French Summer Institute – Beginner 2 and Lower Intermediate

Beginner 2 and Lower Intermediate are ideal if you already have experience with French through a conversational beginner course, or from your academic, personal or work life. Add to your vocabulary and expressions in order to communicate in everyday situations involving travel, food, shopping, family and business.

Improve your pronunciation, and learn to talk about future plans and express past events. Focus on using French in authentic real-life situations to advance your language skills by learning more complex structures with a defined communication goal in mind.

Concentrate on speaking correctly, and distinguish between the past, present, and future tenses. Begin to learn about French nuances, including correct levels of language to use in various situations. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to conduct a simple conversation about familiar topics with only some hesitation.

Daily Schedule
In the mornings, focus on practical, true-to-life conversation practice in lively classes that blend instruction, feedback, small group and pair work.

On select afternoons, enjoy rich Francophone cultural experiences, workshops, or virtual or in-person visits from French-speaking guests who bring their unique culture and perspectives to your class. The in-person option in Week 1 may include short field trips to visit members of the Francophone community.

See a sample daily schedule for one, two and three-week Summer Institutes. Please note that only Week 1 offers the in-person learning option.  

How am I Assessed?
This is a non-credit course without letter or numerical grades. You receive verbal feedback on your conversation and grammar skills from your instructor during class. Written homework is typically corrected in class. Some lesson modules may include quizzes.

Technology Requirements
To participate, you’ll need access to:

  • an email account
  • a computer, laptop or tablet under five years old using Windows or macOS
  • the latest version of a web browser (or previous major version release)
  • a reliable internet connection
  • a video camera and microphone.

No textbooks are required.

Course Format

Choose from two formats:

  • In-person (Week 1 only)
  • 100% online, instructor-supported with real-time classes (Weeks 1, 2 and 3)

For online classes, you log in to your class at scheduled times and participate by video with Zoom, a web conferencing app.

Outside of class time, you can access other materials online at your own pace and rhythm.

One business day before the course start date, we’ll email you step-by-step instructions for accessing your coursePlease note you can log in to your course for up to three weeks after the course ends. You will not be able to access course materials after this time.

To register:
Please follow these steps to register for this Summer Institute.

You first need to log into your registration account or create your registration account (if you do not already have one).

  1. Click on Available Sessions. Please note all boxes are checked by default. Ignore the $0.00 total in the first row.
  2. Choose a format for Week 1 (in-person or online). If you’re registering for Week 1 In-person, uncheck the box next to Week 1 Online, and vice versa.
  3. If you’re registering for Week 2, uncheck the box next to Week 3. If you’re registering for Week 2 and 3, leave the boxes next to Week 2 and Week 3 checked.
  4. Click ADD TO CART. Note: You must be registered in a Week 1 option to be able to register in Week 2. Similarly, to register in Week 3, you must be registered in both a Week 1 option and Week 2.
  5. You’ll see a screen that says My Cart. At this point, you have the option of removing Week 2 and Week 3 if you have chosen these options. If you want to change learning formats for Week 1, go back to Step 1.
  6. Total fees appear next to Grand Total.

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