Placement for French language courses

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.

How to Choose Your Courses…

Course selection is one of the most important decisions facing all undergraduate students. Program requirements, course prerequisites, limited enrolments, balanced study loads are some of the issues that must be carefully considered. To help you with this process, we recommend you follow the three steps below:

  • Step 1: familiarize yourself with the requirements and options for your particular program of study, as described in the Undergraduate Calendar.
  • Step 2: Plan your course selection in the winter term for the next academic year.
  • Step 3: Meet early with an advisor, either during the March Advising period., or by appointment with the Honours, Majors & Minors Supervisor.

Departmental Drop Box Policy

  • The departmental drop box is located between 1602DT (main office) and 1601DT.
  • Mail and assignments received by 8:30 am will receive the previous day’s date from Tuesday through Friday.
  • Mail and assignments received from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm daily will receive the current day’s date.
  • Mail and assignments received after 4:00 pm on Fridays will receive Saturday’s date.
  • The drop box is cleared on Monday mornings before 8:30 am and mail received over the weekend will receive Saturday’s date.
    Please include your name, student number, course code and Instructor’s name on your assignments. 

Undergraduate Course Offerings 2019-2020

Information about the courses offered in our undergraduate programs is found below. Course outlines can be found on this page.

First Year

FYSM 1408 World Literature in French [1.0 credit] (Seminar)
An introduction to the diverse literatures of the francophone world through works from the Middle East, Canada, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. For students who have completed the placement test on Carleton Central and have received a confirmation through their Carleton email account.
Prerequisite(s): normally restricted to students entering the first year of B.A, B.Cog.Sc., B.Co.M.S., B.Econ. or B.G.In.S. program.
Seminar three hours a week.
FREN 1001 French 1 [1.0 credit] (Lecture)
This course is designed for absolute beginners in the language. Classes use audio-visual methods, and emphasis is given to the spoken language. Introduction to reading and writing. Compulsory attendance. Limited enrolment. No auditors.
Prerequisite(s): placement test on Carleton Central before registering. Lecture three hours a week.
FREN 1001  French 1 Intensive [1.0 credit] (Lecture)
This course is designed for absolute beginners in the language. Classes use audio-visual methods, and emphasis is given to the spoken language. Introduction to reading and writing. Compulsory attendance. Limited enrolment. No auditors.
Prerequisite(s): placement test on Carleton Central before registering. Lecture six hours a week.
FREN 1002 French 2 [1.0 credit] (Lecture)
Taught in French for students who have had exposure to French but who have difficulty using it in day-to-day communication. Emphasis on oral expression and comprehension; development of reading and writing skills. Oral practice, oral presentations, interviews, cultural activities, grammar exercises. Attendance and participation are compulsory. Limited enrolment. No auditors.
Prerequisite(s): placement test on Carleton Central before registering. Lecture three hours a week.
FREN 1002 French 2 Intensive [1.0 credit] (Lecture)
Taught in French for students who have had exposure to French but who have difficulty using it in day-to-day communication. Emphasis on oral expression and comprehension; development of reading and writing skills. Oral practice, oral presentations, interviews, cultural activities, grammar exercises. Attendance and participation are compulsory. Limited enrolment. No auditors.
Prerequisite(s): placement test on Carleton Central before registering. Lecture six hours a week.
FREN 1100 French 3 [1.0 credit] (Lecture)
Taught in French. Emphasis on speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Oral presentations, discussions, interviews, reading of novels and magazine articles, listening activities, grammar exercises, compositions. Attendance and participation are compulsory. Limited enrolment. No auditors.
Prerequisite(s): FREN 1002 or placement test on Carleton Central before registering. Lecture three hours a week.
FREN 1100 French 3  Intensive [1.0 credit] (Lecture)
Taught in French. Emphasis on speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Oral presentations, discussions, interviews, reading of novels and magazine articles, listening activities, grammar exercises, compositions. Attendance and participation are compulsory. Limited enrolment. No auditors.
Prerequisite(s): FREN 1002 or placement test on Carleton Central before registering. Lecture six hours a week.
FREN 1110 French 3: Writing [1.0 credit] (Lecture)
Taught in French. For students with low intermediate writing skills in French. Improvement of spelling, grammar, sentence-structure and vocabulary. Study of the processes involved in the production of a variety of texts. Introduction to the use of references. Self-correction. Attendance and participation compulsory. Limited enrolment. No auditors. First week: compulsory placement test in class.
Prerequisite(s): FREN 1002 or placement test on Carleton Central before registering. Lecture three hours a week.

