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Faculty List

University Professor Emeritus 
B.T. Fitch, BA, D 3e C (T) 

Professor Emeriti 
C. Bertrand-Jennings, LsL, Ph D (University of Toronto Scarborough) 
P.A.R. Bouissac, LsL, DES, D Phl (V) 
N. Boursier, DES, CAPES, D 3e C (U) 
D. Clandfield, MA, D 3e C (N) 
C. Cloutier-Wojciechowska, LsL, DES, MA, M Ph, DPS, DUP (University of Toronto Mississauga) 
P. Collet, AM, Ph D (SM) 
D. de Kerckhove, MA, Ph D (SM) 
L.E. Doucette, BA, Ph D (University of Toronto Scarborough) 
A.G. Falconer, MA, D 3e C (U) 
P. Fitting, MA, Ph D (N) 
C.M. Grisé, MA, Ph D(SM) 
E.A. Heinemann, MA, Ph D (N) 
E.M. Kushner, MA, Ph D (V) 
E. Lehouck, AGR ESS, D Phl (U) 
M.M. Léon, LsL, DES, D 3e C (V) 
M. Lord, MA, Ph D (University of Toronto Mississauga)
P. Martin, IRAL BR, D 3e C, D Sc A (SM) 
N. Maury, LenD, D 3e C (T) 
J.A. McClelland, MA, Ph D (V) 
P.W. Nesselroth, MA, Ph D (U) 
W.A. Oliver, MA, D 3e C (T) 
M. O'Neill-Karch, MA, D U Honoris Causa (WW) 
P.J.G.O. Perron, BA, D 3e C (U) 
H.G. Schogt, MA, Ph D (U) 
D.W. Smith, BA, Ph D (V) 
R.A. Taylor, MA, Ph D (V) 
C.D.E. Tolton, AM, Ph D (I, V) 
H.H. Weinberg, MA, Ph D (University of Toronto Mississauga) 
T.R. Wooldridge, BA, D 3e C (T)

Professor and Chair of the Department 
P. Michelucci, MA, Ph D (University of Toronto Mississauga) (until June 30, 2017)

Associate Chair, Graduate Studies 
B. Havercroft, MA, Ph D (V) (until June 30, 2017)

Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies 
J. Steele MA, Ph D (SM) (until June 30, 2017) 

Professors 
C. Elkabas, MA, Ph D (University of Toronto Mississauga) 
J. LeBlanc, MA, Ph D (V) 
R.J. Le Huenen, LsL, DES, D Phl (V) 
P. Michelucci, MA, Ph D (University of Toronto Mississauga) 
J. Paterson, MA, Ph D (I) 
Y. Roberge, MA, Ph D (SM) 
A. Tcheuyap, MA, Ph D (SM) 

Associate Professors 
A.-M. Brousseau, MA, Ph D (SM) 
B. Havercroft, MA, Ph D (V) 
G. Holtz, MA, D 3e C (V) 
D. Kullmann, MA, Ph D (SM) 
S. Mittler, MA, Ph D (University of Toronto Scarborough) 
A. Motsch, MA, Ph D (V) 
J. Ndayiragije, MA, Ph D (University of Toronto Scarborough) 
E. Nikiema, MA, Ph D (University of Toronto Mississauga) 
M. Pirvulescu, MA, Ph D (University of Toronto Mississauga) 
Y. Portebois, MA, Ph D (SM) 
P. Riendeau, MA, Ph D (University of Toronto Scarborough) 
J. Steele, MA, Ph D (SM) 

Associate Professors, Teaching Stream 
C. Beauquis, MA, Ph D (University of Toronto Scarborough) 
J. English, MA, Ph D (University of Toronto Scarborough) 
C. Evans, MA, Ph D (University of Toronto Mississauga) 
K. McCrindle, MA, Ph D (University of Toronto Scarborough) 
F. Mugnier-Manfredi, MA, Ph D (University of Toronto Scarborough) Emerita 
G. Paray, MA, Ph D (SM) 
S. Sacré, MA, Ph D (OH)
M. Tsimenis, MA, Ph D (University of Toronto Scarborough) 
M.-A. Visoi, MA, Ph D (SM) 

Assistant Professors 
J. Cahill, MA, Ph D (I) 
S. Drouin, MA, Ph D (University of Toronto Scarborough) 
F. Hamlaoui, MA, Ph  D
M.-P. Lory, L ès L., M ès L., Ph D (University of Toronto Mississauga) 
A. Takam, MA, Ph D (SM) 
P. Thériault, MA, Ph D (SM) 

