French Courses

The Department of Language Studies is excited to introduce a new French experiential learning course for the 2022-23 academic year! 

FRE398H5 • The Culture of Paris

Instructor: Prof. Pascal Michelucci

This course explores the city of Paris as it developed into a cultural beacon of excellence in French culture throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Students will expand and apply previous knowledge in cultural studies, and their oral and written competences in French, to the study of the events that have shaped the Paris of today. Particular emphasis will be placed on extending attentive interpretive skills to the impact of historical events, city planning and promotion, and artistic celebration, and on deploying these skills to think critically about heritage in the French context.


As part of the course, you may also opt into the opportunity to experience Paris firsthand!

Spend 10 days immersing yourself in the culture of Paris alongside your classmates, Professor Pascal Michelucci, and a UTM staff member. Explore the capital through walking tours, world-famous museums and monuments, and visits to iconic sites that define Paris like the Champs Élysées, Musée de Victor Hugo, historic department stores, and the Eiffel Tower.

  • Experience, first-hand, the rich history and culture of Paris.
  • Immerse yourself in an intensive experience to develop your fluency in French.
  • Engage in an active learning environment that will be educational, practical, and unforgettable.
  • Add international experience to your resume.
  • Establish connections with fellow students and your professor. 

    Applications close Friday, May 27, 2022 at 11:59pm! See here for more details.


The following new French courses will also be offered in upcoming academic sessions.

FRE354H5 • Teaching French in a Plurilingual Context

This course allows students to explore innovative pedagogical approaches such as the Action Oriented and Plurilingual & Pluricultural Approaches, building on knowledge and skills acquired in FRE227H5 Teaching and Learning a Second/Foreign Language. This is accomplished through the examination of the linguistic and cultural diversity observed in French Language classes today, and the discovery of innovative and current teaching approaches followed by the creation of pedagogical materials. Particular emphasis is placed on students’ abilities to transfer knowledge into practice.   

FRE377H5 • The Phonetics & Phonology of French Foreign Accent

This course explores the phonetic and phonological properties of second language French learners' speech. Particular emphasis is placed on students' ability to summarize typical characteristics and phenomena of second language speech learning, identify segmental and prosodic features of nonnative French including inter-learner variability, and conduct acoustic analyses of real learner speech.

FRE389H5 • Individual Differences in Second Language Acquisition

This course examines the effects of cognitive (e.g., aptitude, working memory) and affective differences (e.g., motivation, L2 anxiety) on second language acquisition. Students will come to understand the nature of these differences via empirical studies on learners of French and the use of assessment instruments including questionnaires and on-line tests. Particular emphasis is placed on students' ability to discuss between-learner differences in comprehension and production, identify relevant individual differences capable of explaining such variability, and conduct their own individual differences research.

FRE395H5 • Francophone Media and Global Culture

This course explores media and culture in the Francophone world through textual, graphic, musical and cinematographic content. Students will apply previously acquired knowledge in cultural studies, and their oral and written competences in French to the study of multiple cultural and mediatic forms including movies, graphic novels and songs. Particular emphasis will be placed on extending attentive reading skills as ways of thinking about texts, images and music, and on deploying these skills to better understand the relationship between different Francophone cultures within our contemporary world.


For the full listing of all French courses, please see the Academic Calendar here.