French Studies

Department of French Studies
Department of French Studies

FAQ – Inscriptions 2020-21

Est-ce que le cours de 1ière année, FREN 150, se donnera sur le campus?

Tant que la direction de la santé publique recommandera des mesures de distanciation sociale, ce cours, comme la majorité des cours de 1ière année à Queen’s, se donnera à distance; à l’automne, et possiblement à l’hiver.

S’agit-il d’un cours en ligne?

Non. Le cours sera offert à distance exceptionnellement en raison de la pandémie, tout en étant structuré de manière à pouvoir profiter des avantages associés à un cours donné sur le campus : Il se divisera en six sections différentes afin de conserver de petits groupes et d’assurer une présence soutenue des enseignantes et enseignants du cours et il y aura également des sections de tutorat, comme à l’habitude, pour favoriser les échanges oraux entre les étudiantes et les étudiants. Le cours se composera d’une variété d’activités, allant du travail individuel et du travail en groupes à des vidéos sur les notions de grammaire et des séances de discussion synchrones afin de poser des questions.

Est-il nécessaire de faire le test de placement même si je connais mon niveau?

Oui, le test de placement et la recommandation que vous recevrez vous permettront d’être sûr de débuter votre cheminement en français à Queen’s au bon endroit. 

Est-ce qu’il y aura certains cours offerts sur le campus cette année?

À l’automne, tous les cours seront offerts à distance. Nous avons passé l’été à nous préparer adéquatement à cette situation. Le département a créé une équipe de soutien pédagogique afin d’aider les enseignantes et les enseignants à transformer leurs cours et à créer une expérience d’étude virtuelle riche et stimulante pour les étudiantes et étudiants. À l’hiver, nous espérons toujours pouvoir offrir certains cours sur le campus. Le nombre de cours offerts dépendra de la capacité de Queen’s à offrir des salles de classe permettant le maintien de mesures de distanciation sociale si nécessaire. La priorité est bien entendu la santé et la sécurité des étudiantes et des étudiants, de même que celle du personnel enseignant. S’il est possible d’offrir certains cours sur le campus, nous favoriserons, suivant la politique de la faculté des arts et science, les cours obligatoires et optionnels, nécessaires aux étudiantes et étudiants sur le point de graduer, et les cours dont l’atteinte des objectifs pédagogiques est plus difficile à distance. 

Est-ce qu’il y aura des séances synchrones?

Oui. Chaque cours conservera au moins une des deux séances normalement prévues afin de favoriser la discussion avec l’enseignante ou l’enseignant. Pour la plupart des cours, les séances synchrones seront consacrées à des discussions en classe et à des séances de questions-réponses. Les étudiantes et étudiants sont fortement encouragé.e.s à assister à ces séances d'apprentissage actif. Il sera important de consulter le plan de cours de chaque cours pour obtenir des détails sur les séances synchrones, car les exigences peuvent varier. Pour toute contrainte vous empêchant d’assister à ces séances synchrones, il sera également important de contacter directement votre enseignante ou enseignant afin de déterminer la meilleure façon de rencontrer les objectifs pédagogiques du cours.

À qui devrais-je m’adresser si j’ai des questions sur mon programme (mineure, médiale, majeure ou certificat)?

Pour des questions sur les prérequis, le test de placement ou toute question générale, veuillez contacter Agathe Nicholson, administratrice du département. Pour des questions sur les transferts de crédits, les possibilités d’échange, les permissions spéciales ou toutes questions spécifiques sur votre programme, veuillez contacter la directrice des études de 1er cycle, Francesca Fiore.

FAQ Registration 2020-21

Will the first-year, FREN 150, be taught on campus? 

As long as Public Health recommends we practice social distancing, FREN 150, like most first-year courses at Queen's, will be offered remotely during the Fall 2020 term and possibly during the Winter 2021 term. 

Does this mean FREN 150 is an online course? 

No. The course is offered remotely exceptionally due to the ongoing pandemic, but is not considered an online course. The course will be structured and organized as if it was offered on campus: it will be divided into six different sections in order to keep the groups small and to ensure a sustained presence by the course instructors, and there will also be tutorial sections to encourage oral exchanges between students. The course will consist of a variety of activities, ranging from individual and group work to videos on grammar concepts to synchronous discussion sessions where you will have the opportunity to ask your instructor or TA questions in a live setting.

Is it necessary to take the Placement Test even if I know my level?

Yes, the French Studies Placement Test recommendation will ensure that you start your French-language learning at Queen’s with the course that best reflects to your proficiency level.   

Will there be any courses be offered on campus this year?

For Fall 2020, all courses will be offered remotely. We have spent the summer preparing for this shift. French Studies has put together a pedagogical support team to help instructors shift from on-campus to remote instructional delivery and to help create engaging virtual learning experiences for our students. 

In Winter 2021, we still hope to be able to offer some courses on campus, but the number of courses offered will depend on the ability for Queen’s to provide classrooms that allow for social distancing. The priority is, of course, the health and safety of our students and faculty. While it is possible to offer some courses on campus, we will, in accordance with the decision made by the Faculty of Arts and Science, give priority to required and core courses for students preparing to graduate and to courses whose course objectives are more difficult to satisfy remotely. 

