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Descriptions

  • teachers

    All teachers are graduated from the University.

  • Practical French course 1 and 2

    Format:

    • Monday 3 July – Friday 14 July > 40 teaching hours

    and/or

    • Monday 17 July – Friday 28 July > 40 teaching hours

    Course description:

    Practical French courses 1 and 2 last two weeks, with four classes per morning, from Monday to Friday (40 classes over two weeks). Classes are organised according to the European Framework of Reference for Languages (EFRL) levels, from A1 to C1.

    It is possible to sign up for only one of these two courses, or for both if the student intends to follow a four-week course.

    Classes are taught in the morning, from 08:30 to 12:30. By the end of the course, students will have built on their initial level of French, gaining new practical skills in writing, not only mastering the technical aspects of the written system (grammar, vocabulary, spelling) but also learning how to construct text. Students will also learn new oral skills (comprehension and expression), designed for the everyday practice of learning a language by immersion. The content of the tuition is based on levels defined by linguistic criteria.

    For the last class of the morning, the Practical French course offers a free-choice module (students may only select one option): creative writing (composing creative texts: poems, stories, feature pieces, accounts,…); Swiss cultures (discovering Neuchâtel and Switzerland through habits, political or social traits, cultural and artistic life, organisations and so on); theatrical expression (practicing language through theatre and oral improvisation); or persuasive arts (mastering the language to win over audiences and readers). Note: the creative writing and persuasive arts modules are not available to A1 (beginner) level students.

    • These specialisations allow students to follow an intensive full-time programme; each includes 8 teaching periods (two afternoons per week). Note: for each course to go ahead, it must have at least six subscribers.
    • Specialised modules are distinct and specific classes, held in the morning (36 periods over two weeks). For each course to go ahead, it must have at least seven subscribers.
    • Sporting activities are available for free at midday or in the afternoon, according to the schedule issued at the beginning of the course.


     

  • Academic writing specialisation

    Format:

    8 teaching hours

    Tuesday and Thursday, 14:00–16:00, 3–14 July

    Course description:

    This specialisation course completes the Practical French course, and principally aims to help students whose level is already advanced, improving their French academic writing skills in the Arts and Humanities (such as Masters’ dissertations, doctoral theses, scientific articles, reports and funding applications).

    Specific objectives: by the end of the course, students will have learned

    • to master some pertinent points of grammar in academic writing;
    • to organise and present a well-articulated argument;
    • to find and use specific tools to help with writing (dictionaries, online tools and so on);
    • to recognise the different bibliographical conventions in use, as well as the other typographical hallmarks of academic French.

    In terms of language and grammar, the teaching covers various key points on academic writing. These may relate to the sentence, such as word order, or the placement and function of certain adjuncts (detached constructions, relative clauses and so on); equally, they may relate to the wider text and textual cohesion (anaphora, using the correct linking words and so on).

    Issues in punctuation are studied in terms not only of meaning but typography (that is, the typographical rules of the Francophone world). Finally, the issue of bibliographical referencing is addressed, an essential question for scientific study (final bibliographies, referencing within the text, bibliographical conventions, and so on).

    The course is comprised of theoretical concepts and practical exercises; students must complete certain written exercises outside of class.

  • Language and culture specialisation

    Format:

    8 teaching hours

    Monday and Wednesday, 14:00–16:00, 3–14 July

    Course description:

    In this course, which focuses on the use of language in immersion, participants will gain practical knowledge of the Francophone language, culture and cultural environment, making use of the various resources available in Neuchâtel and the surrounding area. They will develop skills in comprehension and conversation, through encounters with native speakers of French in Neuchâtel’s cultural institutions (Rousseau’s manuscripts, archaeology in Neuchâtel, plastic and pictorial arts and so forth), as well as their own personal studies.

    The course takes place in two parts: the first is tuition in class, with theoretical concepts applied to concrete examples; the second is in the community, with visits in museums, workshops, libraries and so on, documented and prepared with the teacher, and allowing for both personal and group studies.

  • French and new media specialisation

    Format:

    8 teaching hours

    Monday and Wednesday, 14:00–16:00, 17–28 July

    Course description:

    This specialisation course is part of a French-learning process with specific objectives, based on the most recent linguistic research on French in new media.

