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French 0500 French for Beginners View Details
Introduction to written and spoken French. Exercises in pronunciation, aural comprehension, oral skills, elementary composition and translation. Study of selected texts.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Offering: 3-2; 3-2
Notes: This course is only open to students who are complete beginners in French. Subjected to a placement test and at the discretion of the Chair of the Department of Languages upon results of the placement test. May not be taken for credit by French Majors.
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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French 1000 Elementary French View Details
Review of basics and further knowledge development in written and spoken French. Study of selected texts.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s):

Grade 11 U French or equivalent or French 0500.

Offering: 3-2; 3-2 (2 hours per week language laboratory)
Notes: The class allocation is subject to a placement test and approval of the Chair of the Department of Languages. May not be taken for credit by French Majors.
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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French 1200 Intermediate French View Details
Review and expansion of grammar and vocabulary in order to master the rules of spoken and written French. Reading of French cultural and literary texts. Introduction to French composition. This course is intended for students coming from Core French or French 1000.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s):

Grade 12U French or permission of the Department of Languages*

Offering: 3-0; 3-0
Notes: *The class allocation may be subject to a placement test and approval of the Chair of the Department of Languages, and, if necessary, registration in an additional non-credit tutorial course.
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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French 1204 Francais Intermediaire View Details
Review and expansion of grammar and vocabulary in order to master the rules of spoken and written French. Reading of French cultural and literary texts. Introduction to French composition. This course is intended for students coming from French immersion or from a Francophone community.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s):

Grade 12U French*

Offering: 3-0; 3-0
Notes: *The class allocation may be subject to a placement test and approval of the Chair of the Department of Languages, and, if necessary, registration in an additional non-credit tutorial course.
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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French 1510 Oral French I View Details
A course designed for improving oral skills; audio-visual activities, conversations in small groups, oral presentations.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-2; 0-0
Notes: May only be taken by French Majors. Students wishing to use the course for credit towards the Certificate of French Proficiency must obtain permission of the Chair of the Department of Languages.
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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French 1511 Oral French II View Details
A course designed for perfecting oral skills. Audio-visual activities, oral presentations, and debates with an emphasis on prevention of Anglicisms.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): French 1510 or permission of the Chair of the Department
Offering: 0-0; 3-2
Notes: May only be taken by French Majors. Students wishing to use the course for credit towards the Certificate of French Proficiency must obtain permission of the Chair of the Department of Languages.
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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French 2101 Advanced Oral French View Details
Training in communication in the French language with intensive emphasis on oral skills but including written exercises and readings.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s):

French 1510 and French 1511.

Offering: 3-2; 3-2 (2 hours per week oral expression)
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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French 2201 Advanced French View Details
Advanced study of the structure of French (morphology, syntax, semantics). Exercises designed to introduce the student to the various stylistic levels necessary for writing proficiency.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): French 1200 or 1204 with a minimum mark of 60%
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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French 2211 Writing Strategies View Details
A course designed to develop an awareness of various forms of written expression in French. Exercises allow the students to improve their ability to perform a number of tasks: writing summaries, reports, letters, résumés, and argumentation.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): French 1200, 1204, or permission of the Department
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Qualified students may be allowed to take this course, together with French 2511, instead of French 2201.
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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French 2417 Writing Strategies through Francophone Culture and Civilization View Details
An introduction to major aspects of French speaking countries outside France through a survey of their literature, culture, and civilization
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

French 1200 or 1204, French 1510 and 1511, or permission of the Chair of the Department of Languages*

Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: *Permission will be granted by the Chair of the Department after a formal interview, a proficiency evaluation test and, if necessary, registration in an additional non-credit tutorial course.
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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French 2715 Phonetics and Pronunciation View Details
Students will be introduced to speech sounds in phonetics, and will learn to decode the symbols for these sounds and to pronounce them accurately. This module will help learners of French to be more proficient in recognizing, pronouncing and writing French sounds.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): French 1200 or 1204, French 1510 and 1511, or permission of the Chair of the Department
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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French 3011 Cultural Representations of the Body View Details
Use of various artistic forms (novels, films, photography, plays, poems, graphic novels, essays, and theoretical texts) to examine non-normative representations of the body, as well as the social discourse surrounding them. Themes such as hyper-sexualization, gender and sexuality, disability, pregnancy, abortion, illness, and death will be studied.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Permission of the Chair of the Department of Languages

Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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French 3012 Language, Power, and Representation View Details
A short series of theoretical readings about the relationship between language and power will be done before an eight-week placement in the community and a final project about this Community-Based Language learning experience. The target language will be used to explore issues of linguistic insecurity and other forms of under- or misrepresentation.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-3; or 3-3
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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French 3130 Specialized French View Details
A course designed to further language acquisition by concentrating on the study of special uses of language in a given social context and linguistic domain like health, business, law, social services, and tourism.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Third year standing in French* or permission of the Chair of the Department.
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
Notes: *Third Year Standing in French: For admission to 3rd and 4th year level courses, students must have completed French 2201 and one FCE in French at the 2nd year level, with a minimum mark of 60% in French 2201 and a minimum overall average of 60% in the French courses.
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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French 3201 Modern French Usage and Translation View Details
Problems and methods of translating literary, political, economic and social texts. Contrastive analysis of source and target languages.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Third year standing in French*
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
Notes: *Third Year Standing in French: For admission to 3rd and 4th year level courses, students must have completed French 2201 and one FCE in French at the 2nd year level, with a minimum mark of 60% in French 2201 and a minimum overall average of 60% in the French courses.
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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French 3203 Stylistics and Composition View Details
A course designed to familiarize the student with the various levels of language, different styles and specialized vocabularies. This will include a review of the principles of stylistics and their application to specific contexts. Emphasis will be placed on lexical competence and technical and creative writing.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Third year standing in French*
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
Notes: *Third Year Standing in French: For admission to 3rd and 4th year level courses, students must have completed French 2201 and one FCE in French at the 2nd year level, with a minimum mark of 60% in French 2201 and a minimum overall average of 60% in the French courses.
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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French 3510 Perfecting Oral Skills View Details
An oral course designed to enhance communication skills through debates, communication in small groups, in class presentations (based on documentaries, readings, radio talks) in order to obtain an advanced level of French fluency.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Third year standing in French*
Offering: 3-1; or 3-1 (1 hour per week language laboratory)
Notes: *Third Year Standing in French: For admission to 3rd and 4th year level courses, students must have completed French 2201 and one FCE in French at the 2nd year level, with a minimum mark of 60% in French 2201 and a minimum overall average of 60% in the French courses.
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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French 3517 Francophone Women's Writing View Details
An overview of women's writings in France and other French-speaking countries or regions from the Middle Ages to the present, through excerpts from novels, essays and poetry. Characteristics of their writings and motivations for their commitment to women's issues will be explored in the political and social context of the times.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Third Year Standing in French* or permission of the Chair of the Department of Languages

Cross-List(s): Women's Studies 3517
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Taught in French. *Third Year Standing in French: For admission to 3rd and 4th year level courses, students must have completed French 2201 and one FCE in French at the 2nd year level, with a minimum mark of 60% in French 2201 and a minimum overall average of 60% in the French courses. Women's Studies Group 1 Course
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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French 3603 French Canadian Literature View Details
An introduction to major authors of the French-Canadian canon, through the reading and analysis of texts by iconic novelists, poets, playwrights and essayists. Structured around the history, politics, and literary developments of various French-speaking communities of Canada, such as Quebec, Ontario, Acadia, and the West. Particular attention will also be paid to the experiences of specific minority groups within the French-Canadian community—most notably those of women and Indigenous communities, whose intersectional experiences may differ from those of the Allocthones.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Third year standing in French*
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
Notes: *Third Year Standing in French: For admission to 3rd and 4th year level courses, students must have completed French 2201 and one FCE in French at the 2nd year level, with a minimum mark of 60% in French 2201 and a minimum overall average of 60% in the French courses.
Course Classifications:
  • Type A: Humanities
  • Type E: Indigenous Content

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French 3610 Northern Ontario French Writings View Details
A critical study of French written works from Northern Ontario: including, letters, tales, songs, poetry, novels. The writings will be studied as a reflection of the lifestyle of the Northern Ontario inhabitants, their struggles as a minority in this part of the province, and therefore the building process of their Ontario French identity.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Third year standing in French* or permission of the Chair of the Department of Languages.

Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: *Third Year Standing in French: For admission to 3rd and 4th year level courses, students must have completed French 2201 and one FCE in French at the 2nd year level, with a minimum mark of 60% in French 2201 and a minimum overall average of 60% in the French courses.
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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French 3615 Children's Literature in French View Details
A study of written works recognized as children books from their origins to the present time. The course will define what message authors value as appropriate for young readers through different periods of time.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Third year standing in French*
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: *Third Year Standing in French: For admission to 3rd and 4th year level courses, students must have completed French 2201 and one FCE in French at the 2nd year level, with a minimum mark of 60% in French 2201 and a minimum overall average of 60% in the French courses.
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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French 3650 African and Caribbean Writings View Details
A study of the evolution of African and Caribbean francophone literatures through novels, poetry, and tales from its origins to the present. Characteristics of these two literatures; one that reflects a past of colonization in Africa and the other a history of slavery in the Caribbean, will be explored.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Third year standing in French* or permission of the Chair of the Department of Languages

Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: *Third Year Standing in French: For admission to 3rd and 4th year level courses, students must have completed French 2201 and one FCE in French at the 2nd year level, with a minimum mark of 60% in French 2201 and a minimum overall average of 60% in the French courses.
Course Classifications:
  • Type A: Humanities
  • Type E: Indigenous Content

