Summer 2024 - FREN 201 OL01

STT - Intermediate French I : Cultures and Communication (3)

Class Number: 4347

Delivery Method: Online


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  • Prerequisites:

    FREN 122 or FREN 102 or Grade 12 core French.



Presents an integrated approach to studying the French language and culture by zooming in and out across two Francophone cities: Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe and Lyon in France. The course includes literary and cultural reading and analysis, listening comprehension activities, grammar, and intensive practice activities in written and spoken French.


Each lesson centers on authentic video resources and textual documents. Each lesson is introduced with a Micro-trottoir video, or short interviews with locals about their everyday life. Other lesson videos include Un.e expert.e parle, in which students listen to experts like professors, museum directors, musicians, and politicians talk about their expertise on themes like public transportation, history, language and identity, race, and music. Finally, you will experience Entre amis videos, in which friends converse about their daily lives (e.g., deciding where to go to dinner, discussions while watching a hockey match).

This course explores the history, transportation, music, foods, and architecture of Francophone cities with an aim to foster cross-cultural awareness and self-realization while developing proficiency in French.

The French department is revamping its programs and courses. The new FREN 201 replaces the old FREN 210 & Fren 211. 

If you have any questions, please contact our Academic Advisor, Hélène Pouliot, at


By the end of this course, students will learn to:

  1. Compare and contrast Francophone cities through speaking, writing, and multimodal compositions.
  2. Synthesize textually and orally the main ideas of authentic interviews with historians, politicians, artists, museum directors and locals from Francophone cities. 
  3. Write narrative and descriptive essays with complex sentences describing the past, present, and future as well as necessary or hypothetical situations.
  4. Express their own opinions in conversations on a variety of daily life and cultural topics including transportation, art, food, and urbanism.


  • Lesson quizzes (4) 30%
  • Online homework 20%
  • Oral exam 20%
  • Final project 30%



Registration to : Open Learning Initiative.

Details on how to register will be available through Canvas.

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