Linguistics: Proficiency and Analysis of Standard French

lrom1111  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Linguistics: Proficiency and Analysis of Standard French
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.
5 credits
30.0 h + 15.0 h
Q1 and Q2
Main themes
The course aims to develop the mastery of French grammar and orthography in their current standards. It trains  professionals in the French language, who have both a technical mastery of the norm and a capacity for critical reflection on the creation, diffusion and development of this norm. The understanding and good use of reference works (grammars and dictionaries) form part of this learning process. 

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

By the end of the course, students will be able to :
¿ master the  standard spelling of a list of frequently used French words (5,000 to 6,000 words); 
¿ outline the characteristic features of the French writing system and situate them within a historical and critical perspective;
¿ master the morphology of the verb and all rules of agreement for verbs, nouns and adjectives;
¿ distinguish and name classes of words and identify through analysis what functions these classes are able to perform in simple sentences;
¿ analyse the constituent parts of complex sentences;
¿ understand and apply in a systematic fashion the rules of prescriptive grammar;
¿ develop critical thinking on the norm and its application.

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”.
Evaluation methods
Continuous assessment by means of multiple-choice questionnaires. First semester test: 20% of final mark. Second semester test: 20% of final mark. June test: 60% of final mark. In the event of a resit examination, the final mark will be that of the resit. In each assessment, a pass mark (10/20) corresponds to a minimum of 80% correct answers. In the eventuality of a justified absence at a partial test (1st and 2st semester), the final mark will be the arithmetical mean of the tests effectively achieved.
Other information
Grammaires de référence du cours :
• SIMON (A.-C.) et FAIRON (C.) Le petit bon usage de la langue française, Bruxelles, De Boeck, 2018.
• GREVISSE (M.) et GOOSSE (A.), Le bon usage. Grammaire française, Bruxelles, De Boeck, 2016.
• GREVISSE (M.) et GOOSSE (A.), Nouvelle grammaire française, Bruxelles, De Boeck, 1995. 
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Bachelor in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Bachelor in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Minor in French Studies