Fundamentals of French Writing Skills


The language of instruction is French

This workshop focuses on writing well-structured sentences using appropriate verb tenses, prepositions and agreement rules, while avoiding common anglicisms. If you need to review essential French grammatical structures and vocabulary, we strongly suggest that you first register for the workshop Essentials of French Grammar.

The program French Writing Skills for Anglophones provides excellent preparation for those wishing to take the Federal Government's B or C French language proficiency tests.



  • Use of the subjunctive to convey a need, a wish or a possibility
  • Use of “si” to describe future projects, formulate hypotheses or describe conditions
  • Review of the agreement of past participles without and with an auxiliary verb
  • Agreement of past participles in the case of pronominal verbs
  • Use of the right prepositions
  • Widespread false cognates and other anglicisms to avoid in professional writing
  • Valuable writing tools (print and electronic)



  • Those who are already familiar with the rudiments of French grammar and want to improve their French writing skills.



18 hours



  • $1425 (plus tax)

Featured Instructor

Catherine Mareschal, Ph.D., has solid experience teaching French writing skills to Francophones and Anglophones at colleges, universities, and government institutions. She delivers training for the program French Writing Skills for Anglophones, as well as for the workshops Français au travail I & II and Le mot juste for Francophones. A translator by training, Catherine provides translation and revision services to various health care and educational research institutions.


This is the best French grammar class I have ever taken. I have a certain grasp of grammar and this level of instruction was excellent, as was the pace of the instruction. The instructor is extremely competent and helpful. It is not easy to explain grammar, but she provides excellent examples which ensure student comprehension.  


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P00742302AFundamentals of French Writing Skills2/21/20233/1/2023WinterIn PersonRegister to Event