Catholic University of Paris

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    Catholic University of Paris, France
    French Language & Culture: 21 hrs / wk
    4 Weeks: $1995 / Semester; $3995 USD
    Open to All – Min age 17 yrs

    Highlights

    • Low cost Tuition & Housing
    • Pre-departure resources (info)
    • Student services support staff
    • Cultural activities / field trips
    • Discount airfare booking
    • Easy check-in process
    • Earn academic credit
    • Transcript (certificate)

    The Program

    Study French at the Catholic University of Paris. Founded in 1875, the University is well known throughout Europe as a private institution of higher education offering Masters and Doctoral degrees in a variety of faculties. Fully accredited by the Ministry of Education in France, and also a member of the UDESCA (Union of the Catholic Higher Educational Establishments) and the International Federation of Catholic Universities (FIUC).. Also member of Campus France, the Louvre Museum, and partner with the University of Paris V. French Studies are available by the Semester, Academic Year, and Summer Sessions. Open to all students and adults.

    The Location

    Paris, France. Courses are held on the Institut Catholique campus in the 6th arrondissement, the heart of historical Paris. Students attend classes close by the Latin Quarter, Saint-Germain-des-Pres, and Montparnasse. 

    Courses

    • French Language: all levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced).
    • 4 hrs + per day M-F, 21 hrs per week Intensive.
    • Semester Course, Academic Year, and Summer Sessions.
    • Courses taught by University faculty. University Level Courses.
    • Actual course listing obtained from instructor.

    BEGINNER: 1 & 2

    This course is designed to provide a basic foundation in French vocabulary, grammar, phonetics, reading, conversation and laboratory work. Absolute beginners and elementary level students are suitable for this course. In addition to the Language and Phonetic components, various topics of the French culture are also included.

    Objectives:

    • Learn the very basic level of French: introductions, asking questions, express opinions, etc.
    • Learn listening comprehension of simple sentences, expressions, short texts, and dialogues.
    • Learn written and spoken French in common situations of daily life.
    • Learn elementary and brief writing and spoken descriptions of past and current events.
    • Learn about French culture and society (past – present) and improve listening comprehension.

    Phonetics Lab: Objectives

    • Learn French Phonetic system (progression), discrimination of prosodic traits, graphic symmetry.
    • Learn transcribing (review lessons covered in class), repeat phrases, create utterances, read.
    • Evaluate in class (test): repetition, creating, comprehension, discrimination, and reading.

    Grading: In class written tests, listening and oral tests also.

    Teaching Approach: Grammatical emphasis, as well as development of the key competencies.

    Materials: Class handouts, various visual, audio and written materials.
    Sample textbook may be used: Festival 1 – Cahier d’ exercices (workbook & CD).

    INTERMEDIATE: 1 & 2

    This course is designed for students who have has previous French lessons, about 240 hours, and who seek to enhance their French Language abilities. This course helps prepare students for the “Certificate de langue Francaise”. Students learn to understand and better communicate in writing and speaking French in common situations of daily life.

    Objectives:

    • Learn simple sentences, common expressions, dialogues, and short texts on familiar subjects.
    • Learn enhanced techniques of written and spoken French in situations of daily life.
    • Learn better writing and spoken descriptions of common subjects and various areas of interest.
    • Learn critical reading skills through “French Literature texts”.
    • Learn additional aspects of French Culture, and improve listening skills.

    Phonetics Lab: Continued working on phonemes (Ax / Ra Progression), and class activities.

    Grading: In class tests: written, oral, and listening. Final exam very important.

    Materials: Class handouts, and various visual, audio, and written materials.
    Sample textbook may be used: Le Nouveau Taxi 3 / Le Nouvel Edito B1, and accompanying CD
    Also, books from the series Le FLE par les textes (Belin) may be used.

    ADVANCED

    This course is for Advanced level students who have had more than 300 hours of French lessons, and seek to further enhance their French Language abilities. This course helps students perfect their speaking, reading, writing, and listening comprehension skills. Students improve their abilities to make themselves understood in every day life situations, as well as more complicated contexts.

    Objectives:

    • Learn enhanced writing and listening skills regarding complicated sentences and expressions.
    • Learn enhanced communication skills regarding daily life (writing, speaking, reading).
    • Learn enhanced skills in dealing with familiar subjects and personal experiences.
    • Learn enhanced “critical reading” skills thru French Literature texts.
    • Learn more about French Culture and Society.

