French for Healthcare Professionals | Arts and Science ONLINE

French for Healthcare Professionals

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FREN 236/3.0

This course will provide learners with work‐related vocabulary as well as the written and oral communication skills to effectively engage in a range of bilingual professional environments and situations pertaining to healthcare. Throughout the course, learners work in small groups on collaborative projects to simulate real world situations.

NOTE: Language is the principal focus of this course. Prior experience or professional knowledge in the field is not necessary. 

NOTE: This course is not intended for fluent French speakers.

NOTE: Not available for credit towards any Plan in FREN. 

Please note: This course is typically offered in the summer term

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

  1. Apply topic-specific vocabulary and appropriate grammar to workplace group and individual written and oral interactions;
  2. Evaluate and effectively respond to common workplace situations;
  3. Engage, discuss and consult on current and specific real-life based medical cases;
  4. Formulate recommendations for implementing courses of action and articulate them in oral or written form;
  5. Design a professional development plan or resource to address a French language need within healthcare


This course is intended for medical practitioners and people planning to enter the healthcare profession who wish to enhance their oral and written skills, build on their medical vocabulary and improve their communication skills to effectively conduct routine business in a range of medical settings. Through a range of interactive activities including role plays, learners will acquire routine and context-specific medical terminology while engaging in regular business. Activities will include reading and responding to medical documents and correspondence, documenting cases, simulated interactions with patients, colleagues and staff.


Fall 2022
Course Dates: 
Sept. 6 - Dec. 5, 2022
Exam Dates: 


14% - Module Quizzes
14% - Standardized Patient Roleplay #1
20% - Standardized Patient Roleplay #2
20% - Decision-making Activity
30% - Final Project (Presentation and Q&A)
2% - Discussion Activities

Project wull contain individual work and group work throughout the course.

*Evaluation Subject to Change*


Professor Donald Sackey (

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend, on average, about 10 hours per week completing relevant readings, assignments, and course activities.

Course Resources


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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:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version


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