Name: Fernando Oleas
Office: FO 3104
The French Program at Pierce College
Students are placed in French courses according to their years of previous study or according to comparable preparation in or outside the classroom.
In general, one year of high school French is equivalent to one semester of Pierce College work. Thus recent high school graduates with one, two, three, or four years of high school French will enroll in French 2 or 3. Proficient native speakers should enroll in French 4, 5, or 6. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with the French instructor or the department chair regarding their placement in a French class.
All French language courses (French 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8) are primarily taught in French.
LANGUAGE: First year sequence (French 1 and 2)
By the end of the first year of French instruction at Pierce, students are expected to master the basic structure of the language and ability to converse on everyday topics as well as read and write at the elementary level.
LANGUAGE: Second year sequence (French 3 and 4)
During the second year, emphasis is put on gradually raising the student’s ability to speak, read, and write.
French 8 (Conversational French) is an ideal complement to French 3 or 4 since it seeks to develop oral proficiency through a review of French 1 and 2 grammar.
LANGUAGE: Advanced Level (French 5 and 6)
Courses at the advanced level focus on oral discussions and presentations, composition and analysis as well as appreciation of French and Francophone literature and culture.
CULTURE: French 10 (French Civilization)
This course focuses on the study of French civilization in its many forms as well as on literary movements, sciences and arts with special emphasis on modern France and Francophone countries. This course is taught in English.
French is adapted to careers in international business or trade, telecommunications, fashion, the gourmet food industry, medical research, international law, diplomacy and the foreign service, aerospace technology as well as careers in the arts and humanities.
A CHANCE TO GO TO FRANCE ON A SUMMER STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM
Students who study French at Pierce College have a chance to participate in summer study abroad programs to France through a partnership with Los Angeles Valley College and East Los Angeles College. Month-long academic programs are offered every summer in either Montpellier or Paris, with the opportunity for participating students to receive up to 8 units of transferrable credit for the classes they take in France.
AN OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN A DYNAMIC STUDENT CLUB
The French Club at Pierce College is a dynamic student club that organizes excursions to exhibits in the Los Angeles area, film festivals, and various events on campus, such as bake sales with a French flair and Multicultural Day. Participating in the Club is a great way to learn more about the French and the francophone world, improve your language skills during immersion days, and meeting others who share your interest and enthusiasm for all things French!
For more information on the French program at Pierce College and the Study Abroad programs, contact Prof. Anne Le Barbu at email@example.com