Develop a wide range of French language skills. Learn to converse and write in one of Canada’s official languages.
French language skills can lead to success in business or as part of a university degree. Whether you want to learn French for personal or business reasons, this certificate will help you build the speaking and writing skills that meet your goals.
Our program offers opportunities to enhance your professional qualifications, prepare for travel, and become a more informed Canadian citizen. Our experienced and qualified instructors work with your needs in mind. Courses are interactive and taught with multimedia, making learning fun and effective.
What Will You Learn?
Learn French grammar and vocabulary. Explore French cultural readings and short fictional texts. Follow a communicative approach, with an emphasis on oral proficiency and on reading, writing, and understanding French. Progress from beginner- to advanced-level and specialized courses.
Through your choice of electives, you can focus on topics that interest you, including:
- French conversation and pronunciation
- Communication and business French
- French language and culture
- English–French translation
- 20th century French literature
- Franco-Canadian literature
- Effective French writing
- An introduction to business French
- Business French in practice
- Francophone language and culture
- The cultural context of writing
- French for today
- French and new media
- 20th century and contemporary French theatre
- The Francophone short story
- The life and times of the French language
- French language teaching methods
Who Should Take This Certificate?
If you want to become proficient in spoken and written French, this certificate is the learning path for you.
Our program will give you ample opportunities to increase your professional qualifications, prepare for travel, and become a more informed citizen of Canada. Courses progress from beginner- to advanced-level and specialized courses.
Individual courses are designed to help you develop oral and written skills in French, and small classes provide maximum individual attention. If you do not want to take the full certificate, you may take individual courses for personal or professional needs.
Who Teaches the Courses?
Our French instructors are experienced and qualified, and they teach with your needs in mind. Many of them are faculty members in Ryerson University’s Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
Industry and Careers
Knowledge of French can widen your career opportunities in fields where bilingualism may be required or desired.
French language skills can lead to success in business or as part of a university degree. Whether you want to learn French for personal or business reasons, this certificate will give you the oral and written skills that meet your goals.
This certificate is comprised of degree-credit courses that you may potentially transfer towards an undergraduate degree program.
- 6 courses*
- Cumulative grade point average (GPA) 1.67+
*If you enter the certificate at a proficiency level below CFRE 501, you must successfully complete 6 courses. However, If granted advanced placement (through the placement assessment), you only need to complete 4 advanced level courses (CFRE 501 or higher) to fulfill the certificate requirements.
Recommended Course Sequence
Once you have taken our online placement assessment, you will have a very good idea where to start.
In general, you are advised to start with introductory courses and then progress to intermediate- and advanced-level courses. Once you have achieved a certain level, or if your placement results allow you to do so, you can move up to taking advanced-level courses. Once there, your course sequence does not matter as much. You could, for example, take CFRE 610 and then take CFRE 510 in a later semester.
If you have any questions about course sequence, contact Dr. Lara Popic, Academic Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Successful completion of Introductory French I (CFRE 101)
- With a minimum grade of C+
- Admission by placement assessment
You must complete our online placement assessment before enrolling in your first course. The results of this placement assessment will help determine which course you should enrol in first.
Awards and Financial Aid
Questions? Contact Dr. Lara Popic, Academic Coordinator.
Phone: 416-979-5000, ext. 4198