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FSL 421Y1Y
French Language IV


An advanced course in French dedicated to the reading and discussion of texts. Emphasis is placed on the mastery of complex linguistic skills through the use of a variety of reference tools and self-correction. The cultural component of this course focuses primarily on the francophone presence in the international context.

Required texts: Alain Vercollier, Claudine Vercollier, Kay Bourlier. Difficultés expliquées du français - for English speakers. Paris, CLE International, 2004. 351 p.

Recommended reference books: Le petit Robert (monolingual dictionary); Le Robert-Collins (French-English dictionary); Bescherelle 1 – L’art de conjuguer (verb conjugation guide); Le petit Grevisse. Grammaire française (grammar reference).

Assignments and evaluation: Reading Comprehension test (10%); Listening Comprehension test (10%); Cultural Project [Oral production] (15%); Oral production test (10%); Auto-correction exercise (5%); Mid-Term Test (20%); Final Test (20%); Overall Assessment (10%).

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 321Y1 or, upon first FRE/FSL enrolment, equivalent as determined by the French Placement Test.

Exclusion: FSL 442H, FSL 443H.

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

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


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