Courses

The École d’été de français offers courses in all levels (worth 9 credits each*). These courses consist of morning theory classes and afternoon workshops.

In addition to our regular courses, students from upper levels follow an extra course (worth 3 supplementary credits*), which allows them to put their skills to use in different French-speaking environments (community projects).

All classes are mandatory and take place during the day from Monday to Friday.

*Non-bursary students can also choose to enroll in our non-credited program.

Experience and roles of our staff

Our teachers have several years of experience in teaching French as a Second Language and most of them have actually made their thesis or dissertations on this precise subject.
Teachers are asked to put their experience into work to create theory classes adapted to the particularities of learning French in an immersion context

Our animators are in most cases part-time graduate students doing a masters degree in Education, Linguistics, Literature and other related areas. Working along side with our teachers, the role of the animators is to put to practice the theory presented by the teachers, so students develop precise communicative skills for everyday life. They also provide mentoring for students participating in our extra courses.

Regular courses

Français intensif / Niveau débutant (Beginner level)

Course code: FLS 017 (9 credits)
Amount of class hours: 150

Objectives

Acquire basic knowledge of the French language: vocabulary, grammar, phonetics.
Acquire the linguistic skills needed to do simple tasks (ask general information, introduce yourself).
Communicate functional information, in everyday life situations, using simple words and sentences.

Content

Basic vocabulary regarding objects and activities of everyday life.
Understand and follow instructions.
Study of main verbs on present indicative and imperative.
Introduction to main verb tenses (simple futur and and compound past tense) and phonetic rudiments.

See the syllabus*

Français intensif / Niveau intermédiaire (Intermediate level)

Course code: FLS 027 (9 credits)
Amount of class hours: 150

Objectives

Increase lexical, grammatical and phonetic knowledge of oral communication in French.
Develop the linguistic skills needed to communicate outside of an informal context, manifest tastes and preferences in detail and narrate past events clearly.
Master the language as to be able to communicate in a small group.

Content

Study of the language in context through vocabulary, verb tenses (simple and compound).
Discussions on current affairs and on students’ different interests.
Specialized vocabulary associated with different subjects.
Principles and exercises of phonetic correction.

See the syllabus*

Français intensif / Niveau avancé (Advanced level)

Course code: FLS 037 (9 credits)
Amount of class hours: 150

Objectives

Acquire advanced linguistic and communicative skills as to use the abstract and the imagination to describe oneself and the surrounding environment, express emotions and ideas efficiently, compare and analyse opinions or works of art.
Master the language as to be able to communicate and debate in a large group.

Content

Study of lexical, grammatical and syntactical features (verb tenses and structure of complex sentences, sequence of tenses).
Presentations, debates and discussions.
Principles and exercises of phonetic correction.

See the syllabus*

*Students will receive a more detailed syllabus the first day of class.

In order to ensure a great learning environment, we usually split our Intermediate and Advanced courses in different groups, so we can offer smaller, more specialized classes, focused on each group’s needs.

The Intermediate course is split into three groups: Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2 and Intermediate 3.

The Advanced course is split into two groups: Advanced 1 and Advanced 2 (this last course being a specialized course for future French teachers).

Projet en milieu francophone
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Extra courses

In addition to our regular courses, students from upper levels (Intermediate 2 and higher) also follow an extra course, worth 3 supplementary credits.

Since this course is given in the form of a mentorship, classes hours vary depending on the project.

Français : Interaction socioculturelle (Sociocultural Interaction)

Course code: FLS 015 (3 credits)
Amount of class hours: 45

For Intermediate 2 students only.

Objectives

Develop basic linguistic skills in French.
Learn to be informed, to communicate and to interact in a French-speaking environment.
Make contact with the sociocultural milieu of the Université de Sherbrooke, of the region and of Québec in general.

Content

Activities that aim the application of linguistic (vocabulary, grammar, conjugation) and communicative basic skills through an array of real everyday life situations, interactions as well as written and oral productions about the French-speaking surrounding environment.

See the syllabus*

Projet en milieu francophone (French environment community project)

Projet en milieu francophone 1

Course code: FLS 058 (3 credits)
Amount of class hours: 45

For Intermediate 3 and Advanced students.

Objectives

Develop linguistic and interactional skills in a French-speaking environment.
Draw on communication strategies in French, in order to bring to completion a project within an organization or institution in the Sherbrooke area.

Content

Preparation, implementation and final presentation of a project aiming to practice oral, written and pragmatic skills in French, within an authentic immersion context.
Enhancement of vocabulary and semantic structures linked to the context-grounded use of the language.

See the syllabus*

Projet en milieu francophone 2

Course code: FLS 059 (3 credits)
Amount of class hours: 45

For Intermediate 3 and Advanced students that have already completed the FLS 058 course a previous year.

Objectives

Perfect linguistic and interactional skills in a French-speaking environment.
Integrate and improve communication strategies in French, in order to bring to completion a project within an organization or institution in the Sherbrooke area.

Content

Reflection on previous project management experiences. Mentoring of other teams.
Preparation, implementation and final presentation of a project aiming to improve and consolidate oral, written and pragmatic skills in French, within an authentic and new immersion context.
Enhancement of vocabulary and semantic structures linked to the context-grounded use of the language.

See the syllabus*

*Students will receive a more detailed syllabus the first day of class.

Teaching approach

The courses offered follow a communicative approach.

This approach uses a variety of activities all aiming at the developement of four types of skills: oral and writing comprehension and expression skills. With numerous real-life scenarios, students will develop the targeted skills by working in groups in order to maximise exchange and consolidate the learning of the language.

Through various activities and several off-campus trips, students will be brought to use the different skills and knowledge acquired in class.

Student placement

Students are asked to complete an online test prior to arrival, so as to pre-assign each student to a class. Our teachers reevaluate their assigned students during the first week of the program, to make sure the class is the correct fit (and changes are made if the teacher considers otherwise).