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FSL 221Y1Y
French Language II


Intended for those who have some knowledge of French, this course is the first in a proficiency-sequenced series that provides students with the opportunity to become proficient, focused, autonomous French language learners. Adopting a principally actional approach to second language learning targeting Level A2 objectives of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), the course’s main objective is to provide a communicative learning environment through activities based in real-world, everyday contexts. Emphasis is placed on the development of comprehension (reading and listening) and speaking skills as well as on the consolidation of grammar concepts through a variety of communicative activities.

Required texts: J. Girardet, J. Pécheur, Écho, Méthode de français pour l’Amérique du Nord, A2

Recommended reference books: (i)  Maurice Grevisse, Le Petit Grevisse. Grammaire française, Bruxelles, Deboeck-Duculot, 32e édition, 2009; (ii) Le petit Robert (monolingual dictionary), Le Robert-Collins (French-English dictionary), Bescherelle 1 – L’art de conjuger (conjugation guide)

Assignments and evaluation: 3 Tests based on the textbook’s 3 Units: 60%; 2 cultural projects (written & oral): 15%; In-class quizzes : 10%; Written & video introduction of students: 5%; In-class participation (in-class presence in lectures and tutorials, group & in-class participation, completion of exercises): 10%.  There is no final examination for this course.

Prerequisite: FSL 121Y1 or, upon first FRE/FSL enrolment, equivalent as determined by the French Placement Test.

Exclusion: FSL 321Y1 and higher.

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.

NB: 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.

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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)