The Hyde Park Language Program and the Reading French course

that it has sponsored for many years has now come to an

end. After almost 30 years of teaching graduate students from

across the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois, Chicago Theological Seminary, Garrett Theological Seminary, Catholic Theological Union, the Lutheran School of Theology, McCormick Seminary, and other institutions from the greater Chicago area and beyond, our doors are now closed. Heartfelt thanks to all the

students who have taken this course over the years, enriching my

life as they did so.

If you would like an answer key to our course textbook, A Short

Course in Reading French (Columbia University Press, 2012), please contact me at celiabrickman@gmail.com


If you are interested in pursuing the study of written

French on your own, with a tutor, or in a classroom, the following books are recommended in addition to A Short Course:

Jacqueline Morton, English Grammar for Students of French (Olivia and Hill Press, 2002);

Cassell's French Dictionary (MacMillan, hardcover edition) 

and many others that you can find at Amazon and other bookstores.

About the Hyde Park Language Program

Between 1991 and 2019, the Hyde Park Language Program (for the first half of this time, under the aegis of the Hyde Park Cluster of Theological Schools) provided superior French language instruction to graduate students from the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois, DePaul University, the Chicago Theological Seminary, the Catholic Theological Union, McCormick Theological Seminary, Trinity International University, as well as other interested adults from the greater Chicago area. Our courses were taught by Celia Brickman,  author of A Short Course in Reading French (Columbia University Press). They are focused on French for use in reading and research, and therefore emphasized reading and written translation practice rather than conversational skills. Enrollment was open to all interested adults.