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  • FRE 101 - Introductory French I
    Classes use a communicative approach and the emphasis is on oral proficiency, although reading and writing skills are also developed. Through extensive practice in class, students acquire the basic vocabulary and constructions of French. Classwork is supplemented by handouts, audio recordings and cultural readings. An online placement test is required.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL
    Prerequisites: Placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • FRE 201 - Introductory French II
    This course uses a communicative approach and although the emphasis is on oral proficiency, reading and writing skills are also further developed. Through extensive practice in class, students develop their knowledge of the basic vocabulary and constructions of French. Classwork is supplemented by handouts, audio recordings and cultural readings. An online placement test is required.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL
    Prerequisites: FRE 101 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • FRE 301 - Intermediate French I

    This course for students with intermediate high school French skills includes cultural readings and excerpts from the media. The course further develops the student's ability to understand, speak, read and write French. A online placement test is required.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: FRE 201 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • FRE 302 - French Food, Wine and Hospitality
    This intermediate language course is intended for students with a passion for gastronomy and French culture, particularly those interested in careers in the hospitality industry. Students will acquire the linguistic skills necessary to communicate in French in professional situations in a francophone environment and/or with a francophone clientele. Topics range from event planning and customer service to wine pairing, classical French cuisine, great chefs and contemporary culinary trends.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: FRE 201 or FRE 301 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc).
  • FRE 303 - French and Fashion
    This intermediate level course is intended for students wishing to learn French language used in the world of fashion and design. Students will acquire the linguistic skills necessary to communicate in French in professional situations in a francophone environment and/or with a francophone clientele. Topics range from describing styles, trends and collections to commenting on the running of fashion shows and discussing famous designers including Chanel, Dior, Pierre Cardin, Yves Saint-Laurent and Marc Jacobs.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: FRE 201 or FRE 301 or FRE 302 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc). Not available to native speakers of French or advanced French students.
  • FRE 401 - Intermediate French II

    This course emphasises the four essential skills of understanding, speaking, reading and writing French. Students will develop their knowledge of French through analysis of excerpts from contemporary media as well as cultural readings, including short fictional texts. Presentations, debates and discussions are used to enhance the students' skills in spoken French.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: FRE 301 or FRE 302 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • FRE 402 - French Conversation and Pronunciation
    This intermediate PR/PE course is intended to enhance oral proficiency by focusing on vocabulary, syntax, auditive comprehension, pronunciation and intonation. Students will improve their French through a range of activities including the analysis of audiovisual materials, films and plays as well as discussion of written texts from newspapers, advertisements and business news. An online placement test is required.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: FRE 301 or FRE 302 or FRE 401 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
    Custom Requisites: Not available to advanced French students nor native/advanced speakers of French.
  • FRE 501 - Speaking and Writing French I

    Designed for students with good oral skills in French who wish to review major grammatical structures, develop vocabulary, and improve their writing. Course emphasizes differences/parallels between written and oral French, and development of variety in writing style. Writing assignments based on essays, literary works, press articles, etc., chosen to illustrate styles and levels of contemporary written French. A literary work will form the basis for class discussions and written work.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: FRE 401 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • FRE 502 - Communication and Business French
    Students with a good background in the language will find this course helpful in improving their ability to use French in business transactions and communications. There is an emphasis on developing business vocabulary, particularly correspondence formulae and terminology. Differences between English and French writing protocol is stressed.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: FRE 515 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc).
  • FRE 503 - Middle Ages to Classicism
    This literature course, taught in French, will examine major works as well as literary and cultural trends from the Middle Ages to the end of the 17th century. Topics include Arthurian romance, courtly love, the Anglo-Norman influence, the impact of oral literature, the French Renaissance, classic tragedy and comedy as genres, literary precursors to the modern novel. The course will focus on authors such as Marie de France, Rabelais, Montaigne, Molière and Racine.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: UL
    Prerequisites: FRE 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • FRE 505 - French Language and Culture
    This course introduces students to elements of cultural studies, literary and linguistic analysis while developing an appreciation of French language and culture. Students will examine texts from various sources, including some complete works of representative French authors and journalistic writing, advertising, scholarly articles. Basic essay skills and organization form an integral part of the course. Special attention is given to complex grammatical structures, various language registers both written and oral and sociolinguistic issues in French.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL, UL
    Prerequisites: FRE 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • FRE 507 - English-French Translation I

