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
W, M
6:30PM to 8:30PM
Sep 20, 2023 to Dec 04, 2023
Schedule and Location
Delivery Options
Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $399.00
Reading List / Textbook

Title: Vis-à-vis: Beginning French
Edition: 7
Authors: Amon
Publisher: McGraw Hill
Option 1 - Print package: Textbook and 3-year Connect access (with eBook), ISBN: 9781264601271
Option 2 - Digital package: 3-year Connect access (with eBook), ISBN: 9781264594580

Print and digital packages with the 3-year access are available for purchase at UCalgary 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.

No Class on October 9 and November 13 (Monday Holidays). 

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