hi aska! i took the language placement test for french and it told me to enrol in FSL221Y, however, I’m going into my first year of university and I’m a bit nervous about taking a higher level course. Any advice?
if you took the test and you’ve been placed in FSL221Y, that’s the one you should probably take. language competency is a bit weird – it doesn’t fit neatly into the academic levels prescribed by the university. a first-year student who’s spoken french all their life is at a much higher level than a fourth year who’s only been speaking it for a couple of years.
SO, if your language competency in french is at a second-year level and all your other courses are 100-levels, i wouldn’t be too concerned about it.
however, keep the drop date for Y courses in mind. if you start the course and feel that it’s too difficult for you, you can always drop it before the deadline and enrol in another french course.
you also may want to speak with the french department about how easy it is to downgrade from FSL221Y1 to a 100-level course, just so you know how the process works just in case you decide to go for it.