French (FREN) 101

French for Beginners II (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: FREN 100 or recent completion of French 20 (or two years of senior high school French or equivalent). A good knowledge of English grammar is essential.

Precluded Course: FREN 103 (FREN 101 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for FREN 103.)

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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FREN 101 is not available for challenge.



FREN 101 continues the study of the basic elements of the French language acquired in FREN 100. Oral and written skills are developed through the study of vocabulary, grammar, and idiomatic expressions. This course will enable students to speak and write in simple French in a range of everyday situations. A basic knowledge of English grammar is very important since FREN 101 contains a major grammar component.

Learning Outcomes

When you have completed French 101: French for Beginners II, you should be able to achieve the following in French:

  1. Write simple sentences that are grammatically and structurally correct. The study of grammar as it is presented in En bons termes is a key component of the course.
  2. Speak and write about
    • your origins and childhood.
    • jobs and employment.
    • how and where you would buy certain items.
    • making telephone calls.
    • your holidays and other events in the past.
    • education in school and in university.
    • the subjects you study.
    • food and food habits.
    • ordering food in restaurants.
    • culinary habits in general, and French culinary habits in particular.
    • travel in general, and French tourism in particular.


FREN 101 follows the second half of the French in Action textbook, encompassing: Entrée en matière, Métiers, Écoles, Invitations, and Nourritures. French in Action is the basic vocabulary building component of FREN 101.

En bons termes textbook covers the basic grammar component of FREN 101 and includes:

  • the comparative and superlative
  • reflexive verbs in the passé composé
  • the use of the imparfait together with the passé composé
  • depuis with expressions of time
  • demonstrative pronouns
  • the futur
  • object pronouns used with the impératif
  • the use of the conditionnel
  • possessive pronouns
  • the plus-que-parfait
  • indefinite adjectives
  • irregular verb conjugations and the use of prepositions
  • the futur antérieur
  • the use of the negations
  • the subjunctive
  • relative pronouns


To receive credit for FREN 101, you must achieve a minimum composite grade of D(50 percent) 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 Weight
4 Written Assignments (6% each) 24%
1 Written Assignment (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 can be accessed 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 4, July 11, 2018.

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