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French and Italian

Overview

The Department of French and Italian offers majors and minors in French and Italian, with an online sequence for French. There are also study abroad and scholarship opportunities for students of both languages. 

  • French Lower division sequence: FR 601, 611C, 317C.
  • French Lower division online sequence: FR 406, FR 407, FR 412K.
  • Italian Lower division sequence: ITL 601, 611C.

French

There are almost 80 million native French speakers worldwide, mainly in France, Canada, Switzerland, and Belgium. Additionally, there are almost 200 million fluent, daily French speakers in Francophone Africa, and in particular GabonAlgeriaMoroccoTunisiaMauritiusSenegal and Ivory Coast. 

French is a primary or second language of many international organisations including the United Nations, the European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the World Trade Organization, the International Olympic Committee, and the International Committee of the Red Cross. In 2011, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked French the third most useful language for business, after English and Standard Mandarin Chinese.

Interested in learning French? You might enjoy these pages from the BBC.

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Italian

Italian is an official language of Italy, Switzerland, San Marino, and Vatican City. It has approximately 67 million native speakers and 13 million additional fluent second-language speakers. Italian is an official language of the European Union, as well as being the working language of the Holy See. Italian is an important language of culture: Renaissance Italy had a huge influence on the Western World, and the language continues to be influential, especially in the fields of music, fashion, and film.  

Interested in learning Italian? You might enjoy these pages from the BBC.

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Key phrases
The alphabet

Study Abroad

There are study abroad opportunities to Lyon, France and Rome, Italy.

Department Scholarships

Course Offerings for Summer 2020

  • FR F317C - Enhancing French Skills
    An advanced intermediate course which serves to
    continue the development of your communication abilities in French by practicing the four basic skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading.  In this course, you will expand your knowledge of the French language and culture through the daily use of authentic documents, such as songs, movie clips, comic strips, journalistic and literary readings, internet videos, and websites.  Meets the prerequisite requirements for French 320E or 324L.  Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: French 611C with a grade of at least C. With Dr. Ellenor Shoemaker.
  • FR W416 - Introductory French I - Web
    Emphasis on basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing at the novice level of proficiency. Designed for students with no prior coursework in French. With Dr. Ellenor Shoemaker.
  • FR W417 - Introductory French II - Web
    Emphasis on basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing at the novice to intermediate levels of proficiency. Designed novice level proficiency and prior French coursework. Prerequisite: French 406 with a grade of at least C. With Dr. Yasmina Fawaz.
  • FR N611C - Intermediate French
    An intensive intermediate course with emphasis on basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Does not meet the prerequisite requirements for French 320E or 324L. Six lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: French 310K, 611C, 612, 312K. French 310L and 611C may not both be counted. French 611C and 612 may not both be counted. French 611C and 312L may not both be counted. Prerequisite: French 601C, 604, 507, or 508K with a grade of at least C. With Dr. Nancy Guilloteau.
  • ITL N611C - Intermediate Italian
    In ITL 611 C, students pick up where they left off at the end of ITL 601C and study the five final chapters of the textbook Avanti!, do the exercises on the online workbook that accompanies Avanti! and read English Grammar for Students of Italian as a grammar reference, at home and, if possible, in class. In addition, ITL 611C makes use of another resource, the online Italian grammar and culture podcasts of Radio Arlecchino, which will deepen students’ understanding of several of the more difficult grammar points that we will cover in the course. With Antonella Olson.

 

France-University of Texas Institute

The France-University of Texas Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies is one of fourteen interdisciplinary centers (centres pluridisciplinaires) located in prestigious universities in the United States. 

UT-Austin was chosen for its strong and on-going relationships with several French universities and research centers, including Paris III, Paris X, Lyon-III, Institut des Sciences Politiques, Université Paul Valéry, Université Jules Verne, MICEFA, CNRS, EPHESS, ESCP, Ecole Centrale de Lille, INRA, and INA. Many professors and researchers from French universities and the University of Texas collaborate on various projects, and many students in Architecture, Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences and Engineering take advantage of the ties UT has with France.

The France-University of Texas Institute is sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Washington, the Consulate General of France in Houston, and the University of Texas.