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Where do I take courses in French?

The Department of Linguistics offers introductory courses in French.

The Department of Literature offers intermediate and advanced courses in French.

Department of Linguistics Department of Literature
1A/AX 2A
1B/BX 2B
1C/CX 2C or 50
1D/DX


Note: Students who intend to continue their language studies (EAP, minor, major…etc.) are advised to go directly to LTFR 2A after LIFR 1C/CX

Where do I start?

  • If you have never studied the language before, you should enroll in LIFR 1A/AX
  • If you have studied the language before, you may not enroll in LIFR 1A/AX
  • If you have studied the language before, consult with your college advisor about whether you need to take an on-line placement test. This test will determine which course is appropriate for you.
  • Students who have taken the AP French language exam do not need to take the UCSD placement test and should register according to the following guidelines:
    • if you received a 3 on the AP French language exam, register in LTFR 2A
    • if you received a 4 on the AP French language exam, register in LTFR 2B
    • if you received a 5 on the AP French language exam, register in LTFR 2C or LTFR 50

Heritage/native speakers should contact the head of the Intermediate program Catherine Ploye for proper placement  

How do I know whether to enroll in Linguistics 1D/DX or Literature 2A?
(See course Flowchart)

You have the choice if

  • You have taken the UCSD Language Placement Test and have placed in Linguistics LIFR 1D or Literature LTFR 2A. 
  • You have completed Linguistics LIFR 1C/CX at UCSD
  • You have had the equivalent of 1 year of the language at a 4-year college or university.
  • You have had the equivalent of 3 semesters of the language at a community college.

Literature majors who have completed Linguistics LIFR 1C/1CX (or the equivalent) should go directly into Literature LTFR 2A.

You may want to enroll in Linguistics 1D/DX, if

  • You need a terminal course to satisfy the language requirement for Revelle College and you would like to complete this requirement with the emphasis that 1D/DX offers (see below).
  • You need another course to satisfy a 3-course language sequence for Roosevelt or Muir Colleges and you would like to complete this requirement with the emphasis that 1D/DX offers (see below).
  • You want additional conversational exposure before going on to Literature 2A.
You may want to enroll in Literature 2A, if

  • You need a terminal course to satisfy the language requirement for Revelle College and you would like to complete this requirement with the emphasis that 2A offers (see below).
  • You need another course to satisfy a 3-course language sequence for Roosevelt or Muir Colleges and you would like to complete this requirement with the emphasis that 2A offers (see below).
You are advised to enroll in Literature 2A, if

  • You plan to pursue a Major or Minor in the literature of that language within the Literature Department.
  • You plan to pursue the Language Studies Major or Minor for that language within the Linguistics Department.
  • You plan to participate in an EAP or OAP program that requires intermediate language competence.

Language and Culture Programs

French Supervisor:
Catherine Ploye

Student Advising:
Danny Panella
Undergraduate Advisor
117 Literature Building
(858) 534-8681
Virtual Advising

Director Undergraduate Studies:
John D. Blanco


Virtual Advising
Virtual Advising

Course Flow Chart

Course Flow Chart

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Linguistics French 1D/DX

The Linguistics Language Program offers 1D/DX in French. This course develops all language skills while focusing on conversational competence, cultural awareness, and the grammatical functions essential for communication. 1D/DX is taught by two instructors entirely in the target language. Course activities include cultural readings, videos, resources of the Internet, and computer-based materials.

Literature French 2A

The Department of Literature offers 2A courses in French. These are intermediate-level language and culture courses conducted entirely in the target language by one instructor. 2A includes a thorough review of grammar and stresses all five language skills: speaking, listening, reading, writing and cultural literacy. Course materials include literary and cultural readings drawn from a variety of sources as well as films.