Getting Started

Course Options


Read the descriptions for each course listed below to determine which level is suitable for you.

Attention! Academic Integrity Policy

Taking a beginner French course is prohibited for students who are already proficient in French because it gives those 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 the academic work you do, being fair to others, and taking responsibility for your learning. For the courses at the Beginner Level, you will be required to sign a pledge affirming your honesty about your background in French 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.


Beginner Level 

NOTE: FREN 106, 107, & 118 cannot be used for credit towards any degree plan in French.

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 with no more than grade 9 core French or the equivalent, and 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 up to three years of core high school French or the equivalent and 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 & ON CAMPUS)

  • This online French course has been developed for students with three to four years of core high school French and no French immersion background. 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.


Intermediate Level

FREN 150 - Français intermédiaire (6.0 units)

  • Practice in reading, writing, grammar review, and literary analysis.
  • NOTE: This is the gateway (prerequisite) course for all French Degree Plans.

Take the French Placement Test


The French Placement Test is used to assess your level of proficiency in French and can help determine which course is suitable for you.

For more details and access to the test.

Have More Questions?


Contact the Undergraduate Assistant:

Angie Clark
francais@queensu.ca 
613.533.2090