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French language and culture

General details of the subject

Face-to-face degree course

Description and contextualization of the subject

For students who wish to do a Master at ECN based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

The objective is to familiarise the learner with the French language and French culture through an entertaining task-based communicative language teaching, focused on speaking combined with

¿ Phonetics

¿ Self-correcting exercises on our pedagogical platform

¿ Learning Lab activities

¿ Project work

¿ Tutoring

Course objectives include the acquisition and reinforcement of vocabulary, syntax, and pronunciation by both traditional means and through the use of digital resources.

Allow students to learn general french, develop language skills of oral and written comprehension and expression. After completing this course, the students will be able to communicate in spoken and written French, in a simple but clear manner on familiar topics in the context of study, hobbies etc. Another important goal of this course is to introduce to French culture. At the end of the course, the complete beginners can achieve the level A1 and some aspects of A2 of The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. More advanced students may aim the levels B1/B2

Teaching staff

NameInstitutionCategoryDoctorTeaching profileAreaE-mail
BLANCO ILZARBE, JESUS MARIAUniversity of the Basque CountryProfesorado Titular De UniversidadDoctorNot bilingualFluid
EGUIA LOPEZ, PABLOUniversity of the Basque CountryProfesorado AgregadoDoctorNot bilingualElectrical
MARTINEZ DE ALEGRIA MANCISIDOR, IÑIGOUniversity of the Basque CountryProfesorado AgregadoDoctorBilingualElectronic


Interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.15.0 %
Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.15.0 %
Introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has15.0 %
Understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).15.0 %
Communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters15.0 %
Describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need15.0 %
Acquire new skills, organize information10.0 %

Study types

TypeFace-to-face hoursNon face-to-face hoursTotal hours

Training activities

NameHoursPercentage of classroom teaching
Classroom/Seminar/Workshop16.0100 %
Exercises60.00 %
Expositive classes24.0100 %

Assessment systems

NameMinimum weightingMaximum weighting
Written examination0.0 % 100.0 %


Lesson 1 Giving and obtaining factual information

¿ personal information (e.g. about name , address, place of origin, date of birth, education, occupation)

¿ non-personal information (e.g. about places and how to get there, about the time of day, about various facilities and services, about rules and regulations, about opening hours, about where and what to eat, etc.)

Lesson 2 Establishing and maintaining social and professional contacts, particularly

¿ meeting people and making acquaintances

¿ extending invitations and reacting to being invited

¿ proposing/arranging a course of action

¿ exchanging information, views, feelings, wishes, concerning matters of common interest, particularly those relating to

- personal life and circumstances

- living conditions and environment

- educational/occupational activities and interests

- leisure activities and social life

Lesson 3 Carrying out certain transactions

¿ making arrangements (planning, tickets, reservations, etc.) for

- travel

- accommodation

- appointments

- leisure activities

¿ making purchases

¿ ordering food and drink

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