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 – Due to Covid-19, please send all of your assignments to your instructor directly (Brightspace or email)

  • 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 2021-2022

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

First Year

FYSM 1408 [1.0 credit] (Seminar)
French on the World Stage.
An introduction to the diversity of the French language and of French-language literatures and cultures throughout the francophone world, including Europe, Canada, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East. The course is conducted in French. For French majors and students who have completed the placement. 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. Oral interaction required.
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. Oral interaction required.
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. Oral interaction required.
Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or higher in FREN 1001 or 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. Oral interaction required.
Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or higher in FREN 1001 or 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. Oral interaction required.
Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or higher in 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. Oral interaction required.
Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or higher in FREN 1002 or placement test on Carleton Central before registering. Lecture six 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.
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. Oral interaction required.

Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or higher in 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. Oral interaction required.
Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or higher in 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. Oral interaction required.
Prerequisite(s):  Grade of C or higher in 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 FREN 1110 with a grade of C or higher 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 FREN 1110 with a grade of C or higher 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 FREN 1110 with a grade of C or higher 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.
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 3060 Perfectionnement de la grammaire par la pratique [0.5 credit] (Seminar)
Analyse et pratique réfléchie des formes de la grammaire dans le discours: Structures des phrases, marques d’accord, concordance des temps, prépositions et compléments, homonymie et homographie, faux amis et anglicismes. Développement des techniques efficaces d’autocorrection et maîtrise d’outils informatisés.

Prerequisite(s): FREN 2202 and FREN 2203 or FREN 2401, or permission of the Department.
Cours trois heures par semaine.
FREN 3213 Du Baroque aux Lumières [0.5 credit] (Seminar)
Étude des 17e et 18e siècles : raison et universalisme, encyclopédisme, construction et représentation de l’altérité, colonialisme et esclavagisme. Analyse d’importants développements littéraires : essai et conte philosophiques, théâtre et critique sociale, évolution du discours romanesque. Approches théoriques du texte littéraire.

Prerequisite(s): FREN 2202 and FREN 2203 or permission of the Department.
Cours trois heures par semaine.
FREN 3214 Révolutions, avant-gardes et ruptures : du 19e siècle aux années 1950 [0.5 credit] (Seminar)
Étude de quelques grands mouvements ayant rythmé la vie des lettres francophones : romantisme, réalisme, naturalisme, symbolisme, surréalisme, modernisme. La littérature de la décolonisation et l’émergence de la littérature canadienne-française. Analyse des genres et de leur évolution. Approches théoriques du texte littéraire.

Prerequisite(s): FREN 2202 and FREN 2203 or permission of the Department.
Cours trois heures par semaine.
FREN 3218 Genre et mouvement [0.5 credit] (Seminar)
Étude approfondie d’un genre ou mouvement littéraire. Conditions d’émergence (contextes: historique, social, artistique, etc). Textes théoriques et manifestes. Principaux représentants. Influence (continuations, ruptures). Contenu variable selon les années : consulter le site web du département de français. Repeatable for credit when the topic changes.Sujet pour l’automne 2021: Littérature québécoise : vers une littérature-monde. Ce cours examinera la pertinence des concepts de «littérature-monde» et de «World literature» dans le contexte québécois à travers la lecture de quelques romans, textes dramatiques et poèmes contemporains. Approches théoriques: études transnationales et transculturelles, discours historiographiques, intertextualité.
Prerequisite(s): FREN 2202 and FREN 2203, or permission of the Department.
Cours trois heures par semaine
FREN 3412 Morphologie du français [0.5 credit] (Seminar)
Étude de la forme des unités lexicales et grammaticales du français et de leur portée signifiante. Analyse du système flexionnel du français et des mécanismes de formation des mots.
Prerequisite(s): FREN 2401 or permission of the Department. Cours trois heures par semaine.
FREN 3414 Socioloinguistique 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 3415 Histoire du français [0.5 credit] (Seminar)
Évolution interne de l’histoire du français et de ses influences externes. De sa naissance, présumée et réelle, à ses états actuels. Les langues contributrices. Contacts linguistiques. Dynamiques du changement linguistique. Véhicularisation et vernacularisation. Idéologies de la langue française.

Prerequisite(s): FREN 2401 or permission of the Department.
Cours trois heures par semaine.
FREN 3511 Expression écrite et traduction [0.5 credit] (Seminar)
Perfectionnement de l’expression écrite au moyen d’un apprentissage appliqué de la traduction. Analyses des principales interférences syntaxiques, sémantiques et discursives entre le français et l’anglais. Approfondissement des pratiques de textualisation: cohérence et cohésion, idiomatisation, registres, paraphrase, considérations stylistiques, etc. Approche privilégiant le texte pragmatique.

Prerequisite(s): one FREN course at the 2000-level, 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.
FREN 3900 Apprentissage et enseignement du français langue seconde [0.5 credit] (Seminar)
Initiation aux études des programmes au Canada et ailleurs. Processus d’acquisition des habiletés d’expression et de compréhension. Survol des théories passées et actuelles. Appréciation et critique de pratiques pédagogiques.

Prerequisite(s): one FREN course at the 2000-level, or permission of the Department.
Cours trois heures par semaine.
 Fourth Year
FREN 4212 Littératures francophones [0.5 credit] (Seminar)
Analyse de problématiques liées à la francophonie littéraire. Contenu variable selon les années : consulter le site web du département de français. Repeatable for credit when the topic changes.
Sujet pour l’hiver 2022: Voix féminines de la Caraïbe: travail de mémoire historique. De la Traite à l’ère Obama, les écrivaines caribéennes travaillent divers moments historiques. Nous examinerons des stratégies déployées pour traiter le passé et les effets qui en naissent, ainsi que les rapports entre Histoire, histoires, littérature. 

Prerequisite(s): FREN 2202FREN 2203 and FREN 3050, or permission of the Department.
Also offered at the graduate level, with different requirements, as FREN 5212, for which additional credit is precluded.
Cours trois heures par semaine.
FREN 4412 Diversité du français [0.5 credit] (Seminar)
Études des variétés du français, dans ses dimensions spatiales. Le contenu précis de ce cours varie selon les années. Consulter le site web du Département de français pour obtenir les details.
Sujet pour l’automne 2021: Le français en Afrique. Exploration des caractéristiques du français en Afrique depuis l’ère coloniale jusqu’aujourd’hui. Fonctionnement du français dans ses deux rôles majeurs: langue administrative et langue véhiculaire. Étendue de la diversité des traits régionaux à tout niveau linguistique: phonétique, phonologie, morphologie, syntaxe, discours, lexique.

Also listed as LING 4412. Prerequisite(s): FREN 2401 and FREN 3050, or permission of the Department.
Also offered at the graduate level, with different requirements, as FREN 5412 and LING 5412, for which additional credit is precluded.
Cours trois heures par semaine
FREN 4801 Tutorial A [0.5 credit] (Tutorial).
 FREN 4802 Tutorial B [0.5 credit] (Tutorial).

Summer Course 2021

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 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 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 six hours a week.
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 six heures par semaine.
FREN 4300  Experiential learning in French and Francophone studies [0.5 credit]
Topics in French language, literature or linguistics. Application of language skills in a francophone context. Topic and location may vary; consult Departmental website.

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