Why Study French at University?
French is the first language of about a quarter of Canada’s population. While the majority of these francophones live in Québec, substantial French-speaking minorities can be found in other provinces, such as New Brunswick (a third of the population) and Ontario (half a million Franco-Ontarians). Given this demographic situation, proficiency in Canada’s two official languages, French and English, is an undeniable asset in today’s job market.
University students today know that the world awaiting them after graduation is much different from the world of their parents’ generation. Globalization, downsizing and rapid technological change have radically altered the career landscape. Faced with these challenges, students are perhaps more concerned now than ever about making the right choices in their education. One of these choices is French at the university level. If you are looking for an exciting, varied and challenging programme allowing you to combine literature with language, consider a programme in French. If your main interests lie elsewhere, you can easily add French as a valuable component to your degree.
What French course should I take?
King’s offers a wide range of courses from beginners to advanced levels in language, literature, and translation. In order to help you correctly choose your French course, we offer the following as a guide:
If you have completed:
- 12U French → French 1910
- 11U French → French 1010
If you have never studied French, or have
- less than 11U French → French 1002
You must contact the French Studies Coordinator for appropriate placement if you have demonstrably higher ability or have done the prerequisite course more than three years ago or if your experience falls outside of the categories above.
French Studies Coordinator: Dr. Susan Small
Meet Our Students
In the fall, I will be starting my fourth year of a double major in Catholic Studies for Teachers and French Language and Literature. These two programs make a great combination because you are able to study such an incredible language, as well as learn how to teach it in a classroom. French has always been one of my favourite subjects and it is incredible that I can pursue my passion for teaching as well as my passion for the French language and culture. I have been able to work in a French classroom through the Catholic Studies for Teachers program, enabling me to see the benefits of both programs together.
Learning French at King’s was the perfect compliment to my previous years of French as a Second Language (FSL) schooling because I learned about French literature and culture alongside grammar.
The French Language and Literature program at King’s has allowed me to develop a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the French language with the help of many excellent professors.
Participer à l'échange à Lille était une des meilleures décisions que j’aie prises dans ma vie. J’ai profité de l’expérience pour améliorer mon français oral et écrit, ainsi que pour voyager et découvrir le monde. Lille restera toujours dans mon cœur et je recommande vivement cette expérience à tout le monde.
My French studies at King's played an integral role in who I am today, preparing me for graduate school and setting me on the right path to a career in translation that I can imagine doing for the rest of my life. As a mature student, the small classes, outstanding faculty and caring staff, and the opportunity to study abroad in Lille, France, made my experience more than enjoyable. I'm grateful for the relationships I built and continue to foster at King's.