French as a Second Language

 

Minor, Certificate and Attestation in French as a Second Language

Introduction

All non-Francophone students who have passed the Public Service Commission’s bilingualism tests with a minimum of BBB can register for the Minor, Certificate, and Attestation in French as a Second Language. (Only students with BBB or with one C maximum (CBB, BCB or BBC) will be allowed to follow these programmes)

Important: Achieving the BBB bilingualism rating automatically earns one credit in the minor, the certificate and the attestion in French as a Second Language only; it cannot be used as a credit in any other programme.

Programme Requirements

Note: A student may only register in 300-level courses if they have completed the 200-level courses, or if they are registered concurrently in a 200-level course.

Minor (eight credits)

  • BBB Language Profile (one credit in this minor; cannot be used as a credit in any other programme)

The following two mandatory courses:

  • FLF202 : Expression et compréhension écrites, niveau intermédiaire
  • FLF203 : Expression et compréhension orales, niveau intermédiaire

Four of the following 300-level courses:

  • FLF301 : Compréhension écrite, niveau intermédiaire avancé
  • FLF302 : Expression écrite, niveau intermédiaire avancé
  • FLF303 : Expression et compréhension orales, niveau intermédiaire avancé
  • FLF331 : Dire et écrire la guerre dans les médias francophones, niveau intermédiaire avancé
  • FLF332 : Genres littéraires : la représentation de la guerre dans le théâtre de langue française, niveau intermédiaire avancé
  • FLF333 : Le témoignage de la guerre, niveau intermédiaire avancé
  • FLF350 : Argumentation et persuasion, niveau intermédiaire avancé
  • FLF370 : Actualité et multimédia canadien, niveau intermédiaire avancé
  • FLF372 : La francophonie canadienne contemporaine, niveau intermédiaire avancé

One of the following 400-level courses:

  • FLF402 : Expression et compréhension écrites, niveau avancé
  • FLF403 : Expression et compréhension orales, niveau avancé

Certificate (six credits)

  • BBB Language Profile (one credit in this certificate; cannot be used as a credit in any other programme)

The following two mandatory courses:

  • FLF202 : Expression et compréhension écrites, niveau intermédiaire
  • FLF203 : Expression et compréhension orales, niveau intermédiaire

Three of the following 300-level courses:

  • FLF301 : Compréhension écrite, niveau intermédiaire avancé
  • FLF302 : Expression écrite, niveau intermédiaire avancé
  • FLF303 : Expression et compréhension orales, niveau intermédiaire avancé
  • FLF331 : Dire et écrire la guerre dans les médias francophones, niveau intermédiaire avancé
  • FLF332 : Genres littéraires : la représentation de la guerre dans le théâtre de langue française, niveau intermédiaire avancé
  • FLF333 : Le témoignage de la guerre, niveau intermédiaire avancé
  • FLF350 : Argumentation et persuasion, niveau intermédiaire avancé
  • FLF370 : Actualité et multimédia canadien, niveau intermédiaire avancé
  • FLF372 : La francophonie canadienne contemporaine, niveau intermédiaire avancé

Attestation (four credits)

  • BBB Language Profile (one credit in this attestation; cannot be used as a credit in any other programme)

The following two mandatory courses:

  • FLF202 : Expression et compréhension écrites, niveau intermédiaire
  • FLF203 : Expression et compréhension orales, niveau intermédiaire

One of the following 300-level courses:

  • FLF301 : Compréhension écrite, niveau intermédiaire avancé
  • FLF302 : Expression écrite, niveau intermédiaire avancé
  • FLF303 : Expression et compréhension orales, niveau intermédiaire avancé
  • FLF331 : Dire et écrire la guerre dans les médias francophones, niveau intermédiaire avancé
  • FLF332 : Genres littéraires : la représentation de la guerre dans le théâtre de langue française, niveau intermédiaire avancé
  • FLF333 : Le témoignage de la guerre, niveau intermédiaire avancé
  • FLF350 : Argumentation et persuasion, niveau intermédiaire avancé
  • FLF370 : Actualité et multimédia canadien, niveau intermédiaire avancé
  • FLF372 : La francophonie canadienne contemporaine, niveau intermédiaire avancé

Course Descriptions

200-level Courses

FLF202 Expression et compréhension écrites, niveau intermédiaire

This course will develop writing and reading comprehension skills as students read and write simple texts related to actual professional situations. More specifically, students will practise reading and writing various types of documents that assign fault, warn subordinates, report professional misconduct, or suggest solutions to a crisis situation. These written communication exercises will enable students to acquire or develop vocabulary that is appropriate to the context and hone their use of grammar, the sequence of past tenses, all forms of hypotheses, and the subjunctive, which will be introduced through statements of need or opinion (impersonal speakers).

