French (FREN) 201

First-Year University French II (Revision 6)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: FREN 200 or equivalent.

Precluded Course: FREN 242 (FREN 201 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for FREN 242).

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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FREN 201 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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FREN 201 further develops the ability to speak and write French, enabling students to use French in social situations and to talk about themselves, their opinions, and their experiences. In addition, the course leads the student through a major review of grammar and develops the student's ability to understand and compose short passages.


Unit 1: Ensemble Grammaire en action, Chapter 7 : Mode et cuisine
Futur, Conditional, Pluperfect, Devoir
Activities Manual, 121-126

Unit 2: Ensemble Grammaire en action, Chapter 7
Activities Manual, 126-132
Assignment: Written exercise 1

Unit 3: Lectures diverses, « La France se fait bouffer », « La mode »
Assignment: Oral exercise 1

Unit 4: Ensemble Grammaire en action, Chapter 8 : Voyageurs et Touristes Relative Pronouns and Demonstratives
Activities Manual, 173-177

Unit 5: Ensemble Grammaire en action, Chapter 8
Activities Manual, 177-182
Assignment : Written exercise 2

Unit 6: Lectures diverses, « Xénophobie », « La machine àaméricain », « Du nord vers le sud »
Assignment : Oral exercise 2

Unit 7: Ensemble Grammaire en action, Chapter 9 : Langue et Communication
Activities Manual, 193-197

Unit 8: Ensemble Grammaire en action, Chapter 9
Activities Manual, 198-199
Assignment : Written exercise 3

Unit 9: Lectures diverses, « Les tribulations d’un Québécois à Paris », « Le dictionnaire et la langue française »
Assignment : Oral exercise 3

Unit 10: Ensemble Grammaire en action, Chapter 10 : L’Art, la Scène et les Lettres
Possessives and Prepositions
Activities Manual, 205-208
Assignment : Composition 1 (based on Lectures diverses)

Unit 11: Ensemble Grammaire en action, Chapter 10
Activities Manual, 208-215
Assignment : Written exercise 4

Unit 12: Lectures diverses, « Le portrait »
Assignment : Oral exercise 4

Unit 13: Ensemble Grammaire en action, Chapter 11 : Musique, Cinéma et Sports
Passive Voice, Present Participle, Causative Construction
Activities Manual, 223-226

Unit 14: Ensemble Grammaire en action, Chapter 11
Activities Manual, 226-232
Assignment : Written exercise 5

Unit 15: Lectures diverses, « Ma contribution au baseball », « Le siècle du cinéma »
Assignment : Oral exercise 5

Unit 16: Revision
Assignment : Composition 2 (based on Lectures diverses)

Week 17: Examination week


To receive credit for FREN 201, you must complete the five written assignments, the five oral assignments, and the composition assignment. You must also successfully complete the oral examination, and you must achieve a minimum grade of 50 percent on the written examination. In addition, you must achieve a minimum composite course grade of “D” (50 percent). The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Written Assignments Oral Assignments Composition Assignments Oral Examination Written Examination Total
15% 10% 10% 15% 50% 100%

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

Course Materials


Comeau, Raymond F., and Normand J. Lamoureux. Ensemble Grammaire en action. 7th edition. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2006.

J. Lamoureux. Ensemble Grammaire en action: Activities Manual. 7th edition. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2006.

O’Brien, Audrey, Athabasca University (Ed.). Lectures diverses. Boston: Pearson, 2006.

Other materials

The course materials also include a study guide.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the FREN 201 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the written examination. You must also demonstrate oral proficiency by reaching a satisfactory standard on the oral examination (telephone exam 15 minutes).

No grade is assigned for the oral exam. The grade for the written exam constitutes the grade for the challenge.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

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 6, December 8, 2011

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Updated May 12 2016 by SAS