French I

Learn the “Universal Language of Culture” and a preferred tongue for devotees of cinema, drama, music and haute cuisine. Gain basic conversational skills and essential grammar. French I is for those new to the French language or for those with prior French studies looking for a review of the basics.

You may choose to take the classes live online or on-demand online (asynchronous).

Live online: The synchronous live online courses are each six weeks long, meeting once a week for 2.5 hours.

On-demand online: Customize your course duration (six to 16 weeks) and access Vista Higher Learning’s SupersitePlus for audio, video, activities, tutorials, assessments and pronunciation guides. Record your voice, listen to native speakers, complete homework and learn French at your own pace, with no required live interaction, perfect for busy schedules.

Required textbook:

“Promenades,” 4th Edition

Live online or in-person (Used for French I-V)
ISBN: 978-1-54333-899-7
Price: $202.80

On-demand textbook (Used for French I-V On-demand)
ISBN: 978-1-54333-617-7
Price: $274.80 (Includes SupersitePlus & WebSAM for interactive online activities)

Do not purchase materials from other stores. Passcodes for VHL’s online resources are required and are only available through Vista Higher Learning:


Rebecca Murphy

Rebecca Murphy has been teaching French and Spanish for over 25 years in both public and private schools. Her passion started when she was a high school exchange student in Spain. She spent 10 months living with a Spanish family ... read more


This course is for beginning French speakers. There is no prerequisite.


This is a noncredit enrichment program. Progress and courses completed are marked by Continuing Education Units. CEUs are not transferable to college or university transcripts.

Date: Open enrollment – Register anytime

Delivery Method: On-Demand Online

Platform: Other

Instructor: Rebecca Murphy

Fee: $399

Discounts Available

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ACTIVE Osher members receive 10% discount on Language courses. Contact the the Languages Department at for any questions.


As an ACTIVE member of the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee Organization (HPGM) receive a 10% discount on this language program.

Early registration discounts will subtract automatically from the fee if the registration is submitted prior to the deadline. All other discounts require the code in the left column to be entered on the registration form. Only one discount code can be entered on a registration form.


Discounts Available

CEUs: 2

Program Number: 7781-15633

Note: Dates on your registration invoice will reflect FY 2024, however you will be contacted by your instructor within 1-3 business days to arrange your custom schedule.

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