Spring 2022 - FREN 217 E100

Intermediate French: Oral Practice Through Drama (3)

Class Number: 1252

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 4:30 PM – 8:20 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. We will have two dress rehearsals. The first one will be evaluated to allow me to look at your progress, your acting, your creativity with your part and your interpretation.

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:

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


  • Pronunciation of the text to be memorized (reading exercise) 10%
  • Memorization and recitation of text (at the required date) 15%
  • Improvisations (all semester work) 15%
  • General evaluation (acting, creativity, interpretation; at the show) 10%
  • Attendance, attitude and engagement (all semester) 15%
  • Pronunciation quizzes (weekly) 25%
  • End of term production help 5%
  • Go and see a French Play (if COVID possible) 5%

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


Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.