French (FREN) 301

Composition française (Revision 2)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: FREN 362

Precluded Course: FREN 401 (FREN 301 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for FREN 401.)

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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FREN 301 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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Ce cours poursuit l'apprentissage de systèmes syntactiques et l'enrichissement du lexique. Il a pour but le perfectionnement de l'art de la composition.


  • Unité 1: Le présent et le passé composé
  • Unité 2: L'imparfait et le passé composé
  • Unité 3: Le passé composé, le passé simple, l'imparfait et le plus-que-parfait
  • Unité 4: Composition française: Description d'une maison
  • Unité 5: Les adjectifs
  • Unité 6: Composition française: Description d'un monument
  • Unité 7: Les prépositions
  • Unité 8: Composition française: La nature
  • Unité 9: Composition française: Le portrait
  • Unité 10: Le subjonctif
  • Unité 11: Composition française: La narration
  • Unité 12: La mise in relief
  • Unité 13: Composition française: Le dialogue littéraire
  • Unité 14: Les pronoms relatifs
  • Unité 15: Composition française: La correspondance
  • Unité 16: Composition française: La dissertation morale
  • Unité 17: Composition française: La dissertation littéraire
  • Appendice 1: Le système verbal: Aspect, point de vue et localisation
  • Appendice 2: Le système verbal: Les temps du présent et du passé
  • Appendice 3: Les articles
  • Appendice 4: Les adjectifs et les compléments déterminatifs
  • Appendice 5: Les prépositions
  • Appendice 6: Le subjonctif
  • Appendice 7: Le mode infinitif
  • Appendice 8: Le mode participe et la voix passive
  • Appendice 9: Les pronoms interrogatifs, relatifs et démonstratifs
  • Appendice 10: La mise en relief


To receive credit for FREN 301, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination. The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Activity Weighting
7 Tutor-marked Exercises 25%
3 Essays 25%
1 Written Exam 50%
Total 100%

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

Course Materials


Limouzy, Pierre and Jacques Bourgeacq. 1990. Manuel de composition française, 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill. (Available online)

Other Materials

The course materials also include a student manual, a written exercise manual, and an answer key (Available online).

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the FREN 301 challenge registration, you must write a Final Examination and achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) on the examination. There will also be TWO assignments (Compositions). You must achieve a grade of at least 50 percent on each written assignment as well to pass the challenge examination.

Activity Weighting
Essay 1 15%
Essay 2 15%
Exam 70%
Total 100%

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.

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