French in the Professional Workplace | Arts and Science ONLINE

French in the Professional Workplace

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FREN 225/3.0

Whether you’re in the process of entering the workforce or are an established professional, to be competitive, relevant, and meet the distinct needs and expectations of Canada’s professional landscape, as a working professional, you need the capacity to function in both official languages. FREN 225 which is taught by experienced instructors, who have themselves worked and helped to promote and facilitate bilingual workplace environments. This course will provide you with the foundational skills to navigate a range of professional environments and situations in French. It will also prepare you for troubleshooting common workplace issues and concerns.

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

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply topic-specific vocabulary and appropriate grammar to group and individual written responses and oral interactions;
  2. Analyze workplace situations to discern effective use of descriptive language (e.g., adjectives and action verbs, verb tense, and interrogatives);
  3. Evaluate an administrative issue or situation, select a solution and justify your decision with a written or oral rationale;
  4. Formulate a process for implementing a course of action and articulate it in oral or written form;
  5. Evaluate and address skills gaps by investigating language resources, professional organisations and professional development opportunities.


This course is designed to provide you with foundational French oral and written skills to successfully navigate through a range of professional workplace environments. It will expose you to professional situations and enable you to actively engage in real life scenarios; from the application and interview process, entering the workforce, through to conducting routine business as an active member or representative of a professional organization.


Fall 2022
Course Dates: 
Sep.6 - Dec.5, 2022
Exam Dates: 
Dec. 8 - Dec. 22, 2022


10% - Quizzes (x5)
20% - Individual Email Activity
25% - Online Simulation and Written Report
5% - Live Facilitated Tutorial Role Play (with TA's)
10% - Live Session with Peer Review
30% - Final Project

**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.


Dr. Donald Sackey (

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 8- 10 hours a week in study/practice and online activity for this course.

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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