If you decide to take a French course as part of your program (whether you are taking a major in French or not), you will initially have to fill out the online placement questionnaire which will help you establish your level of French. The final score will determine the courses you may register in through Carleton Central. Keep in mind that you can only take this test once. Please be as accurate as possible while filling out the test. French skills are checked during the first week of class.
Please note that this placement test is intended for Carleton students who have never taken a French course at Carleton before. If you have already taken and passed a French course at Carleton, then you should enroll in the next course via Carleton Central.
During the first week of class the professor will assess your language proficiency level and your previous studies to ensure that you have the appropriate background knowledge for the course. If the professor accepts your level, you have permission of the Department. If you are judged to be at another level, or if the course is not suitable for your needs, the professor will recommend that you register in another course.
French Placement is a set of procedures used to ensure that you have registered in the appropriate level of language course. The first step is the self-assessment questionnaire (see below), which you must fill out as accurately and honestly as possible. The final score on this will help you choose the course in which to register. The second step takes place during the first week of class. Your spoken and written skills will be assessed and you will be given permission to remain if your level is considered to be appropriate for the course. If not, the professor will recommend another, more appropriate course.
The Department cannot reserve or create spaces for you in the recommended course. This is why it is very important that you complete the self-assessment questionnaire as accurately as possible, and that you read the registration guidelines and the course outlines before registering.
Yes, due to the varying language abilities of students, some students may be recommended to start in second year courses. This happens quite frequently and is nothing to be afraid of. This will not affect your program or program requirements in any way.
The Club francophone meets every week from September to April. It is a student-run society which organizes excursions and activities based on the needs of its membership. Anyone can join and drop in on a weekly basis to chat in French.