    Students at this level are well-acquainted with most of the rules of French grammar. This course concentrates on furthering this knowledge through the development of English to French translation techniques. Through numerous exercises, students learn to express the same concepts naturally in the target language, without undue interference from the source language.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: FRE 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • FRE 508 - Intro to 20th C French Literature I

    This course will examine the major literary currents in French literature from the Belle Époque to World War II, as well as the historical and cultural events connected with them. After an introduction to the popular bourgeois farces, the roman fleuve, and detective fiction, this course will focus on the emergence of new literary movements, such as naturalism, symbolism, dadaism, surrealism, and existentialism. Students will analyze these movements through the study of prose, poetry, theatre and theoretical texts.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: FRE 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • FRE 509 - Franco-Canadian Literature I

    This course presents Quebec and French-Canadian literature from the beginning of the twentieth century until the end of the Quiet Revolution. Students will consider the aesthetic originality, the critical reception and socio-historical context of representative works by authors such as Emile Nelligan, Gabrielle Roy, Anne Hébert, Antonine Maillet, and Michel Tremblay. Topics will include the roman de la terre, surrealism, automatism, the literary use of joual and the Parti pris movement.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: FRE 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • FRE 510 - Effective Writing

    This course is for students with sound knowledge of French who wish to review major grammatical structures, develop vocabulary, and improve their writing. Through writing exercises, the course emphasizes clear explanation of French grammar, differences/parallels between written and oral French, use of precise terminology, and development of variety in writing style. Writing assignments are based on excerpts from essays, literary works, press articles, etc., chosen to illustrate styles and levels of contemporary written French.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: FRE 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • FRE 515 - Introduction to Business French
    This PR/PE course introduces students to business French while continuing to develop their general competence in French. Students learn to master vocabulary specific to business, banking and administration, while becoming aware of formal and informal styles of written and spoken French suitable to the workplace. Materials include newspaper and journal articles as well as videoclips from business news. The language of instruction is French. This course is not open to native French speakers.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: FRE 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc). Not available to native speakers of French
  • FRE 516 - Politics and Play in French Poetry
    Writers have used poetic discourse to express desire, convey melancholia, to play, challenge authority and affirm identity. Through a thematic approach, this course intends to introduce students to the concepts, methods and problems of literary analysis through the study of French and Francophone poetry from the Medieval to the contemporary period. Students will be introduced to rhetorical devices, themes, historical and social context, which help the modern reader understand textual and authorial intent.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: UL
    Prerequisites: FRE 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • FRE 601 - Speaking and Writing French II

    Designed for students with good oral skills in French who wish to master major grammatical structures, develop vocabulary, and hone their writing skills, this course stresses the importance of distinguishing written from oral French and of developing of variety in writing style. Writing assignments based on essays, literary works, press articles, etc., chosen to illustrate styles and levels of contemporary written French. A literary work will form the basis for class discussions and written work.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: FRE 501 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • FRE 602 - Business French in Practice
    Students with a solid background in the language will find this course helpful in perfecting their ability to use French in business transactions and communications. There is a strong emphasis on developing business vocabulary, particularly correspondence formulae and terminology. Differences between English and French correspondence protocol is highlighted.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: FRE 515 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • FRE 603 - Enlightenment to La Belle Époque
    This course, taught in French, will examine major works of French literature from a variety of genres as well as literary and cultural trends from the 18th and 19th centuries. Topics include the French Enlightenment, philosophical tales, the literature of the French Revolution, Realism, Naturalism, Romanticism, Symbolism and fin-de-siècle decadence. The course will focus on authors such as Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau, Staël, Balzac, Sand, Flaubert, Zola, Maupassant, and Baudelaire.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: UL
    Prerequisites: FRE 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • FRE 605 - Francophone Language and Culture

