French Language and Style I

In-depth grammatical analysis of the simple French sentence and its components, to enable students to understand the language better and to write it more clearly and idiomatically. Written work will include both structural exercises and short writing assignments.

Required texts:
Course package (UBC bookstore)
Le Nouveau Petit Robert, Dictionnaire alphabétique et analogique de la langue française. Edition 2000 or later.

Recommended texts:
Robert-Collins, English-French French-English Dictionary.

And a reference grammar, for example the book used in FREN 122 and 123:
Denise Rochat:  Contrastes. Grammaire du français courant. Prentice Hall: 2nd edition, 2009.

Or, for strong students intending to carry on in French, the grammar to be used in FREN 353:
Maurice Grevisse, André Goosse: Nouvelle grammaire française. Duculot, 3e édition, 1995.


  • FREN 123 (or FREN 225 for students who have taken the entry-level courses for French immersion graduates, FREN 224 & 225, in place of 122 and 123).
  • As for other courses in French, the prerequisite for FREN 222 is soft, so students lacking it will see a warning screen, but will not be blocked from actually registering.
  • But take that warning seriously:  if you lack the stated prerequisite for FREN 222, do not join it without having written the FREN 222/223 Placement Test and earned a score of at least 66 points.

Language of instruction: French

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