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FSL 221Y1Y
French Language II


The main objective of this course is the development of written and oral comprehension and expression. Emphasis is placed on the consolidation of grammar concepts through an exhaustive review of French grammar and through a variety of related written activities. Emphasis will also be placed on the development of comprehension (reading and listening) and speaking skills. The particular cultural theme of this course is francophone culture and media.

Required texts:

The books (i), (ii) and (iv) are available at the U of T Bookstore, Koffler Students Centre:

(i)  Vercollier, Vercollier & Kay, Difficultés expliquées du français (niveau avancé), Paris : CLE International, 2004 (+ livret avec le corrigé des exercices).

(ii)  Bien parler: guide de prononciation et d’orthoépie françaises ( /textbook.htm, ID: pronunciation, Password: orthoepie0708)

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: 60% Term work (2 Reading comprehension tests (2 x 5%); 2 Dictation + Listening Comprehension tests (2 x 5%); 2 Oral production tests (2 x 10%); 2 Grammatical analysis + use of reference tools tests (2 x 10%); 2 compositions (2 x 10%); 2 Cultural Studies Projects (written : 5%, oral: 5%); overall assessment  2 x 5%); 40% three-hour Final University examination.

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

Exclusion: FSL 321Y1 and higher.

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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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.

History of the Department

French Studies at the University of Toronto 1853-1993