Now is the time to sign up for UMA French classes for Spring 2020!


Now is the time to sign up for UMA French classes for Spring 2020! We offer language, literature, and humanities courses, with a course on Francophone literature this coming semester and a course on French cinema in Summer session I (both offered online).

In order to meet the needs of highly motivated students not able to attend a traditional face-to-face class, French at UMA is now offering all French classes with four different options:

  • attending face-to-face (F2F),
  • via Zoom (you attend remotely via video conference),
  • hybrid (where you participate one day a week),
  • and fully online.

French at UMA

Live class sessions are taped each class to give you a real sense of the material as it is taught.

We have had numerous students take our courses successfully via distance and we welcome your questions! We offer a French certificate to award to students who are not matriculated at UMA.

There is an online tutor who holds evening “meet and greets” for your class so that you get a chance to practice speaking French.

All homework is online and the book has real-life mini-films and audio exercises, as well as self-grading grammar exercises to help you keep up with your French and continue to expand your knowledge!

Additional information about the online format of the courses » Student Testimonials »

This spring, we are offering the following courses.

All classes can be taken in person (F2F), hybrid, via Zoom, or fully online, with the exception of FRE 103, which is only offered F2F.

FRE 103

Do you want to brush up on your French or learn a new skill, but don’t have a lot of extra time? “Conversational French: Beginners and Beyond” will be held on Tuesdays 12:00-1:00 p.m. (no previous experience with French necessary).

Class is geared towards beginners, but it is a multilevel class to accommodate a variety of learners.

FRE 102

This course gets you hearing and speaking French from the first day! Continuation of FRE 101. Emphasis on development of listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing skills.

Prerequisite: FRE 101 OR a minimum score of 70% on the French Placement Test OR permission of instructor.
4 CR (Tues/Thurs 9-11 a.m.)

FRE 204

We use the textbook, PORTAILS 2, which comes with mini-films that you can watch online and a great deal of information about the French-speaking world. We spend much of class time discussing with each other and building on our French!

Prerequisite: FRE 203 or 3 years of high school French.
4 CR (Tues/Thurs 1-3 p.m.)

FRE 306

Continuation of FRE305. An intermediate course for further development of speaking fluency, listening comprehension, and reading and writing skills. Includes a review of grammatical structures, literary and cultural readings, films, and discussions in French.

Prerequisite: FRE305 or POA.
4CR (Tues/Thurs 1:30-3:30 p.m.)

ENG 340 Francophone Literature (online, Spring 2020)

Students will explore and discuss Francophone literary text from a wide variety of regions throughout the world. The class will examine the socio-political framework of colonization and decolonization for each work as well as its relationship to literary history. The role of France and its relationship with the people and countries of the Francophone world will also be discussed.

This course is taught in English.
Prerequisite: ENG 102 or permission of the instructor.

FRE 309 Cinema in the French-speaking World: Gender, Sexuality, and Social change (online, Summer session I)

This course explores a variety of films in French set in of Francophone countries or regions, such as Europe (France), North America (Quebec) and Africa (Algeria, Senegal). We will seek to better understand the political, socio-economic, religious, and gendered dynamics in each film.

No previous experience with the French language, WGS Studies, or cinema is expected. This course is taught in English and all films have subtitles in English.
Prerequisite: ENG 102 or permission of the instructor.

If you are not sure about a specific course or would like additional information, don’t hesitate to email me.  Here is a general list of FAQ as well. Senior waivers are available (for those 65 and older) through the registrar’s office at 621-3079. Looking forward to seeing you in class!

Chelsea Ray