How Do I Prepare to Study French at Guelph University?
By Dana Paramskas
The University of Guelph used to offer introductory courses aimed at students who had dropped French in Grade 9, or others with no academic French background. Unfortunately, budget cuts meant a change in policy. Our entry level is now the equivalent of Grade 11, in a DE version. Immersion students are accepted into the appropriate level depending on how many years of immersion they have credit for.
Students with Ontario Grade 12 French are accepted into our first year university course. Competition is based on a first come first served basis, since enrollment can be limited in those courses.
We do our best to accommodate students with varied life experience, such as living in a francophone area for at least 4 months, or summer study in Québec or abroad.
Francophone students are normally not admitted to first year courses, except in cases where those students attended an anglophone high school.
Students with enriched or advanced HS French are placed appropriately.
While we expect that students eligible for the first year university French course (French Language 1 - FREN1200) have acquired the basics of the language, that course is also designed to remedy language skills weaknesses.
Appropriate credit is given for the summer Explore program courses taken in Québec in the form of advanced placement.
Dana Paramskas, Department of French Studies, University of Guelph, and 3M National Teaching Fellow.
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