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Certificate in
Proficiency in French

This certificate program is designed to provide proficiency in oral and written French. The program offers opportunities to increase professional qualifications, prepare for travel, and become a more informed citizen in a bilingual nation. Ten levels of language courses, along with a range of advanced and specialized courses, are offered.

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Academic Coordinator: Dr. Ndeye Ba,

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Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

Completion of Introductory French I (CFRE 101) with a minimum grade of C+, or admission by placement assessment and interview.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of six single-term credit courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Advanced Placement

If the student completes four courses at a level higher than CFRE 401, the successful completion of four single-term credit courses is required for the certificate. All four courses must be at the advanced level (CFRE 402 or higher).

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Awards and Financial Aid

If you require financial assistance, you may apply for merit-based awards and/or need-based financial aid. As well, students officially registered in a Chang School certificate program may be eligible for funding through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). For a complete list of certificate programs approved by OSAP, visit the Student Financial Assistance website.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete, within your official timespan, the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Recommended Sequence

Students are advised to take the courses in a specific sequence. Please refer to the chart below.

Required Courses (except for Advanced Placement)

CFRE 201   French:  Introductory French II
CFRE 301   French:  Intermediate French I
CFRE 401   French:  Intermediate French II
CFRE 501   French:  Speaking and Writing French I

Advanced Level Electives (select two)

CFRE 402   French:  French Conversation and Pronunciation
CFRE 502   French:  Communication and Business French
CFRE 505   French:  French Language and Culture
CFRE 507   French:  English-French Translation I
CFRE 508   French:  Intro to 20th C French Literature I
CFRE 509   French:  Franco-Canadian Literature I
CFRE 510   French:  Effective Writing
CFRE 515   French:  Introduction to Business French
CFRE 601   French:  Speaking and Writing French II
CFRE 602   French:  Business French in Practice
CFRE 605   French:  Francophone Language and Culture
CFRE 607   French:  English-French Translation II
CFRE 608   French:  Intro to 20th C French Literature II
CFRE 609   French:  Franco-Canadian Literature II
CFRE 610   French:  Cultural Context of Writing
CFRE 701   French:  French for Today
CFRE 704   French:  Intro to Franco-Canadian Culture I
CFRE 707   French:  Introduction to French-English Translation
CFRE 801   French:  French and New Media
CFRE 803   French:  French Theatre: 20th C and Contemporary
CFRE 804   French:  Intro to Franco-Canadian Culture II
CFRE 903   French:  The Francophone Short Story