Getting Started

Course Options


The Department of French Studies offers a variety of courses at the beginner and intermediate levels for incoming first-year students and students taking their first course in French Studies.

We begin with FREN 150 because it is the prerequisite gateway course for all FREN degree plans. 

This course is designed for those with a strong Core French background and students with a French immersion background. It also counts towards a French teachable in the Faculty of Education.


Intermediate Level

FREN 150 - Français intermédiaire (6.0 units | In Person)

  • Taught entirely in French and in-person, FREN 150 has been designed to help intermediate-level students review (or relearn) key grammar concepts, and develop their linguistic skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing in French through a variety of in-class and tutorial activities.

    Please note: All students enrolling in FREN 150 are required to take the French Placement test to ensure that the course is the best fit for their language level. For more information on the placement test, see below.

French Placement Test


Beginner Level 

The Department of French Studies also offers a sequence of three online courses at the beginner level that, together, help students to reach intermediate-level proficiency.

Beginner means you have no knowledge (or limited knowledge) of French and are unable to understand, speak, or read any French OR can understand, speak, or read only some words.

NOTE: FREN 106, 107, & 118 cannot be used for credit towards any degree plan in French and are not intended for students with a background in French immersion.

FREN 106 - Communication et culture I (3.0 units | ONLINE)

  • This online French course has been developed for students with no knowledge of French or for students who have completed no more than grade 9 core French or the equivalent (i.e., no French-as-a-Foreign language at the high school level), with no French immersion background. It has been designed to provide them with basic language skills so they can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases in everyday situations. 

FREN 107 - Communication et culture II (3.0 units | ONLINE)

  • This online French course has been developed for students with no more than grade 10 or 11 core French or the equivalent (i.e., no French-as-a-Foreign language at the high school level) with no French immersion background. It has been designed to supplement their language skills by enabling them to engage in everyday interactions.

FREN 118 - Communication et culture III (3.0 units | ONLINE)

  • This online French course has been developed for students who have completed beginner level French and who are familiar with everyday vocabulary, French grammar rules, and pronunciation. The course is suitable for students who have completed grade 11 or 12 core French with no French immersion background (in Canada) or equivalent (i.e., no French-as-a-Foreign language at the high school level). It has been designed to supplement their language skills by enabling them to engage in everyday interactions communicate on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.

Attention!


Academic Integrity Policy

Taking a French course that is below your level of proficiency is prohibited because doing so gives students an unfair advantage over other students who are just beginning to learn the language. Gaining an unearned advantage over other students in this way is considered a departure from academic integrity.

Acting with integrity means being honest about your background in French, the academic work you do, taking responsibility for your learning, and acting in a way that is fair to others. For the courses at the Beginner Level, you will be required to sign a pledge affirming your honesty about your background and your commitment to academic integrity.

À noter: Il n’est pas permis aux étudiants francophones de suivre les cours de niveau 100, ainsi que le FREN 219 et le FREN 320.

Have More Questions?


If, after reviewing the information above, you are unsure of your level, please complete the French Background Survey and contact the French Studies Department for guidance.

Angie Clark - Undergraduate Assistant
francais@queensu.ca 
613.533.2090