FREN201

Elementary French I

A low intermediate course for non-specialists, focused on the discovery and appreciation of diverse aspects of francophone culture, based on printed documents, audio-visual material and the Internet. If you are unsure whether this is the appropriate level of French course for you, click here.

Required texts:

  1. A BredeletM BufferneBruno MègreW.M RodriguesOdyssée 2 : Livre de l’élève. (Paris: CLÉ International, 2021).
  2. Laetitia Chaneac-KnightOdyssée 2 : Cahier d'activités. (Paris: CLÉ International, 2021).

Prerequisite: One of FREN 11, FREN 102 or assignment based on placement test.

Note: Not available for credit to students with FREN 12, FREN 202 or equivalent.

The sequence of French language courses FREN 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302, 401, and 402 is designed for non-native speakers. UBC’s French language course sequence should be taken in order and one course at a time: FREN 101 then 102, followed by 201 and 202, and so on.

The Department of FHIS reserves the right to refuse enrollment to any of its language courses to a student who has, in the view of the Department, a level of competence unsuited to that course. Enrollment at or below the level the student has already attained is not permitted.


A course for non-specialists based on the A2 level of the European Framework and focused on the understanding and production of detached sentences and expressions related to everyday life (such as personal and familial information and one’s immediate environment including home, community and workplace).

French grammatical structures such as the imperative, past tenses, negation and comparison will be studied with an interactive approach, stressing communicative competence.

This practice will include:

  • communicating in the context of the practical exchange of information on familiar topics;
  • understanding spoken messages;
  • reading short texts such as personal letters, ads, menus, schedules;
  • expressing practical ideas and opinions both orally and in writing.

Three hours a week will be devoted to providing students with communicational tools that help to deal with everyday situations that one might encounter in a French speaking region.

At the end of the semester, students will be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment), to communicate about routine tasks requiring direct exchange of information on familiar matters, to describe aspects of their background, immediate environment and ordinary needs.

Lectures and class discussions are mostly conducted in French. If you are unsure whether this is the appropriate level of French course for you, click here.

Required texts:

  1. A BredeletM BufferneBruno MègreW.M RodriguesOdyssée 2 : Livre de l’élève. (Paris: CLÉ International, 2021).
  2. Laetitia Chaneac-KnightOdyssée 2 : Cahier d'activités. (Paris: CLÉ International, 2021).

Recommended text:
La grammaire du français A2, Éditions Maison des langues

Prerequisite: One of FREN 11, FREN 102 or assignment based on placement test.

Note: Not available for credit to students with FREN 12, FREN 202 or equivalent.