Second Year

FINS 2105 French Reading I [0.5 credit] (Lecture)
Development of reading skills, especially relating to academic texts. Basic French grammar and vocabulary. Given in English. Open to beginners. No auditors.
Offered online. Equivalent to a weekly three-hour course, available all week.

Precludes additional credit for FREN 1006. Prerequisite(s): permission of the Department.
FINS 2510 (also listed as CDNS 2510)
FREN 2100 French 4 [1.0 credit] (Lecture)
Taught in French. For non-francophone students. Advanced speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Advanced level reading from various sources, including literary texts. Grammar exercises, essays, oral presentations. Attendance and participation are compulsory. Limited enrolment. No auditors.

Prerequisite(s): FREN 1100 or FREN 1110 or permission of the Department, or placement test on Carleton Central before registering. Cours trois heures par semaine.
FREN 2100 French 4 Intensive [1.0 credit] (Lecture)
Taught in French. For non-francophone students. Advanced speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Advanced level reading from various sources, including literary texts. Grammar exercises, essays, oral presentations. Attendance and participation are compulsory. Limited enrolment. No auditors.
Prerequisite(s): FREN 1100 or FREN 1110 or permission of the Department, or placement test on Carleton Central before registering.

Precludes: FREN 2110
Cours six heures par semaine.
FREN 2110 French 4: Writing [1.0 credit] (Lecture)
Taught in French. For students with intermediate writing skills in French. Refinement of spelling, grammar, sentence-structure and vocabulary. Emphasis on accuracy and textual organization. Essay-writing. Use and referencing of various sources. Self-correction. Attendance and participation compulsory. Limited enrolment. No auditors. First week: compulsory placement test in class.
Prerequisite(s): FREN 1100 or FREN 1110 or permission of the Department, or placement test on Carleton Central before registering.
Precludes: FREN 2100. Cours trois heures par semaine.
FREN 2202 [0.5 cr] Introduction aux études littéraires 1 [0.5 credit] (Lecture)
Survol historique des littératures d’expression française : principaux auteurs, grands mouvements, évolution des genres. Initiation aux méthodes et notions d’analyse littéraire.Prerequisite: FREN 1100 or permission of the Department. This course may be taken concurrently with FREN 2100 or FREN 2110.
Precludes additional credit for FREN 2201. Lecture : three hours a week.
 FREN 2203 [0.5 cr] Introduction aux études littéraires 2 [0.5 credit] (Lecture)
Survol historique des littératures d’expression française au Québec et au Canada : principaux auteurs, grands mouvements, évolution des genres. Initiation aux méthodes et notions d’analyse littéraire.
Prerequisite: FREN 1100 or permission of the Department. This course may be taken concurrently with FREN 2100 or FREN 2110.
Precludes additional credit for FREN 2201. Lecture : three hours a week.
FREN 2401 Introduction à la linguistique française [1.0 credit] (Lecture)
Étude de la structure et du fonctionnement du système linguistique à travers l’analyse de données du français (de France et du Canada). La construction du sens, des sons au discours ; code oral et écrit.
Prerequisite(s): FREN 1100 or permission of the Department. This course may be taken concurrently with FREN 2100 or FREN 2110. Cours trois heures par semaine.

