Student Resources

Student Resources

Here you will find numerous resources you can access as you pursue your studies in French. Our department offers academic resources like our own Language Labs or the Tutorat, and there are general resources at SFU including SFU library services in French, the Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs (OFFA), Career and Volunteer Services, as well as opportunities for Exchanges and Immersion. Don't forget to check out "Media, Culture and Events" below where you can access French newspapers, cultural events, and more! 

Ressources aux étudiants

Vous trouverez ici de nombreuses ressources auxquelles vous pourrez accéder tout au long de vos études en français. Notre département offre des ressources académiques comme nos propres laboratoires de langues ou le Tutorat, et il existe des ressources générales à SFU, notamment les services de bibliothèque de SFU en français, les services de carrière et de bénévolat, ainsi que les possibilités d'échanges et d'immersion. N'oubliez pas de consulter « Médias, culture et événements » ci-dessous où vous pouvez accéder aux journaux français, aux événements culturels, et plus encore!

Academic Resources

Placement Test

If you're a new student looking to take French, you may need to take a placement test. To register, or see if you need to take a placement test, please contact our Academic Advisor, Hélène Pouliot, at

Tutorat - Tutoring Centre

The Department of French's Tutorat - Tutoring Centre offers individual help to students with course material and written assignments as well as grouped conversation practice.

Language Labs

The Deparment of French invites our students to come and take advantage of our Language Labs, which offer many resources.

SFU Library

The undergraduate and graduate collections of Simon Fraser University W.A.C. Bennett and Belzberg libraries cover, among others, the following areas of study and research: French Literature, French Canadian Literature, French and Canadian Culture, and History and Cinema. All aspects of general and French Linguistics are well represented.  Moreover, SFU Libraries are well know for their efficient Inter-Library Loan Service, and Aldus Pius Manutius Rare Book Collection.

Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs (OFFA)

Through an offering of innovative programs and courses taught in French and services that meet the needs of the community, at SFU, OFFA is committed to being a leader in the growth and development of post-secondary education in French in British Columbia. OFFA coordinates, promotes and provides support to the development of programs and courses offered in French at Simon Fraser University (SFU). They also organize cultural and scientific activities within the French-speaking community to promote a plural and inclusive Francophonie.

What is Plagiarism?

The Department of French applies the University's policy and procedures governing matters of academic dishonesty in all its courses.

All students are expected to respect the standards laid out in SFU's Code of Academic Honesty, published at the university website:

Evidence of any of the various forms of Academic Dishonesty 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.

SFU's Office of Academic Integrity has online tutorials to help students better understand plagiarism and its effects:

Career and Volunteer Services

Career and Volunteer Services is a free resource for all SFU students (and recent graduates).  Help is available for students to explore their options and create inspiring and hopeful possibilities, aid them in conducting a strategic work search, create effective work search documents, and develop action plans for productive transitions.

FASS Career Experience offers online resources, workshops, services and supports to all Faculty Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) students. 

What can you do with a degree in French? Find specific informmation for French students on your career possibilities and related professions.  


Culture and Events

Alliance Française

The Alliance Française is the largest cultural network in the world with more than 800 centers in 137 countries and 550,000 students every year. They offer French courses to all audiences and aim too raise awareness of French and French-speaking world cultures, in all of their dimensions as well as to promote cultural diversity by highlighting all cultures.

Le Centre Culturel Francophone de Vancouver

Incorporated in 1975, Le centre culturel francophone de Vancouver has a mandate, as is set out in the items of its statutes and bylaws:

  • Organize shows in French and exhibitions of the work of Francophone and Francophil artists to cultivate an appreciation for the arts among the Vancouverites.
  • Promote education by offering French-language educational services and programs to residents of the Vancouver metropolitan area (library, video library, language courses, summer camp, etc.)
  • Promote public participation in the Centre's activities
  • Acquire and manage the property required for the Centre's activities.

Conseil Culturel et Artistique Francophone de la Colombie-Brittanique

Created in 1996, the Conseil culturel et artistique francophone de la Colombie-Britannique (CCAFCB) is the official provincial advocate for Francophone arts and culture, bringing together BC Francophone and Francophile artists and associations with a cultural and artistic mandate.

The mission of the CCAFCB is to facilitate dialogue, networking and collaboration among community organizations and Francophone/Francophile artists. It provides Francophone/Francophile artists and presenters with a common forum and it actively supports the initiatives of the Francophone/Francophile arts and culture sector. At the heart of the CCAFCB are representation, development and promotion of Francophone/Francophile arts and culture in British Columbia.

Festival du Bois

The Festival du Bois is an affordable family-event with world-class concerts featuring amazing artists and groups whose feet are solidly planted in tradition, along with others who find new ways to connect their roots to the world modern influences, taking ancient sounds to new and lively places. Visitors can also expect to learn more about Maillardville and its village, participate in fun activities, bring back some souvenirs and maple syrup, and indulge their taste buds with delicious tourtière, maple taffy on snow, homemade poutine and other tasty francophone and world fare. Or you can just relax with a beverage and enjoy some great tunes!

Le français pour l'avenir

French for the Future is a not-for-profit organization that supports and motivates high school students on their path towards bilingualism. Their mission is to promotes Canada’s official bilingualism and the immediate and lifelong benefits of learning and communicating in French to students from grades 7 to 12 across Canada. French for the Future envisions a Canada in which all young people value our French heritage, appreciate francophone cultures and endeavour to excel in the French language.

Le Théâtre la Seizième

Founded in 1974, Théâtre la Seizième is the only French language, professional theatre company in BC. Every year, Théâtre la Seizième presents a mainstage season, a young audiences season, a series of drama workshops and a training and dramaturgical development program for local artists. By continuing to produce, present and commission engaging Canadian works, Théâtre la Seizième is a dynamic leader in Western Canadians’ cultural and artistic life. Over the years, the company has positioned itself as a major creation and presentation centre on the national cultural landscape. With its programming, Théâtre la Seizième reaches about 20,000 Canadians every year.

Société francophone de Maillardville

Société francophone de Maillardville, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1983. Its main purpose lies in the guidance and support of its association members and the eleven Francophone organizations, all of which developed into a community and cultural environment.

Its role is to provide services and activities to the French-speaking region of Maillardville, Coquitlam and throughout the Lower Mainland which has about thirteen thousand Francophones.

France in Canada

Visit the French Embassy's Cultural and Scientific Services resource page, for French culture in Canada.