French - Upper Intermediate Level (B2) - Pronunciation and speaking techniques

lfran1403  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

French - Upper Intermediate Level (B2) - 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
Briet Geneviève (coordinator); Neuenschwander Valérie (coordinator);
To take this class, the student must be enrolled during the same semester in the general course B2 LFRAN 1401, or having achieved previously a minimum mark of 10/20 on the course LFRAN1401.
Any request for derogation should be made to the Head of French Department.
Main themes
Reading with expression, narrate a story real or imaginary, describe feelings and reactions, give personal views in an informal discussion, lead a debate on a topical subject, participate in a professional meeting.

Focus is put on both contents (selection of relevant examples, articulation of ideas, organization ) and fluency.

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

1 According to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, the learner /independent user of the language of level B2 can
  • interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
  • understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics
  • express him/herself on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
Level B2 describes a developed and relatively confident command of the foreign language

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, give and defend 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 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. Every week, students will prepare a grammatical and/or lexical point. They will also have several oral homework (audio and video recordings posted on the learning platform).
Evaluation methods
During the semester                50 %
  • L'évaluation se fait sur la base des entrainements pratiqués au cours du quadrimestre et sur la qualité de la progression de l'étudiant.

    Durant le quadrimestre, évaluation continue     (50 %)
  • participation  to classes (min. 75%) and participation to an event out of the classroom.        10 %  
  • performance in groupe 10 %
  • recordings audio and vidéo 15 %   
  • e-learning exercises about pronounciation on Moodle + written assignment  15% 
            Final test (oral)                    50 %
  • Non prepared debate on a topical subject 15 % 
  • Presentation about a utopian project 15 %
  • Interpretation of a literary piece 20 %  
Other information
Opened to the students enrolled at UCLouvain as well as to the members of staff.
This course corresponds to B2 level of the common European Framework of reference
  • Plateforme Moodle (la clé d'inscription sera communiquée lors du premier cours)
  • Syllabus (en vente à l'ILV)
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : French as a Foreign Language