Note(s):
The course will be split between the Language Centre and the Department of French, Literature and Culture, in a one third (LC) /two thirds ratio (FLC), The Language Centre portion of each course – the bilingualism portion – will focus on grammar, syntax, vocabulary and pronunciation. The French, Literature and Culture portion – the biculturalism portion – will explore the language via argumentation, persuasion, debates, conversations, analysis and literature, all of which with various themes.
Contact Hours:
3 - 0 - 6
Credit(s):
1

FLF203 Expression et compréhension orales, niveau intermédiaire

This course will familiarize students with various speaking and listening situations in a professional setting. Students will practise producing and understanding messages that narrate events, analyze situations in retrospect, and express hypotheses. Among other things, this course will enable students to recognize and use spoken complex sentences with the correct sequence of past tenses, the structure of hypotheses, and various applications of the subjunctive. The use of sound recordings and oral presentations of a technical and professional nature will put into practice and reinforce the knowledge acquired in this course.

Note(s):
The course will be split between the Language Centre and the Department of French, Literature and Culture, in a one third (LC) /two thirds ratio (FLC), The Language Centre portion of each course – the bilingualism portion – will focus on grammar, syntax, vocabulary and pronunciation. The French, Literature and Culture portion – the biculturalism portion – will explore the language via argumentation, persuasion, debates, conversations, analysis and literature, all of which with various themes.
Contact Hours:
3 - 0 - 6
Credit(s):
1

300-level Courses

FLF301 Compréhension écrite, niveau intermédiaire avancé

This course will develop written comprehension skills as students read moderately difficult texts related to cultural, social and professional situations. Students will focus on business, professional and cultural communications. These written communication exercises will help students to understand complex vocabulary that is specific to each category, to familiarize themselves with the syntax of various literary genres (summary, scientific or technical article, minutes, report, literary or historical criticism), and to grasp the linguistic and narrative mechanisms that underpin the components of any written text (introduction, development, conclusions, transitions between paragraphs). At the end of the course, students will be able to identify the various types of sentences that structure thought and links of all kinds (within a clause, between clauses, between sentences, thematic and asyndetic), which ensure continuity by relating one term or idea with another term or idea.

Note(s):
The course will be split between the Language Centre and the Department of French, Literature and Culture, in a one third (LC) /two thirds ratio (FLC), The Language Centre portion of each course – the bilingualism portion – will focus on grammar, syntax, vocabulary and pronunciation. The French, Literature and Culture portion – the biculturalism portion – will explore the language via argumentation, persuasion, debates, conversations, analysis and literature, all of which with various themes.
Contact Hours:
3 - 0 - 6
Credit(s):
1

FLF302 Expression écrite, niveau intermédiaire avancé

This course will develop writing skills as students produce moderately difficult texts related to cultural or everyday situations and current affairs. More specifically, students will learn to write various types of texts to explain, describe or narrate. These written communication exercises will enable students to acquire and use a complex vocabulary through various linguistic techniques. The grammar component will focus on the use of the subjunctive in expressions of fear, doubt and orders (impersonal speakers), as well as in conjunctive phrases that express various logical relationships (cause, aim, condition, opposition, restriction, concession).

Note(s):
The course will be split between the Language Centre and the Department of French, Literature and Culture, in a one third (LC) /two thirds ratio (FLC), The Language Centre portion of each course – the bilingualism portion – will focus on grammar, syntax, vocabulary and pronunciation. The French, Literature and Culture portion – the biculturalism portion – will explore the language via argumentation, persuasion, debates, conversations, analysis and literature, all of which with various themes.
Contact Hours:
3 - 0 - 6
Credit(s):
1

FLF303 Expression et compréhension orales, niveau intermédiaire avancé

This course will help students master complex oral communication situations and familiarize themselves with listening exercises that focus on professional topics. At Level II, the student will practise producing and understanding messages that explain administrative processes or emergency procedures, and present work-related projects, policies or directives. Students will be introduced to the various logical relationships that structure French-language expression, as well as the dependent relationships between various linking words in a text. A series of tailored speaking and listening comprehension exercises will help students strengthen their knowledge of the subjunctive and of various linking words used in French syntax.