Assistant Professors, Teaching Stream 
R. Hong, MA, Ph D (University of Toronto Mississauga) 

Lecturers 
P. Bessler, MA, Ph D (OH) 
P. Bovy, MA, Ph D (SM) 

Introduction

French is not only one of the official languages of Canada:  it is also one of the world’s major international languages. Courses in French studies provide a varied, flexible, and in-depth examination of the French language and the multitude of cultures that it serves. The skills and knowledge acquired will lay the groundwork for careers in teaching, journalism, translation, publishing, and government service as well as research in a variety of fields. In the Canadian job market, command of the French language is a definite asset. The Department offers students an integrated curriculum, which brings together courses in language, didactics, linguistics, literature, and French culture. Unless specified otherwise, the language of instruction of all courses is French.

 

Overview of French Programs

The Department offers three majors (French Language Learning, Lnguistics, Literature) and two minors (French as a Second Language, French Studies). Programs in Linguistics and Literature can also be taken as specialist programs.

Majors

French Language Learning (FRE): The 200-level mandatory course FRE225Y1 introduces students to second language teaching methodology. Courses at the 300 and 400 levels expand upon this, focusing on communicative teaching approaches, the role of culture in the second language classroom, and teaching to younger learners. Students are also provided with a background in applied linguistics in the areas of bilingualism, second language acquisition, and sociolinguistics.

What can I do with a program in French Language Learning?  Career paths include:

  • provincial and federal government civil service
  • language teaching
  • media, public relations, journalism, publishing, editing, copywriting, technical writing
  • bilingual customer service

Linguistics (FRE): 200-level mandatory courses initiate students into the analysis of contemporary French and its historical development. 300-level courses break the discipline of linguistic analysis into its chief component parts. 400-level courses initiate students to research in a variety of areas including formal linguistics, bilingualism, second language acquisition, and language contact.

What can I do with a program in French Linguistics? Possible career paths include:

  • provincial and federal government civil service
  • health professions such as speech pathology, speech therapy, audiology
  • language teaching
  • computer applications in speech & text recognition, programming
  • media, public relations, journalism, publishing, editing, copywriting, technical writing
  • bilingual customer service

Literature (FRE): 200-level mandatory courses introduce students to concepts, methodologies, and critical tools elaborated vis-à-vis further literature and theory and that serve as the framework for other literature courses dedicated to the history of French literature and its cultural and social contexts. 300-level courses encourage students to explore sophisticated primary and secondary sources from disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. 400-level courses initiate students to research. The actual content of most 400-level courses varies considerably according to the instructor. Students should consult the French Studies Undergraduate brochure (www.french.utoronto.ca/undergraduate) for content specific to a given year.

What can I do with a program in French Literature?  Possible career paths include:

  • provincial and federal government civil service
  • language teaching
  • media, public relations, journalism, publishing, editing, copywriting
  • library and information sciences
  • foreign services/affairs, international development
  • bilingual customer service

Minors

French as a Second Language (FSL): The FSL program is designed to accommodate the widest range of previous learning experiences and particular interests of students. Emphasis is placed on both written and spoken language; at higher levels, half-courses allow for specialized study of one or the other.

What can I do with a program in French as a Second language? Career paths include:

  • provincial and federal government civil service including as a bilingual immigration or customs officer
  • private sector positions as a bilingual customer service agent or flight attendant

French Cultural Studies (FCS): Courses on French and Francophone culture, taught in English, may be used to fulfil distribution/breadth requirements.

Important policies re French as a Second Language (FSL) courses

The following policies must be respected when registering for French courses. Failure to do so may result in students being automatically withdrawn by the Department from the course in which they are registered:

1) Determining the appropriate level of your first French course: The Department places students in the language course appropriate to their level of linguistic competence based on the results of its Placement Test.  Given that 100, 200, 300 and 400-level FSL courses correspond to levels of competence in French and not to years of study, a student may be recommended to enroll in a course at a higher level than his/her year of study. The Placement Test, available at www.lang.utoronto.ca/placement/french, is mandatory for all students who wish to register in an FRE or FSL course for the first time (except true beginners with no knowledge of French who may enroll directly in FSL100H1). The Test can be taken only ONCE and the results of the first test will prevail in the event of multiple attempts.  Ideally, the Placement Test should be taken in the term preceding the one in which students wish to register in (e.g., for a course starting in September, students should take the Placement Test in the summer term, prior to their registration date on ACORN and before the beginning of classes). Please allow three to five working days to obtain your test results.

