List of Free Online French Language Lessons and Courses

Online French Courses for Credit

Free courses in French that don't require registration (and don't offer credit) can be found online, but if you're looking to attain college credit you might consider material from . The courses you find here can serve as an engaging way to earn credit, with video and text lessons conducted by professional instructors available for your questions.

Students can try Basic French: Help & Review, which goes over fundamental aspects of the language. Chapters in this course include:

  • Basic French Vocabulary - Learn about telling time in French, counting to ten, naming the days of the week, and more.
  • French Sentence Structure - goes over French prepositions, asking questions in French, making a sentence negative in French, and more.
  • French Expressions - Explore simple French sentences, describing people in French, ending a written letter in French, and related matters of the language.

Online French Course Info

Free online French language lessons and courses combine audio, video and printed materials to teach the language. Although a larger percentage of free French courses is aimed at beginning or intermediate students, select lessons may be found for more advanced learners. Students don't have direct communication with teachers or other students, and grades or credits are not awarded. In some cases, special software or hardware may be required to take advantage of all technology offerings.

Annenberg Learner

  • French in Action is a series of 52 videos, each about 30 minutes long, that immerse learners in French through direct instruction and dramatic storylines. Students practice their listening skills by watching the actors converse and act out scenarios. Students might want to complete a beginning French class before attempting this course. DVD and print versions may also be purchased through the website.

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

  • The French Experience is aimed at beginners and includes practice with key language for 10 topic areas. Transcripts and video clips with a full screen option are used.
  • Talk French, also for beginners, comprises 10 parts with videos. The accompanying activities are printable.
  • Ma France has 24 interactive video units that may be viewed with or without subtitles to help students improve or review their basic French. Links to French and English transcripts, comprehension quizzes, grammar activities and vocabulary notes are available.

Carnegie Mellon University

  • French I is a 15-lesson video course that teaches beginning French through thematic units on topics like food, family, time and careers. In each lesson, students view short videos and then answer questions. Students can create a course login, which allows them to save their work.
  • French II is an intermediate course that also includes 15 video lessons. The videos introduce advanced vocabulary and deal with more complex topics, such as political opinion, geography and ecology.

Open University

  • Ouverture is a 20-hour beginning unit that employs audio, video and printed materials to help students learn the language through materials that concern French culture and society.
  • Le Quatorze Juillet is also presented through print, audio and video in a 10-hour course for beginners. The focus is on July 14, which is the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille prison. A 15-hour intermediate unit
  • En Ville aids students in learning language skills to help them get around in French towns. Students may download content, listen to audio files and view printable documents.

University of Texas at Austin

  • Français Interactif contains 13 chapters of themes appropriate for beginners. Downloadable textbooks, audio/video, vocabulary, pronunciations, grammar exercises, interviews and activities based on French websites are among the course materials available online.
  • French Verbs Are Accessible contains 40 modules for verb practice, with exercises and answers for self-correction. For sound, learners must have Home Page Reader software for automatic language detection, which may be downloaded for a free 30-day trial from the IBM website.
  • Parlons Français presents French vocabulary in MP3 audio format through short phrases and vocabulary in complete sentences.
  • Passe Partout is geared toward intermediate and advanced French students. The 20 sequential oral comprehension exercises are presented in audio/video format and cover a wide variety of French cultural topics. Answer sets for exercises, which become progressively complex, are available on the site for self-check and reinforcement.
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