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Learning Methods
Students are gradually immersed in French language through in-class activities, songs and other media resources, interactive use and practice of pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar.

Major Focus
French is one of Canada’s official languages. Worldwide over 220 million people speak French on all the five continents. It is one of the most widely taught languages in the world.

The AC Difference
. Alexander College offers smaller class sizes and caring, hard-working and passionate instructors. Under their guidance, students learn to communicate and express themselves proficiently.

Career Outlook
An additional language can make it easier to find jobs across diverse sectors around the world including, industrial, aeronautics, entrepreneurial, research and government positions.

Course Descriptions

Select a course below to see full descriptions. (#) Indicates amount of credits per course.

FREN 100 French for Beginners I (3)

In this introductory course, students with little (less than Grade 11) or no previous French instruction will be introduced to beginner's French grammar and language skills, such as basic speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Students will also be exposed to French and Francophone cultures.

ENGL 097 or EASL 089

Transfers to:
UBC FREN 1st (3)
UVIC FRAN 1XX (1.5); ALEX FREN 100 (3) & ALEX FREN 101 (3) = UVIC FRAN 100 (3)
UNBC INTS 171 (3)
TRU FREN 1000 (3)

FREN 101 French for Beginners II (3)

This introductory course builds on basic French language skills equivalent to grade 11. Students will be introduced to additional beginner’s French grammar and various language skills, such as basic oral, listening, reading, and writing skills. Students will also be exposed to French and Francophone cultures.

ENGL 097 or EASL 089, FREN 11 (or equivalent), or FREN 100

Transfers to:
UBC FREN 102 (3)
UVIC FRAN 1XX (1.5); ALEX FREN 100 (3) & ALEX FREN 101 (3) = UVIC FRAN 100 (3)
UNBC INTS 172 (3)
TRU FREN 1010 (3)

Mélanie Ruffié


Mélanie Ruffié


Mélanie Ruffié has been teaching French for more than eight years including in the French Immersion Program in Trois-Pistoles, Québec.

She received a Master’s degree from the Western University in Ontario and is an examiner for the DELF/DALF exams.

She enjoys teaching, learning and exploring the world. Her teaching style promotes creativity, well-being and team building. She recently received her Pastry Diploma in Paris, France.

Arash Farzaneh


Arash Farzaneh


Arash Farzaneh is a language instructor who has been teaching English, French and German for over fifteen years.

He received his Master’s Degree in French Literature from the University of British Columbia and his TESL Certificate from International House Vancouver.

He is fluent in five languages and has lived and worked in Germany, Switzerland, and Mexico. Arash has taught EAP courses but is currently teaching French courses at Alexander College. He is mainly interested in philosophy, film, literature, and psychology.

Growth of Language-related Brain Areas after Foreign Language Learning

Mårtensson et al. 2012

La Didactique Du Français Oral Au Québec : Recherches

Bergeron, Réal, Lizanne Lafontaine, and Ginette Plessis-Bélair.

Actuelles Et Applications Dans Les Classes

Québec: Presses de l’Université du Québec, 2007.

Phraséologie Et Collocations : Approche Sur Corpus En Français L1 Et L2

Bolly, Catherine. Bruxelles: P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2011.

La Salle De Cours : Questions, Réponses Sur La Grammaire Française

Conenna, Mirella. Bern: Peter Lang, 2010.

Langue Et Culture Dans La Classe De Français : Une Analyse De Discours

Côté, Héloïse, and Denis Simard. Québec: Presses de l’Université Laval, 2007.

French Grammar: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Levels

Kendris, Christopher. Hauppauge, NY: Barrons Educational Series, 2011.

Langue, Citoyenneté Et Identité Au Québec

Oakes, Leigh, and Jane Warren. Québec [Que.]: Presses de l’Université Laval, 2009.

Structure Du Français Moderne : Introduction À L’analyse Linguistique

León, Pierre R., and Parth Bhatt. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2005.

Le Sens Grammatical : Référentiel À L’usage Des Enseignants

Raemdonck, Dan van, Lionel Meinertzhagen, and Marie Detaille. Bruxelles: P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2011.

Etudes De Sémantique Et Pragmatique Françaises

Rihs, Alain, and Louis de Saussure. Bern: Peter Lang, 2012.

Easy French Exercises

Rybak, Stephanie. Toronto: McGraw-Hill, 1996.

En français – Rapid Success in French for Beginners

Bendali, Marc, and Marie-Paule Mahoney. Toronto: McGraw-Hill, 2003. Print.

Colloquial French: The Complete Course for Beginners (Colloquial Series). 3rd ed

Moys, Alan, and Valerié Demouy. New York: Routledge, 2007. CD.

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