Free Online French Language Courses from Top Universities

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Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are two of the top universities that provide French languages course for free online. Classes promote an understanding of French culture, and some include video presentations.
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Free French Language Courses

Both novice and expert French speakers can sign up for free French language courses available at two respected universities. In addition to teaching the language, classes provide instruction on French culture.

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)

This university's Open Learning Initiative offers two French courses that include video demonstrations from professional French-speaking actors. Each course is broken down into 15 lessons and runs for 6-8 weeks.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Individuals who want to learn more about French language and culture can find two introductory and one intermediate class for free on MIT's OpenCourseWare. The intro courses are designed for students who are fluent in French, and one is conducted entirely in French. The intermediate class covers concepts and vocabulary acquisition.

Free Online French Language Courses at a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
Elementary French I course from Carnegie Mellon University N/A Text, Video Yes No No
Elementary French II course from Carnegie Mellon University N/A Text, Video Yes No No
Introduction to French Culture course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
French I course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Undergraduate/Graduate Text Yes No Yes
French II course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Undergraduate/Graduate Text Yes No Yes

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