课程

The École d’été de français offers 6 “regular” courses (worth 9 credits each):
Beginner, Intermediate I, Intermediate II, Intermediate III, Advanced I & Advanced II.

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

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

* While the courses are the same, non-bursary students can also choose to enroll in our non-credited program.

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.

Regular courses

Regular courses (worth 9 credits) consist of a morning theory class (from 9 to 12 am) and an afternoon workshop (from 1.30 to 4.30 pm).

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

Separated into Intermediate I, Intermediate II and Intermediate III.

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*

* There is only one official syllabus for all 3 Intermediate levels.
Students receive, however, a more detailed syllabus from their teacher the first day of class.

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*

* There is only one official syllabus for our two Advanced levels.
Students receive, however, a more detailed syllabus from their teacher the first day of class.

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.

Extra courses

In addition to our regular courses, students from upper levels (Intermediate II and higher) also follow an extra (mandatory) 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 II 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 III and Advanced students.

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 III and Advanced students that have already completed the FLS 058 course a previous year.

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

Projet en milieu francophone
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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).