French

 

Why study French?

The French language is more than a thousand years old and has created one of Europe’s greatest cultures. Much of the world’s finest philosophy, cinema, history, science and literature are in French. French is one of Canada’s official languages and is indispensable for anyone seeking a national career in any field. Possible career choices for students pursuing French include but are not limited to translation, interpretation, federal government, commerce, international affairs, teaching, art, architecture, music, tourism and hospitality (international hotel/resorts management, human resource management and event planning), and the oil and gas industry due to the international presence within these companies. Three first-year French courses are offered. These courses are designed to progress quickly from basic French to readiness for more advanced work at the second-year level. All three courses provide a balance of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills and all three stress accuracy in written French.

Students who complete core French

Selection of a French course depends on a student’s background and ability in French. Most new students may choose either French 1500 or 1501. Students who receive less than 80 per cent in French 3200 or 3201, should begin with French 1500. Students with a stronger background (80 per cent or more in French 3200 or 3201), especially those wishing to progress more quickly to second-year French, should begin with 1501. Students may not normally register concurrently for more than one of French 1500, 1501 and 1502.

French 1502 is reserved for students who have successfully completed French 1501 with a final grade of at least 60 per cent or who have a very strong background in French. Those who have not completed French 1501 will be required to obtain the permission of the Manager of Academic Programs to register for French 1502.

Students who complete French immersion

Students who have completed French immersion in high school with 85 per cent or more and students with an outstanding academic record in extended or accelerated French should register for French 2100.  The Department of Modern Language Literatures and Cultures permits students to challenge for credit a maximum of two of the following courses: French 1500, 1501, 1502. Students who challenge these courses for credit will be evaluated in all four language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening).

Notes:

  1. Students whose native language is French may not challenge 1500, 1501 or 1502 for credit. They will not normally be allowed to register for first-year courses.
  2. Students who attain a grade of less than four on the Advanced Placement examination in French language and students who need to review material studied at the secondary level, should register for French 1502.

Study away in second year

When choosing first-year French courses, students should keep in mind that they may want to take advantage of the Frecker Program in second year. Admission to this program is competitive based on final grades from French 1502. It is a total immersion program in St. Pierre-et-Miquelon where students will enrol in five Memorial University French courses and live with a French family. The program is offered every Fall semester and, when resources permit, in Winter semester as well. Besides Frecker, the department offers study abroad opportunities in France for third- and fourth-year students.

Courses available in first year

French 1500
Introductory University French I is a course for beginners and for students whose background in French is very weak. Permission to register for this course will not be given to students who have completed Français 3202 (high school French immersion).
Lectures: Three hours per week
Conversation/Multi-Media Laboratory: as per instructor’s recommendation
Prerequisite: None

Notes:

  1. French 1500 is offered every semester. During fall and winter it is available evenings and online.
  2. Students who have difficulty registering for this course should contact Dr. Barbara Thistle, thistle@mun.ca
  3. All sections of this course follow LS guidelines for the Bachelor of Arts.

French 1501
Introductory University French II is one of three consecutive credit courses in French language at the first-year university level, offering a complete overview of basic oral and written French.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Conversation/Multi-Media Laboratory: as per instructor’s recommendation
Prerequisite: High school French 3200 or 3201 with a final grade of at least 80 per cent or permission of the co-ordinator of first-year French, or French 1500. Ex-immersion students with less than 60 per cent should register for this course.
Notes:

  1. French 1501 is offered every semester. During fall and winter it is available evenings and online.
  2. All sections of this course follow LS guidelines for the Bachelor of Arts.

French 1502
Introductory University French III is one of three consecutive credit courses in French language at the first-year university level, offering a complete overview of basic oral and written French.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Conversation/Multi-Media Laboratory: as per instructor’s recommendation
Prerequisite: French 1501 with a final grade of at least 60 per cent or high school French 3201 with a final grade of at least 90 per cent or permission of the co-ordinator of first-year French.
Notes:

  1. French 1502 is offered every semester. During fall and winter it is also available in the evenings. It is also available online.
  2. All sections of this course follow LS guidelines for the Bachelor of Arts.

Note: Students may use only two of French 1500, 1501 and 1502 towards the minimum requirements for a major or minor in French. They are encouraged to consult their advisor or instructor about possibilities for further study in French-speaking areas.

