LEAF: French

Langue pour Étudiants Avancés de Français

Grades 7-9

PROGRAM BEGINS: Fall Semester 2019



LEAF, in partnership with the Department of Romance and Classical Languages and Office of University Outreach and Engagement at Michigan State University, provides classroom instruction for students in grades 7-9 who have advanced skills in language arts/French. LEAF is designed so that the participating students can complete in two years the French language content assigned in Michigan High School Content Expectations (HSCE) for all four years of high school as well as meet the Common Core National Standards. Every semester of LEAF corresponds to one year of high school French. Below are the equivalents:

LEAF Offerings:   High School Offerings:
Semester 1 (Fall, Year 1) = French 1
Semester 2 (Spring, Year 1) = French 2
Semester 3 (Fall, Year 2) = French 3
Semester 4 (Spring, Year 2) = French 4 and AP French

Every semester of the program emphasizes developing and refining the four skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. In addition, various in-class and out-of-class opportunities will be provided, especially in the third and fourth semesters. Students may elect to take the AP French exam at the end of their second year.

The LEAF course uses a technology-enhanced format. Local and long distance students attend class via live video broadcast each week on Thursdays from 4:15 to 6:30pm.  Instructions for logging in and using the technology will be provided to all students. The LEAF program will make use of video conferencing technology to connect with students. This will enable students to participate actively in real time and also improve their speaking and listening comprehension. Throughout the year, there are also weekly “virtual” LEAF labs on Sunday afternoons for students needing assistance with their assignments. A TA (teaching assistant) will connect with students via live video conferencing. The TA is an MSU student who is majoring in French. Students will be given an MSU login for accessing the LEAF online course management website, which is used for assignments and online reference materials.


Faculty in Michigan State University's Department of Romance and Classical Languages teach LEAF.

Student Advantages

  • The accelerated program allows students to complete the traditional four-year high school French program in two years.
  • The time freed by the program gives students more options, including honors/AP/IB classes or dual enrollment in college courses.
  • Students have the opportunity to work with university professors in a small class setting.

LEAF Meeting Details

  • LEAF is an Online Class
  • Class time: Thursdays, 4:15-6:30 pm
    • All Thursday classes will be held via live online video (Zoom).
  • Virtual Study Lab times: Sundays, 1:00-3:00 pm
    • Students are required to participate in the study labs, by connecting via online live video.
    • The purpose of study labs is for students to work on homework assignments, practices language skills and pronunciation with a tutor, and seek additional assistance on concepts learned in class.
  • Students requirements:
    • Students must attend class in person online
    • Students must have required equipment and textbook(s)
    • Students must have access to a computer in a quiet space
    • Students are not permitted to attend class on a telephone
    • Students must be stationary during class
    • Students must participate actively in class
    • Students must be clearly visible during the class period
    • Students must attend an in-person final exam in the fourth semester of the program
    • Students not abiding by these requirements may be dismissed from class and no refunds will be given
  • Zoom requirements
  • Computer headset example (or similar model):