Gateway Courses by Major/Minor


Gateway/Entry-Point Courses into French Major/Minor

First-year students with previous study of French should take the UVM French placement test (available on the Romance Languages and Linguistics web page  in QuickLinks) and enroll in the recommended language course.

Most students place into one of the following courses:

FREN 001 Elementary I

Fundamentals of French composition, comprehension, pronunciation, speaking, reading, writing. Structure of the basic French sentence. No prior knowledge expected. Offered in the fall and spring semesters.

FREN 002 Elementary II

Continuation of 001. Prerequisite: 1 or equivalent. Offered in the fall and spring semesters.

FREN 051 Intermediate Reading and Conversation I

Designed to help students move from a basic knowledge of French to the ability to read, speak, and understand French better. Some grammar review and short compositions. Prerequisite: 002 or 009 or equivalent. Offered in the fall and spring semesters.

FREN 052 Intermediate Reading and Conversation II

Continues building on skills developed in 051. Less stress on grammar review. Reading selections and compositions are longer and more sophisticated than in 051. Prerequisite: 051 or equivalent. Offered in the fall and spring semesters.

100-Level French Courses

Those with particularly strong high school experience can place into the 100-level and should enroll in FREN 101 (Writing Workshop) or FREN 107 (Focus on Oral Expression). These courses both count for the major and offer an excellent introduction to our advanced French curriculum. FREN 101 is offered every semester and FREN 107 every spring.

Students interested in French might consider combining their language studies with coursework in a Global and Regional Studies program such as European Studies, Canadian Studies, or African Studies programs, since each of these world regions is home to significant French-speaking communities.

Contact Information

Cristina Mazzoni, Interim Chair
Department of Romance Languages and Linguistics
Phone: (802) 656-3196
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