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French Online Program

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Welcome to the world of French Online. Our unique program is completely online, meaning that you will begin to learn the beautiful language and culture of the French world virtually! Its asynchronous design allows you to have maximum flexibility so that you can complete assignments at times that fit your schedule and follow the structure you need to learn a language successfully. The online French program includes three sequential courses, French 406, 407 and 412K. Once you complete the sequence, you also earn your language requirement for the College of Liberal Arts and you may also qualify to continue to FR 317C, a bridge course to advanced French learning at the University of Texas at Austin. Throughout this exciting semi-intensive program, you are guided by our dynamic team of instructors as you interact with authentic materials, use a variety of media, and converse in French with your classmates in live interactions and discussion posts!

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L2 French Dataverse

L2 French Dataverse

The L2 French Dataverse is an open archive in the Texas Data Repository created and managed by Marylise Rilliard (French Linguistics PhD Candidate & Assistant Instructor). The goal is to make this data accessible to language instructors and researchers for pedagogical and research purposes.

This data set contains prompts and their products for writing tasks completed by Upper Division French students (three fictional pieces of writing in French, and two metalinguistic reflections in English). The course focuses on the development of students’ L2 identities in French through self-inspired characters.

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Français Interactif

Francais Interactif

Français Interactif explores the French language and culture by following the lives of real students from the University of Texas who have participated in the UT Summer Program in Lyon, France.

In addition to following the exploits of these UT students, the site includes interviews of native French speakers, as well as scenes of day-to-day interactions in France. Français Interactif combines podcasts, downloadable audio and video files, plus online activities into an enjoyable and engaging format.


Tex's French Grammar

Tex's French Grammar

Tex's French Grammar (la grammaire de l'absurde), a pedagogical reference grammar that combines explanations with surreal dialogues and cartoon images. Originally built for students at the University of Texas at Austin as a user-friendly guide to French grammar, this website may be profitably used by any learner of French, provided he or she possess a sense of humor. Tex's French Grammar is arranged like many other traditional reference grammars with the parts of speech (nouns, verbs, etc.) used to categorize specific grammar items (gender of nouns, irregular verbs). Individual grammar items are carefully explained in English, then exemplified in a dialogue, and finally tested in self-correcting, fill-in-the-blank exercises.


Radio Arlecchino

16th-century Commedia dell'arte meets 21st-century podcasting!

Radio Arlecchino

Students of Italian and the chronically curious are invited to subscribe and listen: Radio Arlecchino is on the air! The stickier points of Italian grammar are elucidated by Italian faculty members Antonella Olson and Eric Edwards with the assistance--interference?--of Arlecchino, Pulcinella, Colombina and other characters from the Commedia dell'arte.

The podcast offers our students grammar without the grind and cultural and vocabulary notes on the go. Listeners can ask questions and leave comments on the Blog. Buon lavoro e buon divertimento!



Danteworlds, is an integrated multimedia journey--combining artistic images, textual commentary, and audio recordings--through the three realms of the afterlife (Inferno, Purgatory, Paradise) presented in Dante's Divine Comedy.

The subject of an interview on the home page of the University of Texas at Austin, Danteworlds was selected for inclusion on EDSITEment in 2008 as "one of the best online resources for education in the humanities," and was featured in the literary blogs of the New Yorker (Jan. 8, 2009) and the Los Angeles Times (Jan. 14, 2009).

The Danteworlds Web site contains an abridged version of the original commentary contained in The Complete Danteworlds: A Reader's Guide to the Divine Comedy (2009) and Danteworlds: A Reader's Guide to the Inferno (2007), both published by the University of Chicago Press. The Complete Danteworlds also features historical overviews of the three realms, plot summaries for each region (circles of Hell, terraces of Purgatory, spheres of Paradise), a chronology of major events in Dante's life, illustrations of the three realms, a map of Italy in the 13th Century, additional study questions, and an extensive bibliography (classical and medieval sources as well as modern studies and translations).



  • Department of French and Italian

    University of Texas at Austin
    201 W 21st Street STOP B7600
    HRH 2.114A
    Austin, TX 78712-1800