FRAN 1111: Introduction to French I

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.


Upon successful completion of the course, the student will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Introduce themselves and respond to introductions of others.
  2. Introduce another person.
  3. Interact and answer simple questions about nationality, origin and habitation.
  4. Participate in simple conversations about familiar topics, such as health, family, weather and vacations.
  5. Ask for and/or give something, for example food and drink.
  6. Describe a person, an event, a situation and familiar surroundings.
  7. Comment on leisure and sports activities.
  8. Answer phone calls with simple greetings.
  9. Understand short, simple texts.
  10. Write expressions and simple isolated phrases.
  11. Identify basic cultural, linguistic and historic idiosyncrasies of French culture from around the world.

Course outline

FRAN 1111: Introductory French I includes the following 7 modules:

  • 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 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

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The other resources that you need for this course are the following:

  • A computer with Internet access
  • Java


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 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 * 10%
Final Written Exam* 40%
Total 100%


Open Learning Faculty Member

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the “mail” tool in the Learning Environment or by phone. You will receive the necessary contact information when you start your course.

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