French - Treshold level (B1) - Pronunciation and speaking techniques

lfran1303  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

French - Treshold level (B1) - Pronunciation and speaking techniques
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
Q1 or Q2
Rassart Emmanuelle (coordinator);
To take this class, the student must be enrolled at the same semester in the general course LFRAN 1301, or having achieved previously a minimum mark of 10/20 on the course LFRAN1301.
Any request for derogation should be made to the Head of French Department
Main themes
Reading with expression, make a short presentation about her/his backgroung or about somebody else, make an oral annuncement, play a short scene, make phone calls, leave a message on a voicemail, narrate a story real or imaginary, describe feelings and reactions, give personal views in an informal discussion.

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

1 At the end of this course, the student is supposed to be able to :
  • be conscious of all the settings involved in oral communication (language, voice, body, space)
  • have increased her/his French pronunciation (sounds, rythm, articulation, intonation)
  • respect more, when speaking, the French phrase structure
  • express her/himself in a clearer and more intelligible way, in daily life situations

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 course presents in a progressive way several oral situation of everyday life (speak about her/his background, make phone calls, give personal views).

Thanks to varied exercises, students will become more conscious of all the settings involved in oral communication (language, body, voice, space).

They will speak on a regular basis to arise her/his French pronunciation (sounds, rhythm, articulation, intonation), and her/his French syntax.
Teaching methods
Each class counts 3 parts :
  1. After some relaxation work, the first part consists in a technical warm up (rythm, intonation, phonetics, body language)
  2. During the second part, students will discover an oral situation (annoncement, phone call) and the vocabulary and linguistic structures related to it
  3. During the third part, the students will make several spoken productions related to the situation discovered formerly, or practice his ability to speak in front of an audience
This class requires a regular work at home. The student will have to complete several online self-learning paths in order to improve her.his pronunciation. She.he will also have to record several oral homework.
Evaluation methods
During the semester - 50 %
  • Active participation to the classes (minimum 75 % attendance) and off-class activities - 10 %
  • Tests - 10 %
  • Mp3 homeworks - 15 %
  • Online self-learning path + written assessment - 15 %
Final test (oral) - 50 %
  1. Non prepared interaction - 15 %
  2. Presentation - 15 %
  3. Recorded interpretation of a literary piece - 20 %
Other information
This course corresponds to the BI level of the Common European Framework  of Reference of the Council of Europe
Online resources
Moodle UCL
Syllabus (en vente à l'ILV)
Faculty or entity