Linguistics: Proficiency and Analysis of Standard French

lrom1111  2023-2024  Louvain-la-Neuve

Linguistics: Proficiency and Analysis of Standard French
5.00 credits
30.0 h + 15.0 h
Q1 and Q2
Delsaux Olivier (compensates Simon Anne-Catherine); Simon Anne-Catherine;
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. 
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is 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.
Teaching methods
- Lecture and pratice sessions.
- Possibility of individual monitoring (at the student's request).
Evaluation methods
Other information
Each student will acquire a dictionary and a reference grammar according to the bibliographic advice of the teacher.
Ouvrage de référence du cours :
GREVISSE, M., GOOSSE, A. Le bon usage. Grammaire française, Bruxelles, De Boeck-Duculot, 2016. 
Voir également bibliographie du cours sur Moodle.
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Minor in French Studies

Bachelor in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Bachelor in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures : General