Spring 2020 - FREN 217 E100

Intermediate French: Oral Practice Through Drama (3)

Class Number: 1648

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
    WMC 1607, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    FREN 211. May be taken concurrently with FREN 212 and 221.



Through the study of French pronunciation, students will improve their listening and speaking abilities. Drill exercises, intensive practice, as well as the rehearsal of drama skits and short French plays will allow students to speak French individually and in groups. Students with credit for FREN 222 or FREN 300 may not take this course for further credit. Students with native or near-native proficiency are not allowed to take this course and must contact the instructor for evaluation or exemption prior to enrolment.


There will be a public performance at the end of the semester as well as two dress rehearsals. At the first dress rehersal, students will be evaluated on their progress, acting, creative interpretation of their part.

No drama experience needed, but a great level of engagement and a positive attitude in class are necessary to successfully pass this course. Attendance is compulsory.


At the end of the course, students will:

  1. Be able to hear the differences between the various sounds of the French system, and accurately pronounce most of them; 
  2. have acquired some confidence to speak publicly;
  3. and have performed with the group in front of an audience.


  • Pronunciation of a text (reading exercise) 10%
  • Memorization and recitation of the text 15%
  • Improvisations (throughout the semester) 15%
  • Pronunciation quizzes (weekly) 25%
  • Attendance at an off-campus theatre piece 5%
  • End of term production help 5%
  • Final evaluation (acting, creativity, interpretation) 10%
  • Attendance, attitude and engagement (throughout the semester) 15%

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Code of Academic Honesty
The Department of French applies the university's policy and procedures governing matters of academic dishonesty in all French courses. Students registered in French courses are expected to respect the standards laid out in SFU's Code of Academic Honesty, published at the university website http://www.sfu.ca/policies/teaching/t10-02.htm. Evidence of any of the various forms of Academic Disonesty described in this policy document (section 3.0) will be dealt with accordingly to the specified Procedure and Penalties (section 5.0). Students should therefore read this policy document carefully.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html