What is French?

French is one of Canada’s official languages. Alongside English and many Indigenous languages, it is spoken all over Canada. It is also the official language of some countries in the Americas, Europe and Africa.

About this Textbook

This textbook offers a brief introduction to French language, covering topics from saying hello to food, designed with the needs of post-secondary students in Canada in mind. This book is an Open Educational Resource (OER), which can be used and adapted free of charge.

Accessibility Statement

Please review Conestoga College’s Accessibility Statement for OER Projects.

About the Author

Rita M. Palacios, PhD is a language professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Conestoga College. She teaches Spanish and sometimes French, and is an advocate of Open Educational Resources. Her work includes research on Indigenous literatures and cultures from Abyiayala with a focus on Mesoamerica.

Land Acknowledgment

The author acknowledges that she lives and works on the territory known as the Haldimand Tract, land that was granted to the Haudenosaunee of the Six Nations of the Grand River, and on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabe, and Haudenosaunee peoples.


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Introduction to French (2nd ed.) Copyright © 2017 by Rita Palacios and Edited by Michelle Schwartz is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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