French Language & Phonetics - B2 High Advanced
Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne
Area of Study
French, Phonetics and Phonology
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits10
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units15
Hours & Credits
This training is intended for an audience of young adults and adults who have already completed a course of about 360 hours of FFL and who wish
develop their French language skills.
DESCRIPTIVE OF THE TRAINING:
Practical classes: 120 hours (2 hours daily from Monday to Friday)
Phonetics course: 30 hours (1 hour per day from Monday to Friday every other week)
These courses prepare for the CCFS French Language Certificate (indexed on B2).
GENERAL OBJECTIVES OF THE TRAINING:
This training aims to acquire both the functional dimension of language learning (we speak for ...) and its dimension
relational and intellectual (we talk about ... and with ...). The learner will communicate and interact in everyday situations of life
(write an administrative letter for example) but also express ideas, opinions, feelings
It focuses on:
- The oral and written comprehension of complex texts on various subjects
- Oral and written communication in situations of everyday life (inform and inquire, make complaints
or express appreciation, etc.)
- Oral and written descriptions of current or past events, current or past activities and personal experiences
on various topics ranging from autobiographical to sociocultural or geopolitical (giving information about oneself, about one's
The literary corpus familiarizes students with a series of great texts and introduces them to critical reading.
EDUCATIONAL APPROACH RETAINED:
Communicative approach focused on learning and deepening the structures of the language. The grammatical axis is privileged
to develop the four skills.
Continuous control / 20: classroom tests (grammar questions, dictations, written productions, written comprehension, comprehension
oral and oral production)
Final Exam / 80:
- written / 40: grammar questions (/ 20), written comprehension (/ 10), written expression (/ 10)
- oral / 40: individual oral (/ 10), detailed comprehension on sound document (/ 10), phonetic note (continuous control / 20).
Edito B2 (3rd edition), Hachette
Documents (sound, visual and written)
Exercise book and exercises created by the teacher
Four texts of the Anthology of French literature (Belin), for the final individual oral + four texts chosen by the teacher
Literary history: chronology of the great literary movements, biography of the authors
Phonetic progression developed by teachers of applied linguistics.
COMMUNICATIVE OBJECTIVES (oral and written skills): selection to be made according to the needs of the
group-class and / or method used
- To identify the principal ideas of a text to the 1st listening or to the 1st reading: to find the thread, the cultural references,
the speaker's or author's involvement
- Use the context to understand the meaning of poorly understood expressions (spoken and written) and speech-language skills
- React in writing and orally in a personal (and relevant) way to social issues
- Participate appropriately in debates or conversations about social issues by providing information and
- Write a summary. Rephrase oral or written information in a short written text
- Differentiate the cited facts from the opinions expressed by the speakers or authors.
- Introduction to literary analysis: to situate the texts in their socio-historical context and to comment on them.
ACTIVITIES LINKED TO THESE OBJECTIVES:
Spontaneous and directed production: exchanges of information relating to everyday life, narrating a story in a way
consistent, effectively arguing, ten-minute presentations on a cultural, tourism, artistic or literary topic
Interaction: role plays (groups of 2 to 4 students): ask and provide information, job interviews, accept a
project, debates of ideas, etc.
Comprehension: work on documents read (poems, literary texts) or listened to (semi-authentic audio documents - texts and
manual sound documents, songs, etc.)
Production and interaction: quality of performance (understanding of instructions, structures and vocabulary adapted to the advanced level,
mastery of different language levels, phonetic correction)
Comprehension: verification of the overall or detailed comprehension of a sound document according to lexical objectives (discovery,
recognition, hypotheses on meaning) and linguistics (structural markings)
Production: written expression exercises (appropriation of grammar points and reuse of thematic vocabulary):
Hole drills, re-employment exercises, questions and answers, multiple choice questions, substitution exercises (present / past, subordinate / groups)
nominal, etc.), creativity exercises, free production
Writing in groups of short texts on a theme (free and semi-guided work)
Duties of written expression: subjects of argumentation or writing of invention, letters of motivation and resignation, comments of a
quote, a short text, literary explanations of a poem, etc.
Comprehension: work on documents read in groups or individually with identification of semantic and syntactic indices
to make assumptions about the meaning
Exercises of literal comprehension: systematic study of the vocabulary of literary texts
Reading exercises of the manual (multiple choice questions and answers to be written) and various documents
Production: verification of the understanding of the set point, the overall performance, the level structures, the lexicon
Comprehension: Verification of comprehension (overall and / or detailed) and interpretation of information in a document.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.