Reading French

FRST 105/3.0

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An online course for students with little or no previous knowledge of French. Learners will identify the key elements of a French sentence, the structure of sentences, and the devices used to combine sentences and paragraphs in French, as well as translate texts from subject areas including humanities, social sciences, business, and sciences. Explanations are given in English, all materials to be analyzed are in French.

Learning Outcomes

After completing FRST 105 students will be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and apply strategies for recognizing cognate (similar) forms in English and French as well as the basic parts of speech
  2. Recognize and use the structure and meaning of target sentences to create a simple text
  3. Interpret the elements of discourse used in French to structure sequences of sentences and paragraphs at beginning level.
  4. Demonstrate acquisition of key terminology in French in one or two of a variety of subject areas, including humanities, social sciences, business and science
  5. Translate French texts in an appropriate level of English
  6. Apply reading comprehension strategies to convey meaning of various texts


Summer (May–June) 2023
Course Dates
Delivery Mode


24%  Mastery-based Quizzes 
12%  Synchronous Sessions 
24%  Mastery Tests 
40%  Final Proctored Exam 

** Evaluation Subject to Change **

This course is graded on an A+ to F scale. 

Live Sessions

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

Proctored Exams

If a student is enrolled in ONLY online courses (section 700), they may choose either of the following options to write the exam:

  • Write the final exam online: you will write in onQ with Examity proctoring. A $100 online exam fee will be charged to your SOLUS account.  
  • Write the final exam in-person: you will write on Queen’s campus in Kingston. You will not be charged an extra fee to write on campus. 

If a student is enrolled in ANY in-person courses (section 001, 002, etc), you MUST write all your final exams in-person on Queen’s campus, including for an online course. You may not choose to write your exams online. 

Location and Timing of Final Exams

Once the exam schedule has been finalized the exam date will be posted on your SOLUS account. The exam dates for each Term are listed in the Academic Calendar. Student exam schedules for the Fall Term are posted via SOLUS immediately prior to the Thanksgiving holiday; for the Winter Term they are posted on the Friday before Reading Week, and for the Summer Term they are individually noted on the Arts and Science Online syllabi. Students should delay finalizing any travel plans until after the examination schedule has been posted. Exams will not be moved or deferred to accommodate employment, travel/holiday plans or flight reservations. 

Instructor Information

Donald Sackey (

Textbook and Materials

ASO reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.

There is no required textbook for this course. The content of the course is based on the areas covered in typical introductory texts in French or texts on reading French. No special readings are required of students.

REQUIRED: A headset equipped with a microphone.

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 20 hours per week (120 hours total) in study/practice and online activity for FRST 105.