Studying at the School of French as a Foreign Language
The teaching at EFLE focuses on four themes:
The courses taught in this discipline focus on the written language, the oral language, comprehension and production of texts, grammar, phonetics, vocabulary, translation, idiomatic expressions, etc. In the Diploma study option, they are completed by the teaching of French linguistics (phonology, sociolinguistics, syntax, history of the lan-guage, etc).
Literature, either as a field of specialisation or a study option, occupies a special place in EFLE study programmes: history of French literature, literature of French-speaking Switzerland, Francophone literature, literature and the cinema, thematic readings, work on comparative literature, creative writing workshops, etc.
The cultural dimension is implicitly present in all EFLE courses and is the subject matter of an introductory course and a seminar dedicated to French and Francophone culture. The teaching of these subjects creates awareness in the students of the cultural dimensions involved in learning a foreign language and provides them with tools for understanding the cultural differences they will encounter.
Courses dedicated to the didactics of French as a Foreign Language are offered to students interested in a reflection on foreign language teaching and acquisition. These courses cover both the component elements of FFL teaching and practical aspects, such as critical assessment and the creation of teaching materials, the analysis of interactions in the language class, and the appraisal of learners' needs.