Note(s):
The course will be split between the Language Centre and the Department of French, Literature and Culture, in a one third (LC) /two thirds ratio (FLC), The Language Centre portion of each course – the bilingualism portion – will focus on grammar, syntax, vocabulary and pronunciation. The French, Literature and Culture portion – the biculturalism portion – will explore the language via argumentation, persuasion, debates, conversations, analysis and literature, all of which with various themes.
Contact Hours:
3 - 0 - 6
Credit(s):
1

FLF331 Dire et écrire la guerre dans les médias francophones, niveau intermédiaire avancé

This course will enhance the students’ understanding of written and spoken French. Students will read print and electronic newspaper articles, including opinion columns and blogs, and listen to and analyze televised reports. By analyzing written texts and oral documents, writing summaries and giving oral presentations, students will acquire a considerable number of new words and turns of phrase that will enhance their ability to discuss and write about war. Students will familiarize themselves with Canada’s many Francophone media cultures and the different levels of language and opinions. They will understand many characteristics of spoken and written French, and be able to speak naturally and easily in front of a diverse audience that includes many political cultures. At the end of the course, students will be able to better understand the Francophone media, express their thoughts on this subject orally and in writing using a rich, nuanced vocabulary, relate facts objectively and share opinions subjectively on French-Canadian media cultures.

Note(s):
The course will be split between the Language Centre and the Department of French, Literature and Culture, in a one third (LC) /two thirds ratio (FLC), The Language Centre portion of each course – the bilingualism portion – will focus on grammar, syntax, vocabulary and pronunciation. The French, Literature and Culture portion – the biculturalism portion – will explore the language via argumentation, persuasion, debates, conversations, analysis and literature, all of which with various themes.
Contact Hours:
3 - 0 - 6
Credit(s):
1

FLFF332 Genres littéraires : la représentation de la guerre dans le théâtre de langue française, niveau intermédiaire avanc

This course provides students with a historical overview of French-language drama by reading and viewing excerpts of plays that focus on war heroism. The course will teach students the reading techniques required to understand this literary genre, particularly verses and sentences, stanzas and paragraphs, rhyme and rhythm, and the main figures of speech, such as repetition, opposition, metaphor and analogy. At the end of the course, students will be able to produce brief summaries that analyze selected scenes and assess their impact on the war culture of a given civilization.

Note(s):
The course will be split between the Language Centre and the Department of French, Literature and Culture, in a one third (LC) /two thirds ratio (FLC), The Language Centre portion of each course – the bilingualism portion – will focus on grammar, syntax, vocabulary and pronunciation. The French, Literature and Culture portion – the biculturalism portion – will explore the language via argumentation, persuasion, debates, conversations, analysis and literature, all of which with various themes.
Contact Hours:
3 - 0 - 6
Credit(s):
1

FLF333 Le témoignage de la guerre, niveau intermédiaire avancé

This course will develop techniques to help students write about war experiences by reading excerpts from stories of experiences in a theatre of operations and listening to excerpts of newsreel reports on the war. By analyzing the truth and creativity that are intimately bound up in accounts of war, students will develop writing techniques (e.g., relationship markers, subjective and objective expressions) and express themselves clearly by mastering the internal coherence of a text and the ability to convince others using figures of speech and analogies. Students will be required to judge, in writing, selected excerpts from accounts of war and to write short fictional accounts (pastiches).

Note(s):
The course will be split between the Language Centre and the Department of French, Literature and Culture, in a one third (LC) /two thirds ratio (FLC), The Language Centre portion of each course – the bilingualism portion – will focus on grammar, syntax, vocabulary and pronunciation. The French, Literature and Culture portion – the biculturalism portion – will explore the language via argumentation, persuasion, debates, conversations, analysis and literature, all of which with various themes.
Contact Hours:
3 - 0 - 6
Credit(s):
1

FLF350 Argumentation et persuasion, niveau intermédiaire avancé

This course will help students to understand the definitions of rhetoric in order to enhance their oral communication skills. Theories of argumentative purposes will also be discussed, as well as the key concepts that have structured this discipline from its beginnings to New Rhetoric. Students will give oral presentations to practise various public-speaking approaches in order to broaden their understanding of argumentation and persuasion techniques. At the end of the course, students will understand the role of rhetorical techniques and how they are used in debate, advocacy, deliberative discourse and invective. They will also recognize the problems posed by figurative meaning and the analysis of tropes.

