Courses in French

The objective of French Immersion Stream is to help you become bilingual. By choosing to take some of your regular content courses, such as biology, history, and so forth, but in French, you will develop knowledge related to your field in both languages.

To find a course in French, add 400 to the course code. For example, if you are looking to take the French equivalent of PHI 1101 (Reasoning and Critical Thinking), add 400 and enrol in French-language course PHI 1501 (Raisonnement et pensée critique).

At uOttawa, nearly every course is offered in both French and English. These courses are bilingual equivalencies, so you may take some of your program courses in one language and some in the other while still meeting all your prerequisites. For example, if you take POL 1101 (an English course), this counts equally as the prerequisite for POL 2101 and POL 2501 (the English and French language versions of the same course—note the difference of 400 between them). This means that you may switch between English and French classes as you climb the course ladder for your program. C'est le bilinguisme, quoi!

Immersion courses

One of the greatest resources for immersion students is our unique repertoire of immersion courses (see below), which help you develop French skills directly relevant to your discipline.

Immersion courses are a combination of two different courses: a regular content course taught in French (history, economy, etc.) and an accompanying 90-minute language course.

A language professor attends the content course with you, and then teaches the language class to help you develop the French skills directly relevant to your field of study. This language support is offered in first- and second-year courses to help you lay the foundation for your future bilingual studies.

Three units are attributed for the content course in French and another three units for the accompanying language course, for a total of six units.

Content course

Accompanying language course

3 hours per week

3 units

1.5 hour per week

3 units


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The accompanying language courses (FLS 2581 and FLS 3581) are not compulsory, but are strongly recommended in your first and second year to help you build a strong foundation of French skills relevant to your discipline. Also, considering their small number of students (less than 25), these courses help to ease the transition from high school to university. The students also benefit from being among people that also know and understand the reality of immersion studies.

FLS 2581 – Comprehension: The goal of this course is to improve the students’ French comprehension abilities (listening and reading) and ensure that the student will understand the material presented in the regular content course taught in French. The students will work on exercises to help them acquire vocabulary and strengthen grammar, recognize the structure of oral and written texts, extract the main ideas and better understand the arguments.

FLS 3581 – Expression: The goal of this course is to develop the students’ writing and speaking skills, and give them the ability to express the concepts and ideas presented in the regular content course taught in French. The students will practice the different steps in writing an effective text, using specialized vocabulary, producing complex sentences and speaking easily and effectively about the subject matter of the course.

How to enrol in immersion courses

In order to enrol, you will need to carefully read the list of Immersion courses (see below). Use this list to find the course code of your regular content course taught in French and its corresponding language course.

  1. Pick a course offered with an immersion option from the main list. Be sure to enrol in the correct section (for example section A, B, etc.) of the content course, because not all sections have an accompanying language course. You can find this information on the Immersion course list.
  2. Next, enrol in the accompanying language course. It, too, will have a specific section. You must enrol in the language course you are eligible for, either FLS 2581 or FLS 3581. Refer to the results of your Immersion admission test to determine which one to take.
Course schedule Winter 2020

Winter 2020

Content courses

Content courses schedule

Accompanying language courses

Accompanying language courses schedule

ADM 2720-N00

Wednesday, 10:00-11:30
Friday, 8:30-10:00

FLS 3581-A300

Wednesday, 14:30-16:00

APA 1702-A00
Sociologie du sport et de l'activité physique au Canada

Wednesday, 16:00-17:30
Friday, 14:30-16:00

FLS 2581-AP10

Wednesday, 14:30-16:00

BIO 1540-A00
Intro à la biologie cellulaire

Monday, 11:30-13:00
Thursday, 13:00-14:30

FLS 2581-B200
FLS 2581-B500

Thursday, 8:30-10:00
Thursday, 11:30-13:00

BIO 1540-B00
Intro à la biologie cellulaire

Monday, 8:30-10:00
Thursday, 10:00-11:30

FLS 2581-B800

Monday, 10:00-11:30

CRM 1701-B00
Histoire du savoir criminologique

Tuesday, 13:00-14:30
Thursday, 11:30-13:00

FLS 2581-CR20

Tuesday, 11:30-13:00

DLS 1501-A00
Introduction à la didactique des langues secondes II

Thursday, 8:30-11:30

FLS 3581-D200

Thursday, 13:00-14:30

DRC 1706-A, B, ou C
Droit judiciaire I
Course reserved for certain programs only

Thursday, 8:30-11:30

FLS 3581-DR20

Wednesday, 10:00-11:30

DVM 2750-A00
Fondements de la pensée politique et sociale

Tuesday, 14:30-16:00
Friday, 16:00-17:30

FLS 3581-DV30

Friday, 14:30-16:00

ECO 1502-D00
Intro à la macroéconomie

Monday, 16:00-17:30
Wednesday, 14:30-16:00

FLS 2581-E100
FLS 2581-E600

Monday, 14:30-16:00
Wednesday, 13:00-14:30

GEG 2508-A00
Espaces sous tension

Monday, 13:00-14:30
Wednesday, 11:30-13:00

FLS 3581-G300

Wednesday, 13:00-14:30

HIS 1510-A00
Initiation à l'histoire globale

Tuesday, 11:30-13:00
Friday, 13:00-14:30

FLS 2581-H200

Tuesday, 10:00-11:30

HIS 1511-A00
Le monde au XXe siècle depuis 1945

Tuesday, 13:00-14:30
Thursday, 11:30-13:00

FLS 2581-H300

Tuesday, 14:30-16:00

HSS 2721-A00
Perspectives sociopolitiques et économiques de la santé

Monday, 13:00-14:30
Wednesday, 11:30-13:00

FLS 3581-HS30

Monday, 10:00-11:30

PHI 1502-A00
Raisonnement moral

Monday, 10:00-11:30
Wednesday, 8:30-10:00

FLS 2581-PH20

Monday, 11:30-13:00

PHI 1770-A00
Problèmes philosophiques liés aux soins de santé
Course reserved for certain programs only

