If you wish to attain proficiency in French, and you’re fascinated with the French culture, you’ll appreciate this degree program, which will increase your personal interactions and will lead to a wide array of careers and possibilities. With on-campus courses focusing on acquiring linguistic and cultural skills and a required Study Abroad program, you will engage in personal interactions and discover French civilization first-hand. You will also have the opportunity to develop a dynamic Christian worldview, as you encounter differing cultural values and beliefs.
The French major is designed to equip students to interact in authentic situations in the French language and to live intentionally as global citizens. The major focuses primarily on proficiency by developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as cultural awareness. Through the Study Abroad program, students will be enrolled in advanced French and civilization courses in one of Grace College’s member institutions in France, where the students will have the opportunity to apply their faith in the context of the French culture.
Examples of courses in this major:
Students are put in the presence of authentic, unsimplified French and are trained to use it in the dynamic context of communication. The emphasis is placed on oral proficiency, the development of skills, self-expression and cultural insight.
Continuation of language study, advancing students toward comprehension, speaking, reading and writing while gaining a deeper appreciation for the francophone culture, language and people.
This is an advanced, proficiency-based approach to oral skill development. Students speak the language in a range of contexts likely to be encountered in the francophone culture, carrying out a range of functions likely to be necessary in dealing with others in the francophone culture. Students are exposed to a repertoire of methods or techniques of speech in order to increase sociolinguistic competence.
This course provides a link between basic language work and the increasingly diversified advanced work students will encounter overseas. The class focuses on underlying currents of the evolution of French culture. Students explore historical events and figures, cultural movements and trends that have shaped the French culture. This class is taught in French.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.A. in Art Education, Grace College; M.A. in French, Middlebury College
Jacqueline Schram teaches French and also serves as the associate dean of students. In her role as professor, she oversees the language programs at Grace College, and in her role as dean, her responsibilities include coordinating the general education core curriculum. In addition, she also helps coordinate the Study Abroad programs in Dijon and France. Schram was raised in France, where her family served on the missionary staff of Grace Brethren International Missions. She moved to the United States to attend Grace College and joined the Grace College faculty in 1992. She was recognized for her teaching with Grace College's Alva J. McClain Excellence in Teaching award in 1999.
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What others are saying:
The French program at Grace was a significant contributor in my decision to enroll. Not only are the faculty amazing, but the classes are engaging and perfectly catered to the students. The required study abroad year is one of the best parts of the program. It's hard to truly grasp the syntax of the language until you spend time immersed in it. Being able to practice what you've learned with the owner of the bread store or cheese shop down the street is an amazing experience.
—Michelle Sweeten, B.A., French and Graphic Design (double major), 2012
I knew Grace had an incredible study abroad program. It was one of the biggest factors that led to me choosing Grace as my school of choice, and the on-campus classes did a fantastic job of laying the groundwork needed to go into the overseas, full-immersion part of the program with confidence. However, I didn’t realize exactly how strong the program was until I actually arrived in France. During my time here, I have talked to a staggering number of other international students who just cannot believe how well-run Grace’s system is. From housing to meals to school registration to getting plugged into the Church and community and everything in between, I can personally attest to the fact that the personalized support offered through Grace’s study abroad program is the envy of students all over the world!
—Rachel Gruenloh, French, 2016
I am currently a sophomore at Grace College, studying French and TESOL. Attending Grace has been the experience of a lifetime, and the things I have learned in my two short years here will stick with me forever. Not only have I built relationships that will last a lifetime, but as a French major, I have gotten the privilege of living and studying in Paris for the duration of my sophomore year. I have learned numerous lessons about independence, responsibility and faithfulness while living overseas this year, all while expanding and sharpening my worldview. Grace College has helped refine who I am as a person, and I am beyond thankful for the ways God has used this place to cultivate and develop my beliefs and values.
—Abigail Strausbaugh, 2016