Texas Common Number
FREN 1411
Course Number Course Title Semester Day & Time Instructor Course Fee Register
FR 406 Introductory French I Fall 2024 Online TBA $1,100.00
Course Type
Semester-Based Online
Class Description

French 406 is the first of a three-semester course sequence designed to develop your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in French. You will learn useful vocabulary, grammatical structures and cultural information, all naturally embedded in videos and online activities. This course uses the first-year French curriculum of Français interactif, a unique beginning French program developed at the University of Texas. Français interactif helps you explore the French language and culture by following the lives of real UT students who participated in the UT Summer Program in Lyon, France. The UT students will introduce you to their French host families, their French university and their lives in France. In addition to following the exploits of these UT students, you will also watch videos of native French speakers as well as scenes of day­-to-­day interactions (e.g., vendors in the market, waiters at a café, children getting ready to go to school, etc.) These video ­based materials provide authenticity and immediacy lacking in most commercially produced textbooks.

Required Course Materials

This course does not have a traditional print textbook. Instead, you will use an online language-learning platform called Lingco. Lingco’s online textbook will be connected and accessible from your canvas course in Modules. You will access course materials there and take frequent assessments on what you learn. The textbook costs $68 and is required to complete the course.

Date & Location

This course has no live class meetings, and for the most part can be done on the student's own schedule. There are due dates for all assignments, and the exams must be taken on the assigned dates.

First class day: Monday, August 26
Last class day: Monday, December 9
Final exam: Instructor will provide information.

Technical Requirements

Reliable internet connection (wired connection is recommended for synchronous interactions and video recordings). A computer with webcam, microphone and headphones.

Official UT Austin Course Description

Emphasis on basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing at the novice level of proficiency. Designed for students with no prior coursework in French.

Class Prerequisites


Students should contact the University Extension advisor with any questions about prerequisites or placement in our courses. All students should contact their academic advisor with any questions about how this course fulfills their degree requirements.


No refunds after 08/29/2024.