2) Sequencing: Students are reminded that they must take FSL courses in the appropriate sequencing (100>200>300>400). In particular,

  • If placed at a higher level than FSL221Y1 by the Placement Test, students registered in a major programme must take FSL271H1 before any FSL300 or 400-level course.
  • Students currently registered in or having completed FSL321Y1FSL375Y1 or any 400-level FSL course cannot take  FSL362H1FSL363H1, and FSL364H1.

3) Auditing: No auditing is allowed in FSL courses.

Study Abroad Options for Students wishing to Study French in Other Universities including those in Quebec or Europe

Study Elsewhere Program: In order to be permitted to participate in this program, a student must satisfy the following requirements: have 1) an overall average of at least 70% in courses completed in second year; and 2) an average of 70% in at least two French (FRE) courses required in a Major or Specialist program.  Information on these programs and on the Second Language Summer Program is available on-line at french.utoronto.ca/undergraduate/information/study_elsewhere.

French Department Study Abroad in Nice, France: The Department of French at the University of Toronto, in collaboration with other Canadian universities, offers a third-year abroad program to study at the University of Nice. Students spend a full academic year in France (September to May), and may receive up to 5.0 credits towards their degree (2.0 of credits are taught by the Canadian professor in charge of the program and up to 3.0 credits may be taken from the regular University of Nice offerings). Students pay regular University of Toronto tuition fees and remain UofT students.

In order to participate, students must 1) be enrolled in a French program (Specialist, Major or Minor); 2) have a minimum GPA of 2.50; 3) have at least a B (70%) average in all courses completed in the year preceding their participation in the program; and 4) have completed at least FSL221Y (with a minimum grade of 63%) or equivalent. At least 1.0 FRE 200-level course is preferred.

St. George students apply by submitting the online form to the Centre for International Experience http://www.cie.utoronto.ca/Going/Apply/Online-Application.htm. UTM and UTSC students apply through their own International Student Centre.

Transfer Credits

  • For FSL Courses:

Students may apply for transfer credits for language courses taken at any accredited or degree-granting university in Canada or abroad; this is done, through the Office of the Faculty Registrar.  In order to be recommended for transfer credits, students should arrange, before returning to Toronto, for the university in which the course(s) were taken to send an official transcript of their results directly to the address indicated on their Letter of Permission (if they have one) or to the Office of the Faculty Registrar.

As soon as possible after completion of the course and before enrolling in any FSL or FRE course at UofT, students must take the Placement Test at the Department of French.  In order to receive a transfer credit, students must qualify for entry into the next language course above the level of the one for which they desire credit. Students must enroll in the course recommended by the Placement Test results.  Therefore, students who enroll in a course before taking the Placement Test, do so at their own risk. Students should call 416-926-2302 or write to french.secretary@utoronto.ca to book an appointment to write the test at the Department of French.

  • For FRE Courses:

Transfer credits for studies in areas other than language may be requested directly upon return through the Office of the Faculty Registrar and will be processed in the normal way. It is recommended that a Letter of Permission be requested through the Office of the Faculty Registrar well in advance of departure from Toronto. Students are reminded that only courses taken at accredited universities or degree-granting institutions will be considered for credit.

Exclusions and prerequisites: Students must abide by all requirements stated in the exclusions and prerequisites to register in a course. Students who do not have the prerequisites for a given course must obtain the permission of the Department prior to registration. The Department will assess the students’ admissibility to the course in consultation with the instructor. For FSL courses, exclusions ensure that students follow the best progression in language learning.

Further Information: The French Studies Undergraduate Brochure, available online at www.french.utoronto.ca/undergraduate, contains more detailed information concerning the courses and programs listed below.

Associate Chair, Undergraduate: Room 227, Odette Hall, 50 St. Joseph St., 416-926-2312; french.undergradchair@utoronto.ca

Undergraduate Counsellor: Room 226, Odette Hall, 50 St. Joseph st., 416-926-2333, french.undergraduate@utoronto.ca

General Enquiries: Room 210, Odette hall, 50 St. Joseph St., 416-926-2302, french.secretary@utoronto.ca