Course Description

Strengthen your knowledge of the past tenses and learn finer grammar points which will help you communicate more succinctly. Conversation topics cover city life, arts and historical heritage, and reporting everyday events. The main grammar points covered are irregular verbs, adverbs, and various types of pronouns.

Course Details

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Describe past events using passé composé et l'imparfait
  • Talk about life in the city, arts, and historical heritage
  • Describe daily life, interactions, and personal relationships
  • Express actions, give commands, emphasize and clarify
  • Speak about people and places with more fluency and in longer sentences
  • Gain more insight into cultural aspects of the French-speaking world


Effective 2021, all students in this course are formally assessed with a letter grade. Those who do not wish to be assessed can apply for course audit.

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 2022-2023 academic year. 


FRE 103 French 3, or equivalent

Applies Towards the Following Program(s)

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Online Synchronous
M, Th
6:30PM to 8:30PM
Sep 23, 2024 to Dec 09, 2024
Schedule and Location
Delivery Options
Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $449.00
Reading List / Textbook

Title: Vis-à-vis: Beginning French
Edition: 8 (2024)
Authors: Amon 
Publisher: McGraw Hill
Option 1 - Print package: Textbook* and 3-year Connect access (with eBook and online activities), ISBN-13: 9781266126239 
Option 2 - Digital package: 3-year Connect access (with eBook and online activities), ISBN-13: 9781266108655. Students who choose this option will have an opportunity to purchase a loose-leaf version of the textbook at a discounted price directly from their Connect course shell.          

Note that this resource is used in French courses up to level 5.  

Print and digital packages must be purchased through UCalgary Bookstore in order to get a 3-year access to Connect. Call (403) 220-5937 or visit www.calgarybookstore.ca

*Please hold onto the print access card that is shrink-wrapped with the textbook as it contains the access code needed for your course.* 

Section Notes

Classes are held online in real time (Mountain Time) at the specified time and dates.

This course uses:

  • Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post your course outline and other materials in D2L.
  • Zoom web conferencing software.

For more information, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Unless notified, all online courses are available at 9 am MT the day before the start date. Students registered on (or after) the start date will receive access within one day of registration.

Note: No classes on Sep 30, Oct 14 & Nov 11, 2024.

Students unfamiliar with online learning are encouraged to take our free Digital Skills for Learning Online course.

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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