    This course is for students who wish to further their knowledge of cultural studies, as well as literary and linguistic analysis. While gaining an appreciation of the language and culture of the Francophone regions outside Europe, students examine texts of all types. Essay-writing skills and organization form an integral part of the course. Special attention is given to language registers both written and oral as well as sociolinguistic issues in the Francophone world.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: FRE 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
    Antirequisites: FRS 606
  • FRE 607 - English-French Translation II

    Students at this level are well-acquainted with all of the rules of French grammar. This course concentrates on making use of this knowledge through the development of a sound English-to-French translation methodology. Through exercises, students learn to express the same concepts naturally in the target language, without undue interference from the source language, using a variety of non-literary texts.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: FRE 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • FRE 608 - Intro to 20th C French Literature II

    French literature is characterized by various types of experimentation with form, content and generic boundaries. Students will be invited to discover texts ranging from avant-garde Parisian theatre to the Nouveau roman and contemporary autofiction. This course will examine issues such as colonization and decolonization, feminism, immigration and alienation, identity, marginalization and otherness.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: FRE 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • FRE 609 - Franco-Canadian Literature II

    This course presents Quebec and French-Canadian literature from the 1970s until present-day. Students will consider the aesthetic originality, the critical reception and socio-historical context of representative works by authors such as Normand Chaurette, Marie Laberge, Jean-Marc Dalpé, Daniel Poliquin, Nancy Huston, Dany Laferrière and Robert Lepage. Topics include the Francophone diaspora in Canada, minority and immigrant literatures, exile and marginalization, and autobiographical writing.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: FRE 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • FRE 610 - Cultural Context of Writing

    This course complements FRE510 and is for students with a sound knowledge of French wishing to develop vocabulary and improve their writing. Through writing exercises, the course emphasizes clear explanation of French grammar, differences/parallels between written and oral French, use of precise terminology, and development of variety in writing style. Assignments are based on excerpts from essays, literary works, press articles, etc., chosen to illustrate styles and levels of contemporary written French.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: FRE 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • FRE 701 - French for Today

    An advanced language course designed to improve significantly students' speaking, comprehension and writing skills through the analysis of contemporary issues and their representation in the francophone news media with an emphasis on journalistic and magazine writing. Topics broaden students' vocabulary, sensitize them to complex language structures and language registers. Oral presentations and debates focus on current events; students write short essays and work on a media-related project.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: FRE 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • FRE 703 - French Theatre: Classicism to Romanticism

    This course offers a survey of French theatre from the 17th to 19th centuries. Students read and analyze famous plays presenting various themes: tragic love with Racine and Corneille, farcical comedy with Molière, libertine marivaudage and romantic drama with Musset. Close textual analysis will be complemented by a theatrical-performance oriented approach using multimedia and examining issues of stage production.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: FRE 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
    Custom Requisites: Restriction: Not available to students in Performance Acting
  • FRE 704 - Intro to Franco-Canadian Culture I

    This course introduces students to twentieth century and contemporary Quebec culture. Students will examine forms of cultural expression such as cinema, television, visual arts, literature, music and popular culture. Topics include politics and popular song, language and language laws, hockey and its heroes, Quebec media, the role of religious institutions, immigration, feminism, relations with First Nations peoples, and the challenges of multiculturalism.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: FRE 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • FRE 706 - The Life and Times of the French Language

    This course is for students who wish to gain a better understanding of the breadth and wealth of contemporary French culture through a study of the evolution of the French language. Focusing on the contemporary evolution of the French language, including word origin and meaning, this course highlights the main cultural, political, and historical factors that influenced, and continue to influence, the development of the French language.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: FRE 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • FRE 707 - Introduction to French-English Translation

    This course, taught in French, is designed to improve significantly students' appreciation of the general difficulties of translation from French to English, through a study of the characteristics of expression in each language and of the way they pertain to the difficulties of translation. Through numerous translation exercises, students learn to express the same concepts naturally in the target language, without undue interference from the source language.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: FRE 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • FRE 709 - Children's Literature in French

