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French 1501

Introductory University French II

French 1501 is a course for students with a strong background in high-school French and for students who have successfully completed French 1500. In this course, it is assumed that students already have a knowledge of the most basic vocabulary, grammar and constructions of French - in particular the uses of the present tense in common everyday situations. French 1501 concentrates on the forms and uses of the past tenses in French, some of which may be very familiar to most students. However, as the title of the course indicates, this is a university level French course. This means that students are expected to achieve and maintain a high level of accuracy in their French, in areas such as spelling (including accents), grammar, pronunciation, etc.

Course content

French 1501 is designed to help students to develop their skills in the four basic areas of written comprehension, written expression, oral comprehension and oral expression. As well as revising and extending their command of verbal forms in the present tense, students study in detail the forms and uses of the past tenses (passé composé, imparfait and plus-que-parfait ) of regular, irregular and pronominal verbs. In addition, direct and indirect object pronouns, as well as some relative pronouns, are studied and practised. Vocabulary development focuses on areas such as personal and family history, programmes of study, modes of transport and travel.


To complete French 1501 successfully, you will normally need to have passed French 1500 or high-school French 3200 with a good mark.


40% of the final mark for the course will be based on work during the semester (in-class tests, class participation, laboratory work, assignments, etc.) The four language skills will be weighted equally. 60 % of the final grade will be based on the final exam, which includes a dictation and an oral interview.


French 1501 will be offered in both Fall and Winter semesters and may be offered in Spring and/or Intersession and Summer session, according to the demand.

After 1501

Students who have successfully completed French 1501 with a mark of at least 60% will be eligible to register for French 1502.


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