French Language Self Assessment

French at the University of Toronto Scarborough 

The Centre for French and Linguistics offers French courses in pedagogy, linguistics, culture, translation, literature, and language practice. If you are enrolling in a language practice course as part of your program requirement or for elective purposes, it is important you enroll in the course appropriate for the level of French you currently hold.

The statements below reflect the majority of scenarios students present to us with respect to their current level of French. Please find the scenario that closest relates to you and enroll in the appropriate course on ROSI/ACORN when the enrollment period opens.

Which statement best describes you?

You should enroll in:

I have received absolutely no formal education in French and I do not speak a word of French

FREA96H3

I have completed Grade 9 core French

FREA97H3

I have completed Grade 10 core French

FREA98H3

I have completed Grade 11 core French

FREA99H3

I have completed Grade 12 core French

FREA01H3

I have completed Grade 9, 10, or 11 French Immersion or Extended French

FREA01H3

I have taken a CEFR-based proficiency exam (like the DELF or the TCF) and I am certified at the international A1 level

FREA01H3

I have completed up to Grade 12 French Immersion or Extended French

FREB01H3

I have taken a CEFR-based proficiency exam (like the DELF or the TCF) and I am certified at the international A2 level

FREB01H3

I do not speak French at home, but I have completed my schooling in a Francophone School up to Grade 12

FREC01H3

I speak French at home with my family, but I did not do my schooling in a Francophone school

FREC01H3

I have taken a CEFR-based proficiency exam (like the DELF or the TCF) and I am certified at the international B1 level

FREC01H3

I was raised in a Francophone country, I speak French at home and I and did my schooling (Kindergarten to Grade 12, or the equivalent) in a Francophone school

FRED01H3

I have taken a CEFR-based proficiency exam (like the DELF or the TCF) and I am certified at the international B2, C1 or C2 level

Please contact the Associate Director for assistance (jeri.english@utoronto.ca)

 

Students’ proficiency in all language practice courses is carefully monitored throughout the term. If the course instructor feels that your proficiency is not appropriate for the level of the class (whether too high or too low), they can request you be removed from the course and placed in a higher or lower level.  

Please be truthful when assessing yourself and determining what language practice course you should enroll in. Misleading the Centre and enrolling in a course lower than your current level of comprehension can be deemed an academic offence.

CEFRL (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

Some students may know what their CEFRL level is if they have taken a proficiency exam (at the Alliance française, for example, or at another approved test centre). Below is a helpful chart that shows what each CEFRL level is equivalent to at UTSC, followed by a suggestion of which level students should enroll in. This information is also reflected in the previous chart. 

Students possessing this CEFRL level…

Have this level of French (UTSC course equivalent)…

And should enroll in

A1

NA

FREA01H3

A2

FREA02H3

FREB01H3

B1

FREB02H3

FREC01H3

B2

FRED01H3

Please contact the Associate Director for assistance (jeri.english@utoronto.ca)

Helpful notes about French language practice courses at UTSC

  1. Enrollment in the introductory courses, FREA96H3, FREA97H3, FREA98H3 and FREA99H3, is initially reserved for students in the Management and International Business (MIB) program, the Specialist or Major in Linguistics, or the Specialist Coop in International Development studies (Arts or Science), as these programs have a language requirement built into the program. Consequently, enrollment will open to these program students first. Enrollment will open to students in other programs only if space allows.
     
  2. FREA96H3, FREA97H3, FREA98H3 and FREA99H3 cannot be used as a program requirement towards any French program (the Specialist, Major, or Minor).
     
  3. If you are pursuing a Specialist, Major, or Minor in French, and the chart suggests you start at a higher level course than FREA01H3 based on your self-assessment, please make an appointment with the Associate Director (jeri.english@utoronto.ca) to discuss which courses can be substituted for the language practice courses you will not need to take.
     
  4. Courses must be taken in sequence- students cannot enroll in a higher level course (ie: FREC01H3) and then take a lower level course (ie: FREB02H3) after.