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FSL 271H1F
French Grammar, within Reason


Y. Portebois


An in-depth review of the foundational concepts of French grammar, designed to shed light on the apparent intricacy of grammatical rules. Intensive writing and grammatical exercises are an integral part of the course. This course is useful for anyone wishing to undertake a program in French studies (literature or linguistics) or interested in improving their knowledge of written French.

Required texts: a recent French grammar and a bilingual dictionary. Writing exercises will be made available on Quercus.

Assignments and evaluation: term work: 60% (3 tests and compositions (25%+30%+35%); overall assessment: 10%); three-hour Final University Examination: 40%.

The Department takes into account the quality of students' French as one of the criteria in the evaluation of assignments and examinations. A minimum of 20% of the grade will be allocated to this aspect of written assignments.

Prerequisite: FSL 121Y1Y or, upon first FRE/FSL enrolment, equivalent as determined by the French Placement Test.

Exclusion: FSL321Y1 and higher.

Please note: You will receive no adjustment to your fees in the event that you must withdraw from a course for failing to have the necessary prerequisites or for not following the placement test recommendation. This decision may not be appealed.



This course is found in the following categories:


Revue Arborescences

Considérant que rien de ce qui touche la langue française ne lui est étranger, la revue Arborescences se veut un espace de réflexion sur les enjeux actuels des études françaises aussi bien en littérature, en linguistique qu’en didactique.


Estimant que rien de ce qui touche la langue française ne lui est étranger, la revue électronique Arborescences veut offrir un espace de réflexion sur des questions d’importance en études françaises, relevant aussi bien de la didactique que de la lit

History of the Department

165 years of French Studies at the University of Toronto (1853-2018)