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French as a Second Language Courses (FSL)

The French Department does not permit auditing of FSL courses.  It is impossible to switch language course sections during the academic year.

The FSL series is designed for beginners (FSL100, 102), those wishing to achieve the level of university entrance (FSL121), and students in minor, major and specialist programs (all other courses).

The Placement Test ( is mandatory for all students who wish to register in an FRE or FSL course for the first time, except for true beginners with no knowledge of French. The test can be taken only once and the results of the first test will prevail in the event of several attempts. Ideally, the Placement Test should be taken in the term preceding the course in which students intend to register (e.g., for a Fall term or Y course, during the summer term prior to ROSI registration and before the beginning of classes). Students not having access to a computer capable of managing sound files should write to to arrange to take the test at the Department.

Please allow three to five working days to obtain the test results.


FSL100H1, FSL102H1 – Guide for beginners

1. No knowledge of French: FSL 100H1. Students enrolled in FSL 100H1 whose ability in French raises doubt about their beginner status will be asked to do the Placement Test and may be moved to a higher level FSL course.

2. Very limited knowledge of French (Placement Test required): FSL 102H1.

Please note that FSL 100H1, 102H1 and 121Y1 do not count towards any of the French programs but can be used as breadth requirements.

FSL121Y1, FSL221Y1, FSL321Y1, FSL421Y1, FSL442H1 & FSL443H1

These courses constitute a progressive five-level series that provides students the opportunity to become proficient, focused, autonomous French language learners. Over time, students can acquire an in-depth understanding of the grammar of French via a focus on all of the major skills – writing, speaking, reading and listening. Each of these courses investigates a particular cultural theme of the French-speaking world.


see Programme d’enseignement de la langue française – niveaux 1 à 5

FSL 100H1 F/SFrench for Beginners
FSL 102H1SIntroductory French
FSL 121Y1YFrench Language I
FSL 221Y1YFrench Language II
FSL 271H1FFrench Grammar, within Reason
FSL 321Y1YFrench Language III
FSL 375Y1YComparative Stylistics
FSL 421Y1YFrench Language IV
FSL 442H1Language Practice II: Written French
FSL 443H1FFrench Language V: Oral French

Revue Arborescences

Considérant que rien de ce qui touche la langue française ne lui est étranger, la revue Arborescences se veut un espace de réflexion sur les enjeux actuels des études françaises aussi bien en littérature, en linguistique qu’en didactique.

History of the Department

French Studies at the University of Toronto 1853-1993