The Department of French and Italian

Liron Shlesinger

M.A. in French Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin, B.A. in French; B.A. in Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Assistant Instructor, PhD Student
Liron Shlesinger



Psycholinguistics, Neurolinguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Bilingualism, Phonetics, Phonology, L2 Speech Learning


Liron Shlesinger is a third year PhD student in French Linguistics. In 2018, he received his undergraduate degrees in Integrative Biology and French from the University of California in Berkeley. In 2021, he received his Masters in French from the University of Texas at Austin. His current research interests include second language acquisition, speech neuroscience and second language speech learning. 


FR 601C • Beginning French

37055 • Fall 2021
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM MEZ 2.122

Welcome to the French Intensive Language Program. French 601C is the first semester elementary French course at the University of Texas and assumes no previous knowledge of the language.  Français interactif is a unique beginning French program developed at the University of Texas. Français interactifhelps 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.  Keep in mind as you watch these students that they were in your position only a year ago--enrolled in beginning French at UT!  This program shows you that it IS possible to learn French well enough to communicate with native speakers.

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 give Français interactif an authenticity and immediacy lacking in most commercially produced textbooks. 

As its name implies, Français interactif emphasizes interaction:
student/teacher, student/student, student/computer, and even
student/native-speaker.  The goal of these materials is in its title: interaction in French!  More specifically, the goal of this course is to improve your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in French.  This means that you will learn useful vocabulary, grammatical structures, and cultural information, which is embedded naturally in the videos and textbook content.  The classroom focus is on learner-centered group activities and language is naturally communicative.

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