Wednesday, 13:00-14:30
Friday, 11:30-13:00

FLS 2581-PH50

Wednesday, 14:30-16:00

POL 1502-B00
Politique et mondialisation

Wednesday, 13:00-14:30
Friday, 11:30-13:00

FLS 2581-P200
FLS 2581-P900

Wednesday, 10:00-11:30
Friday, 10:00-11:30

POL 2501-B00
Introduction à la politique canadienne

Tuesday, 11:30-13:00
Friday, 13:00-14:30

FLS 3581-P300

Tuesday, 14:30-16:00

PSY 1502-E00
Intro à la psychologie: applications

Tuesday, 13:00-14:30
Thursday, 11:30-13:00

FLS 2581-Y200

Thursday, 10:00-11:30

PSY 2505-C00
Développement de l'enfant

Monday, 11:30-13:00
Thursday, 13:00-14:30

FLS 3581-Y300

Thursday, 14:30-16:00

SOC 1501-D00
Éléments de sociologie

Monday, 13:00-14:30
Wednesday, 11:30-13:00

FLS 2581-S700
FLS 2581-S800

Monday, 14:30 - 16:00
Wednesday, 10:00-11:30


Accompanying language courses : FLS4581 and FLS4781

Third and fourth year students can choose to take the FLS4581 and FLS4781 courses. Both courses have been designed for advanced students enrolled in a variety of programs.

There are no corresponding content courses here: students must bring material from one of the level 3000 or 4000 content courses that they're taking in French (from the same semester as the one they are following the FLS4581 or FLS4781 course). Please note that these courses involve a 3-hour class per week and are worth 3 units.

FLS 4581 – Immersion autonome : communication et argumentation à l’oral en contexte universitaire

The goal of this course is to help students make presentations and take part in debates or panel discussions in relation to their content course. The course puts emphasis on correct linguistic forms and analyzing various models of oral communication which could be used in their field of study or in a general university context.

FLS 4781 – Immersion autonome : perfectionnement de l’écrit en contexte universitaire

In this course, students must write research reports and scientific papers in relation to their content course. The course puts emphasis on correct linguistic forms and analyzing various models of written communication which could be used in their field of study or in a general university context.

Please note that no assignment submitted during either of these courses can be submitted in content courses.

French-as-a-second language courses (FLS)

French-as-a-second-language (FSL) courses focus on French comprehension and language use, including grammar. They give you the skills you need to successfully complete your regular content courses in French.

The following FLS courses count toward your French immersion requirements. These courses may be taken as electives for your degree.

In deciding which courses to take, refer to your results, available at uOLangTest Portal  if you did the Immersion Admission Test and the Immersion Writing and Speaking Assessment, or in an email sent if you submitted a DELF.

Recommended FLS courses

  • FLS2513: Grammaire française pour étudiants en langue seconde : niveau intermédiaire
  • FLS2500 – Apprendre à apprendre
  • FLS2521 – Lire et écrire en français langue seconde (écrit)
  • FLS2522 – Écouter et parler en français langue seconde (oral)
  • FLS2772 – Mieux prononcer pour mieux communiquer en français langue seconde
  • FLS2731 – Compréhension de l’oral en français langue seconde : niveau avancé
  • FLS2741 – Mieux lire en français langue seconde
  • FLS2751 – Discutons-en
  • FLS2761 – Mieux écrire en français langue seconde
  • FLS2771 – Grammaire en contexte : interactions orales et écrites
  • FLS2791 – De la salle de classe à la communauté : apprentissage du français langue seconde par le bénévolat
  • FLS3751 – Français langue seconde et l'art de s'exprimer
  • FLS3761 – S'exprimer à l'écrit en français langue seconde en contexte
  • FLS3771 – La grammaire des textes en français langue seconde
  • FLS3773 – Le mot juste en français langue seconde
  • FLS3791– Technologies, Internet et médias sociaux en français langue seconde
  • FLS4774– Le français d'ici
  • FLS4775– Dimensions et compétences culturelles en français langue seconde. Bilingue et francophile pour la vie
  • FLS4776– Le français langue seconde et le monde du travail
  • FLS4791– Interagir en français langue seconde avec le monde qui nous entoure : actualité, loisirs et culture

French Studies Courses (FRE)

French Studies are French-culture courses designed for Anglophones, through which you will examine the literature, cinema and history of French cultures around the world. You will study written and other forms of expression in French, but not at the same level of intensity that you would encounter in a course designed for Francophones.

Complete list of FRE courses.

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