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FRAN 1111: Introductory French 1

Students begin the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) A1 level to develop cultural knowledge and communicative skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing in modern standard French. Students are assumed to have no prior knowledge of French.

Learning outcomes

  • Conduct short conversations in French, using appropriate grammar and pronunciation, on topics such as self and immediate concrete surroundings;
  • Ask and answer simple questions in French;
  • Demonstrate understanding of simple spoken French language;
  • Write correctly in simple French sentences;
  • Answer questions about the content of simple French written texts;
  • Incorporate information about French cultures as covered in the course into work produced.

Course topics

  • Module 1: Se Présenter
  • Module 2: Les Origines
  • Module 3: Les Études
  • Module 4: L’Âge
  • Module 5: L’Apparence
  • Module 6: La Personnalité
  • Module 7: Mes Préférences

Required text and materials

For FRAN 1111, your primary learning resource is an interactive online French textbook accessed through the Open Learning Initiative (OLI). This paperless textbook includes videos, audio, images, and many other excellent interactive exercises and activities.

You will gain access to this text when you register for the course.

Privacy Notification – Storage of Personal Information outside Canada.

Thompson Rivers University (TRU) collects, uses, discloses and retains personal information in compliance with the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).

By registering for FRAN 1111 you will be required to create an account with Open Learning Initiative (OLI) to access course materials. OLI is run by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in the U.S.A. Information collected by OLI includes your first and last name, email address, password and records relating to your interaction with course materials, and this personal information will be stored outside Canada. Information about CMU’s Student Privacy can be found on their website at

Questions about this Privacy Notification may be directed to Matthew Dyck at

Note: If you have questions about course textbooks or other materials, email OLMaterials.


To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course and 50% or higher on each of the mandatory Final Oral Exam and the mandatory Final Written Exam.

Written Assignment 1: Leçons 1 & 2 7%
Oral Assessment: Recording 5%
Written Assignment 2: Leçons 3 & 4 9%
Oral Assessment: Phone call 7%
Written Assignment 3: Leçons 5 & 6 10%
Written Assignment 4: Leçon 7 12%
Final Oral Exam (mandatory) 10%
Final Written Exam (mandatory) 40%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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