University of Nice (Riviera Summer)

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    University of Nice: Summer
    French Language & Culture Studies
    75 hrs per 3 week terms: June / July
    825 Euros – Minimum age is 18 yrs

    Nice France

    The Program / Location

    Study French language this summer at the University of Nice. Every summer, students from all over the world come to the French Riviera town of Nice to study French and enjoy the summer activities there.

    Nice, the largest city on the French Riviera, is situated in a beautiful location, with its 10 kilometers long beach and mountainous backdrop. It is a perfect location to attend summer French courses. The town is full of history, with the Cimiez Roman ruins dating back to 200 or 300 BC, and its old town narrow passageways dating back to the 15th century. Surrounding areas include famous places like Monaco, Cannes, St. Tropez, Antibes, and St. Paul Vence. Italy is only 30 minutes away.

    Classes are 3 hrs in the morning (9-12 am), with cultural workshops related to better understanding French culture held on some afternoons. Teaching method is based on the Council of Europe’s suggestions for modern languages. College credit can be earned on this program. Early registration is advised !

    Minimum age is 18.

    Courses – French Language / Culture Workshops

    75 hours of classes per 3 week session: 3 hrs of French Language in the morning (9 – 12), and cultural workshops on some afternoons between 1:30 – 3:30. All levels are offered: beginner – advanced. All students take a placement test upon arrival check-in. Each session = 75 class hours, which earns 6 ECTS credits. 3 – 4 college credits in USA. Program ongoing every Summer.

    France cultural workshops are offered on some afternoons that emphasize comprehension and expression in French, both oral and written. Schedule given upon arrival check-in and after the placement test.

    At the end of each session, students may take the “Test de Connaissance de Francais (TCF), for an extra cost of 80 – 120 euros. The TCF is a test of various levels by the Ministry of Education. Certificate issued.

    BEGINNER: 1 & 2

    This course is designed to provide a basic foundation in French vocabulary, grammar, phonetics, reading, conversation and laboratory work. Absolute beginners and elementary level students are suitable for this course. In addition to the Language and Phonetic components, various topics of the French culture are also included.

    Objectives:

    • Learn the very basic level of French: introductions, asking questions, express opinions, etc.
    • Learn listening comprehension of simple sentences, expressions, short texts, and dialogues.
    • Learn written and spoken French in common situations of daily life.
    • Learn elementary and brief writing and spoken descriptions of past and current events.
    • Learn about French culture and society (past – present) and improve listening comprehension.

    Phonetics Lab: Objectives

    • Learn French Phonetic system (progression), discrimination of prosodic traits, graphic symmetry.
    • Learn transcribing (review lessons covered in class), repeat phrases, create utterances, read.
    • Evaluate in class (test): repetition, creating, comprehension, discrimination, and reading.

    Grading: In class written tests, listening and oral tests also.

    Teaching Approach: Grammatical emphasis, as well as development of the key competencies.

    Materials: Class handouts, various visual, audio and written materials.
    Sample textbook may be used: Festival 1 – Cahier d’ exercices (workbook & CD).

    INTERMEDIATE: 1 & 2

    This course is designed for students who have has previous French lessons, about 240 hours, and who seek to enhance their French Language abilities. This course helps prepare students for the “Certificate de langue Francaise”. Students learn to understand and better communicate in writing and speaking French in common situations of daily life.

    Objectives:

    • Learn simple sentences, common expressions, dialogues, and short texts on familiar subjects.
    • Learn enhanced techniques of written and spoken French in situations of daily life.
    • Learn better writing and spoken descriptions of common subjects and various areas of interest.
    • Learn critical reading skills through “French Literature texts”.
    • Learn additional aspects of French Culture, and improve listening skills.

    Phonetics Lab: Continued working on phonemes (Ax / Ra Progression), and class activities.

    Grading: In class tests: written, oral, and listening. Final exam very important.

    Materials: Class handouts, and various visual, audio, and written materials.
    Sample textbook may be used: Le Nouveau Taxi 3 / Le Nouvel Edito B1, and accompanying CD
    Also, books from the series Le FLE par les textes (Belin) may be used.

    ADVANCED

    This course is for Advanced level students who have had more than 300 hours of French lessons, and seek to further enhance their French Language abilities. This course helps students perfect their speaking, reading, writing, and listening comprehension skills. Students improve their abilities to make themselves understood in every day life situations, as well as more complicated contexts.

    Objectives:

    • Learn enhanced writing and listening skills regarding complicated sentences and expressions.
    • Learn enhanced communication skills regarding daily life (writing, speaking, reading).
    • Learn enhanced skills in dealing with familiar subjects and personal experiences.
    • Learn enhanced “critical reading” skills thru French Literature texts.
    • Learn more about French Culture and Society.

    Phonetics Lab: Continued progression, class activities, and evaluation.

    Grading: In class tests, written, oral,and listening. Final exam very important.

    Materials: Class handouts, and various visual, audio, and written materials.
    Sample textbooks may include: Le Nouvel Edito B1 / B2, with accompanying CD.
    Also, Le FLE par les textes (Belin) series.

    Activities – Excursions

    Guided excursions are organized to several locations: Ville De Nice, Quartier de Cimiez, Monaco, And St. Paul de Vence. Check schedule upon arrival check-in. They are optional, and cost an extra fee to particpate. Not included in the program cost.

    Housing

    Housing is available in campus residences, nearby student flats, and host families. Pay directly there for your housing. Rates vary. CSA will provide additional housing details with your confirmation documents.

    • University Residence: $1200 – $1500 USD per month (4 weeks)
    • Student Flat: $1500 – $1800 USD per month (4 weeks – estimate)
    • French Host Family + 2 meals daily: $1800 USD per month (4 weeks – estimate).
    • You can also arrange other housing if you prefer.
    • Airport pick-up service to your housing available.

    Dates and Fees

    • 75 hours of classes per session
    • All levels offered: beginner, intermediate, advanced.
    • Housing and Excursions not included (extra)
    • Placement test given upon arrival check-in.

    SUMMER SESSIONS – Ongoing Every Summer

    3 weeks June (early – June (late)
    2019 Dates: June 6th – 28th
    2020 Dates: June 4th – 26th
    825 Euros
    3 weeks July (early) – July (late)
    2019 Dates: July 4th – 26th
    2020 Dates: July 2nd – 24th
    825 Euros

    Nice France

    Requirements

    Open to all students and adults. Minimum age is 18.

    Early registration is advised !

    June – before April 30th is advised.
    July – before May 30th advised.

    Contact CSA by email if registering after these dates. Space may be available !!

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