Summer Intensive French Program

The language of the L’Academie Francaise, as well as French as it is spoken today, are indispensable for work in international aid and development, an introduction to the European Union, and a source of life-long cultural enrichment. Our program offers you the opportunity to challenge yourself and explore your passion for French in a language learning environment unlike any other.

French is Robespierre, Rabelais, Renoir and all the cultural glories of La Belle France. At the same time, it is vibrant and global, a primary and administrative language from West Africa, Southeast Asia, Canada, and the Caribbean to the boulevards and banlieus of Paris. 

The Summer Intensive French program marries the critical lexical elements of French with the cultural nuance of the larger Francophone world. Students in the program come from a variety of background and regions, but are all united for the summer in their goal to heighten cultural and linguistic fluency. In the classroom, relevant topics and real world materials are explored through integrated activities and group work. Outside of the classroom, activities center around communication with native speakers, exploring cultural traditions from Francophone countries, and taking advantage of the beautiful and peaceful language learning environment offered on the Monterey Peninsula.

Program Highlights

  • Eight weeks of classes from June 16 to August 8, 2014
  • 21.5 hours of in-class instruction per week
  • Elementary, intermediate, and advanced sections available depending on enrollment
  • Two components for each level: a Core Component that focuses on structure and vocabulary, and a Fluency Component that is devoted to real-world speaking, listening, reading, and writing
  • Free tutoring to support classroom learning
  • Conversation partner program, which offers a chance to interact with native-speakers from the Institute’s graduate programs
  • Co-curricular activities designed to enhance formal study
  • Instructors with native-level fluency, advanced teaching degrees and years of experience
  • Career advising to support students’ career paths related to the Francophone world

Please click below to learn more about each level and textbook(s) used.

Elementary and High Elementary French
The elementary class is designed for students with no or minimal knowledge of French. The class uses an integrated, communicative approach to engage students in the learning process. Students will be exposed to basic grammar, vocabulary, and cultural information, and will have many opportunities to produce the language in speaking and writing. Students will read material from authentic French sources, listen to TV broadcasts, write short essays and give oral presentations. The goal of the program is to improve students' overall ability to understand and use the language as well as become familiar with the culture of French-speaking countries.

Elementary-Level Textbooks

The French Coordinator will provide instructions for ordering textbooks. Please wait to order a textbook until you receive this confirmation.

Required:

Grammaire En Dialogues:  Niveau Grand Debutant (w/ Audio CD)
Edition: French paperback
ISBN-10: 2090380608
ISBN-13: 9782090380606
Publisher: CLE International

Vocabulaire en Dialogue: Niveau Debutant (w/ Audio CD)

Edition: French paperback
ISBN-10: 209035223X
ISBN-13: 9782090352238
Publisher: CLE International

Parallèles
Edition: 3rd
ISBN-10: 0131832360
ISBN-13: 9780131832367
Publisher: Prentice Hall

Deuxième Livre Workbook in French 2 Years
Edition: 3rd
ISBN-10: 0877204705
ISBN-13: 9780877204701
Publisher: Amsco School Publications Inc.


All students will be required to purchase additional online material that will be indicated upon arrival.

High-Elementary-Level Textbooks

The French Coordinator will provide instructions for ordering textbooks. Please wait to order a textbook until you receive this confirmation.

Required:

Grammaire En Dialogues:  Niveau Grand Debutant (w/ Audio CD)
Edition: French paperback
ISBN-10: 2090352177
ISBN-13: 9782090352177
Publisher: CLE International

Vocabulaire en Dialogue: Niveau Intermediaire (w/ Audio CD)

Edition: French paperback
ISBN-10: 2090352248
ISBN-13: 9782090352245
Publisher: CLE International

Parallèles
Edition: 3rd
ISBN-10: 0131832360
ISBN-13: 9780131832367
Publisher: Prentice Hall

Deuxième Livre Workbook in French 2 Years
Edition: 3rd
ISBN-10: 0877204705
ISBN-13: 9780877204701
Publisher: Amsco School Publications Inc.

All students will be required to purchase additional online material that will be indicated upon arrival.

Intermediate French

The intermediate class is designed for students with at least one year of recent college-level French studies. Students are required to take a placement exam that tests their proficiency in both oral and written French at the start of the program. Placement is determined by students' language proficiency level, not the length of their previous studies.

The intermediate class uses an integrated, communicative approach to engage students in the learning process. Students will be exposed to intermediate and advanced level grammar structures and vocabulary, and will have many opportunities to produce the language in speaking and writing. Students will read materials from authentic French sources, listen to TV broadcasts, write essays and give oral presentations. The focus of the program is to further improve students' ability to understand and use the language.

Intermediate-Level Textbooks

The French Coordinator will provide instructions for ordering textbooks. Please wait to order a textbook until you receive this confirmation.

Required:

Grammaire En Dialogues: Niveau Debutant (w/ Audio CD)
Edition: French paperback
ISBN: 9782090352177
Publisher: CLE International

Communication Progressive du Francais Niveau Intermediare (CD not required)
Edition:  French paperback

ISBN-10:  2090337265
ISBN-13:  9782090337266
Publisher:  CLE International

French 2 Years Workbook
Edition: New Edition
ISBN: 9781567653069
Publisher: AMSCO Publications

Subscription to YABLA FRENCH (June 15 - August 15)

French/English dictionary with phonetic symbols

All students will be required to purchase additional online material that will be indicated upon arrival.

Contact Us

Alisyn Henneck
Enrollment Marketing Manager
languages@miis.edu
(831) 647-4115

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