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French as a Second Language Courses (FSL)

The Department of French does not permit auditing of FSL courses. It is impossible to switch language course sections during the academic year.

The FSL series is designed for beginners (FSL 100, 102), those wishing to achieve the level of university entrance (FSL 121), and students in minor, major and specialist programs (all other courses).

The following is a guide for beginners in French.

No knowledge of French: FSL100H1. Students enrolled in FSL100H1, whose command of French raises doubt about their bona fides as beginners, will be asked to do the online placement test and may be moved to a higher level FSL course.

Very limited knowledge of French (Placement Test required): FSL102H1

Please note that FSL100H, 102H and 121Y do not count towards any of the French programs but can be used as breadth requirements.

The Department reserves the right to place students in the language course appropriate to their level of language skills, based on the results of a placement test. Since 100, 200, 300 and 400-level FSL courses correspond to levels of competence in French, a student may be recommended to enroll in a course at a higher level than his/her year of study. The placement test, available at, is mandatory for all students who register in an FRE or FSL course for the first time (except true beginners who have no knowledge of French). The placement test can be taken only ONCE and the results of the first test will prevail in the event of several attempts. Ideally, the placement test should be taken in the term preceding the course students intend to register in (e.g. for a Fall term or Y course, students should take the placement test in the summer term, prior to their registration date on ROSI and before the beginning of classes in any given term). Students not having access to a computer capable of managing sound files should write to to arrange to take the test at the Department of French. Please allow three to five working days to obtain the test results.

FSL121Y1, FSL221Y1, FSL321Y1, FSL421Y1, FSL442H1 & FSL443H1

These courses constitute a progressive five-level series that provides students the opportunity to become proficient, focused, autonomous French language learners. Over time, students can acquire an in-depth understanding of the grammar of French via a focus on all of the major skills – writing, speaking, reading and listening. Each of these courses investigates a particular cultural theme of the French-speaking world.


see Programme d’enseignement de la langue française – niveaux 1 à 5

FSL 100H1 F/SFrench for Beginners
FSL 102H1F/SIntroductory French
FSL 121Y1YFrench Language I
FSL 221Y1YFrench Language II
FSL 271H1FFrench Grammar, within Reason
FSL 321Y1YFrench Language III
FSL 362H1F/SWriting French: the Language of the Media
FSL 363H1F/SFrench for the Workplace
FSL 364H1F/SFrench for the Arts
FSL 375Y1YPractical Translation: French-English
FSL 421Y1YFrench Language IV
FSL 442H1FFrench Language V: Written French
FSL 472H1SReading and Writing Fiction and Non-Fiction in French
FSL 473H1SOral French in Context

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.

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