French 2100
Intermediate French I is a course on composition, grammar and practice in oral skills.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: High school French immersion with a final grade of at least 85 per cent or an exceptional background in French or French 1502 with a final grade of at least 60 per cent.
Notes:

  1. Students who obtain a grade of less than four on the Advanced Placement examination in French language and students who have received less than 85 per cent in French Immersion 3202 should register for French 1502.
  2. All sections of this course follow LS guidelines for the Bachelor of Arts.

 

Select the appropriate campus to view a chart outlining the requirements for first-year courses in French

ST. JOHN’S CAMPUS
Recommended
course
Provincial
Students
National
Students
International
Students
1500

This course is appropriate for students with little or no background in French and for students who completed French 3200 or 3201 with a grade less than 80 %.

Permission to register for this course will not be given to students who have completed high school French immersion

This course is appropriate for students with little or no background in French and for students who completed core French courses in high school and achieved a grade less than 80%

Permission to register for this course will not be given to students who have completed high school French immersion

This course is appropriate for students with little or no background in French and for students who completed core French courses in high school and achieved a grade less than 80%

Permission to register for this course will not be given to students who have completed high school French immersion

 Note: If you meet the criteria above and are not able to register for French 1500 contact languages@mun.ca
1501

French 3200 or 3201 with a grade of 80 % or greater

This course is not appropriate for graduates of French immersion programs

Grade 12/ Senior Secondary core French with a grade of 80% or greater

This course is not appropriate for graduates of French immersion programs

Grade 12/ Senior Secondary core French with a grade of 80% or greater

This course is not appropriate for graduates of French immersion programs

1502

French 3200 with a grade of 90% or greater

or

Français 3202 with a grade less than 85%

Grade 12/ Senior Secondary core French with a grade of 90% or greater

or

Grade 12/ Senior Secondary French immersion with a grade less than 85%

Grade 12/ Senior Secondary core French with a grade 90% or greater

or

Grade 12/ Senior Secondary French immersion with a grade less than 80%

2100

 

Français 3202 with a grade of 85% or greater

Note: students who achieve a grade of 4 or 5 on the AP examination in French language are normally well prepared for French 2100.

Grade 12/ Senior Secondary French immersion with a grade of 85% or greater is recommendedGrade 12/ Senior Secondary French immersion with a grade of 85% or greater is recommended
Native Francophones should consult the French department at 709 864 7636 or languages@mun.ca
GRENFELL CAMPUS
Recommended
course
Provincial
Students
National
Students
International
Students
1500

This course is appropriate for students with little or no background in French and for students who completed French 3200 or 3201 with a grade less than 80 %.

This course is appropriate for students with little or no background in French and for students who have completed core French courses in high school and achieved a grade less than 80%

This course is appropriate for students with little or no background in French and for students who have completed core French courses in high school and achieved a grade less than 80%

1501

French 3200 or 3201 with a grade of 80% or greater.

Graduate of French Immersion programs with a grade less than 80% in Francais 3202

Grade 12/ Senior Secondary core French with a grade of 80% or greater

Graduates of French Immersion programs with less than 80% in their final French course

Grade 12/ Senior Secondary core French with a grade of 80% or greater

Graduates of French Immersion programs with less than 80% in their final French course

1502

French 3200 with a grade of 90% or greater

Or

Francais 3202 with a grade of 80% or greater

 Grade 12/ Senior Secondary core French with a grade of at least 90%

Or

Grade 12/ Senior Secondary French immersion with a grade of 80% or greater in their final French course

 Grade 12/ Senior Secondary core French with a grade of at least 90%

Or

Grade 12/ Senior Secondary French immersion with a grade of 80% or greater in their final French course

Sample program for first year

Sample program

Fall SemesterWinter Semester
French 1501French 1502
English 1090critical reading & writing (CRW) course
course in minor subject

course in minor subject

quantitative reasoning (QR) course 

quantitative reasoning (QR) course

breadth of knowledge coursebreadth of knowledge course

 

 

 











For assistance with course selection, students should contact:
Academic Advising Centre, advice@mun.ca

Contact information

Students who are not sure where to begin their study of French should seek advice prior to registration.

St. John’s campus:

Dr. Barbara Thistle
Manager of Academic Programs
709 864 8565
thistleb@mun.ca
languages@mun.ca
www.mun.ca/frenchandspanish

 

Grenfell Campus

Professor Nathalie Pender
npender@grenfell.mun.ca

 

 

 

Contact

Guide to First Year

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552

becomestudent@mun.ca