French as a foreign language

Lecturer(s): Florence MILON


The main objective is to enable students to follow the courses given at École Centrale de Lyon, to be self-reliant in everyday situations and to make the most of their stay in France. French in 3rd Year is taught through 3 levels with linguistic and sociocultural objectives. The course provides the tools for understanding and communicating about topical and social issues, for interacting with French people on the campus and at work.


Integration, autonomy, curiosity, interaction, cross-cultural communication, cultural practices, social issues, academic life, working life, oral expression, written expression, oral comprehension, written comprehension.


The focus is on the skills required for oral and written expression, on professional life, on social and topical issues (environment, sustainable development, ethics…) and on French culture.

Learning Outcomes

  • CEFRL (from B1 to C2), with special focus on interaction and on cultural or cross-cultural competences.
  • Reading comprehension and written expression : reading newspaper articles, novels, writing letters, CVs, essays, abstracts, reports.
  • Oral expression : pair-work, group-work (thematic presentations on society, debates).
  • Oral comprehension (mainly through authentic audio and video material : radio, TV, films).


Know-how N2 = continuous assessment and test(s) and/or final exam.