French is one of the three working languages of the European Union along with English and German, and one of the two working languages of the UN, UNESCO and NATO, amongst others. The decision-making centres of the European Union and other international organizations are located in various French speaking cities, including Brussels, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, Geneva, and Lausanne. This implies work access in areas of politics, economics, diplomacy, law, business and transport.
French language courses, which are structured in accordance with the proficiency levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (new descriptors, December 2018), are intended to develop effective communicative and mediation skills, as well as social and cultural skills and knowledge, through the use of a variety of approaches based on interaction and the use of technology and authentic materials.

Courses

In this course, students will acquire the basic language skills of ‘reception’ (e.g. listening, reading, observing), ‘production’ (e.g. spoken and written monologue), ‘interaction’ (e.g. spoken, written exchange, face to face and remotely) enabling them to understand and use simple French in everyday life. After completion students are expected to meet the A1.1+ level requirements of the new descriptors of the CEFR.

Prerequisite: LAN 105 or equivalent.

At this stage, students will be able to communicate in simple routine situations and handle short social exchanges on familiar and everyday topics. They will further on the skills of ‘reception’ (e.g. listening, reading, observing), ‘production’ (e.g. spoken and written monologue), ‘interaction’(e.g. spoken, written exchange, face to face and remotely) and will be introduced to mediation (e.g. basic mediating communication, short texts…). By the end of the course, students are expected to be competent at the A1.2 (Breakthrough) level of the new descriptors of the CEFR.

Prerequisite: LAN 106 or equivalent.

At this stage, students are expected to be able to communicate and mediate in situations related to routine matters and to have greater confidence in their oral and written expression. The skills are developed following a variety of activities and tasks in an effort to provide achievement in competences of ‘reception’ (e.g. listening, reading, observing), ‘production’ (e.g. spoken and written monologue), ‘interaction’ (e.g. spoken, written exchange, face to face and remotely), ‘mediation’ (e.g. mediating communication, texts…). By the end of the course, students are expected to be competent at the A2 (Waystage) level of the new descriptors of the CEFR.

Prerequisite: LAN 107 or equivalent.

This course continues to develop communicative and mediation skills, teaching students how to express opinions and exchange views on everyday situations and current events. The competences of reception, production, interaction and mediation are further developed through a variety of activities and tasks. At the same time, it explores different aspects of contemporary France, using technology and authentic materials. By the end of the course, students are expected to be competent at the B1.1 level of the new descriptors of the CEFR.

Prerequisite: LAN 106 or equivalent.

This course is designed for the students of the Departments of Classics and Philosophy, History and Archaeology, and Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies. It aims at developing comprehension of French texts in these areas of specialization. Particular attention is focused on specialized vocabulary / terminology in the above fields of study. Grammatical knowledge is expanded within the context of the texts examined. By the end of the course, students are expected to be well on their way to the A2 (waystage) level of the new descriptors of the CEFR.

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Instructors

Language Centre – University of Cyprus
1 Panepistimiou Ave. 2109 Aglantzia, Nicosia
P.O. Box 20537, CY-1678 Nicosia, Cyprus

lcentre@ucy.ac.cy
+357 22 89 2901