The French program is one of intense immersion; students are taught to listen, speak, read, and then write, in ways similar to how they learn their mother tongue.
During the first two years students are taught the fundamentals of grammar and acquire essential vocabulary for basic conversation. Important aspects of French culture are discussed as well. After students complete the second year, literature is introduced, and France and the francophone world are studied in greater depth.
After completing three years of French, students become eligible to select from a variety of seminars. Literary analysis, sociological interpretations of French society, essay writing, idiomatic usage, conversation and fine points of grammar and style are integral parts of all these classes; end-of-year independent projects are often required. To supplement formal study in all classes, teachers show movies during the year and schedule occasional trips to French plays, films, and restaurants.