School of French as a Foreign Language (EFLE)
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The School of French as a Foreign Language is affiliated to the Faculty of Arts. It offers complete degree courses, or specific courses on French Language and French and more generally Francophone Culture. Every year, about 800 students from more than 50 countries participate in the various courses at different levels.
It is also possible at the School of French as a Foreign Language to take just a few specific courses in order to integrate other studies in one of the faculties of the UNIL.
The complete degree courses provide extensive training in French as a Foreign Language (FFL) in its linguistic and cultural dimensions as well as the theoretical knowledge of literature, linguistics and didactics necessary to achieve proficiency in this field. They allow the student either to study in french solely with the aim of teaching French as a second language, or to integrate training in FFL in a Bachelor of Arts degree in order to achieve a high level of expertise in this language. In the framework of a Masters degree, the emphasis in the study of French as a Foreign Language is on the diverisity of language practices of Francophones, the building of language skills and the discursive manifestations of Francophone culture.
Complete EFLE programme
Diploma in French as a Foreign Language (120 ECTS credits)
Programme for Faculty of Arts students
Bachelor of arts:
Basic discipline (70 ECTS credits)
Complementary discipline (40 ECTS credits)
Options programme (40 ECTS credits)
Master of Arts:
Main discipline (60 ECTS credits)
Secondary discipline (30 ECTS credits)
Complementary discipline, part 2 (30 ECTS credits)
Options programme (30 ECTS credits)
The School’s Major Assets...
> more than a century of experience in the teaching of French;
> experience in the didactics of foreign languages;
> remote teaching of advanced courses;
> a spearhead Multimedia Centre for individualised learning;
> emphasis on the diversity of the language and cultural practices of Francophones;
> teaching methods and content based on research in literature, linguistics and didactics