French Language I (FREN*1200) | College of Arts

French Language I (FREN*1200)

Code and section: FREN*1200*01 + 02

Term: Winter 2017

Instructor: D. Cornelio (course coordinator)


Course objectives: This course will bring together the grammar theory and skills previously acquired into a useful and practical framework which will form a foundation for further university-level study in French. Contact hours (in class and in the lab) will be spent applying theory and further developing the four language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking through group tasks and activities.


Learning outcomes:  This course follows the European Common Framework for Language Learning.  A student successfully completing this course will be at the A2 (Waystage or Elementary) Level and will

  • understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
  • communicate in simple terms about routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.


Prerequisites:  FREN*1150, or grade 12 French credit. Students with additional French credits/experience generally enrol in second year courses (they request advanced standing). Francophone students and graduates of French immersion programs will not normally be admitted in the course. These students are encouraged to see the departmental counsellor for advice as to what course would be appropriate.  A Background Information Sheet must be filled out by each student and submitted on the first day of class.


Required textbook: Alter Ego 1+ : Students book (Livre de l’élève) 

Recommended: Grammaire progressive du français: Avec 600 Exercices, CLÉ nouvelle édition (optional)


Method of Presentation:  Class meets 4 hours per week. In the three principal hours, students will work to develop their oral and written skills in French, will review basic grammatical principles, will practice listening and speaking skills through communication games and discussion of reading materials. In the seminar (séminaire/labo – 4th class hour), students will continue to focus on their listening and speaking skills through a variety of activities.


The course will be conducted entirely in French. Active student participation is not only expected, but is a vital aspect of learning a language. Pre-class preparation of assigned materials is crucial to success. Please read the échéancier (course dates) carefully for detailed explanations of all due dates and other aspects of the course.

Calendar course descriptions with pre-requisites and restrictions can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar