Overview

Learn to listen, speak, read and write fluently in French! Our comprehensive French certificate program examines various aspects of verbal and written communication - including vocabulary, sound patterns, and sentence structures - thus building proficiency and refining conversational skills in French. Students will explore different Francophone cultures and social conventions and participate in interactive, practical lessons designed to advance their personal and professional development.

Note: Upon successful completion of five successive levels and a conversation class, students will be eligible for a Seneca College Certificate in French Language Skills. Students assessed beyond beginner level must complete a minimum of 2 French courses at Seneca in order to qualify. Students may not use French as a course credit towards a diploma or certificate if French is her/his first language. Seneca College reserves the right to remove students from courses if the student possesses French language abilities above the level of enrollment.

Placement Assessment

Students with prior knowledge of French must register in LGE001 for a placement assessment. The Program Assistant will contact the students via email to arrange a free assessment for accurate placement.

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Curriculum

Certificate Requirements

LGE101
French Language Skills 1
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This introductory course is for students with minimal or no previous knowledge of French. Interactive classroom participation enables students to acquire the basic skills of fluency (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) to communicate in the classroom and in real-life situations. Cultural awareness is expanded by investigating the unique characteristics of French-speaking regions around the world.




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LGE202
French Language Skills 2
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Prerequisite(s):

LGE101 or permission of the instructor

A continuation of LGE101, this course solidifies and builds French language acquisition in the four skills -- listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The introduction of more complex structures and interactive classroom activities enables students to communicate effectively in everyday situations. The unique characteristics of French-speaking regions are further explored.




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LGE303
French Language Skills 3
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Prerequisite(s):

LGE202 or permission of the instructor

French Language Skills 3 develops and reinforces previously learned French language acquisition within a cultural framework. Focus is on both oral fluency and the written language. Cultural awareness of French-speaking regions is further expanded.




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LGE404
French Language Skills 4
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Prerequisite(s):

LGE303 or permission of the instructor

French Language Skills 4 reinforces previously acquired language skills and introduces more complex structures. The course focuses on oral fluency and writing for different contexts and purposes. Cultural awareness of various French-speaking regions will be further expanded.




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LGE505
French Language Skills 5
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Prerequisite(s):

LGE404 or permission of the instructor

Participants in French Language Skills 5 determine topics of mutual interest and actively participate in spontaneous discussions. Possible topics of discussion include family, immigration and its challenges, the Arts, and reconciling modernity with francophone tradition. This course introduces more complex structures while reinforcing previously learned content.




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LGE611
Themes in French Language
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Prerequisite(s):

LGE505 or permission of the instructor.

In this workshop, students enhance their French conversation skills through weekly discussions on current issues. Emphasis is placed on overall fluency, including vocabulary development, listening skills, and pronunciation.




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Other Courses

LGE606
French Language Skills 6
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Prerequisite(s):

LGE505 or permission of the instructor

Participants in French Language Skills 6 continue to explore various topics of mutual interest and lead or actively participate in spontaneous discussions. Topics may include environmental concerns, technological advances, and contemporary Francophone literature. Advanced vocabulary and grammar structures will be applied in order to communicate successfully.




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LGE707
French Language Skills 7
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Prerequisite(s):

LGE606 or permission of the instructor.

French Language Skills 7 provides students further opportunities to discuss predetermined topics and actively participate in spontaneous conversations. Topics may include the media, transportation, minority groups, employment, and humour. French culture will be explored through various print media, television, and the cinema.




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LGE808
French Language Skills 8
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Prerequisite(s):

LGE707 or permission of the instructor

Participants in LGE808 will determine topics of interest on Francophone culture and improve self-expression through active participation in discussions, spontaneous conversations, and reflection of new concepts learned. Small group discussions will be facilitated by the instructor. Possible topics to be explored may include: higher education systems, Francophones across the globe, travel and tourism. Students' understanding of French culture will be enhanced though examination of newspapers and other print media, television, and cinema.




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LGE909
French Language Skills 9
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Prerequisite(s):

LGE808 or permission of the instructor.

Participants in LGE909 will determine topics of interest on Francophone culture and improve self-expression through active participation in discussions, spontaneous conversations, and reflection of new concepts learned. Small group discussions will be facilitated by the instructor. Possible topics to be explored may include: work and careers, health, banking, traditional celebrations. Students' understanding of French culture will be enhanced through examination of newspapers and other print media, television, and cinema.




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Program Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Analyze the pattern and structure of written material using the French language;
  2. Describe the history and contributions of French speaking cultures;
  3. Communicate meaningfully and effectively in French in spontaneous conversations;
  4. Demonstrate the ability to converse in the French language for business, travel and everyday contexts;
  5. Apply the French language in the written form for a variety of purposes and in varied contexts.

Graduation/Convocation

When you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a certificate, diploma, or degree, you must inform the Registrar by completing a Graduation Application form and paying the graduation and alumni fee. Certificates, diplomas, and applied degrees are issued twice a year in the Fall (October) and Spring (June).

For further information including deadlines and fees, please visit the  Convocation website or contact the Convocation Office at 416-491-5050 ext. 77461.

Program Contacts

Iole Millescamps
Part-time Program Coordinator
Iole.Millescamps@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.24109


Jamara Romero
Program Assistant
Jamara.Romero@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22513


Sara Potkonjak
Academic Program Manager
Sara.Potkonjak@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22682


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