French course

An optional course, PS 616 Spoken French in Context, will be offered in the Winter term. It is designed at an intermediate level, intended to refresh and reinforce linguistic skills students have acquired through previous French language training (e.g., senior high school or university courses).

In order to take the course in the Winter, it is highly recommended that students complete one of three online French Studies courses in the Fall semester. This course is taken as "Extra to degree", which means that it appears on a student's transcript, but the grade does not count toward their academic average. At any point during the term (but before the exam period), students may voluntarily withdraw from the course without academic penalty, if they no longer wish to continue.

Students must decide which of the following three preparatory courses best suits their level of French proficiency:

FR 152: Basic French
This course is designed for students who have completed up to Grade 11 French. It emphasizes listening and reading comprehension, acquisition of basic vocabulary and structures. Topics include personal relationships, past experiences, travel in the francophone world, health and student life. Not open to students who have completed high school French immersion program. Not open to students with advanced, near-native or native ability in French.

FR 192A: French Language 1: Module 1
This course is designed for students who have completed OAC Core French or Grade 12 '4U' Core French. It is an intensive course in written French language. Vocabulary and cultural study through readings on relationships and family, studies and work, business and new technology, and immigration. Not open to students with High School Immersion French or Extended French.

FR 192B: French Language 1: Module 2
This course is designed for students who have completed High School Immersion French or Extended French. Its emphasis is on written language, vocabulary and cultural study, through readings on cinema, crime, socio-demographic developments, tourism and communication.

If you are unsure which of these courses to take, it is recommended that you consult with Rachel Stevenson, the Undergraduate Program Coordinator for French Studies (Phone: 519-888-4567 x32249; Email:


Since these qualifying courses are taken as "extra to degree", students are unable to register online via Quest. Instead, interested students must complete a Graduate Studies Drop and Add Course Form (PDF), sign and date it, and send it to Ramona Petz, the MPS Program Officer. Please review the Sample Course Add Form (PDF) if you would like help filling out the form.

Fall courses fill up quickly, so complete the Drop and Add Form as soon as possible.

Scan and email the form to
Fax the form, attention Ramona Petz, to 519-585-1811
Mail the form to:

Ramona Petz
Master of Public Service
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1