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Descriptions

  • teachers

    All teachers are graduated from the University.

  • Practical French course 1 and 2

    Format:

    • Monday 2 July – Friday 13 July > 40 teaching hours

    and/or

    • Monday 16 July – Friday 27 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.


     

  • French in communication specialisation

    Format:

    8 teaching hours

    Monday and Wednesday, 14:00–16:00, 2 - 13 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.

  • Language and culture specialisation

    Format:

    8 teaching hours

    Tuesday and Thursday, 14:00–16:00, 2 - 13 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, 16–27 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.

  • Writing in daily life specialisation

    Format:

    8 teaching hours

    Tuesday and Thursday, 14.00–16.00, 16 - 27 July

    Course description:

    This specialization course rounds off the Practical French Course; its principal aim is to help students improve their French writing skills in daily life, including practical correspondence (communicating with institutions such as administrations, agencies, etc.), emails, CVs, cover letters and so on.

    Specific aims: by the end of the course, students will have learnt

    • to master certain aspects of grammar and vocabulary pertaining to relevant areas;
    • to organize and present a document for printing or emailing;
    • to find and use tools to assist with writing (dictionaries, online tools, etc.);
    • to master the conventions of politeness and social interaction.

    The course will include work to help you distinguish between oral and spoken conventions, as well as addressing the formatting of documents.

    The course will incorporate theoretical contributions and practical exercises; students will be required to complete certain writing exercises outside of class hours.

  • Module 1: Teaching French as a foreign language

    Format:

    36 teaching hours

    16–26 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: Academic writing

    Format:

    36 teaching hours

    16 - 26 July

    2 ECTS credits

    Course description:

    This specialisation course completes the Practical French course, and principally aims to helps students whose level is already advances, improving their French academic writing skills in the Arts and Humanities (such as Masters' diessertaions, 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.

  • 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”).