FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Why study French?

To get a better job after graduation, to become a volunteer during school or after you graduate (for example, the Peace Corps), to enhance your understanding of American and French/Francophone culture—art, music, literature, journalism, business, science... French is spoken in many countries and major areas around the world, from Canada to Senegal, from Vietnam to Switzerland. What's your career goal? Business, banking, web design, literature, arts, music, fashion, culinary arts, interior design—French can help you get a better job!

What will I get out of my French class if French is not my major?

French classes will help you develop skills useful in other classes and in real-world situations like:

  • applying for a job.
  • reading more effectively
  • writing a well-crafted essay
  • successful test-taking
  • public speaking
  • critical thinking
  • cultural understanding
  • problem-solving
  • teamwork
  • computer skills
What can I expect from the first two years of French?

By the end of the first two years of French, you will be able to have a simple conversation or e-mail exchange with a native speaker. You will be able to get the gist of information on websites and blogs, as well as understanding the main points of French and Francophone songs or videos. Learning French means working with language in communicative contexts, and gaining a better understanding about French culture. We will study grammar, practice speaking, read articles and short literary texts, watch movies, listen to music, write compositions, etc.

Where are the syllabi, course policies, and other course information for my class?

Syllabi and other course documents for all 100-level French courses are posted on your section's Blackboard site. Go directly to Blackboard:

Where can I get free help/tutoring?

Your first stop should be a talk with your own teacher. Instructor office hours (or make an appointment) and FREE French tutoring hours are posted on your section's Blackboard page. Other free campus tutoring resources include: African American Academic Network (AAAN), Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services (LARES), Honors College, and evening tutoring in SRC. For more information, consult these sites off the UIC webpage, talk to your advisor, or write to Elizabeth Weber (edweber@uic.edu).

What's the best way to prepare for class?

Read and prepare the assigned material (from the textbook, the workbook and the laboratory manual) before class. In class you will practice information based on your homework. Be prepared to do lots of speaking! If you don't come prepared, you'll be lost and frustrated in class, and you will receive a low participation grade. See syllabus for explanation of the participation grade.

How do I continue taking French after the 101-104 sequence?

After passing French 104, you may take French 200 and/or 231. Please schedule an appointment with the School's academic advisor at student.las.uic.edu for more information about declaring a French major or minor.

Where can I speak French outside my classroom for fun and extra practice?

See the link below for information about French Conversation Hour, French Club, and various French-speaking activities in Chicago.