Level 2 Courses

211 Intermediate French I

This course corresponds to level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Students will acquire the necessary competence in the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, and will be able to communicate with some confidence on matters related to his/her interests and professional field. Students will be able to express thoughts on more abstract, cultural topics such as films, books, music etc. Recommended for students who have completed high school French Immersion Program, have completed FREN 112 (with a grade of at least 60), or who are placed into the course through the placement test. Credit will be granted for only one of FREN 211 or FREN 115. Three credits and a lab.

212 Intermediate French II

This course corresponds to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Students will acquire the necessary competence to interact with fluency and spontaneity and produce detailed text on a wide range of subjects. Recommended for students who have a strong background in French, who have completed FREN 211, or who are placed into the course through the placement test. Credit will be granted for only one of FREN 212 or FREN 115. Three credits and a lab.

225 - (Français des affaires I) Business French I

An introduction to the language in which the French-speaking world conducts business. Students will acquire solid communication skills, including knowledge of specialized vocabulary. Practical drill in the language lab will familiarize students with commercial correspondence and professional telephone etiquette. Prerequisite: FREN 211(115) or permission of the department chair. Three credits. 

235 (Français des affaires II) Business French II

A continuation of FREN 225, this course introduces the language of specialized areas of business, such as marketing, finance, management, and teaches basic legal terminology. Students will learn the protocol of a formal business presentation in French as well as meeting procedures according to the Code Morin. Prerequisite: FREN 211 (115) or permission of the department chair. Three credits. Not offered 2017-2018.

253 Langue et culture:  le français en Europe

A history of French language and culture, starting with its Latin, Celtic and Germanic origins, and stressing the ethnic, political, social, technological factors that have helped shape the language down through the centuries. Specifically examined are the influence of such institutions as feudalism, the monarchy, the Church, the universities, print culture, the French Academy, colonialism and so forth. Credit will be granted for only one of FREN 253 and FREN 220. Prerequisite: FREN 212. Three credits.  Not offered 2017-18.

254 Langue et culture:  Le français dans le monde

This course focuses on contemporary French language and culture as spoken and lived in the Francophone world. Emphasis will be on discovering cultural similarities and differences featured in literary texts, songs, cinema, legends, superstitions, beliefs, and celebrations in some of the 29 countries where French is an official language. This course may be of particular interest to current or prospective French teachers.  Three credits.

271 Survey of French Literature:  Origins to Renaissance

A study in historical context and sequence of the most important works written in French from 1000 to 1600. Extracts of literary works in modern translation extending from la Chanson de Roland to Montaigne’s Essays and including, medieval romance, early poetry, plays, the works of Villon, Rabelais and Ronsard. Recommended for all French major, advanced major, and honours students. Credit will be granted for only one of FREN 271 and FREN 216. Prerequisite: FREN 212. Three credits.  Not offered 2017-18.

272 Survey of French Literature:  Classical Period to 1900

A study in historical context and sequence of the most important works written in French from 1600-1900. Extracts taken from the literary works of Corneille, Racine and Molière, and including eighteenth and nineteenth century writers such as Marivaux, Voltaire, Diderot, Hugo, Baudelaire, Verlaine, Balzac, Flaubert, Daudet, Zola and Maupassant. Recommended for all French major, advanced major, and honours students. Credit will be granted for only one of FREN 272 and FREN 216. Prerequisite: FREN 212. Three credits.  Not offered 2017-18.  

298 Selected Topics

The topic for 2017-2018 is French for Professionals.  This course focuses on practical and useful thematic vocabulary pertaining to professional life such as:  contacts, appointments, agenda, travel, restoration, business, work, job search, presentations and protocol for meeting procedures.  Emphasis will be placed on challenges in communication, importance of grammer and cultural discrepancies.  The objective is to further develop and enhance student's French written and oral skills while discovering the professional and business worlds.  Three credits.