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Academic Program


Under the auspices of AIFS (American Institute for Foreign Study), the ILP (Institut Linguistique du Peyrou) in Montpellier offers an intensive language study program. Students must enroll in this program through Los Angeles Valley College to earn LAVC units. Students will be given a placement exam at the ILP upon arrival to ensure that they are studying at the correct level.


French language:


a) For absolute beginners:

French 1 - 5 LAVC semester units
b) For students having completed college level French 1:
French 2 - 5 LAVC semester units
c) For students having completed college level French 2:
French 8 - 2 LAVC semester units
d) For students having completed college level French 3, 4 or 5:
LAVC French 4, 5 or 6 - 5 semester units


The French Language program consists of 60 hours (3 per day) of academic and
conversational language acquisition at the ILP taught by local Montpellier faculty. These
classes offer high quality language instruction in conversation, grammar, culture and
literature. Class size is 12 students or less and materials are included.


French Civilization: French 10 - 3 LAVC semester units


An historical survey of the relationship between French political life, social structure, art,
architecture and urbanism in the Middle Ages, Renaissance, 17th Century,
Enlightenment, Revolution and modern period. Students are required to read a textbook
on French civilization and submit a 6-page study guide prior to departure. There is also
a required 4-page paper due at the end of the program.

The ILP offers eight hours of lectures plus guided visits and excursions to such places
as: Avignon and the Pope’s Palace, Arles and the Camargue region, Carcassonne,
Nîmes, Sète, Aigues-Mortes, Château de Flaugergues, Pézenas, St. Guilhem-le-Désert
and Palavas-les-Flots. Transportation and entrance fees included. Guided visits are in
French with simultaneous English translation by Prof. Merrill. (See brochure)

All language classes are taught at the ILP in conjunction with courses in French
civilization and culture. The ILP also offers film nights, a cooking class, folk dancing,
wine tasting and other cultural activities at the school. All excursions, workshops and
lectures are included. Students may participate in any and all activities, whether or not
they are enrolled in French 10 Civilization for credit at LAVC.


*In addition, Prof. Merrill, will be available for tutoring at the ILP.