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Glasscock School of Continuing Studies

Learn French in Houston

 ApplyParis or Provence? Learn French in the Rice Foreign Language Program and be ready for your trip to France.

Our French courses are designed to provide students with basic language patterns and practical vocabulary. Emphasis is placed on developing conversational skills that will be especially useful in business or travel. All levels of the program include some attention to reading and writing, and highlight interesting aspects of the French culture. A minimum of five students is required to open a class.

Beginning-level students (I-IV) are taught the essential conversational skills used in everyday situations (restaurants, offices, stores, etc.).
Intermediate-level students (V and VI) learn additional language patterns and vocabulary that will enable them to discuss more abstract ideas.
Advanced-level students (VII and above) develop more sophisticated vocabulary and have ample opportunity to practice complex structures. They discuss newspaper and magazine articles and literary selections in class.

Note: Daytime beginning French classes are now also available Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Students at all levels should plan on at least one and one-half hours of homework per class.

Fee for eight-week session (3 hours weekly): $440

Apply for the Foreign Language Program by completing the online application.

If you're enrolling in French and are not a beginner, you must take the placement test. See the calendar for scheduled test dates.