4th Year French major Laura Briggs and Dr. Carmen LeBlanc at the Canadian Linguistic Association annual meeting (University of Ottawa, May 31st, 2015)
Over the 2014-2015 academic year, Laura had the opportunity to work with professor LeBlanc as an undergraduate research assistant. The study she was involved with was part of an ongoing project on the Sociolinguistic History of Acadian French, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, for which Professor LeBlanc is co-investigator. Laura and Professor LeBlanc subsequently presented a paper during the Congress of the Humanities and Social Science on the verbal morphology of a dialect of Acadian French : « “Là les Madelinots étiont tout après boire pis ça chantait” ou L’étude des désinences à la 3e personne du pluriel ».
What French graduates and students are saying…
Victoria Ebergenyi (BA/08)
As an undergraduate student majoring in French at Carleton University I was able to practice speaking, reading and writing in French, as well as learn about different francophone cultures. Dunton Tower’s 16th floor is a diverse and dynamic space where I went to read, study, and practice my French with peers and professors, all the while learning about Caribbean, French and Québécois cultures. The professors at Carleton University’s Department of French were very approachable and showed a genuine interest in helping. I felt comfortable and motivated was able to continue my education at the graduate level.
Leah Roth (BA/07, MA/09, current PhD student)
After completing a Combined Honours in French and English at Carleton, I decided to return for graduate studies in French. Throughout my undergraduate years, I was able to take a variety of language, culture, literature and teaching courses and participate in an international exchange to France during my third year. Together, they helped me gain confidence in my ability to speak French, and provided me with a greater appreciation for the French culture.
Paroma Ray (fourth-year Student): What is the most interesting class you have taken at Carleton?The most interesting class I’ve taken at Carleton has probably got to be: Genre et Mouvement (FREN 4214A) with Monsieur (Professor) Charles Doutrelepont. This class really fit my interests – Canadian history mixed in with Canadian politics/government in French! Additionally, because I’m a music student, I was asked to study the French texts and match them with the musical notation. As a class, we watched the PBS video “The War that Made America,” read through old French texts, analyzed and recited French poetry to the class, and wrote poetry for our final assignment. Moreover, I came out of the class feeling like I had really accomplished something.
Paroma Ray (fourth-year Student): Who is your favourite Carleton professor and why?
I have had so many amazing professors! … my favourite French professors at Carleton are without a doubt the following: Chantal Dion, Sébastien Côté, and Charles Doutrelepont. Professor Dion is extremely patient and really helped to improve my French grammar. Professor Côté is an awesome professor and a great guy to talk to! Professor Doutrelepont really strives to engage his students by helping them relate to the course work.
|“The most interesting class I’ve taken at Carleton has probably got to be: Genre et Mouvement (FREN 4214A) with Monsieur (Professor) Charles Doutrelepont.” Fourth-year student Paroma Ray|
|“Throughout my undergraduate years,I was able to take a variety of language, culture, literature and teaching courses and participate in an international exchange to France during my third year.” Leah Roth (BA/07, MA/09, current PhD student)|
You may decide…
- to major in French Studies,
- to double-major across a choice of other disciplines,
- to sign up for a single course,
- to benefit from a co-op placement or international exchange,
- to explore the possibility of graduate work at the Master’s level,
- to visit our writing tutorial centre,
- to attend a conference,
- to become involved with the Club francophone,
- to drop in on French Movie Nightfor a free Ciné-français screening,
- to contribute to the student magazine Mot Dit…
Courses that are right for you …
From our First Year Seminar devoted to Francophone literatures to our advanced written and oral French courses, from a basic introduction to French language to upper-year courses in French sociolinguistics, students interested in taking French courses can find the right course, no matter what their level of French may be. Our web-based placement test ensures that they are enrolling in the appropriate course. To further ensure proper placement, students enrolled in language courses are also asked to complete an in-class writing test during the first week of class. Here is a sample of courses regularly offered… come and see for yourself .
- FYSM 1408, World Literature in French
- FREN 1001, Elementary French
- FREN 3701, Techniques avancées d’expression orale.
- FREN 3414, La fabrique du français
How to apply…
For admission to the French program, you must have the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including a minimum of six 4 U/M courses. Your six 4 U/M courses must include 4U English (or Anglais). It is Carleton University policy to consider your best performance in any eligible course in the admissions assessment. Since the number of qualified applicants may be greater than the number of available spaces, cut-off averages and required marks may vary. Please refer to our website for the current admission requirements.
Living in French in the Nation’s Capital
In Ottawa, French is everywhere. In the streets and on the news, at the movies and on the stage, on campus and on the Hill. French in Ottawa is definitely not just a subject for the classroom.