Intensive French language and Culture is an immersive course that will help students improve the ability to speak, read and write in French and gain a better understanding of French culture.
This course will provide students with an introduction to the French language and culture include Reading comprehension, Written expression, Oral Expression, Listening Comprehension, Vocabulary and Grammar.
Dependent on student level, the educational method focuses on practical work: grammatical exercises with multiple examples and oral practice, listening to oral materials with increasingly
difficult characteristics, discussions, presentations and debates, role plays, writing short essays and summaries.
Examples of topics:
-Beginner level: introducing yourself and someone else, describing your everyday activities, understanding simple questions, interactions with the others, creation of small dialogues…
-Intermediate level: introducing oneself, telling your opinion, expressing your feelings, telling your experiences/memories
-Advanced level: giving your opinion, telling a story, knowing how to nuance, argue and debate
My studies abroad made me conscious of my spending habits and to be aware of my external environment in a way that only being alone in a foreign country could teach you. I truly believe that every young person should experience this if they have the means to. – Hiwan, La Trobe University
Intended Learning Outcomes & Additional Course Information
After successfully completing this short course, participants will have gained the following skills and knowledge:
- Express themselves through a short series of expressions or easy sentences (daily life, asking
questions, discussion on familiar topics, speaking in public, efficiently and fluently)
- Understand and use common expressions (understand what people say at different speeds
and with different accents, use traditional politeness and welcome expressions)
- Categorize information taken in a written document to be able to use it
- Express their opinion and answer precise questions
- Better understand French culture
Student Participation (20%)
Continuous Assessment (20%)
Final Exam (60%)
University & Faculty
Universite Catholique de Lille is one of the largest universities in the French higher education system and boasts 28,500 students, 6 faculties, 20 colleges and institutes.
Founded in 1875, Universite Catholique de Lille has grown to include, 33 research teams, a hospital complex with 700 beds and a child guidance centre. These institutions share the same educational philosophy based on excellence, humanist values, achievement and solidarity and are open to students and staff of all cultures and beliefs. Even though Universite Catholique de Lille is a private university, the university is a not-for-profit institution aiming to make the university’s services available to everybody in order to make a contribution to progress, both economically and socially.
Baguettes, berets, stripy shirts, and cheese are not the only things France is known for. With stunning coastlines, forests and valleys, fantastic wine country, historic towns, and rich history, there’s almost too much to do!
You will be based in Lille, located in the north-east of France and is the country’s 4th largest city. Influenced by its solid industrial history, Lille has come a long way to the commercial and cultural hub it is today. Despite being the largest city in the North, Lille has a laid-back feel to it without the big city arrogance.
Being a popular student city definitely contributes to its laid-back attitude and also drives its nightlife, making it one of the best cities in France for a fun night out.
During the day, relax at a café with a coffee, take in the city’s historical architecture while cycling around or head to one of Lille’s (and France’s) most famous art galleries: Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art and Roubaix’s La Piscine, a unique gallery located in a repurposed art deco public swimming pool.
If you’re looking for the real touristy stuff, catch a one hour train to Paris for just 20 Euros.
The accommodation is in a private residence on or off-campus with easy access to the university. The residence offers a secure setting, each building can be accessed using a swipe card. Students will stay in private self-contained studio apartments with a private bathroom and a kitchenette – bedding and dishes are provided. All rooms have internet (wired or wifi depending on residences). Wifi internet in all common spaces. All residences have shared laundry. Some residences also have a dining room and/or a leisure room.
Social and Cultural Program
Visit Fromelles Australian War Memorial and Ypres, Belgium
Students will head to Ypres in the nearby Belgium where they will visit a city that played a major role in WW1 as well as having dinner there in a local restaurant before attending the Last Post remembrance ceremony that has taken place here every day at 8 PM since the end of the war.
The Battle of Fromelles was the first major battle fought by Australian troops on the Western Front in WW1 and was meant to be a feint to draw German troops away from the Somme offensive, then being pursued further to the south, but it was a complete failure. The Australian Memorial Park contains a memorial statue called ‘Cobbers’ by artist Peter Corlett of Sergeant Simon Fraser carrying a wounded soldier back to the trenches across no man’s land and is a poignant reminder of Australian sacrifice and an important location for travelling students to recognise.
Trip to Brussels
Brussels is the capital city of Belgium for a reason. Not only is it the de facto capital of the European Union, but it spans both the historic and the present through its architecture. It is also home to a broad artistic scene, is one of Europe’s best capital cities for flea market shopping, and has a great culinary scene (famous for its chocolate, French fries, numerous types of beers, and – of course – Brussel sprouts).
Trip to Bruges
This city is built like a medieval fairy-tale, with an abundance of cobbled laneways, canals, market squares, and busy atmosphere. An understandably popular tourist destination, Bruges has many attractions for a visitor to take advantage of; the two standout attractions of the city have to be the Groeningemuseum and the Belfort. While the Groeningemuseum rich collection of artworks is worth a look for any visitor to the town, the Belfort has little to see from the inside but it is the view from the top that makes this a spot to check out as it towers over the town centre providing an amazing 360-degree outlook.
Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille
The Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille is one of the largest fine art museums in France. Located in the centre of Lille, this museum is truly a must-see location; not only does it have a beautiful Belle Époque style exterior but it houses sculptures, paintings, drawings, and ceramics by famous artists such as Raphael, Donatello, Tissot, Goya, El Greco, Delacroix, Rodin, and Rembrandt.
Also a museum, La Piscine received its name due to the fact that the museum is housed in a former indoor swimming pool. It’s art deco interior and unconventional history is not its only draw card, the museum’s collection is diverse and includes elements of literature, fine arts, science, and industrial products.
Additional Morning Elective
In addition to this course, students will also complete an additional morning elective, students will have a choice between two morning electives
Corporate Social Responsibility or;
Health: a Common Good
5 Group Dinners are included in the cost of the program
Included in the program fees is transfers from Lille train station to your accommodation as well as a Lille public transfer pass
Optional Field Trips
Students can also book a number of field trips for an additional fee
Included: Return transport from Lille, 1 night a hostel, breakfast and access to public transport
Included: Return transport from Lille, 1 night in a hotel, breakfast and dinner, Visits to mont-Saint-Michael, D-Day Beaches
Included: Return transport from Lille, 1 night in a hotel, breakfast, boat cruise on the Seine, access to public transport
Included: Return Transportation and a guided tour of Amiens and it’s medieval cathedral
Included: Return transportation and guided tour of Dunkirk
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Applications for YMCA Global Study January/February 2019 programs are now open. Places are limited and are usually oversubscribed. Students are encouraged to apply early to secure their spot.
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