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French (FREN) 100

French for Beginners I (Revision 4)

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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.)

Centre: Centre for Language and Literature

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.


Students are required to complete four tutor-marked written exercises, two comprehensive written exercise, four tutor-marked oral exercises, one final oral examination, one final written examination. The weight allocated to each marked assignment is outlined below. To receive credit for FREN 100, you must complete ALL the Oral Assignments as well as the Final Oral Examination.  You must also obtain a minimum grade of 50 per cent on the written examination, a minimum grade of 50 per cent  on the Oral examination and a minimum composite course grade (average) of “D” (50 percent) 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., Béatrice Abetti, and Marie-Odile Germain. French in Action: The Capretz Method Part 1. 2nd ed. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1997.

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

The course materials include the student manual (online only), course information manual, and assignment manual.

Special Course Feature

Each lesson of French in Action is accompanied by a television or video component. Students must view each program. Videotapes can be borrowed from Athabasca University Library for students who cannot view the television programs on ACCESS, The Education Station throughout Alberta.

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 4, March 26, 2008.

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Last updated by SAS  07/07/2014 16:42:09