FRE French Studies
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French studies in the University of Toronto provide varied and flexible approaches to one of the world’s major international languages and the diversity of cultures expressed in it.
The courses listed here fall into five main sequences: Literature, Linguistics, French as a Second Language, French Culture and Translation. Through modular programming, students enjoy the freedom to concentrate or diversify their interests in these areas. The skills and knowledge acquired will lay the groundwork for careers in teaching, journalism, translation, publishing, and government service, as well as research in a variety of fields.
Literature (FRE): A 100-level course initiates students into the riches of French literature. 200-level courses introduce students to literary analysis and present Québécois and French literature in their cultural and historical contexts. 300-level courses encompass the full range of major works of French and Québécois literature. 400-level courses raise questions about notions of literary tradition and mainstream methods of study: the scope of literature is stretched further back or ahead in time, further away in space from traditional centres (France and Québec) and away from dominant sensibilities (to include women’s voices and non-traditional modes of writing); and connections are made to other disciplines. The actual content of most 400-level courses varies considerably according to the instructor. Students should consult the Department of French Undergraduate Brochure which is also available on-line at www.chass.utoronto.ca/french/under for content specific to a given year.
Linguistics (FRE): A 100-level course introduces students to the study of grammatical concepts. 200-level courses initiate students into analysis of contemporary French and into the history of its development. 300-level courses break the discipline of linguistic analysis into its chief component parts and show how linguistics is applied to learning of a second language or teaching. 400-level courses extend the study of the French language back in time or out from the idealized standard form; and connections are made to other disciplines.
Translation (FRE): Courses on French and English translation at the 300/400-level may be used in a Minor program that may be added to any other Minor, Major or Specialist program sponsored by the Department of French. Such courses are, however, not limited to students taking this program. Certification for this program should not be viewed as the equivalent to a professional diploma in translation but may stand students in good stead should they seek admission to such a program following graduation.
French as a Second Language (FSL): For most appropriate entry level in the sequence, see preamble to FSL section below. The FSL program is designed to accommodate the widest possible range of previous learning, special needs, and particular interests of students. Emphasis is given to both written and spoken language; at higher levels, half-courses allow for specialized study of one or the other. A placement test (mandatory) will allow incoming students to work at the most suitable level to develop their skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking French. For students in Major and Specialist French programs, emphasis is on precise academic writing and speech approximating as closely as possible that of native speakers. For students not in Major and Specialist French programs, emphasis is on listening and reading skills in varying social and cultural contexts and on the acquisition of vocabulary in specific domains.
French Cultural Studies (FCS): The Department of French also teaches courses on French and Francophone culture in English that will be of interest to students in other programs and has recently introduced a Minor program in French Cultural Studies. These courses may also be used to fulfil breadth requirements.
Second Language Learning: A Major program in Second Language Learning may be combined with a similar Major program in Italian to produce a Combined Specialist program. The core course for this program is JFI225Y1 which instructs students in the methodology of second-language acquisition and will be of particular interest to those planning a career in teaching. It will be taught alternately by instructors from the Departments of French and Italian Studies.
Study Elsewhere: Completion of at least two courses in French including one at the 200-level may entitle students to participate in the Third Year Study Elsewhere Program at either Laval University in Québec, or in France. For these full-year programs information meetings will be held on October22, 2003 for general programs in France; on October 29 , 2003 for the University of Toronto Program in Nantes, France; and on November 5 , 2003 for Laval University. Meetings will also be held on summer immersion courses in Québec on January 28 , 2004 ; on the University of Toronto summer program at the Institut de Touraine, France on February 4, 2004 and general summer programs in France on February 25 , 2004 . For further counselling on these programs, contact the Study Elsewhere Advisor at 416-926-2310.
Exclusions and prerequisites: Students must conform to all requirements stated in the exclusions and prerequisites to register in a course. Students who do not have the co- or prerequisites for a given course must obtain the permission of the Department, prior to registration. The Department will assess the students’ admissibility to the course in consultation with the instructor. For FSL courses, exclusions ensure that students follow the best progression in language learning.
Further Information: The Department of French Undergraduate Brochure which contains more detailed information about all the courses and programs listed below is also available online at www.chass.utoronto.ca/french/under
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French ProgramsEnrolment in all French programs requires the completion of four courses. No minimum GPA is required.
FSL181Y1 is the recommended first-year course for Specialist and Major programs in French Language and Literature, and French Language and Linguistics; however, FSL161Y1 with a minimum mark of 73% may replace FSL181Y1. FRE172H1 provides useful basics for further studies in Linguistics and Second Language Learning.
French Language and Literature (Arts program)
THE THREE GROUPS ABOVE INCLUDE ONLY COURSES OFFERED IN 2003-2004.
French Language and French Linguistics (Arts programs)
French as a Second Language (Arts Program)
French Translation (Arts Program)
French Studies (Arts Program)
French Cultural Studies (Arts Program)
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