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Communication et culture I

FREN 106 (formerly FREN P16)/3.0

For students with no (or no more than grade 9 or equivalent) background in French.

This course is not intended for fluent speakers.

If you are uncertain of your level, we recommend you take our online Placement Test ( Since the language learning background that each student brings in French is unique, the French Placement Test is the French Studies Department’s best way of making sure you are in the course that best suits your current level.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • engage in simple everyday interactions
  • introduce themselves to others
  • apply vocabulary to be able to provide personal details relating to where they live, people they know, and their various belongings


This online French course is aimed at students with little or no knowledge of French and is designed to provide them with basic language skills to enable them to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases in everyday situations, provided the person they are addressing speaks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.


Fall 2018
Course Dates: 
Sept 6 - Nov 30, 2018
Exam Dates: 
Dec 5 - 20, 2018 (Online Final Exam)


Students will be required to take an on-line test at the beginning and at the end of their course program. The test will not count toward their final mark.

30% - Rosetta Stone Language Program
10% - Quizzes
10% - Tutorial Attendance and Assignments
10% - Online Midterm Exam
25% - Oral Presentation
15% - Online Final Exam

** Evaluation Subject to Change **

Live Sessions

This course has required live sessions (e.g. webinars, synchronous activities). Please consult the Timeline in the first week of class.

The course is divided into 12 modules, one for each week of the session. For each modules, you will be covering a different theme in your Tell Me More online Training program. You will also be assigned specific supplementary exercises in the Workshop section of your Tell Me More online Resource folder.

Final Examination

You will receive information about your online exam from your professor near the end of
term. The exam is not proctored.

Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.


Professor Catherine Dhavernas (

Instructor message

Welcome to FREN 106 Online.

This course is designed to provide you with some basic language skills in French to enable you to use and understand familiar everyday expressions.

There will be opportunities to regularly interact with classmates, myself, and the Teaching Assistants throughout the course using the Adobe Connect web conferencing platform and onQ discussion boards. However, your success in this course will rely very much on your own personal efforts. You are expected to cover a large amount of material and make use of the numerous resources provided through Rosetta Stone, an excellent online learning program.  I have divided the material into 12 weekly units of a reasonable size to help you through the course. Nonetheless, the course will require a considerable commitment of your time. It is therefore important that you pace yourself to keep up with the different units and not fall behind.

In each unit, you will watch short video clips, view images, listen to native speakers and have an opportunity to practice speaking and writing through a range of reading, writing, listening and pronunciation exercises.

Good luck with the course!

Catherine Dhavernas

Time Commitment

Success in this type of course relies more on the students' personal efforts than in one delivered in a regular classroom. Since students will be expected to cover a large amount of material and make use of the numerous resources provided on their own, it is important that they pace themselves appropriately to keep up with the different units. Students who are unable to set aside sufficient time to work on the various online course components on a regular basis will have difficulty completing this course satisfactorily. In addition, students may find that they need to work through elements of each unit a number of times in order to perform at an appropriate level. Students can expect to spend an average of 10-12 hours per week (120-144 hours per term) on study/practice and online activity for FREN 106.

Course Resources


SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.

About OnQ

onQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into onQ to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the onQ site.

About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

  • Laptop or Desktop computer purchased within the last 5 years. (mobile devices are not supported)
  • Windows Vista SP2/Mac OSX 10.9 or higher
  • Up to date versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Please note that Google Chrome is not recommended for use in our courses.
  • Most recent version of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash

 See also Getting Started.


The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point

GPA Calculators
Have your SOLUS grade report handy and then follow the link to the Arts and Science GPA calculators.

How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.

Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
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Campus Bookstore

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Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.