Modern Languages Institute

French Program


French is spoken in 25 countries around the world by almost 200 million people, and is one of the official languages of our country. Traditionally, it has been the language of diplomacy. Because one-third of our citizens are Francophones, studying French can provide a better awareness of who we are as a nation. It is also valuable within the context of the federal government’s language policies, especially for those who want careers in the public service, and is a useful tool for travel and enrichment. In commerce, too, more English Canadians who know French will be required in the future. We believe that learning French is a rewarding experience; it is the key to understanding French-speaking people and their fascinating culture.

Because of varying achievement levels, students may be requested to take a placement test to indicate the French course in which they have the best chance of success. Not all courses are offered every semester.


Programs Offered
Extended French Minor
French Minor
Certificate in Extended Studies in Arts: French Minor
Intermediate Proficiency Certificate in French
Advanced Proficiency Certificate in French
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Placement Information

For those entering UFV with no French or with Highschool French:
French Placement Flow Chart

For those entering UFV with French Immersion or Native/Near-Native Competency:
French Immersion Flow Chart 



Extended French Minor
In addition to the general requirements for the Bachelor of Arts, students declaring an extended minor in French will be required to complete the following courses:

Lower Level Requirements (18 credits)
FREN 215 Intermediate French I or FREN 230 Intermediate French I for French Immersion Students
FREN 216 Intermediate French II
FREN 219 Intermediate French Composition
FREN 225 Francophone Language and Culture via the Media
FREN 242 Intermediate Oral Communication
FREN 245 Culture of the Francophone World

Upper Level Requirements (20 credits)
FREN 315 Introduction to French Literature
FREN 319 Advanced French Composition
FREN 325 Phonetics and Pronunciation: The Silky Sounds of French
FREN 330 Introductory French Linguistics
FREN 345 Cinéma français et québécois depuis 1950

Note: A minimum grade of C+ (2.33) in French 219, as well as a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.33 iin all other courses applicable to the minor, is required for graduation with an extended minor in French.



French Minor
In addition to the general requirements for the Bachelor of Arts, students declaring an minor in French will be required to complete the following courses:

Lower Level Requirements (12 credits)
FREN 215 Intermediate French I or FREN 230 Intermediate French I for French Immersion Students
FREN 216 Intermediate French II
FREN 219 Intermediate French Composition
FREN 225 Francophone Language and Culture via the Media

Upper Level Requirements (20 credits)
FREN 315 Introduction to French Literature
FREN 319 Advanced French Composition
FREN 325 Phonetics and Pronunciation: The Silky Sounds of French
FREN 330 Introductory French Linguistics
FREN 345 Cinéma français et québécois depuis 1950

Note: A minimum grade of C+ (2.33) in French 219, as well as a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.33 iin all other courses applicable to the minor, is required for graduation with a minor in French.


Certificate in Extended Studies in Arts: French Minor

The Extended Studies Certificate is designed for students who have baccalaureate degrees, who wish to complete the equivalent of a minor in French.

Students will be required to complete all courses listed for the Certificate in Extended Studies in Arts: Minor in French. If required courses have been completed within the first Bachelor’s degree or post-baccalaureate credit, then the student need only complete the outstanding course requirements, with the following proviso: students who have had little or no contact with the chosen language since completing their last course in that language may find that their skills have diminished. They may have to repeat a course or courses for which they already have credit. Students will be placed at their appropriate language level upon assessment by the department.

Entrance Requirements
Completion of a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.
Students who enter the Certificate in Extended Studies in Arts: French Minor without previous French may need to complete one or all of FREN 100, 101 and 102 before they can access courses leading to the Minor.

How to apply
Submit the application fee along with your UFV application for admission form to the Admissions and Records (A&R) office. Application forms are available from any A&R or Student Services office. You can print an application form from our website.

Additional documents required for a complete application:
The department will call applicants for an interview to assess their particular needs. Admission will be granted on the basis of the department’s ability to meet the students’ needs. The number of applicants accepted to the program may be restricted.


Intermediate Proficiency Certificate in French

Requirements:

  • FREN 101, 102, 219 and any one of 215, 216, 225, 230.
  • Minimum 2.33 GPA.
  • At least 25% of the courses must be completed at UFV.

Note: Students who already have the 101/102 component, i.e., Grade 12 level, will be able to have the first-year requirement waived.


Advanced Proficiency Certificate in French

Requirements:

  • FREN 101, 102, 219 and any one of 215, 216, 225, 230.
  • Any two of FREN 315, 319, 325, 330, or 345.
  • Minimum 2.33 GPA.
  • At least 25% of the courses must be completed at UFV.

Note: Students who already have the 101/102 component, i.e., Grade 12 level, will be able to have the first-year requirement waived.

 

 
 
 
 

  

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