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 1st year is taught through 2 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. Foreign double-degree students who have not graduated from secondary school in France have to take a French-as-a-Foreign-Language exam during their stay at Centrale Lyon and obtain at least a DELF B2 level to validate their degree.

Palabras clave

Integration, autonomy, communication, interactions, immersion, cross-cultural communication and comprehension, international, culture, cultural practices, social issues, academic life, working life, multimedia


During semesters 5 and 6, the focus is on the skills required for oral and written expression and on social and topical issues with a preference for authentic audio and video material.

Learning Outcomes

  • CEFRL (from A2 to C1), 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.
  • Oral expression : pair-work, group-work (role plays, simulations, thematic presentations on society, countries of origin, argued points of view).
  • Oral comprehension (mainly through authentic audio and video material : radio, TV, films...).


Know-how = 50% final exam + 50% continuous assessment.