Amy is an amazing and understanding instructor. It was great to feel that no question was a stupid one in this class. I would recommend it to anyone who has ever considered learning the language!"
I enjoyed taking this French conversational course and I would highly recommend it to anyone. It covered all the important basics and more! Ce cours de francais est excellent!"
I feel empowered to speak my level of French on my trip to France this year, despite 35 years passing since my high school French classes, and all because of these wonderful lessons, discussions, and links! Thank you."
I had mixed feelings about the course at the beginning because I felt it was a lot of material at one time, but then I came to appreciate all of the information that was given to me. I never thought I would learn so much French in so little time. Amy has a great sense of humor. I like her teaching style. She responded to the discussion area with "lightning speed". I knew I would not have to wait long for a response. I really felt like she was giving me a one-on-one. She did a terrific job. Chouette!"
I have learned an incredible amount of French from this beginning class. I think that is mostly due to the class format and teaching style of the instructor. Merci beaucoup!"
I truly enjoyed Amy's friendly conversational teaching style. This was my first on-line classroom experience, and I found it a delight. The audio for French pronunciation is extremely useful and worked well for me. I can see that a lot of thought and preparation went into providing this excellent on-line course."
I was surprised and appreciative at how in-depth the lessons were. Much more information than I expected. This is my first time taking an online class."
The course covered all pertinent topics. I liked the structure of the course. The instructor clearly is an expert in teaching as well as in the French language and it's instruction."
This is my first online course and I am very impressed. I know a lot of effort was put into this course in a very systematic way and I appreciated it. Thank you."
Course Code: bcf
In this first lesson, you will learn the basics of pronunciation. Good pronunciation will help you communicate with native speakers. First, you will learn how to pronounce vowels. French uses the same alphabet as English, and the vowels are the same. This lesson wraps up with consonants, stressing syllables, and linking words together.
In your second lesson, you will use all that pronunciation in real sentences. You will start with some basic information and a few rules. This lesson will move to common words and some easy sentences. Finally, you will try out these new skills to talk about weather and basic numbers.
Time is important to travelers, so this lesson focuses on numbers. Prior to diving in, you will review reviewing what you learned. After, you will learn how to pronoun the teens, twenties, then hundreds, thousands, and beyond. You will also learn the days and months. Calendars are a little different in France, and you will need to read them.
Welcome to France! In this lesson, you will learn all about transportation. You will start out at the airport. Then you will learn words about taxis, buses, trains, and my favorite, the subway.
This lesson discusses hotel language.
This lesson covers food. First, you will learn about different types of French restaurants. Then you will learn general vocabulary about food and eating out. You will also learn words for various beverages.
In the seventh lesson, you will learn about currency and different types of communication. First, you will learn about money in France. Then you will move on to telephones, the mail, and technology.
This lesson teaches you how to talk about shopping in French. First, you will learn words that are used in all stores, talk about souvenirs. Next, you will learn words for clothes, including names for colors and different types of stores.
In Lesson 9, you’re going to learn French for different forms of entertainment starting with the radio. This lesson will also teach you how to talk about television and movies, sports and beaches, and circus and fairs. Finally, you will learn about zoos and amusement parks.
This lesson continues the conversation about entertainment. You will learn about cultural spots like museums, castles, and cathedrals. France is famous for its castles. Next, you will learn how to talk about the theater. You will learn words for plays, musicals, operas, and concerts.
This lesson is about communicating during emergencies. Hopefully, you won’t need to use this lesson, but life is unpredictable. It’s helpful to familiarize yourself with these words and French phrases. You will learn exclamations, as well as a few French proverbs and idioms.
The final lesson is a review. First, you will review a few key points, such as pronunciation and linking words. Then, you will practice making your own simple sentences. All you will need to do is plug in the word you need. Next, you will learn how to ask questions, and simple sentence structure. Finally, you will learn some fun slang.
Amy Page has been a translator and technical writer for more than 25 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and completed a special Translation minor. She has written, copy edited, and translated for a variety of clients, including large companies.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.
Instructor-Led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You have three-month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.
Instructor-Led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your three-month access.
Instructor-Led: The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.