Level 1 Courses

First-time registrants in University French are encouraged to take the online French Placement Test prior to registering.  This is to provide students with assistance in choosing the most appropriate course, according to their current French language skills.  Placement Test link.


111 Basic University French I

This course corresponds to level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Students will acquire the necessary competence in the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, to use familiar words and simple phrases for concrete communication situations such as introduction of self, answering basic questions about home, family and surroundings. This course is restricted to students with little previous background in French and who have not completed grade 12 core French. Credit will be granted for only one of FREN 111 or FREN 110. Three credits and a lab.


112 Basic University French II

This course is a continuation of FREN 111 and corresponds to level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Students will learn to understand and communicate during easy or habitual tasks and will understand isolated phrases and common expressions that relate to areas of high personal relevance (like personal or family information, shopping, immediate environment, work). This course is recommended for students with some background in French or who have completed grade 12 Core French. Credit will be granted for only one of FREN 112 or FREN 110. Three credits and a lab.



a) The department reserves the right to refuse admission to this course to students whose knowledge of French is inadequate according to the department placement test.

b) FREN 111 and FREN 112 may not be used as credit toward a major, advanced major or honours degree. They may be used toward a minor or subsidiary in French, as part of a pair, or as electives.

c) Closed to students who have completed  200-level French courses or higher, as well as to students from French schools and French Immersion programs.