French - Upper Intermediate Level (B2) - Le français, langue universitaire

lfran1405  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

French - Upper Intermediate Level (B2) - Le français, langue universitaire
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
3 credits
30.0 h
Rassart Emmanuelle (coordinator);
To take this class, the student must :
  • Take the general course B2 LFRAN1401 during the same semester
  • OR take the ILV placement test B2 organised during the 1st week of each semester  and achieved a minimum mark of 14/20
  • OR having achieved previously a minimum mark of 10/20 on the general course B2 LFRAN1401
  • OR have a recent DALF B2 (maximum 1 year ago)
Any request for derogation should be made to the Head of French Department.
Main themes
The different subjects covered during the course are varied (human sciences, sciences, etc') and are adapted to the students' field of specialization. The IMMRID plan (Introduction, Material, Method, Results, Interpretation and Discussion) is used to the various subjects that have been chosen with the participants.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of this course, students are supposed to be able to:
  • write or give a clear, prepared text or presentation dealing with scientific issues
  • synthesise information and arguments from a number of scientific sources
  • express themselves clearly on a large number of subjects of their speciality of studies and express a critical opinion

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The study of scientific language as well as systematic drills give students a wide degree of autonomy (level B2).
Types of activities: specific writing,  write an article for Wikipédia, give an oral presentation on complex topics.
The intercultural dimension is approached  (the characteristics  of  scientific French vs other languages).

During the term, the group attend a public lecture that is followed by a debate.
Teaching methods
In this course, students are invited to invest the French language in the various situations students, teacher-researcher and/or PhD students encounter in their academic life (receptive and productive situations).

The course is conceived on the one hand as a seminar (discovery and collective construction of  knowledge) and as a more classical language course (linguistic and technical information given by the teacher).

Critical analysis  and its expression in French are developed.

The teacher is both expert and coach.
Evaluation methods
During the semester (50%):
  • Several written productions, includind an article for Wikipedia
  • Active participation to classes and outside-classroom activity
  • Several oral presentations
The examination programme (50%):
  • Oral exam: small group oral presentation (during the simulation of a conference)
  • Written exam: writing a short scientific paper
Other information
Opened to the non-francophone students enrolled at UCL as well as to the members of staff.
This course corresponds to B2 level of the common European Framework of reference

Class size: A group of  about 15 students.
The teacher is available during her office hours and can be contacted by e-mail.
Syllabus (en vente à l'ILV)
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] : Business Engineering

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : French as a Foreign Language

Master [120] in Management

Master [120] in Linguistics