The Paris Gateway Program
Supported by Goucher College, DePauw University, Franklin & Marshall College
For any French-speaking student who is ready for a semester entirely in the French language, having already acquired:
- The oral comprehension skills needed to follow a course taught in French (for non-Francophones)
- The basic conversational skills needed to join in a class discussion
- A basic competency in written French.
For any student wanting to acquire a strong command of the French language, regardless of his or her major field.
For any student seeking an early, sustained contact with France today.
For any student wishing to get ready for an advanced French-language study abroad program in a later semester. (Example: one of IFE’s French Field Study and Internship programs.)
Why the Gateway, why IFE?
Whatever a student’s academic focus, the Paris Gateway Program is a chance to improve French language skills tremendously while learning alot about what’s going on in France and Europe today, through both coursework and contact with local surroundings.
Goucher College chose IFE, a French educational organization, to operate this program because of its track record in providing students innovative opportunities and programs for getting inside France today.
Depauw University and Franklin and Marshall College have joined this program because of what they see as significant language and cultural acquisition in the space of one semester, for students ready for a first experience entirely in French.
Finally, the Gateway Program has proven to be an ideal preparation for subsequent participation in one of IFE’s Field Study and Internship programs. Each year several students take advantage of this well-coordinated two-semester option.
How exactly does the program work?
IFE’s Paris Gateway Program is a tightly-constructed, integrated program focused exclusively on getting to know France today while perfecting French language skills.
The small size of the student group ensures individual attention and a high level of participation in classroom discussion and debate.
Program objectives are met by five principal elements:
Orientation / Préparation
Cours de Langue Française de la Sorbonne
Paris - France – Paris: Discovering a nation via its capital (lien vers pdf du syllabus)
Language and Methodology Seminar / Internship Report