This course offers a contemporary, interactive, and effective introduction at the beginner level to the French language and various aspects of French culture. It aims to foster the acquisition of the fundamentals of the French language; vocabulary is chosen on the principle of everyday practicality, and grammar is limited to major structures for basic real-life oral and written communication. Equal emphasis is placed on developing understanding, speaking, and writing skills. Also, this course aims to enable students to understand and appreciate French and Francophone cultural practices, products, and perspectives and to recognize principles of intercultural communication. This course is open to students with no previous study or less than one year of study of French. The instructor reserves the right to place students who demonstrate more than one year of study into the higher-level French classes.