French as a Second Language Courses (FSL)

The Department of French 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 (FSL 100, 102), those wishing to achieve the level of university entrance (FSL 121), and students in minor, major and specialist programs (all other courses).

The following is a guide for beginners in French.

1. No knowledge of French: FSL100H1. Students enrolled in FSL100H1, whose command of French raises doubt about their bona fides as beginners, will be asked to do the online placement test and may be moved to a higher level FSL course.

2. Very limited knowledge of French (Placement Test required): FSL102H1

Please note that FSL100H1, FSL102H1 and FSL121Y1 do not count towards any of the French programs but can be used as breadth requirements.

1) Determining the appropriate level of your first French course: The Department places students in the language course appropriate to their level of linguistic competence based on the results of its Placement Test. Given that 100, 200, 300 and 400-level FSL courses correspond to levels of competence in French and not to years of study, a student may be recommended to enroll in a course at a higher level than his/her year of study. The Placement Test is mandatory for all students who wish to register in an FRE or FSL course for the first time (except true beginners with no knowledge of French who may enroll directly in FSL100H1). The Test can be taken only ONCE and the results of the first test will prevail in the event of multiple attempts. Ideally, the Placement Test should be taken in the term preceding the one in which students wish to register in (e.g., for a course starting in September, students should take the Placement Test in the summer term, prior to their registration date on ACORN and before the beginning of classes). Please allow three to five working days to obtain your test results. Self-placement is not allowed in the Department of French. The administration reserves the right to conduct an additional test if in doubt about a student's undeclared proficiency in French.

2) Sequencing: Students are reminded that they must take FSL courses in the appropriate sequencing (100>200>300>400). In particular,

• If placed at a higher level than FSL221Y1 by the Placement Test, students registered in a major program must take FSL271H1 before any FSL300 or 400-level course.

3) Auditing: No auditing is allowed in FSL courses.

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.


French Language and Practical French:

The French language program is designed to accommodate the widest range of previous learning experiences and particular interests of students. Emphasis is placed on both written and spoken language; at higher levels, half-courses allow for specialized study of one or the other.

The Department takes into account the quality of students' French as one of the criteria in the evaluation of assignments and examinations. A minimum of 20% of the grade will be allocated to this aspect of written assignments.

Please note: You will receive no adjustment to your fees in the event that you must withdraw from a course for failing to have the necessary prerequisites. Since this is a course for students who have had no previous training in French, a placement test is not required. The department reserves the right to require a placement review when in doubt about a student’s proficiency level in French. This decision may not be appealed.

Code Title

FSL 100H1F/S

French for Beginners

FSL 102H1S

Introductory French

FSL 121Y1Y

French Language I

FSL 221Y1Y

French Language II

FSL 226H1F

Strategies for Autonomous Learning in French as a Second Language

FSL 271H1

French Grammar, within Reason (Not offered in 2021-22)

FSL 312H1F

Writing French: the Language of the Media 

FSL 313H1F

French for the Workplace

FSL 314H1

French for the Arts (Not offered in 2021-22)

FSL 315H1S

French Oral Communication for Professional and Academic Contexts

FSL 321Y1Y

French Language III

FSL 375H1

Practical Translation: French-English

FSL 415H1

Professional Communication in French (Oral) (Not offered in 2021-22)

FSL 421Y1Y

French Language IV

FSL 442H1F

French Language V: Written French

FSL 443H1S

French Language V: Oral French 

FSL 472H1S

Reading and Writing Fiction and Non-Fiction in French 

FSL 473H1S

Oral French in Context

FSL 475H1

Creative Writing in French (Not offered in 2021-22)