LEAF: French

Langue pour Étudiants Avancés de Français

Grades: Application Grades 6-10

PROGRAM BEGINS: Fall Semester 2022 (tentative)

LEAF is on hiatus for Fall 2021. Please check back in January 2022 for the LEAF program starting Fall 2022-Spring 2024.


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 6-10 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. 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 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.

Course attendance is mandatory. Students are allowed 2 absences per semester (2 for Fall, 2 for Spring) and must make up that class’ work by the next class session. Students who miss more than 2 class sessions will not receive a passing grade for the course and will be removed upon the third absence.


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 on hiatus for Fall 2021. Please check back in January 2022 for the LEAF program starting Fall 2022-Spring 2024.