French Language II (FREN*1300) | College of Arts

French Language II (FREN*1300)

Code and section: FREN*1300*01 + 02

Term: Winter 2017

Instructor: F. Arroyas


Course objectives:

This course will build on the grammar theory and skills previously acquired in FREN*1200 or its equivalent; it is the prerequisite for further university‑level study in French.  Contact hours (in class and in the lab) will be spent developing the four language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking through group tasks and activities, grammar exercises and individual writing assignments.


Learning outcomes:  This course follows the European Common Framework for Language Learning.  A student successfully completing this course will be at the B1- (Threshold or Intermediate) Level and will be able to

  • understand the main points of clear standard French on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school and leisure
  • produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest
  • describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans


Prerequisites:  FREN*1200, or equivalent, such as Grade 12 immersion, or summer language bursary course credits after Core French Grade 12. Francophone students will not normally be admitted in the course.  A Background Information Sheet will be filled out by each student for the first day of class.

Required Texts:

Grammaire progressive du français 3e Édition avec 680 exercices, CLÉ

L’Historien de rien. Daniel Poliquin. Les éditions du Boréal.


Recommended Dictionaries:


Recommended Website:


Method of Presentation:  Class meets 4 hours per week. In the three hour class period, students work to develop their oral and written skills in French, review grammar, practice oral skills through communication games and discussion of reading materials. In the seminar (séminaire/laboratoire), students work on their listening and speaking skills by participating in interactive activities.  Seminars will begin in the second week of the term.

The course will be conducted entirely in French. Active participation is not only expected, but is a vital aspect of learning a language. Pre-class preparation of assigned materials is crucial to active participation. Students are encouraged to work on their own in the College of Arts Media Centre (019 MacKinnon), to reinforce their knowledge of French language.  Please read the échéancier (course calendar) carefully for detailed explanations of all aspects of the course.


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