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Certificate in French Proficiency for Non-French Majors - Advanced (TB)

The Department of Languages offers the Certificate of French Proficiency at three levels: 1. Basic Oral and Written Proficiency, 2. Intermediate Oral and Written Proficiency, and 3. Advanced Proficiency. The requirements for the Advanced Proficiency level are:

This certificate is open to new and current Lakehead University students.  Students may register in the certificate only.  Applicants must meet Lakehead University's general admission requirements. Students must have Grade 12 U English or equivalent before beginning the program.

In order for a Certificate to be granted a student must:
(a) be registered in the certificate prior to the completion of 50% of the course requirements for the course of study;
(b) successfully complete all three FCEs with a minimum overall average of 70%;
(c) successfully complete a standard Proficiency Examination upon successful completion of the three FCEs, and achieve a score corresponding to the level he/she is applying for; and,
(d) take all courses required for the Certificate from Lakehead University.

Students can only be enrolled in one level (Basic, Intermediate, or Advanced) at a time. The Certificate cannot be combined with a Minor or a Major in French.

Only one Certificate of French Proficiency will be granted. Students who complete additional levels (i.e. Intermediate, Advanced) will have that noted on their transcript.

With the introduction of second year grammar and oral courses, students will deepen their understanding and use of the French language.  Upon successful completion of the courses, students will reach level B2 of CEFR*, "Independent User/Upper Intermediate: can understand main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics".

French 1510, French 1511, French 2101, French 2201
Students will need to successfully complete the prerequisites, French 1200 or 1204, before taking these courses.

*Common European Framework of Reference for Languages