Course Description

This course is designed for students who have some basic knowledge of the French language.  Students should be comfortable saying basic phrases and forming simple sentences in the present tense. Conversation topics cover situations in the workplace, at the restaurant, store, airport, etc. Main grammar points include pronouns, adjectives and adverbs, and the past tense with auxiliary verbs to have and to be.

Course Details

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand a variety of communicative situations presented in elementary but authentic French.
  • Introduce yourself, talk about likes and dislikes, state your age, introduce your family, express your feelings, describe your city and yourself, talk about clothing, purchases and everyday activities
  • Express events in the past tense
  • Give orders in French
  • Write simple texts


French is spoken in all classes, even at the beginner level.

Full time U of C students are eligible for a 25% discount on French courses. You must phone our office at 403-220-2866 to register with the discount. Valid for 2017-2018 academic year. 



FRE 100 French I, or equivalent

Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s)


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6:30PM to 8:30PM
Apr 14, 2020 to Jun 18, 2020
Schedule and Location
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Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $395.00
Reading List / Textbook

Option 1: Contacts, 9th Edition Volume 1 (French levels 1-2) by Valette and Valette, Nelson Education, ISBN 0176910506. This bundle includes the text with student activities manual pages + Premium Website access.

Option 2: Contacts, 9th Edition bundle by Valette and Valette, Nelson Education, ISBN 9781285042114.  This bundle includes the textbook for French levels 1-5, student activities manual + Premium Website access.

Both textbook bundles are available for purchase at U of C Bookstore. Call (403) 220-5937 or visit www.calgarybookstore.ca.

Section Notes

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post your course outline and other materials in D2L. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

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