French I

Credit points: 6
Contact hours: 105
Type: P, V

Course Description

Objectives and competences

The students develop the following:

  • advanced competences in French;
  • competences in language problem solving;
  • the ability to describe and theoretically analyse language principles;
  • competences in the use of adequate language resources;
  • the ability to identify the grammatical structure of French as the basis for practical translation;
  • the ability to analyse grammatical elements in a text;
  • competences in French phonetics/phonology
  • competences in French orthography and pronouciation
  • the ability to analyse prosodic features and sentence intonation
  • reading, listening, writing and speaking skills.

Content (syllabus outline)

The subject consists of 3 sub-subjects:

  1. a)      French grammar 1
  2. b)      French Phonetics
  3. c)      French Language Practice 1


1. French Grammar 1:

Students gain familiarity with the rules of grammatical construction and the relationships between the constituents of a sentence. The course focuses on three levels of description: phrase structure, clause structure and sentence structure.  Verb structure is dealt in detail  with complete French verb morphology. The lectures are completed with tutorials where students exercise in

2. French Phonetics:

The students gain familiarity with the fundamentals of French phonetics/phonology, the standard pronunciation of French, the features of the French vowels and consonants, as well as the prosodic features of the French language. They study orthography in relation to pronounciation. The lectures are completed with tutorials in pronounciation.

3. French Language Practice 1:

Speaking: pairwork, group discussion. Reading: working with original texts, comprehension exercises. Listening: working with audio texts, comprehension exercise. Writing: exploring the process of writing. The focus is on general and specialised vocabulary building, collocations, idioms, phrasal verbs etc.


  • DUCHET, Jean-Louis (1981): La phonologie, coll. Que sais-je?, Pariz: P.U.F.
  • CARTON, Fernand (1973): Introduction à la phonétique du français, Bordas.
  • JEREB, Elza (1992): Francoska slovnica po naše, Ljubljana: Cankarjeva založba.
  • RIEGEL, PELLAT, RIOUL (1994): Grammaire méthodique du français. Pariz: PUF.
  • MALMBERG, Bertil (1954): La phonétique, coll. Que sais-je?, Pariz: P.U.F.
  • SCHLAMBERGER BREZAR, Mojca, MEZEG, Adriana. La morphosyntaxe et la sémantique du verbe français. 1. natis. Ljubljana: Znanstvena založba Filozofske fakultete, 2010. 239 str. ISBN 978-961-237-382-5.


  1. Enrollment in the first year of Interlingual Communication.


The final grade consists of the average from all subjects. To pass, students must get a positive grade in:

  • French Phonetics: Exam (40% of the final grade).
  • French Language Practice: Midterm tests (40%) and final exam (60%) – 40% of the final grade.
  • French Grammar I: Midterm test (20 % of the final grade)
  1. Assessment scale: 6–10 (positive) or 1–5 (negative); in line with the Statute of the University of Ljubljana and the faculty's examination rules.