    This course will consider the evolution of literature written in French for children and adolescents from the 17th century onward. Representative texts will be chosen from genres including fairy tales, comic strips, children's theatre, didactic novels, and the "problem novel." Topics under study will include the relationship between word and image, the role of religious and educational institutions, censorship, cultural diversity, and the notion of childhood.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: FRE 601 or placement test (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
    Custom Requisites: Not available to students in Early Childhood Studies.
  • FRE 801 - French and New Media

    This advanced language course is designed to improve significantly students' skills through the analysis of contemporary issues in the Francophonie using new media. Topics broaden students' vocabulary, sensitize them to complex language structures and language registers. Oral presentations and debates focus on the representation of current events in a variety of media. Students write short essays and work on a new media-related project.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: FRE 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • FRE 803 - French Theatre: 20th C and Contemporary

    In this course, students will examine how theatrical conventions are challenged by authors who question the meaning of existence, and explore the limits of language and human relationships in our contemporary society. Possible readings include plays from the Theatre of the Absurd with Beckett and Ionesco as well as works by politically engaged playwrights who address topics such as exile and immigration, slavery and colonialism, race and gender.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: FRE 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
    Custom Requisites: Restriction: Not available to Performance Acting students
  • FRE 804 - Intro to Franco-Canadian Culture II

    This course introduces students to Franco-Canadian cultures outside Quebec. Cultural contrasts and continuity between Quebec, Acadian, Franco-Ontarian and Western French-Canadian communities will be emphasized. Students will examine forms of cultural expression such as cinema, television, visual arts, literature, music and popular culture. Topics include the French-Canadian diaspora, the Acadians and the Cajuns, bilingualism and language legislation as well as the cultural contributions of recent immigrants and the Métis.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: FRE 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • FRE 805 - French Language Teaching Methodologies
    This course will introduce students to French language teaching methods and their evolution. Major trends and different approaches (traditional, audio-visual, communicative, cognitive) will be examined with special emphasis on the teaching of the four skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) and culture, on the roles of the teacher and the learner in the classroom. Topics will also include curriculum design and lesson planning; overview of grammar instruction; vocabulary and pronunciation; introduction to basic concepts in testing.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: FRE 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • FRE 900 - Senior French Seminar
    The senior seminar provides advanced students the opportunity to develop advanced research, presentation and writing skills in a specialized field of French. Students will normally be required to write a major paper. Course content varies according to the instructor's research interests and expertise. Students must have a minimum 70 percent average in best four French courses or permission of the department prior to enrolling in this course.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Consent: Departmental consent required
  • FRE 901 - Francophone Women Writers

    Introduction to twentieth-century women francophone novelists and dramatists. Includes women authors from Europe, North America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Africa. Primary critical approaches are esthetic and socio-historical, focussing on common themes of feminist/feminine writing.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: FRE 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • FRE 902 - Gender and Decadence 1850-1920

    This course examines changing gender roles and images of masculinity and femininity in French and Francophone authors from Balzac and Flaubert to Rachilde, Nelly Arcand, Michel Tremblay, Proust and Colette, with a focus on the perceived relationship between evolving female/male roles and social expectations. Approach: textual analysis, social and cultural history, some feminist and gender theory.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: FRE 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)
  • FRE 903 - The Francophone Short Story

    This course will focus on the Francophone short story and short story collections. Through study of this literary genre, students will develop skills in literary analysis. This course will also teach students about the diversity of francophone literature and culture. Authors studied may include Michel Tournier (France), Annie Saumont (France), Biorago Diop (Senegal), Calixthe Beyala (Cameroon), Assia Djebar (Algeria), Maryse Conde; (Guadeloupe), Rene Depestre (Haiti), Anne Dandurand (Canada) and Bernard Assiniwi (Canada).

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL/UL
    Prerequisites: FRE 601 or placement test required (www.ryerson.ca/llc)