Third Year

FINS 3105 French Reading II [0.5 credit] (Lecture)
Reading knowledge for academic purposes. Advanced reading strategies. Individual reading in the student’s specialization. Given in English. No auditors
Precludes additional credit for FREN 1006.
Prerequisite(s): FINS 2105 or permission of the Department.
Offered online. Equivalent to a weekly three-hour course, available all week.
FINS 3550 (also listed as CDNS 3550)
FREN 3050 Compétences critiques [0.5 credit] (Seminar)
Initiation aux techniques et pratiques de la réflexion universitaire : documentation (bibliothèque, bases de données, bibliographies critiques), lecture (analyse, synthèse et évaluation critique de textes de savoir) et réflexion (cadre théorique, méthode d’analyse, pratique du discours raisonné).
Prerequisite(s): FREN 2202 and FREN 2203 (FREN 2201 no longer offered) or FREN 2401, or permission of the Department. Cours trois heures par semaine.
FREN 3212 Des manuscrits aux belles-lettres : de la littérature médiévale à l’humanisme  [0.5 credit] (Seminar)
Étude d’une sélection de textes, tirés de divers genres, permettant d’explorer les origines de la littérature française : oralité et écriture; chansons de geste; courtoisie; récits de voyages; littérature de la cour; humanisme. Différentes approches théoriques du texte littéraire.
Prerequisite(s): FREN 2202 and FREN 2203 (FREN 2201 no longer offered) or permission of the Department. Cours trois heures par semaine.
FREN 3215 Les ères du soupçon : contemporanéités de la littérature  [0.5 credit] (Seminar)
Études des principales orientations définissant les littératures francophones contemporaines depuis la fin de la Seconde Guerre mondiale : littérature engagée, existentialisme, nouveau roman. Littérature du Québec et du Canada français. Littératures postcoloniales, émergentes, transnationales. Approches théoriques du texte littéraire.
Prerequisite(s): FREN 2202 and FREN 2203 (FREN 2201 no longer offered) or permission of the Department. Cours trois heures par semaine.
FREN 3217 Œuvre et auteur-e(s) [0.5 credit] (Seminar)
Étude approfondie d’un(e) auteur(e) ou groupe d’auteur(e)s et de leur oeuvre. Lectures critiques,théoriques et littéraires. Description longue.
Prerequisite(s): FREN 2202 and FREN 2203 (FREN 2201 no longer offered) or permission of the Department. Cours trois heures par semaine.
FREN 3413 Lexique et syntaxe [0.5 credit] (Seminar)
Comme toute langue naturelle, le français peut se définir comme un lexique coulé dans le moule d’une syntaxe. Examens de ces deux composantes essentielles du système linguistique et de leurs mécanismes d’interaction et d’intégration.
Prerequisite(s): FREN 2401 or permission of the Department. Cours trois heures par semaine.
FREN 3412 Morphologie et sémantique [0.5 credit] (Seminar)
Étude des systèmes morphologiques du français. Les unités lexicales, grammaticales et leurs portées signifiantes. Compréhension des mécanismes de construction des mots et de leurs significations. Création lexicale et grammaticalization.
Prerequisite(s): FREN 2401 or permission of the Department. Cours trois heures par semaine.
FREN 3414 Sociolinguistique du français  [0.5 credit] (Seminar)
Le français, une réalité hétérogène. Approche variationiste, qualitative et quantitative, de l’étude du français dans ses dimensions dialectales, sociales et stylistiques. Variations intra-individuelles et entre individus. Facteurs externes de la variation interne du français. Diversités du français.
Prerequisite(s): FREN 2401 or permission of the Department. Cours trois heures par semaine.
FREN 3701 Français oral [0.5 credit] (Seminar)
Techniques avancées d’expression orale. This course is not suitable for francophones.
Prerequisite(s): one FREN course at the 2000-level, or permission of the Department. Cours trois heures par semaine.
FREN 3702 Français écrit [0.5 credit] (Seminar)
Techniques avancées d’expression écrite.
Prerequisite(s): one FREN course at the 2000-level, or permission of the Department. Cours trois heures par semaine.
 Fourth Year
FREN 4214 Genre et movement.   [0.5 credit] (Seminar)
Étude approfondie d’un thème, d’un mouvement, d’un genre dans le champ littéraire.
Sujet hiver 2020: Aux limites des formes poétiques. Étude des œuvres de Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), Alcools et Calligrammes, qui illustrent à la fois le poème réglé (avec son numérisme, ses rimes, ses strophes) et les voies poétiques modernes (collage, poésie typographique, entre autres).
Prerequisite(s): FREN 2202 and FREN 2203 (FREN 2201 no longer offered) and FREN 3050 or permission of the Department.
FREN 4215  Problématique contemporaines [0.5 credit] (Seminar)
Étude de questions contemporaines dans le domaine littéraire. Le contenu précis de ce cours varie selon les années.
Sujet automne 2019: Le mythe de Babel dans la littérature contemporaine. Approche mythocritique et comparative pour étudier l’inscription du mythe de Babel dans des textes francophones et québécois. La traduction, le plurilinguisme, la diversité culturelle, la migration seront analysés dans les textes en fonction du mythe de Babel. Description longue.
Prerequisite(s): FREN 2202 and FREN 2203 (FREN 2201 no longer offered) and FREN 3050, or permission of the Department.
FREN 4414 Analyse du français [0.5 credit] (Seminar)
Étude du français, dans ses dimensions morphologiques, syntaxiques ou phonologiques.
Sujet pour hiver 2020:
Analyse du discours et medias. Analyse linguistique, pragmatique, critique et argumentative du discours médiatique (ex. presse écrite, reportages, plateformes numériques et médias sociaux). Subjectivité et mise en relief du contenu discursif (traces textuelles de la production des énoncés et du contexte d’énonciation). Langues et médias.
Precludes additional credit for LING 4413.
Prerequisite(s): FREN 2401 and FREN 3050, or permission of the Department.
FREN 4415 Variation du français [0.5 credit] (Seminar)
Étude des variations internes de la langue, dans ses dimensions orales et écrites.
Sujet pour automne 2019: Lexicologie Canadienne. Étude de l’histoire des mots et des rapports qu’ils établissent entre eux : principes de base, courants idéologiques, méthodes et terminologie de la discipline; lexicographie française et ouvrages qui l’ont marquée; traditions et sources canadiennes; morphologie, sémantique lexicale et particularités du lexique français. Description longue.
Precludes additional credit for LING 4415.
Prerequisite(s): FREN 2401 and FREN 3050, or permission of the Department.
FREN 4801 Tutorial A [0.5 credit] (Tutorial).
 FREN 4802 Tutorial B [0.5 credit] (Tutorial).

