French (FREN) 100

French for Beginners I (Revision 6)

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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. This course will familiarize students with the foundations of the French language and will help them to develop the four basic language skills of reading, writing, aural comprehension, and speaking. By the end of the course, students will be able to ask and answer a variety of questions. Students will also learn how to compose simple sentences that are grammatically correct and to express themselves in simple French.

Learning Outcomes

When you have completed French 100: French for Beginners I, you should be able to achieve the following in French:

  1. Write simple sentences that are grammatically and structurally correct.
  2. Express yourself orally and in writing in simple French on the following topics:
    • Introduce yourself, speak about your health, and inquire about the health of others.
    • Participate in simple conversations about your family and friends.
    • Speak and write about other nationalities.
    • Describe yourself and others.
    • Name your preferences.
    • Speak and write about your vacations, the weather, and the seasons.
    • Ask simple questions and respond to straightforward requests.
    • Ask for and give opinions.
    • Describe an event or a situation.
    • Discuss aspects of French culture.
    • Speak and write about games and sports.
    • Speak and write about your studies and university life in general.


FREN100 follows the first 10 chapters of En Bons Termes (9th edition), and many chapters of French in Action. These two texts are the basic vocabulary building components of FREN100


To receive credit for FREN 100, students must achieve a minimum composite grade of 50% on the five written assignments, as well as a minimum grade of 50% on the Final Written Examination. Students must also achieve a minimum composite grade of 50% on the four Oral Assignments, and a minimum grade of 50% on the Final Oral Examination.

The weighting of the course assignments and examinations is as follows:

Activity Weighting
4 Written Assignments (6% each) 24%
1 Written Assignments (Composition) 6%
4 Oral Assignments (3% each) 12%
Final Oral Examination 8%
Final Written Examination 50%
Total 100%

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

Course Materials


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

Parmentier, Michel A., and Diane Potvin. En bons termes. 9th ed. Toronto: Pearson, 2014.

Parmentier, Michel A., Diane Potvin, and Andrée Potvin. En bons termes : Cahier de laboratoire. 9th ed. Toronto: Pearson, 2014.

Other Materials

All other course materials are offered online.

Special Course Feature

Each lesson in the French in Action textbook has a corresponding video component that students are required to watch. 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 6, July 11, 2018.

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