French (FREN) 375

Vocabulary Expansion (Revision 2)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online with audio component

Credits: 6

Area of Study: Humanities

Prérequis/prerequisite: FREN 362 ou déclaration d’admissibilité par le/la professeur/e du cours. FREN362 or permission to register from the course professor.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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Ce cours, misant sur l’apprentissage et l’enrichissement du vocabulaire, porte sur l’aspect lexique plutôt que sur la grammaire française. L’étudiant(e) sera progressivement amené(e) à augmenter ses connaissances du vocabulaire, à maîtriser les expressions courantes et usuelles et à apprendre à les retenir. Le cours incorpore l’expression orale et écrite et offre une composante littéraire afin de garder l’équilibre entre l’écrit et l’oral.

FREN 375 focuses on the lexical rather than the grammatical aspect of the French language. The course is designed to help students retain and increase their vocabulary, and become comfortable with commonly used idiomatic French expressions. To maintain a balance between the spoken and written language, the course contains oral work, written compositions, and a literature component.


Unité 1: Vocabulaire progressif 1 Les mesures, les quantités. Bonne continuation Unité préliminaire

Unité 2: Vocabulaire progressif 1 La taille. Bonne continuation Vocabulaire 20-21

Unité 3: Vocabulaire progressif 2 Les formes, les matériaux et les textures. Bonne continuation La cathédrale

Unité 4: Vocabulaire progressif 3Les objets : lumière et couleurs. Bonne continuation Le portrait. Written exercise 1

Unité 5: Vocabulaire progressif 4 Le jardinage et le bricolage. Bonne continuation Portrait d’un oiseau. Oral exercise 1

Unité 6: Vocabulaire progressif 5 La cuisine, les recettes. Bonne continuation L’impressionnisme. Essay 1

Unité 7: Vocabulaire progressif 6 Les mouvements, les gestes et les postures.

Unité 8: Written exercise 2

Unité 9: Vocabulaire progressif 7 L’apparence physique. Bonne continuation La Belle et la bête.

Unité 10: Vocabulaire progressif 9 La santé, la consultation médicale. Bonne continuation La Belle et la bête, partie II. Oral exercise 2

Unité 11: Vocabulaire progressif 9.Written exercise 3

Unité 12: Vocabulaire progressif 10 Le caractère et la personnalité. Bonne continuation Le paysan et le diable. Essay 2

Unité 13: Vocabulaire progressif 10. Bonne continuation Lune d’argent. Written exercise 4

Unité 14: Bonne continuation L’enfant terrible. Oral exercise 3

Unité 15: Bonne continuation Mère Awa, Colloque sentimental

Unité 16: Bonne continuation Ma grand-mère toute puissante. Essay 3

Unité 17: Mid-term oral examination

Unité 18: Review

Unité 19: Mid-term written examination

Unité 20: Vocabulaire progressif 11 La vie affective. Bonne continuation L’amour au Val-Fourré. Oral exercise 4

Unité 21: Vocabulaire progressif 12 Les réactions émotionnelles.Written exercise 5

Unité 22: Vocabulaire progressif 13 La vie intellectuelle. Bonne continuation Jeanne d’Arc. Oral exercise 5

Unité 23: Vocabulaire progressif 14 La volonté et l’action

Unité 24: Vocabulaire progressif 15 La communication. Written exercise 6

Unité 25: Vocabulaire progressif 18 Le monde de l’entreprise. Bonne continuation Le patrimoine.

Unité 26: Vocabulaire progressif 21 Les médias, la presse.Written exercise 7

Unité 27: Vocabulaire progressif 23 L’environnement. Bonne continuation La fuite de la main habile. Oral exercise 6

Unité 28: Vocabulaire progressif 25 L’art, les arts plastiques. Bonne continuation Le dénuement des enfants sans papiers. Essay 4

Unité 29: Vocabulaire progressif 26 Les arts du spectacle. Bonne continuation Quand il gagne moins qu’elle

Unité 30: Vocabulaire progressif 28 Le livre et la littérature.Written exercise 8

Unité 31: Review. Final oral examination

Unité 32: Final written examination


To receive credit for French 375, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least D (50%) a grade of at least 50% on each of the written examinations and on each of the oral examinations. Students must complete ALL written exercises, ALL oral exercises and ALL essays. The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Activity Weight
8 Written Exercises (2% ea.) 16%
6 Oral Exercises (1.66% ea.) 10%
4 Essays (3.5% ea.) 14%
2 Oral Exams (10% ea.) 20%
2 Written Exams (20% ea.) 40%
Total 100%

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

Course Materials


Miquel, Claire. Vocabulaire progressif du français. Niveau avancé. Paris : Clé International, 1999.

Miquel, Claire. Vocabulaire progressif du français. Niveau avancé. Corrigés. Paris : Clé International, 2004.

Furry, Nina M. and Hannelore Jarausch. Bonne continuation. Second edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ : Pearson, 2008.

Audio CD to accompany Bonne continuation.

Other Materials

The course materials also include a study guide. All other materials are available to students online.

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, and 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 375 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) on the written examination and at least 50 percent on the oral examination (telephone or on-line). You must write a composition (to be submitted as a word document).

Activity Weighting
Oral examination 20%
Composition 20%
Exam 60%
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.

Opened in Revision 2, June 11, 2009.

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Updated December 06 2018 by Student & Academic Services