Will there be any synchronous sessions? 

Yes, each course will retain at least one of the two classes normally scheduled to encourage discussion with your course instructor. In most courses, synchronous classes will be dedicated to class discussions and Q&As. Students are strongly encouraged to attend these active learning sessions. It is important that students consult each individual course syllabus for details regarding synchronous sessions as requirements may vary. If for any reason you are unable to join, it is important to contact your instructor directly to determine the best way to meet the course learning objectives. 

Who should I contact if I have questions about my minor, medial, major, or certificate? 

For questions about course requirements and the Placement Test and general inquiries, please contact the Departmental Administrator, Agathe Nicholson. For specific inquires related to transfer credits, AP credits, 2020-21 exchange opportunities, and special permissions, please contact the Undergraduate Chair, Francesca Fiore. 

When is my registration timeslot?

For information on your registration timeslot, please see this website from the Faculty of Arts and Science https://www.queensu.ca/artsci/undergrad-students/course-registration

What do I do if I am missing a pre-requisite?

If you are missing a pre-requisite and have training or experience (other than the pre-requisite) that you think makes you well qualified to take a course, you can contact the instructor of that course to request that they consider you for a pre-requisite override.

Please note that pre-requisite overrides are at the discretion of the instructor, and cannot be granted by the Undergraduate Office.

How do I register for an “online” section of a course (rather than the remote offering that would regularly be offered on campus)?

To see “online” sections of a course, please switch to “distance career” in SOLUS.

Are syllabi available?

Instructors are currently working on the final details of courses for Fall 2020, and so current syllabi are not yet available. We do have past syllabi available at the following link: https://www.queensu.ca/psychology/undergraduate/current-students/course-...

I can’t find the course I want to take in SOLUS

Be sure to check both the “on campus” and “distance” career options in SOLUS to ensure you are seeing all courses offered this year.

Some courses are not offered every year. If you see a course in the Academic Calendar that is not listed in SOLUS through either “career” in SOLUS, it is not offered this year.

What is the “AAR”?

The AAR is the Academic Advisement Report. It is a handy tool that overviews what you have satisfied so far with respect to your degree plan requirements. You can learn more about it here: https://www.queensu.ca/artsci/undergrad-students/academic-requirements-r...

I need registration help—what do I do?

The best place for support with SOLUS is the Faculty of Arts and Science. You can learn more here: https://www.queensu.ca/artsci/undergrad-students/course-registration

There is space in a course, how come I can’t register?

During the first round of registration appointment timeslots, many seats are reserved for students who require them for their degree plans. Don’t worry: these reserves will come off at open-enrollment.

NOTE:  All reserve capacities will expire for open enrollment. If you meet the pre-requisites for a course, and there is space, you will be able to register at that time.

Can you explain waitlists?

SOLUS has a waitlist process so that you can be placed on a waitlist in the event a spot opens up. You can go on a waitlist prior to open enrollment. If there is space at open enrollment, you will be automatically enrolled into the course (as long as you have space in your schedule).

For more information on waitlists, please see here: https://www.queensu.ca/artsci/undergrad-students/course-registration

Why are winter courses listed as “TBD” in SOLUS?

Queen’s is working hard with public health to make sure that we are safe, and have the best timetable possible in the winter. As soon as these details are finalized, they will be made available. Please view the winter schedule as a ‘list of courses to be offered’ that term. You can and should proceed to register in winter courses with the understanding that scheduling details (e.g., times and locations) may change, and you will have an opportunity to make adjustments to their schedule later in the fall term if you need to. Details on how to make adjustments to your schedule will be communicated once this process is finalized.

We know that this is strange—it is for us, too. We are with you every step of the way, and will be communicating widely through our undergraduate newsletter as we get information. If you do not receive our undergraduate newsletter, you can view it here: https://www.queensu.ca/psychology/undergraduate/undergraduate-program-we...

I need non-academic support

Although we are working remotely, our student services are still available. Below are some of these resources that may be helpful:

Mental health appointments are available remotely via Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) for students who need to speak to a counsellor.

For general counselling inquiries, email counselling.services@queensu.ca

Medical appointments are available remotely (phone and online) for some requests. For general health inquiries, email health.services@queensu.ca

Health lifestyle appointments are available remotely for students who want help changing a health behaviour. For general inquiries, email healthed@queensu.ca

“TAO” is Therapy Assistance Online. This is an interactive tool for Queen’s students. You can access it here: https://queensu.ca/studentwellness/TAO

Empower Me is a 24/7 phone service for crisis situations and scheduled sessions that allows students to connect with qualified counsellors, consultants, and life coaches for a variety of issues. 1-844-741-6389 You can also log in to the Empower Me website and use "Studentcare" as the password or download additional Empower Me student assistance tools on the iAspiria mobile app. Enter "Studentcare" as the Login ID and select "Student" in the drop-down menu. Good2Talk for post-secondary mental health support - call1-866-925-5454, available 24/7 or text GOOD2TALKON/ALLOJECOUTEON to 686868