides students with the knowledge and skills in language and culture to attain functional proficiency in spoken and written French. This certificate includes course work that fulfills customary university four-semester language requirement.

What You'll StudyCourse Sequencing
Curriculum Documents

To plan certificate completion, see the course descriptions in the academic catalog which specify the planned semester(s) in which required classes are to be scheduled.

This is just one way you might complete the World Language – French Certificate Program in 2 semesters over 1 year of full-time study, or 4 semesters over 2 years of part-time study. (Sample course sequences assume that all pre-requisites have been satisfied and the student is prepared for college-level work.) For a detailed list of required courses, optional electives and program information download the World Language – Spanish program description from our official academic catalog.

Course descriptions are also available in the catalog. Find courses

Note that this program begins in the spring semester, not fall.

Sample 1 Year Sequence of Courses
Spring Fall
FRE 201 (with prior credit and placement)
ENG Comp. I
FRE 202
ENG Comp. II
Sample 2 Year Sequence of Courses
Spring 1 Fall 1 Spring 2 Fall 2
FRE 102
ENG Comp. II
FRE 101
ENG Comp. I
FRE 202 FRE 201

Course descriptions are available in the academic catalog. Find courses

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing a course of study in this program will be able to:
  • Appreciate diverse cultural and individual perspectives
    • Compare students’ own and other cultures, thus understanding both better.
    • Demonstrate basic sociolinguistic competence.
    • Use language appropriate to social and cultural context.
  • Solve problems collaboratively
    • Negotiate meaning and understanding collaboratively to solve communication problems and address conflict and misunderstandings.
    • Use target language in class, avoiding the use of English.
  • Communicate in various modes and media
    • Communicate through interpersonal, presentational and interpretive modes:
      • Interpersonal: listening and speaking; reading and writing (one-way communication)
      • Presentational: writing or speaking (two-way communication)
      • Interpretive: listening, reading or viewing (wo-way communication)
  • Locate, evaluate and use various sources of information
    • Locate, evaluate and use various sources of information appropriately, including authentic documents (texts created by and for native speakers).
  • Think creatively and critically
    • Make connections in language; create with language to express one’s own thoughts and opinions.
    • Use both literal and figurative communication and a range of language from the everyday to the formal appropriate to the context, including gestural language.
    • Discover consequences of language use for social and cultural contexts.
  • Apply, integrate, and synthesize learning
    • Build and expand the repertoire of communication strategies – various modes and media.
    • Make appropriate use of imaginative, concrete and/or abstract language for social and cultural contexts.
    • Apply nuance, refinement, sensitivity and awareness at increasing levels of language sophistication.
    • Explore and apply a range of effective language learning strategies.


Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), 1999

What's Next

Complete the Associate Degree and/or transfer to a Baccalaureate program for a language major, or double major with another field, or a language minor. Consider completing formal proficiency testing (Oral Proficiency Interview, OPI or OPI-C) to certify level of proficiency on the ACTFL scale.