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Queen's University
 

Want to Perfect your Conversational French?


The communication and culture program is a series of language courses stressing oral proficiency. At the lower levels students learn to satisfy basic survival needs and limited social demands in French, and at the higher levels to communicate effectively, on topics relating to particular interests. No auditors.

Conversational French includes:

  • Practical communication skills
  • Learning various French cultures
  • Vocabulary & some grammar
  • Small classes
  • Language Labs
  • A great learning environment
  • Interactive groups
FREN-P16 (online course only)
  • Introductory half-course for real or false beginners.
  • The course consists in 4½ contact hours per week.
  • It covers all four skills but puts a heavy emphasis on the speaking proficiency. It is not a lecture course: all classes are interactive. Attending classes is mandatory.
  • A real beginner is someone who has no previous background in French (who has never been exposed to French at all, be it in a classroom or in a francophone environment).
  • A false beginner is someone who has had some exposure to French either through francophone family members or from a francophone environment. The oral production of a false beginner is limited to isolated words, to a few high frequency phrases and to memorized material. A speaker who can easily produce a whole array of complete sentences in the present tense would be too advanced for this course. It is to your disadvantage to enter a course for which you are too advanced since you may be penalized for not making sufficient progress.
  • If you have Grade 9 French, you should be looking at FREN-P17. If that course seems too intimidating, it might be best to call an Academic Advisor who will be very glad to assist you.
  • You cannot register in this course if you have previously taken FREN-100 or any more advanced course in French.
  • A placement test will be administered in class at the beginning of the term.
FREN-P17 (online course only)
  • A follow-up to FREN-P16, this half-course is still at the introductory level but is suited for students with three years of core French who cannot sustain a simple conversation about everyday life, mostly because of insufficient grammar skills. Occasionally a person with Grade 9 will find FREN-P17 too advanced. If you are uncertain whether you should take FREN-P17 or FREN-P16, do not hesitate to call an Academic Advisor. It is to your disadvantage to enter a course for which you are too advanced since you may be penalized for not making sufficient progress.
  • The course consists in 4½ contact hours per week.
  • It covers all four skills but puts a heavy emphasis on the speaking proficiency. It is not a lecture course: all classes are interactive. Attending classes is mandatory.
  • You cannot register in this course if you have previously taken FREN-100 or any more advanced course in French.
  • A placement test will be administered in class at the beginning of the term.
FREN-118
  • An intermediate half-course for students with four or five years of high school core French or equivalent.
  • The course consists in 4½ contact hours per week.
  • It covers all four skills but puts a heavy emphasis on the speaking proficiency. It is not a lecture course: all classes are interactive. Attending classes is mandatory.
  • A student entering this course is expected to be familiar with the basics of French grammar, such as for instance the conjugation of the présent, passé composé, futur, and to be able to handle a simple conversation on topics like personal history, leisure time activities etc. The grammar contents in FREN-P17 and FREN-118 overlap but the approach differs: in FREN-118 grammar basics are reviewed whereas in FREN-P17 they are taught systematically. It is to your disadvantage to enter a course for which you are too advanced since you may be penalized for not making sufficient progress.
  • New grammar items added are narration in the past with the distinction between the passé composé and imperfect, the use of the conditional etc.
  • You cannot register in this course if you have previously taken FREN-100 or any more advanced course in French.
  • A placement test will be administered in class at the beginning of the term.
FREN-219
  • An intermediate high half-course for students with immersion background or students from the core French program who have had the opportunity to spend at least five or six weeks in a francophone environment. Such speakers have a certain level of fluency but usually need to perfect their grammar skills. This course is not for fully bilingual students. It is to your disadvantage to enter a course for which you are too advanced since you may be penalized for not making sufficient progress.
  • The course consists in 4½ contact hours per week.
  • It covers all four skills but puts a heavy emphasis on the speaking proficiency. It is not a lecture course: all classes are interactive. Attending classes is mandatory.
  • A placement test will be administered in class at the beginning of the term.
FREN-320
  • A half-course at the advanced level. Students entering this course can handle with confidence topics of current public and personal interest, using general vocabulary. This course is not for speakers with native competence. It is to your disadvantage to enter a course for which you are too advanced since you may be penalized for not making sufficient progress.
  •  The course consists in 4½ contact hours per week.
  • It covers all four skills but puts a heavy emphasis on the speaking proficiency. It is not a lecture course: all classes are interactive. Attending classes is mandatory.
  •  A placement test will be administered in class at the beginning of the term.

You can also view the Communication & Culture Courses in the Arts and Science Calendar.

Not doing a concentration in French? Take a look at our Certificate of Competence! A maximum of 6.0 units from Communication & Culture courses counts towards this certificate.

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