Online Class: French Culture 101

Whether you are traveling to France for business or pleasure, it is important to follow French customs and etiquette. Business travelers should understand how business meetings are approached, and the protocols involved in business negotiations in order to foster positive business relations.

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Course Description

Dive into French Splendor: A Comprehensive Guide to Embracing France and its Culture

Bienvenue! Welcome to a captivating journey through the rich tapestry of French culture. Whether you're a globetrotter, a business professional, or just someone enchanted by the allure of France, this course promises to be your compass, guiding you to the very heart of this iconic nation.

Key Insights Include:

  • Travel Essentials: Navigate the maze of travel formalities with ease, from visas to passports, ensuring your French escapade begins on the right foot.

  • Safety First: France, while enthralling, has its own set of challenges. Equip yourself with essential health, safety, and emergency protocols, ensuring peace of mind as you revel in its charm.

  • Business Etiquette: For the ambitious traveler, grasp the nuances of French business meetings and negotiations. Mastering this will not only foster fruitful collaborations but also cultivate enduring professional bonds.

  • A Culinary Odyssey: Journey beyond the cliché of croissants and escargots. France, with its gastronomic reputation, offers a culinary panorama that stretches from rustic street fares to Michelin-starred wonders. Each region, from sun-kissed Marseille to enchanting Bordeaux, has its own flavor story to tell.

  • Architectural and Historical Wonders: Dive deep into the soul of France, from the hallowed beaches of Normandy to the awe-inspiring cathedrals. Discover tales etched in stone and sand, and carry back memories that last a lifetime.

  • Mobility Mastery: Effortlessly traverse the French landscapes, be it by train, car, or bus. Acquaint yourself with ticketing hacks, rental nuances, and insider travel tips, making each journey as mesmerizing as the destination.

  • Living La Vie Française: Immerse yourself in the French way of life. From their cherished traditions and values to their vivacious social ethos, gain insights that help you move from being a mere tourist to an honorary local.

  • Legends and Legacies: Familiarize yourself with iconic figures who've shaped France's destiny. Understand the contemporary political landscape, offering context to the nation's present-day ethos.

  • Demystifying Stereotypes: Break free from preconceived notions and embrace the multifaceted reality of France. This course encourages an authentic understanding, ensuring you experience France in its truest essence.

By the end of this course, France will feel less like a foreign land and more like a dear friend. With our curated insights, you'll not only visit France but truly feel, understand, and embrace its vibrant soul. So, prepare to embark on a journey that promises not just memories but an enriched perspective on one of the world's most beloved destinations. Vive la France!

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Welcome to France! An Introduction to the Country and its People

Welcome to this introductory course on French culture and behavior. France is a beautiful country, filled with history, art, and people from all walks of life. Additional lesson topics: France Guide; Geography of France 14 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: France; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Assessment: Lesson 1: Welcome to France! – An Introduction to the Country and its People

Lesson 2. Preparing to Travel to France

Before traveling anywhere, it's important to know where you're going and how to get there. In this lesson, we'll introduce topics, such as the need for visas and passports to France. 109 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Preparing to Travel
  • Assessment: Lesson 2: Preparing to Travel to France

Lesson 3. Doing Business in France

When it comes to doing business in France, there are a number of behaviors of which international travelers should be aware. Additional lesson topics: Doing Business in France; French Business Culture 108 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Doing Business In France
  • Assessment: Lesson 3: Doing Business in France

Lesson 4. A Brief History of France and its People

We mentioned in an earlier lesson the importance of understanding the culture of countries that you are visiting, whether it is for business or for pleasure. Additional lesson topics: History of France 110 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete Assignment: History of France
  • Assessment: Lesson 4: A Brief History of France and it's People

Lesson 5. French Holidays and Dates to Remember

Like many western European countries, France celebrates "traditional" holidays, including Christmas, New Year's Day, and All Saints' Day. Additional lesson topics: Bastille Day; Christmas in France 110 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Holidays
  • Assessment: Lesson 5: French Holidays and Dates to Remember

Lesson 6. Dining in France

When many people think of French cooking, they automatically picture rich, creamy recipes, heavy on the wine and cream, fancy desserts and pastries, and most of all, the calories! Additional lesson topics: History of French Food; Traditional French Food 110 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Dining in France
  • Assessment: Lesson 6: Dining in France

Lesson 7. Things to Do in France

Whether you're in France for business or pleasure, try to schedule a little free time for yourself. Additional lesson topics: Most Visited French Attractions; Things to Do in France 108 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Lesson discussions: France
  • Complete Assignment: Things To Do
  • Assessment: Lesson 7: Things to Do in France

Lesson 8. Dealing with Transportation

Because of its location, travelers have the ability to arrive in France by way of a number of transportation venues: air, sea, rail, or car. However, traveling in France also requires a bit of knowledge regarding the transportation systems, including rail. Additional lesson topics: French Transportation; Paris Transportation 110 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Transportation
  • Assessment: Lesson 8: Dealing with Transportation

Lesson 9. French Morals and Values

When traveling abroad, don't expect every country to have the same values and morals as you do. Cultures around the world are different. What may not be acceptable in America is perfectly common and acceptable in France or another country, and vice versa. Additional lesson topics: French Cultural Etiquette; French Values 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 9: French Morals and Values

Lesson 10. French Lifestyle

As we've mentioned before, when visiting any country, it's important to understand the lifestyle of its inhabitants. Additional lesson topics: French Social Customs; Life in France 110 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Diversity
  • Assessment: Lesson 10: French Lifestyle

Lesson 11. Interesting Things about France

You can never know everything there is to know about a country without visiting it. However, before you visit France, read up on its history, its geography, and its people. Additional lesson topics: 10 Interesting Facts; Facts about France 109 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Interesting Facts
  • Assessment: Lesson 11: Interesting Things about France

Lesson 12. Political Landscape of France Today

A study the political history of France could fill textbooks. In this lesson, we merely strive to give you a brief overview of the French legal system and government. Additional lesson topics: Principles of the French Constitution; The French Political System 109 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Political Landscape
  • Assessment: Lesson 12: Political Landscape of France Today

Lesson 13. Frenchmen and Women Who Left Their Mark, Past and Present

Like other countries throughout the world, France has its share of famous individuals, past and present. The French have offered to the world a variety of leaders: military, explorers, monarchs, and inventors. Additional lesson topics: Claude Monet; Marie Antoinette 110 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Famous French People
  • Complete Assignment: Famous French Women
  • Assessment: Lesson 13: Frenchmen (and Women) Who Left Their Mark: Past and Present

Lesson 14. Avoiding Stereotypes

While all of us are guilty of stereotyping at one time or another, it's especially important to avoid stereotyping and believing myths about certain cultures or behaviors when traveling abroad. Additional lesson topics: French Myths; Myths about Paris 175 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Complete: The Final Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 14: Avoiding Stereotypes
  • Assessment: The Final Exam

Lesson 15 Useful Phrases

Here are some useful words and phrases while traveling in France. 100 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Complete Assignment: New Things
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe preparing to travel to France.
  • Describe doing business in France.
  • Summarize the history of France and it's people.
  • Summarize French holidays and dates to remember.
  • Describe dining in France.
  • Summarize things to do in France and dealing with transportation.
  • Identify French morals and values.
  • Describe French lifestyle and the political landscape.
  • Summarize French men and women who left their mark: past and present.
  • Summarize avoiding stereotypes.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: French Culture 101
Course Number: 8900273
Lessons Rating: 4.4 / 5 Stars (591 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: December 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Nancy Fillip
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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