    By the end of this two-week programme, participants will have gained specialised knowledge on the use of written language and code marks, with tuition focusing on company websites, user fora, novels published on Facebook, and conversations on social networks. Along with other skills, participants will gain a better command of consensus research and structured argumentation, as well as the relationship between the oral code, the written code, and oral markers in written language.

  • French in communication specialisation

    Format:

    8 teaching hours

    Tuesday and Thursday, 14:00–16:00, 17–28 July

    Course description:

    This specialisation course principally aims to help students whose level is already advanced, improving their French communication skills in institutional and business contexts.

    By the end of the course, students will have learnt to master certain pertinent points of grammar and vocabulary when it comes to public speaking in the professional world, as well as organising and presenting written or oral arguments.

    In terms of language and grammar, the teaching covers various strategic points, whether at the level of diction, prosody and phonetics, of specific markers of the oral code in formal communication. Finally, students will consider the wider text and textual cohesion (anaphora, correct use of linking words, and so on).

    The course is comprised of theoretical concepts (illustrated by real examples and contributions from professionals) and practical exercises; students must complete certain written exercises outside of class.

  • Module 1: Teaching French as a foreign language

    Format:

    36 teaching hours

    17–27 July

    Certificates awarded Friday 28 July

    2 ECTS credits

    Course description:

    This specialised module on the teaching of French as a foreign language (français langue étrangère, or FLE) is targeted at FLE teachers, be they speakers of other languages, Swiss or foreign, in training or in post.

    The course includes not only theoretical components, but also reflections driven by exercises and classroom situations, readings, as well as other devices aimed not only at pedagogical practice but also its representations. What is the role of the teacher? And the pupil? How can we handle or exploit coding alternations in class? What is the respective importance of grammar and metalanguage? Must errors be corrected?

    Classes are between 08:30 and 12:30 in the morning, leaving participants enough time to carry out their afternoon tasks, meet with the regular summer course students and take part in the other activities on offer. The course will conclude with an evaluation, leading to a certificate to be conferred during the final day’s awards ceremony.

  • Module 2: Language-learning practices in academic speaking

    Format:

    36 teaching hours

    17 July – Thursday 27 July

    Certificates awarded Friday 28 July

    2 ECTS credits

    Course description:

    This specialised module responds to questions put by students (or future students) at the University, and at academic or vocational high schools in the French-speaking context, and focuses on the skills needed in oral comprehension (courses, seminars, conferences) and public speaking (seminar presentations, exams). It is designed to prepare for further studies, or to provide intensive language practice.

    The work balances the acquisition of oral language skills with the didactics of speaking. What is academic speaking, and how do I become proficient in it? How is it structured? What is my role as a listener? How can I produce oral academic discourse myself?

    The teaching is part of a French-learning process with specific objectives, based on real needs. The course includes comprehension exercises based on recordings of real lectures and activities in which transcripts are analysed, as well as theoretical concepts and productive oral activities. It alternates individual and group activities, complemented by personal study undertaken at home.

    As far as possible, the course accounts for the different disciplines studied.

    It deals with everything which might pose a problem for you in the first two years of your studies. Investing your own time appropriately by mastering the conventions of academic speech could save you two years of study.

  • Summer tandem

    The tandem helps you to get the most out of your stay in Neuchâtel, by meeting its inhabitants and sharing your language skills. Flexible, free and highly rewarding, the tandem lets you improve your oral comprehension and expression in particular, and your language skills more widely. Along with your partner, you can set the pace (two or three times per week), place and content of your meetings. The most sought-after languages are English and German; nonetheless, the summer course welcomes participants of many nationalities, and tandems with other languages (Italian, Spanish, Farsi) may be organised, according to supply and demand. Visit the Language Centre website to read some testimonials and learn more about the principle behind tandems.

  • ECTS assessment and accreditation

    Continuous assessment helps students with their learning. In the last week, a final test evaluates the results attained at the end of the stay. Success in this evaluation will be rewarded by 3 ECTS credits (1 credit = 30 hours of work), equivalent to 90 hours of work over a two-week period. Participation over a four-week period will be rewarded by 6 ECTS credits. Each specialisation (8 hours of class + supplementary study) is worth 1 ECTS credit.

    A final certificate, mentioning the level followed and the credits acquired, is awarded at the end of the course.

  • Library and IT

    Besides traditional means of teaching, the tuition makes the most of modern technical resources, from multimedia laboratory to video. Students may also borrow books from the library of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities; they may also access the internet throughout the course (“the internaute summer course”).