    Phonetics Lab: Continued progression, class activities, and evaluation.

    Grading: In class tests, written, oral,and listening. Final exam very important.

    Materials: Class handouts, and various visual, audio, and written materials.
    Sample textbooks may include: Le Nouvel Edito B1 / B2, with accompanying CD.
    Also, Le FLE par les textes (Belin) series.

    Academic Credit

    12 – 17 Semester Credits. 24 – 34 Academic Year Semester Credits. 2 – 4 Credits for Summer Month. Fully Accredited by Ministry of Education in France. Each student receives transcript (certificate) from the University upon completion.

    Activities

    Student life on campus offers many activities. Students can take part in free “French Conversation” sessions hosted by native French Speakers. The multimedia center offers students the “free” opportunity to practice their written and conversational French, their phonetics, or work on cultural topics. Guided tours are available in Paris and other locations: Mount St Michel, Chateaux de la Loire, as well as cultural discoveries to museums, concerts, etc…cost extra (optional). The student newspaper and blog created by students offers opportunities to all levels of French. Others include: internet access, computer rooms, sailing club, theatre club, campus restaurants, etc. Overall, lot’s to do and see!

    Housing

    All students arrange own housing in Paris. Easy to do. CSA provides housing information, and useful web-links with confirmation docs. Can book in advance online, or wait until arrival check-in. Cost ranges from $800 – $1500 month for student housing and meals. Cost will vary, depending on type of housing, location, and if you share a room. CSA students always find suitable housing, so do not worry. Staff in Paris office will also assist if needed.

    Getting Around Paris

    The Parisian subway (Metro) is the primary way to get around Paris easily. It is one of the best subway systems in the world. You can even use your cell phone underground on the Metro. It is best to get a weekly or monthly subway pass for unlimited rides, and can also use it on the extensive bus system. Subway is usually closed between midnight and 5 am, depending on the line. during that time, there are “night buses” called “Noctam’bus”. Also, Taxis are plenty and can be hailed at Taxi stands, hotels, hailed on the street, or by calling a dispatcher. Overall, it is very easy to get around Paris !

    Dates and Fees

    SUMMER COURSES
    * French Language: 21 hrs per week

    4 weeks June (early) – June (late)
    2020 Dates:June 1st – 26th
    2021 Dates: May 31st – June 25th
    $1995 USD
    4 weeks July (early) – July (late)
    2019 Dates: July 3rd – 30th
    2020 Dates: July 6th – 31st
    2021 Dates: July 5th – 30th
    $1995 USD
    4 weeks August (early) – August (late)
    2019 Dates: August 5th – 30th
    2020 Dates: August 3rd – 28th
    2021 Dates: August 2nd – 27th
    $1995 USD
    3 weeks (September (early – late)
    2019 Dates: September 2nd – 20th
    2020 Dates: August 31st – September 18th
    2021 Dates: August 30th – September 17th
    $1695 USD

    FALL SEMESTER

    September (mid) – January (late)
    2019 Dates: September 23rd, 2019 – January 24th, 2020
    2020 Dates: September 21st, 2020 – January 22nd, 2021
    2021 Dates: September 20th, 2021 – January 22nd, 2022

    Placement Test: Sept (mid)
    French Language & Culture (21 hrs / wk)
    $3995 USD

    JANUARY, 4 Weeks Intensive Course

    21 hrs / week
    2020 Dates: January 6th – 31st
    2021 Dates: January 4th – 29th, 2021

    Ongoing every year, similar dates.
    $1795 USD

    SPRING SEMESTER

    February (mid) – June Early
    2020 Dates: February 10th – May 29th
    2021 Dates: February 8th – May 28th

    Placement Test: Feb (early)
    French Language & Culture (21 hrs / wk)
    $3995 USD

    ACADEMIC YEAR

    September (mid) – June (early)
    September 23rd, 2019 – May 29th, 2020
    September 21st, 2020 – May 28th, 2021
    September 20th, 2021 – May 27th, 2022 USD

    Placement Test: Sept (mid)
    French Language & Culture (21 hrs / wk)
    $7595 USD

    Requirements

    Minimum age 17. Passport. Visa required for Semester and Year programs.
    CSA will send confirmation documents to apply for Visa.

    Arrival

    Airport pick-up not available. Use airport transportation to Paris central. Easy to do. Use Paris METRO (Subway) or Taxi to get to housing. Consult your travel book for current arrival info.

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