French Text Formation II

Credit points: 3
Contact hours: 30
Type: S

Course Description

Objectives and competences

The students develop the following:

  • competences in understanding and discourse analysis of specific French texts;
  • advanced cultural and language competences in French language and the cultures of the French-speaking world;
  • professional competences in editing and formation of texts, in keeping with the conventions of the French language;
  • the ability to theoretically analyse and comment on processes suitable for teaching and research purposes;
  • competences in the use of language resources and adequate computer and technological tools;
  • the ability to work individually and in a group and to apply the principles of professional ethics;
  • competences in spoken and written communication in French.

Content (Syllabus outline)

Students gain familiarity with the conventions of written and spoken discourse in French with regard to form, function, purpose and target audience. The course focuses on rhetorical conventions and language features of specific  genres. Students gain familiarity with the discourse features of academic, popular science and media discourse.


  1. Adam J.-M., Les textes : types et prototypes. Paris, Nathan, 1992
  2. Adam J.-M., Linguistique textuelle. Des genres de discours aux textes. Paris, Nathan, 1999
  3. Amossy R., L’Argumentation dans le discours. Paris : Nathan Université 2000
  4. Ballabriga, M. (éd.), Analyse des discours : types et genres : communication et interprétation. Toulouse, Editions Universitaires du Sud, 2002
  5. Bally C., Traité de stylistique française. Genève, Librairie de l'université, 1970
  6. Maingueneau D., Initiation aux méthodes de l’analyse du discours. Paris, Hachette, 1976
  7. Maingueneau D., Analyser les textes de communication. Paris, Dunod, 1998
  8. Molinié G., Eléments de stylistique française. Paris, PUF, 1986
  9. Ricalens-Pourchot N., Lexique des figures de style. Paris, A. Colin, 1998


  1. Enrollment in the first year of the MA programme in Translation/Interpreting.


Written and oral exam.