This course is an approved U.S. perspectives course and focuses on “French in the Americas” featuring units on Canada, the United States (Louisiana, New England and Native Americans), South America and the Caribbean Islands. After a general introduction to each site, the course examines a different theme such as family life, youth, educational systems and everyday lives. These discussions are not possible without discussing race, ethnicity, gender and social issues such as education, class and religion. This course is also designed to increase students’ ability to speak, write, read and understand French. Students review basic language structures and vocabulary, as well as develop new language skills. In addition to class meetings on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, students also work with the French native assistant for small-group discussions and projects, usually on Tuesday and Thursday at an agreed upon time.