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.
The aim of the course is to help students speak with confidence in a variety of everyday situations. Students who successfully complete this course will become more spontaneous, more precise and effective with their use of the French language and also be able to adapt to different situations and confidently drive a conversation.
After completing this course you will be able to express yourself through a short series of expressions or easy sentences (daily life, asking questions, discussion on familiar topics, speaking in public, efficiently and fluency). You will learn how to use common expressions converse in formal and informal situations as well as develop your comprehension skills to allow you to better understand French speakers at different speeds and with different French accents.
To take this course, students should have a beginner level in French Language (A2- as a minimum). On arrival, students will be assessed and placed in an appropriate class from beginner (A2, A2+) to an advanced level (B1, B1+)
In addition to this course, students will also complete an additional afternoon elective. Students can choose between Health: a Common Good and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Additional Course Information
Through an initial 90-minute placement test, students will be evaluated for their linguistic skill including grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, and listening. Students will also have a 10-minute interview with a member of the ICL-Clarife (centre of languages of Université Catholique de Lille) who will assess their speaking ability. After their placement test, students will be sorted into level groups for the course. They will also join French conversational classes designed to complement their language classes.
The program is broken up into 3 parts
- Lexicon of everyday life: getting to know, family, food, leisure, daily activities, housing and health
- Interactions for everyday life: idiomatic expressions, talking about your day, shopping, talking about a movie etc.
- Cultural and societal elements of France
French Intensive Language Course
- Oral expression: Introducing yourself and someone else, asking for your way, giving indications, ordering at a restaurant.
- Oral comprehension: Understanding simple questions about myself, interactions with the others, understanding an itinerary, ordering at a restaurant, describing a person.
- Written comprehension: Small dialogues on how to introduce oneself, description of a person, itinerary, dialogue at the restaurant.
- Written expression: Creation of small dialogues, physical description, how to fill a form.
- Lexical fields: Greetings, presentation, numbers, colours, nationalities, days/months/date, physical description, jobs, clothes, common transports, food, everyday activities, class vocabulary.
- Grammar: Conjugation of Have, Be, Go and first group verbs at the indicative present tense, possessive adjectives, partitive and negation.
Introduction to Intercultural Communication (taught in French)
- What is culture and where does it come from?
- Stereotypes and generalizations: what’s the difference?
- Avoiding judgment: why does it matter?
- Decoding our experiences: non-verbal communication
Assessment will include continuous assessment, final exam and student participation in class.
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 thin moustaches; these are not the only things France is known for. With stunning coastlines, forests and valleys, fantastic wine country, historic towns, and a rich history, it’s hard to go wrong.
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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