Thematic modules

You can attend our thematic modules with a specific registration to one or several modules


- Each module: €179

- Two-module programme: €339


- with a registration to intensive courses, which include a choice of 2 modules of one hour and a half in the afternoons for students with a minimum of B1 level French.

Cost: Included in the price for intensive courses.

Each module is based on 20-hour programme.



Newspaper Workshop

Minimum Language Level – A2

This module allows students to develop their French writing skills and contributes to the production of a monthly student newspaper – le Journal du CILEC. Adapted to all levels, this workshop provides the methodological tools necessary to develop your creativity and increase your vocabulary through the construction of stories or the playful use of French language.

Theatre Workshop – Tale

Minimum Language Level – B1

Through the ancestral oral tradition of tale telling – based on listening and sharing – or through the stage representation of a play, this module provides a pleasant way to learn French.

Students will learn how to tell a tale, acquire greater skills and confidence in oral expression, improve their pronunciation, and prepare for oral exams.

You will participate in the production of a tale-telling public presentation that will be played during the CILEC’s end-of-semester party as well as at Saint-Etienne Public Media Centre.

History of Art

Minimum Language Level – B1

A module designed for students who want to specialize in Fine Arts or for genuine art lovers.

Gombrich’s The Story of Art is the best reference book for studies in Art History, Plastic Arts or Fine Arts. Its reading is recommended but not compulsory.

This course aims at acquiring specialized vocabulary and knowledge on major art periods, movements and styles through the study of basic technical skills and significant works, including such media as painting, sculpture and architecture.

It is designed to help students write the individual projects required for admission to Art Schools or Faculties of Art.

Culture and Heritage

Minimum Language Level – B1

In France, history is present everywhere – in the streets, in the monuments and in people’s habits… This ‘Culture and Civilization’ module is a historical presentation of French civilization and can be chosen by students who want to gain a broad understanding of our present world through the study of the past.

Content: a comprehensive study of French history

-        Major events and great names of history (ex: Napoléon)

-        Social history (ex: life at Versailles, Baroque music)

-        Ways of thinking (ex: religions, mythology)

-        Architecture (ex: the Châteaux of the Loire Valley)

-        Key figures  (ex: Victor Hugo, De Gaulle)

and French heritage for each historical period studied.

French for Sciences

Minimum Language Level – B1

Learning to communicate about a project or a task during a lecture or a seminar is one of the key competencies for easy integration of the students and valorisation of their work.

This module is aimed at non-francophone science students.

Objective: Improve the students’ skills in scientific French and at get a better understanding of the French university system.

Content: Students will perform tasks corresponding to concrete academic communication situations. The activities based on films, audio material, texts and graphs will provide the linguistic tools necessary to:

-        Present oral and written research project or assignments

-        Identify, understand and use the language structure of scientific documents

-        Describe and explain a phenomenon and a process

-        Quantify, present a variation

-        React and interact during a lecture or a seminar to discuss, give an opinion, and convince.

French for Economics

Minimum Language Level – B1

This basic course of general economics seeks to shed some light on the functioning and environment of our contemporary economies.

It does not examine the French economy!

It is a linguistically adapted introduction to general economics in French language. Different topics and notions will be analysed such as the functioning of developed economies, production, consumption, market, growth, State, work and employment, economic policies. Other topics such as globalized economy, international trade, globalization, underdevelopment, the European construction, and international finance will also be discussed. The teaching methodology includes assignments, group working, tutorial sessions, oral presentations, documentary research (online or in library), and chart or statistic table analysis to practise number manipulation, etc. Special emphasis will be placed on specialized vocabulary and note-taking skills.

Perspectives on contemporary French society

Minimum Language Level – B1

Through the analysis of French society and behaviours as portrayed in the media (newspapers, radio or television, websites, etc.), this course will give students a better understanding of the attitudes and behaviours of French people.

A different theme will be studied every week or every two weeks depending on its nature and significance:

- the administrative, territorial, and sociological divisions of France

- the education system

- immigration – religion and secularism

- taxation

- Social security

- poverty

- work

- political life (political systems and parties/various political powers)

- the legal system (structure and role/prisons)

- the family – child care facilities

- women’s place in society

- major environmental issues

- holidays and leisure

- housing

- associative life

- consumption patterns – trading categories.

Contemporary francophone literature

Minimum Language Level – B1 This Contemporary French Literature module is based on the reading of 20th and 21st century novels. Students will analyse extracts of novels they will have read before class.It is a great way to improve your written comprehension and expression as well as your vocabulary. You will also practise the writing techniques useful for university courses.

French for Law

Minimum Language Level – B2

This introductory course to French Law focuses on the sources of French law and the specificity of their structure (the supremacy of the Constitution and the rule of law, the importance of jurisprudence and the role of doctrine), as well as the diversity of its actors (jurisdictions and professionals) The theoretical approach will be combined with practical sessions to check the full understanding of conceptual notions. This law module offers the possibility to engage in post-secondary law studies in France or to integrate more easily a Faculty of Law ; it satisfies the linguistic requirements of university courses and tutorials.

Methodology for university studies

Minimum Language Level – B2

This module offers non French-speaking students the possibility of acquiring the skills necessary for achieving successful postgraduate studies in France and to familiarize with the French university system.


- Organization and functioning of postgraduate studies in France

- Understanding the French university system

- Learning methodology skills necessary for university studies: note taking, report and essay writing, oral presentation techniques, etc. dissertation and presentation writing…

- Optimizing your understanding of lectures.