Note(s):
The course will be split between the Language Centre and the Department of French, Literature and Culture, in a one third (LC) /two thirds ratio (FLC), The Language Centre portion of each course – the bilingualism portion – will focus on grammar, syntax, vocabulary and pronunciation. The French, Literature and Culture portion – the biculturalism portion – will explore the language via argumentation, persuasion, debates, conversations, analysis and literature, all of which with various themes.
Contact Hours:
3 - 0 - 6
Credit(s):
1

FLF370 Actualité et multimédia canadien, niveau intermédiaire avancé

This course will develop written comprehension as students read newspaper articles, essays, biographical excerpts and summaries. Students will examine the polemics, controversy and debates on various subjects that appear in Canadian media to develop their knowledge of Canada’s Francophone culture, enrich their vocabulary, learn about various conjunctive, prepositional and adverbial phrases, and become familiar with verb tenses that are often used in writing (e.g., simple past, past subjunctive, imperfect and pluperfect). By reading media headlines and features, students will deal with various interfaces and learn to distinguish between the five levels of language in French, recognize irony and sarcasm, and identify the figures of speech used in the selected texts.

Note(s):
The course will be split between the Language Centre and the Department of French, Literature and Culture, in a one third (LC) /two thirds ratio (FLC), The Language Centre portion of each course – the bilingualism portion – will focus on grammar, syntax, vocabulary and pronunciation. The French, Literature and Culture portion – the biculturalism portion – will explore the language via argumentation, persuasion, debates, conversations, analysis and literature, all of which with various themes.
Contact Hours:
3 - 0 - 6
Credit(s):
1

FLF372 La francophonie canadienne contemporaine, niveau intermédiaire avancé

This course will enable the student to acquire a good knowledge of the modern-day Canadian Francophonie, particularly its culture and literature. Lectures, text analyses, essays and oral presentations will address and broaden the student’s knowledge of literature related to modern Quebec history and the history of Francophone minority communities across Canada. The course will focus on analyzing opinion pieces and works of literary realism. At the end of the course, the student will have gained a greater knowledge of contemporary French-Canadian culture and an improved ability to discuss it, both orally and in writing, in a thorough and nuanced manner.

Note(s):
The course will be split between the Language Centre and the Department of French, Literature and Culture, in a one third (LC) /two thirds ratio (FLC), The Language Centre portion of each course – the bilingualism portion – will focus on grammar, syntax, vocabulary and pronunciation. The French, Literature and Culture portion – the biculturalism portion – will explore the language via argumentation, persuasion, debates, conversations, analysis and literature, all of which with various themes.
Contact Hours:
3 - 0 - 6
Credit(s):
1

400-level Courses

FLF402 Expression et compréhension écrites, niveau avancé

This course will develop writing and reading comprehension skills. Students will read and write complex texts related to actual professional situations, such as briefing notes, memoranda, business letters, and meeting-related documents. Part of the course will focus on summaries of texts and professional documents. These written communication exercises will help students write effectively, particularly when they wish to influence or share their point of view. At the end of the course, students will be able to make effective use of the vocabulary they acquired in the 200- and 300-level courses and master the writing skills of comparison, the French adverbial system, auxiliaries and semi-auxiliaries.

Note(s):
The course will be split between the Language Centre and the Department of French, Literature and Culture, in a one third (LC) /two thirds ratio (FLC), The Language Centre portion of each course – the bilingualism portion – will focus on grammar, syntax, vocabulary and pronunciation. The French, Literature and Culture portion – the biculturalism portion – will explore the language via argumentation, persuasion, debates, conversations, analysis and literature, all of which with various themes.
Contact Hours:
3 - 0 - 6
Credit(s):
1

FLF403 Expression et compréhension orales, niveau avancé

This course will familiarize students with complex oral communication situations and include listening comprehension exercises on professional topics. Students will analyze their understanding of speech that is designed to persuade (debating, proposing compromises, recommending), to negotiate contracts or agreements with colleagues, and to criticize policies or professional misconduct (ethical or philosophical issues). They will also give oral presentations that focus on debating, persuading and explaining. Speaking and listening comprehension exercises will enhance the students’ understanding of the subtleties involved in French comparison, negation and adverbs, as well as the use of the passive voice in situations related to their work or military occupation. The 400-level course will help students maximize the knowledge they acquired in the 200- and 300-level courses, making them more comfortable when discussing complex issues.

Note(s):
The course will be split between the Language Centre and the Department of French, Literature and Culture, in a one third (LC) /two thirds ratio (FLC), The Language Centre portion of each course – the bilingualism portion – will focus on grammar, syntax, vocabulary and pronunciation. The French, Literature and Culture portion – the biculturalism portion – will explore the language via argumentation, persuasion, debates, conversations, analysis and literature, all of which with various themes.
Contact Hours:
3 - 0 - 6
Credit(s):
1
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