Why French Studies

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programmes de baccalauréat

If French is your second language and you’re hoping to:

  • go on an immersion experience to France or to the province of Quebec,
  • learn more about Francophone cultures and literatures,
  • teach French in an English-language setting,

then the program in French Studies / Études françaises at theDépartement de français is just what you need. 

You start by taking language courses for non-Francophones to improve your French-language skills.

Then, with your increased mastery of the language, you can successfully study the cultures and literatures of France, Quebec, the Franco-Ontarian community and other Francophone populations by taking courses for non-Francophones, all of which include cultural, linguistic and literary components.

This is an ideal formula if your goal is to teach French as a second language: At the end of your program in French Studies, you will be in a position to apply for admission to the Faculty of Education for a two-year training, which if accepted and upon successful completion may allow you to teach at the elementary or secondary school level.

Another advantage of the French Studies program: it can allow you to pursue to a Master’s in French Literature, which will give you the opportunity to teach at college level or open the door to a very interesting career, for example in the public service.

Explore the structure of each program in this academic discipline

Thus, the French Studies program stands out from:

  • the FLS program, which aims to improve your second language;
  • the Second Language Teaching program ​​(DLS) which allows you to teach French to adults in a private language school.

Bienvenue au Département de français

Why study in literature

To become open to the world and better understand it

The Department of Français invites you to discover the works of writers from all over— France, Franco-Ontario, Québec, French Canada, French-speaking Belgium, the Maghreb, Black Africa and the West Indies — and from every period, from the Middle Ages up to the present day. Their works are fertile ground for apprehending the diversity and complexity of societies, the psychology and behaviour of others and, ultimately, for gaining a better understanding of oneself. In today’s world, with the increasing cultural exchanges brought about by globalization , an openess to and understanding of other cultures will serve you well.

You will strengthen and refine your ability to analyse, understand and interpret, through the close reading of these works employing a wide range of theoretical approaches (semiotic, narratological, historical, sociocritical, psychocritical, mythocritical, feminist, etc.). You will make good use of these skills every time you encounter a text, even a non-literary one.

Finally, the study of literature and how it relates to other art forms, such as painting, music and film, will give you an introduction to and better appreciation of the various components and aspects of artistic pursuit, and perhaps even stimulate your own creativity.

Student profile

If you enjoy interacting with young children or adolescents, if you want to educate them and impart your knowledge to them, a career in primary or secondary education is for you. If, in addition to that, you like to do research, then you will find higher education fulfilling.

If French is not your mother tongue and you are planning to teach French in an English-speaking setting , our French program is for you. The course offering puts the accent on culture and civilization.

Finally, if your dream is to write novels, poetry, song lyrics or plays, you will enjoy spending time with the great writers, as well as have an opportunity to take courses in creative writing, taught by our author-professors and the department’s writer in residence. You can even continue along this path at the Master’s and PhD levels.

Why study language and writing

In order to communicate effectively

The Department of Français invites you to discover the works of writers from all over— France, Franco-Ontario, Québec, French Canada, French-speaking Belgium, the Maghreb, Black Africa and the West Indies — and from every period, from the Middle Ages up to the present day. Their works are fertile ground for apprehending the diversity and complexity of societies, the psychology and behaviour of others and, ultimately, for gaining a better understanding of oneself. In today’s world, with the increasing cultural exchanges brought about by globalization , an openess to and understanding of other cultures will serve you well.

You will strengthen and refine your ability to analyse, understand and interpret, through the close reading of these works employing a wide range of theoretical approaches (semiotic, narratological, historical, sociocritical, psychocritical, mythocritical, feminist, etc.). You will make good use of these skills every time you encounter a text, even a non-literary one.

Finally, the study of literature and how it relates to other art forms, such as painting, music and film, will give you an introduction to and better appreciation of the various components and aspects of artistic pursuit, and perhaps even stimulate your own creativity.

Student profile

If you enjoy interacting with young children or adolescents, if you want to educate them and impart your knowledge to them, a career in primary or secondary education is for you. If, in addition to that, you like to do research, then you will find higher education fulfilling.

If French is not your mother tongue and you are planning to teach French in an English-speaking setting , our French program is for you. The course offering puts the accent on culture and civilization.

Finally, if your dream is to write novels, poetry, song lyrics or plays, you will enjoy spending time with the great writers, as well as have an opportunity to take courses in creative writing, taught by our author-professors and the department’s writer in residence. You can even continue along this path at the Master’s and PhD levels.

Eager to go on an immersion experience

In the fall session of your second year, you can take part in an immersion experience in France or in the province of Quebec. There’s no better way to soak in the French language and culture.

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