Goals of the beginning and intermediate sequences in French include the following:
- Comprehension of both the oral and written language beyond an elementary level
- Development of the capacity to express reasonably complicated thought both orally and in writing
- An introduction to French and Francophone literatures and cultures
At the advanced level, the student is expected to reach competence in use and knowledge of the French language and to become conversant with French and francophone literatures and cultures. Students will not only familiarize themselves but also engage critically with important intellectual ideas from the French-speaking world as they have evolved across time and space.
From the beginning, French is used extensively, if not totally, in the classroom. Except where specified, all class discussion, essays and examinations are conducted in French.