Post-Bachelor’s Degree Certificate in French as a Foreign Language (D.U. FLE)

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Towards Further Studies in FLE (French as a Foreign Language)Integration Diploma For integration into a Master of French as Foreign Language at UPPA

D.U.I. FLE (aimed at international students) Preparatory year in Pau

Course Outline

This programme is designed for international students wishing to prepare for entry into a Master of French as a Foreign Language at l’Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour (UPPA) under the best conditions. Entry into the Master is dependant upon a successful application, and is not guaranteed by this course.

 Student Profile

This programme is designed for international students who have completed a minimum of 3 years tertiary study and who wish to teach French as a foreign language. Upon entry, applicants must have attained a level of French equivalent to B2 or higher (as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

 

Course Structure

The course runs for two semesters, from October to May, with French language and culture classes (at the IEFE), as well as some classes from the Bachelor of FLE (French as a Foreign Language) within the Arts and Human Sciences Faculty.

 

Before the start of the academic year, students of the course take part in an orientation programme designed for international exchange students enrolled at the University. This programme involves aound 20 hours of French classes and a range of activities designed to familiarise participants with the campus and the town.

 

1st semester – 264 hours

-          200 hours of language and culture. Students are enrolled in classes at the IEFE, in a group based on their level of French. These classes are designed for participants from a range of countries and language backgrounds. At the end of the first semester all students will sit the exam corresponding to their level (level B2 minimum).

 

-          20 hours of pedagogy of FLE. This corresponds to a module from the Bachelor of FLE “Pedagogy of FLE 1”, which will introduce students to key ideas on the teaching and learning of languages, the main methodologies involved in FLE and the steps involved in preparing a class (2 hours/week). There will be an exam for this class at the end of the semester.

 

-          20 hours of French class aimed at improving written expression and oral comprehension in specialty classes (2 hours/week).

 

-          24 hours (approx.) of French classes designed at helping students to successfully study in the French education system, designed for exchange students at UPPA. Students are separated into groups based on their level in French. Students from first year Master also take place in this class (2 hours/week).

 

2nd Semester - 204 hours

-          105 hours study of French language, university methods and fundamental pedagogical texts. 10 hours/week at the IEFE aimed at perfecting language comprehension, concentrating on individual needs of students to prepare them for study of FLE modules: note taking, reading strategies for spcialised texts, university writing, etc. There is a language exam at the end of the semester.

 

-          24 hours (approx.) of French classes designed at helping students to successfully study in the French education system, designed for exchange students at UPPA. Students are separated into groups based on their level in French. Students from first year Master also take place in this class (2 hours/week).

 

-          75 hours of pedagogy of FLE, 3 modules from the Bachelor of FLE of 25 hours each: “Pedagogy of FLE 2”, “Phonetics and Grammar of FLE”, an “Civilisation for FLE”. There is an exam for each module at the end of the semester.

 

To obtain the Diploma

    Marks from each module will be tallied, and students must obtain the average to pass.

 

Opportunities upon graduation

 Students awarded this Diploma can apply for entry into the first year of a Master in FLE (French as a Foreign Language). Applications will then be considered by the application commission.

The Master is a professional qualification, training students, theoretically and practically, to teach French as a foreign language. There is a compulsory 80 hour (minimum) practical placement.

At the end of the Master 1 students obtain a Maîtrise (Bac +4) diploma (Master).

Top students will be able to enter the Master 2 programme the following year (based on selection criteria and marks).

 

Entering directly into Master 2

Students who have already completed 4 years of tertiary study in French and language teaching, and who have a level C1 in French at their arrival in Pau (based on the the Common European Frameowrk of Reference for Languages), have the possibility of entering directly into the Master 2 FLE programme following the preparatory year of study.

 

The UPPA website has detailed descriptions of these Masters programmes, as well as graduate opportunities:

https://formation.univ-pau.fr/fr/accueil/arts-lettres-langues-ALL/master-14/master-francais-langue-etrangere-program-75-1.html

 

Fees and enrolment

The annual fees are 2800 euros.

Compulsory Social Security is around 215€.

Enrolment is through the IEFE.