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Welcome to FREN 101. On this site, you will find basic documentation for the course. The most up-to-date official version will always be that on this present site.



Du 13 au 17 mars 2017

20 au 24 mars 2017


Where and when is my class?

Where and when is the lab / laboratory?

Who is my instructor?

How do I contact them?

Where is the syllabus?

What materials do I need for this course?

How do I set up and use the online (iLrn) course materials?

Whom should I contact for further questions, support, and troubleshooting about iLrn exercises?

What assignments do I have and when are their due dates?

What will be on the final exam?

I think I’m entitled to an accommodated exam, or to exam accommodations?


Is FREN 101 the right course for my level and requirements?

I have already done some French: which course would be more appropriate for me?

How do I find out what level my French is at?

Do you take auditors?

What can and should I do if a class/section is full?


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Further questions, uncertainties, comments, other issues throughout the term:

  • Email: juliet.obrien@ubc.ca
    —She reads her email at least twice a day during usual working hours: that is, Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. She usually replies by the next working day—if you email between a Friday evening and a Sunday evening: then Monday—and sooner if the matter is urgent.
    NB: Please include your course information—ex. “FREN 101-921″—in your email subject-line; otherwise your email will go to “junk” rather than a filtered priority folder.
  • Office hours:
    —Winter 2016 term 2: Tuesday 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Office:
    —Buchanan Tower 728


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Thanks to:
The Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies; and UBC.
Joël Chauvin for technical and creative support.
Special thanks to previous co-ordinators of FREN 101 & 102: Jocelyne Baverel, Jacques Bodolec, and Maryse Duggan. The present incarnation of FREN 101 & 102 builds on their work; their approaches and ideas are integral to it and remain integrated within it.

Consulting contributions from instructors (2011-), lab monitors (2013-), and research assistants (2015-):
Joanna Alexis, Ignace Ankomah, Behnaz Arabian, Hananeh Arandi, Vanessa Archambault, Sylvia Bascou de Vallarino, Steven Bealle, Mélanie Bennett, Magali Blanc, Jacques Bodolec, Liza Bolen, Pooja Booluck, Camille Chaillou, Deanna Chan, Jason Cyr, Grace Donovan, Monika Edinger, Sara Emami, Desiree Fa, Destinee Fa, Han Fei, Luc Fotsing, Brianne Fenrich, Brittany Glenn, Arezou Hashemi, Eleanor Hoskins, Ben Huberman, Mary Kazuko Hikosaka, Massoumeh Khaleghi, Marie-Gérald Jean, Line Lavoie, Farah Leplat, Michelle Levit, Bridget McCartin, Niall Mann, Anne-Claire Marpeau, Robert Miller, Yoonbin Min, Marie-Claire Mushiya, Liza Navarro, Michael O’Hagan, Susa Oñate, Stéphanie Palisse, Chantal Phan, Thalia Platis, Arielle Prele, Mariantonia Ramogida, Karen Roy, Carl Ruest, Sarah Shamash, Molleen Shilliday, Dorian Simonneaux, Sinead Sprigg, Simida Sumandea, Marilyse Turgeon-Solis, Cristina Uroni, Marie Vondracek, Xuebing Xu, Wenyan Yang, Maryse Zeidler.

Monet nymphéas Giverny

Claude Monet, Water lilies and Japanese bridge (Giverny); oil on canvas, 1897-99.
Princeton University Art Museum.
Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Other images around the site: Jean-Michel Folon (1934-2005). For more of his works, see inter alia the Fondation Folon and Folon-art.

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