French (FREN) 100

French for Beginners I (Revision 5)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online with video/audio components.*
*Overseas students, please contact the University Library before registering in a course that has an audio/visual component.

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities. This course may be taken for credit towards most degree programs. It cannot, however, be applied to the BA major in French.

Prerequisite: This course is demanding for those with no knowledge of French. A good knowledge of English grammar is essential. Students are advised not to take FREN 100 and FREN 101 simultaneously.

Precluded Course: FREN 103 (FREN 100 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for FREN 103.)

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

FREN 100 is not available for challenge.

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French for Beginners I is designed for students who wish to begin learning French. French 100 will help become familiar with the foundation of the French language and will help you develop the four basic language skills of reading, writing, aural comprehension, and speaking. By the end of the course you will be able to make simple statements, and ask and answer a variety of questions. You will learn how to write simple sentences that are grammatically correct and to express yourself in simple French.


French in Action: Lessons 1—13 (Genèse, Familles, Portraits, Généalogie, Vacances, Rencontres). French in Action is the basic vocabulary building component of FREN 100.


For FREN 100, students are required to complete 4 (four) Tutor-marked Written Exercises, 2 (two) Comprehensive Written Exercises, (4) four Tutor-marked Oral Exercises, 1 (one) final Oral Examination, and 1 (one) final Written Examination.

To receive credit for FREN 100 Students must complete ALL the Oral exercises, ALL the Written assignments, the Final Oral examination and the Final Written examination. They must also obtain a minimum grade of 50% on the Written examination, a minimum grade of 50 % on the Oral examination and a minimum composite course grade (average) of 50% on the course itself. The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Tutor-marked Written Exercises (4 x 5% each) 20%
Comprehensive Written Exercises (2 x 5% each) 10%
Tutor-marked Oral Exercises (4 x 2.5% each) 10%
Final Oral Exam 10%
Final Written Exam 50%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Capretz, Pierre J., and Barry Lydgate, with Béatrice Abetti, and Marie-Odile Germain. French in Action: The Capretz Method Part 1. 3rd ed. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2012.

Parmentier, Michel A., and Diane Potvin. En bons termes. 7th ed. Toronto: Prentice Hall Canada, 2007.

Parmentier, Michel A., Diane Potvin, and A. Mister. En bons termes: Cahier de laboratoire. 7th ed. Toronto: Prentice Hall Canada, 2007.

Other Materials

All other course materials, including the student manual, course manual, and assignments, are offered online.

Special Course Feature

Each lesson of French in Action is accompanied by a video component. Students must view each program. Students can watch these videos online or borrow them from Athabasca University Library.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 5, November 8, 2013.

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Updated May 12 2016 by Student & Academic Services