Summer Course 2019

FREN 1001 Elementary French [1.0 credit] (Lecture). This course is designed for absolute beginners in the language. Classes use audio-visual methods, and emphasis is given to the spoken language. Introduction to reading and writing. Compulsory attendance. Limited enrolment. No auditors.
Prerequisite(s): placement test on Carleton Central before registering. Lecture three hours a week.
FREN 1002 French I [1.0 credit] (Lecture) Taught in French for students who have had exposure to French but who have difficulty using it in day-to-day communication. Emphasis on oral expression and comprehension; development of reading and writing skills. Oral practice, oral presentations, interviews, cultural activities, grammar exercises. Attendance and participation are compulsory. Limited enrolment. No auditors. Prerequisite(s): placement test on Carleton Central before registering. Lecture six hours a week.
FREN 1100 First-Year University French [1.0 credit] (Lecture) Taught in French. Emphasis on speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Oral presentations, discussions, interviews, reading of novels and magazine articles, listening activities, grammar exercises, compositions. Attendance and participation are compulsory. Limited enrolment. No auditors. Prerequisite(s): FREN 1002 or placement test on Carleton Central before registering. Lecture six hours a week.
FREN 2100 Second-Year University French [1.0 credit] (Lecture) Taught in French. For non-francophone students. Advanced speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Advanced level reading from various sources, including literary texts. Grammar exercises, essays, oral presentations. Attendance and participation are compulsory. Limited enrolment. No auditors. Prerequisite(s): FREN 1100 or FREN 1110 or permission of the Department, or placement test on Carleton Central before registering. Cours six heures par semaine.
FREN 4300 [0.5 credit]
Selected topics in French and Francophone studies

Topics in French language, literature or linguistics. The topic and location change from year to year. Consult the Departmental website. Students are expected to bear all travel and other costs arising from site visits.

Includes: Experiential Learning Activity
Also offered at the graduate level, with different requirements, as FREN 5501, for which additional credit is precluded.