Lettres françaises

Our programs in lettres françaises offer a complete, diverse and thorough education involving the following: 

• Studying literature from France, Quebec, French-speaking Ontario and other communities of the francophonie
Using a number of critical and theoretical approaches, you will expand your understanding of cultural diversity, sharpen your critical thinking skills and enrich your oral and written expression. 

• Mastering the French language and, in particular, French composition
Specialized courses give you the tools to improve your syntax, enrich your vocabulary and polish your style. Other courses give you theoretical knowledge as well as practical experience with writing tools and writing and publishing methods used in many work settings, including educational institutions, businesses, the public service, public relations agencies and the media. As sought after as it is rare, a mastery of French is a real asset when looking for a job. 

• Developing your flair for creative writing 
Workshops led by writers-in-residence and professor writers help you improve your own writing and enhance your creativity. 

What's more, the University of Ottawa's Département de français is one of the very few university departments in Canada to offer both a master's and a PhD in creative writing.



The Faculty of Education’s formation à l'enseignement program, which can be taken full or part time, leads to a Bachelor of Education. It prepares candidates to teach in French-language Ontario elementary and high schools. The preparation for those who wish to teach in elementary schools is of a generalist nature, while the preparation for those who wish to teach in high schools is more specialized. Each option has different academic requirements and admission procedures.

Basic teacher education is the first step for those who wish to become teachers. The link between theory and practice, central to the program, is articulated through alternating, coordinated periods in academic and classroom settings.   In keeping with the University’s mission to serve the Franco-Ontarian community, the Faculty is open to increasingly diverse values, needs and teaching practices, while encouraging reflection on this minority-language community.

The formation à l'enseignement program complies with regulations concerning designation as an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT).

This program is offered in French only. 

The integrated lettres françaises et éducation programs meet teacher candidates’ needs by closely combining education in a discipline with teacher training. Right from first year, you learn concepts in pedagogy while receiving a solid grounding in French. What’s more, you complete your first practicum in a school in fourth year, enabling you to understand issues in teaching and bridging your theoretical knowledge of two disciplines and classroom practice.

For Bachelor of Education requirements, see the Faculty of Education calendar.

Grade levels and corresponding divisions:


  • If you plan to teach in a secondary school, you must take at least 12 units in a second discipline corresponding to a subject you will teach.

To remain in the BEd program, you must pass a French language proficiency test administered by the Faculty of Education before Formation à l'enseignement courses begin, that is, before the start of third year. All students enrolled in the BA/BEd program must write a formative French test to identify any weaknesses, receive personalized feedback and address any issues before the formal proficiency test.

  • Students admitted into first year must write the formative test in March of their first year. The proficiency test takes place in March of their second year.
  • Students admitted into second year must write the formative test in September. The proficiency test takes place in March of that same year as well.

The Faculty will email you to invite you to register for the test in a timely fashion. Until then, you must continue to improve your grammar and writing skills. (For suggestions on courses that can improve your French skills, please contact the Chair of the Département de français undergraduate studies committee.)

If you are admitted into one of the integrated lettres françaises et éducation programs, you must follow the regulations of the two faculties (Arts and Education).

Special admission conditions: You can only be admitted on a full-time basis and to the first or second year of the program.

3 course units from:3 Units
Raisonnement et pensée critique
Philosophie : idées et arguments
3 course units from:3 Units
Initiation aux études interdisciplinaires en Arts 1
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study in the Arts 1
Raisonnement moral
Les grandes questions philosophiques
Les grands philosophes
Philosophie : thèmes et textes
FRA 1746Littérature française: des origines au XVIIIe siècle 23 Units
FRA 1748Littératures française et québécoise : du XIXe siècle à nos jours 23 Units
FRA 2545Littérature et culture de l'Ontario français3 Units
FRA 2715La littérature pour la jeunesse3 Units
FRA 2730Le théâtre3 Units
FRA 2740La poésie3 Units
FRA 2780Le récit3 Units
FRA 2789Comprendre les rouages de la grammaire3 Units
FRA 3759Histoire de la langue française3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Le Moyen Âge
Le classicisme
La Renaissance
Le siècle des Lumières
3 course units from:3 Units
Le romantisme
Le symbolisme
Le réalisme
Le surréalisme
3 course units from:3 Units
Littératures francophones d'Afrique et des Antilles
La poésie moderne
Théâtres de la francophonie canadienne
Le roman français de la première moitié du XXe siècle
Le roman français contemporain
Le théâtre français contemporain
Le roman québécois de 1900 à 1970
Le roman québécois depuis 1970
6 optional course units at the 4000 level in lettres françaises (FRA)6 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Réalités scolaires actuelles
La relation pédagogique
La problématique de l'enseignement de la langue française en milieu minoritaire en Ontario
École, famille et communauté
Bachelor of Education courses (60 units) 360 Units
One option from the following:69 Units
Option 1:
Add a major with 42 course units
27 elective course units
Add a minor with 30 course units
39 elective course units
Total: 180 Units