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French 3715 French Applied Linguistics View Details
Through a wide range of articles by noted linguists, students will be encouraged to reflect about language and its functions, and will learn about the basic concepts which define Applied Linguistics as an interdisciplinary field. Students will discover how languages are learned (first and second language acquisition), word structure (or morphology), sentence structure (syntax) and meaning (semantics).
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Third year standing in French*
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: *Third Year Standing in French: For admission to 3rd and 4th year level courses, students must have completed French 2201 and one FCE in French at the 2nd year level, with a minimum mark of 60% in French 2201 and a minimum overall average of 60% in the French courses.
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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French 3750 French Lexicography View Details
A course focusing on the lexical rather than the grammatical aspect of the French language. Study of the basic and principles of French lexicography. Practical exercises designed to reinforce and increase students' vocabulary.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Third year standing in French*
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: *Third Year Standing in French: For admission to 3rd and 4th year level courses, students must have completed French 2201 and one FCE in French at the 2nd year level, with a minimum mark of 60% in French 2201 and a minimum overall average of 60% in the French courses.
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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French 3810 Special Topics View Details
The topic of this course on a linguistic, literature or cultural theme will vary from year to year. Please consult the Department for course content.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Third year standing in French*
Special Topic: Yes
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: *Third Year Standing in French: For admission to 3rd and 4th year level courses, students must have completed French 2201 and one FCE in French at the 2nd year level, with a minimum mark of 60% in French 2201 and a minimum overall average of 60% in the French courses.
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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French 3814 19th Century French Literature and Culture View Details
Representative works of major authors from various genres and literary movements (romanticism, realism) will be studied as literature and as a reflection of 19th century values seen against the profound political, economic, and social shift of the period.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Third year standing in French*
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Students who have previous credit in French 3801 may not take French 3814 for credit. For admission to 3rd and 4th year level courses, students must have completed French 2201 and one FCE in French at the 2nd year level, with a minimum mark of 60% in French 2201 and a minimum overall average of 60% in the French courses.
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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French 3820 Special Topics View Details
The topic of this course on a literary or cultural theme varies from year to year. Please consult the Department for course content.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Third year standing in French*
Special Topic: Yes
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
Notes: *Third Year Standing in French: For admission to 3rd and 4th year level courses, students must have completed French 2201 and one FCE in French at the 2nd year level, with a minimum mark of 60% in French 2201 and a minimum overall average of 60% in the French courses.
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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French 3834 20th Century French Literature and Culture View Details
A critical and literary analysis of the intellectual and philosophical aspects of the works of some of the principal French authors of the twentieth century.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Third year standing in French*
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Students who have previous credit in French 3802 may not take French 3834 for credit. *Third Year Standing in French: For admission to 3rd and 4th year level courses, students must have completed French 2201 and one FCE in French at the 2nd year level, with a minimum mark of 60% in French 2201 and a minimum overall average of 60% in the French courses.
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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French 4010 Francophone Cinema and Literature View Details
An introduction to the relationship between cinema and literature from the Francophone world. It examines the social, political and cultural environment in which the works were created and explore the possible motivations and intentions of the writers and cinematographers chosen. The importance of storytelling, character development and aesthetic techniques of both genres will be emphasized as the varied forms of representation and the ways in which they intersect are studied.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Third year standing in French* or permission of the Chair of the Department.

* For admission to 3rd and 4th year level courses, students must have completed French 2201 and the equivalent of one other French course at the 2nd year level required in the French program, with a minimum mark of 60% in French 2201 and a minimum overall average of 60% in the French courses.

Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Students who have previous credit in French 3810 and French 3820 with the topic title Francophone Cinema and Literature may not take French 4010 for credit.
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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French 4515 The Classical Period View Details
Main literary trends of seventeenth century France with particular reference to Classical theatre.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Third year standing in French*
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: *Third Year Standing in French: For admission to 3rd and 4th year level courses, students must have completed French 2201 and one FCE in French at the 2nd year level, with a minimum mark of 60% in French 2201 and a minimum overall average of 60% in the French courses.
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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French 4810 Special Topics View Details
The topic of this half-course on a literary, linguistic or cultural theme may vary. Students should consult the Department for course content.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Third year standing in French*
Special Topic: Yes
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: *Third Year Standing in French: For admission to 3rd and 4th year level courses, students must have completed French 2201 and one FCE in French at the 2nd year level, with a minimum mark of 60% in French 2201 and a minimum overall average of 60% in the French courses.
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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French 4820 Special Topics View Details
The topic of this full course on a literary or cultural theme varies from year to year. Students should consult the Department for course content.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Third year standing in French*
Special Topic: Yes
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
Notes: *Third Year Standing in French: For admission to 3rd and 4th year level courses, students must have completed French 2201 and one FCE in French at the 2nd year level, with a minimum mark of 60% in French 2201 and a minimum overall average of 60% in the French courses.
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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French 4901 Honours Thesis View Details
Under the guidance of the supervisor, the student will learn how to do a research project: analysis, synthesis of a chosen topic with reference to various theoretical frameworks. The thesis topic will be determined in consultation with the supervisor. The thesis will be written in French.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s):

With a confirmed supervisor and a minimum average of 80% in French courses or the permission of the Chair of the Department of Languages.

Notes: Open only to Honours French Majors in their fourth year, having demonstrated academic excellence, aptitude for research and scholarly work.
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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