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French FAQ


French 21
no prerequisites
French 1
no prerequisites
French 2
French 1 or 1B or two years of high school French
French 3
French 2 or 2B or three years of high school French
French 4
French 3 or four years of high school French or AP score of 3 or above
French 10
French 2 or three years of high school French
French 11
French 3 or four years of high school French

Challenging a course

If you have not fulfilled the prerequisite for a French course but think that you might be able to do the work, you may challenge the prerequisite. This does not earn you any units, but merely waives the prerequisite course. To challenge a prerequisite, you will need to make an appointment with the Matriculation and Assessment Services office in the Student Services Center, temporarily relocated to the Admissions and Records Office.

Students are required to schedule an assessment time online at When you show up on the day of your appointment, request a "challenge form." Attached to that form, there will be instructions for you to write a ½ to 1 page essay in French (topics will be provided).

Members of the evaluating committee who will read your essay, are not looking or perfect grammar, but for depth of vocabulary and variety of sentence structure. At this point, you will be provisionally enrolled in the course.

Class is full

The first day of class, your instructor will drop students who do not show up and did not notify him/her of their absence in advance. If there are openings in the class, your instructor will then add students by giving them an add permit code (APC).

Add Permit Code (APC)

Students need an APC to enroll in a course that is already full or to enroll after the first day of class. If a professor allows a student to enroll, s/he will provide that student with an APC. This code is only given by the professor to students who show up to class.


Before purchasing the textbook for any French course, please contact your instructor. Textbooks are subject to change without notice.

FR 21

Textbook: Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong: Why We Love France, But Not the French. Nadeau, Jean-Benoit and Barlow, Julie

FR 1, FR 2, FR 3

Textbook: 2nd edition Promenades loose leaf with Supersite and Websam by Mitschke, C., Tano, C., Boston: Vista Higher Learning, 2014. ISBN 978-1-61857-688-0

Textbook: Rêvez. Le français sans frontières. Vista Higher Learning Mitschke, Cherie, 2012

FR 10

Textbook: Tu sais quoi?! Cours de conversation en français. Annabelle Dolidon, Norma Lopez, Yale University Press, 2012.

FR 11

Textbook: Tu sais quoi?!: Cours de conversation en français. Annabelle Dolidon, Norma Lopez, Yale University Press, 2012.

High school students

High school students have completed French courses at IVC successfully. Please, follow the instructions to register at IVC.

The courses are college level with college level assignments and discussions. Students are expected to spend on average nine hours of work a week at home. High school students are encouraged to address any questions directly to the instructor. Parents’ advocating for and representing their children is appreciated but college level classes require the student to communicate directly with the instructor.

Native speakers of French

There are no courses here at IVC that are truly appropriate for educated native speakers. State mandate does not allow us to offer upper division courses, so even our most advanced class, French 4, is below the level of educated native speakers.

If you have a language requirement, we encourage you to study another language here at IVC: Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, or Sign Language. The UC does not usually allow students to receive credit for anything below second year in their native language.


Brooke Bui, PhD
Dean, Languages & Learning Resources

O: LA 209

Erika Arendts
Sr. Admin. Assistant, Languages & Learning Resources

O: LA 207