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Undergraduate Contacts

Chair

Prof. Alexie Tcheuyap
french.chair@utoronto.ca
416-926-2303

Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies

Prof. Marie-Anne Visoi
french.undergradchair@utoronto.ca
416-926-2312

Undergraduate Counsellor, Undergraduate Studies

Mme Linda Lamisong
french.undergraduate@utoronto.ca
416-926-2333

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Mme Nehad Ghaly
french.secretary@utoronto.ca
416-926-2302

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Overview of French Programs

The Department of French, St. George campus, offers a Specialist and a Major program of study in French Language and French Linguistics; a Specialist and a Major program of study in French Language and French Literature; a Major program in French Language Learning, formerly known as Second Language Learning; and three Minor programs of study each in French Language, French Studies, and Practical French.

Specialist and a Major program of study in French Language and French Linguistics

Linguistics-focused courses (FRE) help students achieve a solid understanding of skills for the analysis of French word formation, sound patterns, and sentence structure and a familiarity with the most defining periods in the history of the French language as well as an understanding of and ability to formalize the patterns of linguistic variation observed in both Canadian and European French varieties. The 200-level mandatory courses initiate students into the analysis of contemporary French and its historical development. The 300-level courses break the discipline of linguistic analysis into its chief component parts and the  400-level courses initiate students to research in a variety of areas including formal linguistics, bilingualism, second language acquisition, and language contact.

What can I do with a program in French Linguistics? Possible career paths include:

  • provincial and federal government civil service
  • health professions such as speech pathology, speech therapy, audiology
  • language teaching
  • computer applications in speech & text recognition, programming
  • media, public relations, journalism, publishing, editing, copywriting, technical writing
  • bilingual customer service

Specialist and a Major program of study in French Language and French Literature

Literature-focused courses (FRE) provide students with a comprehensive training in literary theory through the study of particular theories and approaches to the literary text. Students acquire indepth knowledge of the sociohistorical and cultural contexts of the works examined and have the necessary skills for the rigorous and critical analysis of literary and cultural texts. The 200-level mandatory courses introduce students to concepts, methodologies, and critical tools elaborated vis-à-vis further literature and theory and that serve as the framework for other literature courses dedicated to the history of French literature and its cultural and social contexts. The 300-level courses encourage students to explore sophisticated primary and secondary sources from disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives and the 400-level courses initiate students to research.

What can I do with a program in French Literature?  Possible career paths include:

  • provincial and federal government civil service
  • language teaching
  • media, public relations, journalism, publishing, editing, copywriting
  • library and information sciences
  • foreign services/affairs, international development
  • bilingual customer service

Major in French Language Learning

Language focused programs and courses (FSL and FRE) focus on the changing needs of our undergraduate students and aim to better prepare them with advanced language skills and cultural knowledge in French that are required for the realization of future academic, personal and professional goals including language teaching and bilingual employment across the public, private and non-profit sectors.The 200-level mandatory course FRE 226H1 introduces students to strategies and tools for autonomous learning of French. Courses at the 300 and 400 levels build on knowledge and skills first introduced in FRE 226H and provide students with more analytical approaches to French language learning, in its both synchronic structure and historical evolution. They encourage students to learn about the richness of culture across the French-speaking world and improve writing skills for subsequent advanced study.

What can I do with a program in French Language Learning?  

Career paths include:

  • provincial and federal government civil service
  • language teaching
  • media, public relations, journalism, publishing, editing, copywriting, technical writing
  • bilingual customer service

Minors

The three Minor programs: French Language, French Studies, Practical French are 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.

Career paths include:

  • provincial and federal government civil service
  • language teaching
  • media, public relations, journalism, publishing, editing, copywriting, technical writing
  • bilingual customer service

 

More information about the specific undergraduate programs and courses offered by the Department of French can be found in the section Curriculum & Course information.