World Languages Institute: French

Whether you want to speak French for business or personal reasons, our classes are a great way to learn. And our classes cover the full range of proficiency levels from beginning to advanced.

Beginning French classes introduce you to basic vocabulary and expressions used in everyday situations.

Beginning lessons cover how to:
•Ask and respond to simple questions
•Engage in simple conversations
•Interact in social, business, and travel situations
•Read a variety of basic written materials
•Write simple sentences on everyday topics

Intermediate and advanced classes build on your existing skills to help you read, write, and speak French with greater fluency.

Intermediate and advanced lessons teach you how to:
•Engage in conversations with ease and confidence
•Increase your proficiency in French grammar and vocabulary
•Read and understand the meaning of French texts and articles
•Write short essays on common topics
•Deepen your understanding of current French culture

Classes meet once a week for 5-10 weeks. All instructors are fluent French speakers with extensive teaching experience.

Current French Classes

  • French 1 Intensive

    This twice-weekly course is for beginners who have never studied the French language but wish to learn at a faster pace. Participants will l... More »

  • French 2 Intensive

    For students who have taken 1 quarter of French or the equivalent. This twice-weekly course will give you practice opportunities using the p... More »

  • French for Travelers

    Preparing for a trip to France? This interactive class is the perfect choice for travelers to a French speaking country who would like to l... More »

  • French Pronunciation Made Easy

    Speaking French is more than just knowing the vocabulary and grammar rules - you also need to pronounce the letters correctly. In this cours... More »

  • French Through Current Events

    See France the way the French do. Read and discuss current events using the latest French publications. Prerequisite: two years of college-l... More »

  • When in Paris - do as the Parisians do!

    Prepare for your next vacation in the "City of Light" with a native instructor who lived in Paris, France, for 10 years. Topics presented in... More »

  • French 1

    For students with little or no previous knowledge of French. Participants will learn basic verb conjugations and usage, simple conversations... More »

  • French 2

    Students will continue to learn basic structures while expanding expression in practical situations. Topics may include transportation, dire... More »

  • French 3

    Students will learn to use past verb tenses, and topics may include historical and holiday traditions. Required text: Deux Mondes - 6th ed.,... More »

  • French in Review: Levels 1 - 3

    This class offers a review of the vocabulary, expressions, and grammatical concepts introduced in French 1 through 3. Emphasis is on practic... More »

  • Reading French - Made Easy

    Discover the pleasures of reading in French and deepen your understanding of the French language and culture. Intended for students at the l... More »

  • Basic Conversational French

    Immerse yourself in French and boost your pronunciation, listening comprehension and speaking skills! A maximum class size of 12 ensures hig... More »

  • French 4

    For students who have had three quarters of French or the equivalent. Activities will be conversation-based with emphasis on use in practica... More »

  • French 5

    This course is for students who have studied the basic concepts of the language and who wish to expand vocabulary and fluency to carry on in... More »

  • French Grammar Tune-Up

    This workshop aims to help you review, understand, and master some of the more challenging French grammar concepts introduced in the first f... More »

  • French Potpourri

    Discover the pleasures of reading in French and deepen your understanding of the French language and culture. Explore its music, art, film, ... More »

  • Intermediate Conversational French

    Immerse yourself in French and boost your pronunciation, listening comprehension, and speaking skills. A maximum class size of 12 ensures hi... More »

  • French 6

    This intermediate-advanced level course is for students who have studied the basic concepts of the language and wish to review French gramma... More »

  • French 7

    This intermediate-advanced level course is for students who have studied the basic concepts of the language and wish to review French gramma... More »

  • Survival French for the Traveler

    Planning a trip to France? This fast-paced class prepares you for almost anything French and focuses on pronunciation basics and essential t... More »

  • "Savoir Faire" - Exploring French Culture

    See France through the eyes of a French anthropologist - explore the cultural differences between America and France and deepen your underst... More »

  • French Heritage in the Pacific Northwest

    Do you ever wonder where the city of Bellevue got its name? Did you know that prior to 1849 the primary non-native language in the Pacific N... More »

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