French classes for foreign students

All courses are taught in French, by qualified and experienced teachers. The courses prepare students for the DELF A2, B1, B2 and DALF C1 certification examinations.
The language level of each student is regularly assessed to ensure optimal progress.
 
Elementary user
(intermediate or elementary level)
A2 Able to understand individual sentences and frequently used expressions related to concrete aspects of everyday life (for example, simple personal and family information, shopping, local area, work, etc.). Know how to communicate around simple and routine tasks requiring simple and direct exchanges of information on familiar and routine subjects.
Able to describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
Independent
User
(threshold level)
B1 Able to understand the main points of a discussion on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
Know how to describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
Able to understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialisation.
Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
Independent
User
(advanced or independent level)
B2 Able to understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialisation.
Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options
Experienced
User
(Independent level)
C1 Able to understand long and demanding texts and grasp implicit meaning.
Able to express themself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
Able to express themself on complex subjects in a clear and well-structured manner and demonstrate control of the linguistic tools for organizing, articulating and cohesive discourse.

Public concerned

The courses in the Inal'FLE section are only open to the following students:
  • Non-French speaking students registered at Inalco
  • Students on a university exchange program at Inalco
  • Students on the Inalco “DU Passerelle” 
  • Non-French speaking Inalco teachers

Students who are not enrolled either on one of Inalco's degree or diploma programs or on a university exchange program cannot follow the courses offered by the Inal'FLE section.

Program

  • General Courses
Written French (Level A2, B1, B2): 3 hours/week - 6 ECTS credits
Spoken French (Level A2, B1, B2): 3 hours/week - 6 ECTS credits
 
  • Complementary CoursesA2 Phonetic Correction: 1.5 hours/week - 3 ECTS credits
A2 Language and Culture: 1.5 hours/week - 3 ECTS credits
B1 Grammar: 1.5 hours/week - 3 ECTS credits
B1 Workshop: Current Affairs and Media: 1.5 hours/week - 3 ECTS credits
B2 Grammar: 1.5 hours/week - 3 ECTS credits
B2/C1 Culture, History and Society: 1.5 hours/week - 3 ECTS credits
C1 Literature in the French Language: 1.5 hours/week - 3 ECTS credits
C1 Spoken and Written French: 1.5 hours/week - 3 ECTS credits
C1 Academic French: 1.5 hours/week - 3 ECTS credits

Language prerequisites

What is the required language level?

In order to be able to take the French as a Foreign Language (FLE) courses, students must have acquired at least one of the following levels in the French language:
  • Non-French speaking Inalco students: Level B1
  • Students on the Inalco “DU Passerelle” Access Course: Level B1
  • Students at Inalco on a university exchange program: Level A1
  • Non-French speaking teachers at Inalco: Level A1 


How to justify your level

In order to prove their level of French, students must provide one of the following certificates when they register:

LEVEL A2 
  • DELF
  • DUEF
  • TCF
  • A certificate proving that you have completed a minimum of 60 hours of French language study. 
Level B1, B2, C1 
  • DELF
  • DALF
  • DUEF
  • TCF

FLE Tuition Fees

  • Non-French speaking Inalco students
Fee €600/semester
Option 1: Written French (2 courses) + Spoken French (2 courses) ⇒ 4 courses
Option 2: 1 to 4 courses selected from among the complementary courses (from level B2 only)

Fee €750/semester
Option 3: Written French (2 courses) and Spoken French (2 courses) + 1 to 2 courses selected from among the complementary courses⇒ 5/6 courses
Option 4: Written French (2 courses) or (2 courses) Oral French + 3 to 4 courses to be chosen among the complementary courses ⇒ 5/6
courses

Exemption
Exceptionally, Inalco may grant exemptions from FLE registration fees due to a student’s personal circumstances. For information on the exemption procedure, please consult the “Administrative procedures and related documents” page: Démarches administratives et documents annexes.

How to pay
Payment of FLE tuition fees is carried out online and in a single payment. Once the student is enrolled at Inalco, they will receive an email with a link to make the online payment.

Cancellation and Refund
The refund and cancellation policy is available on the “Administrative procedures and related documents” page: Démarches administratives et documents annexes.

 
  • Exchange students at Inalco and students on the Inalco “DU Passerelle”
Exchange students and students on the Inalco “DU Passerelle” do not pay tuition fees for FLE courses.
 

Administrative Registration

All students registered for FLE courses in 2019/2020 must re-register administratively for the new academic year.

 
  • Non-French-speaking students and teachers at Inalco
Semester 1*
Online registration between September 1 and 20, 2020
Payment of fees online before October 4, 2020 

Semester 2*
Online registration between January 4 and 20, 2021
Payment of fees online before February 7, 2021 

 
  • Exchange students
Registration is carried out with your Mobility Coordinator

 
  • Inalco “DU Passerelle”
Registration is carried out by the DU Passerelle Teaching Administration



*Dates are subject to change

 

Course registration


Course registration is carried out online. The registration link will be sent to  students who have completed their administrative registeration.

Semester 1
Online registration before September 27, 2020*

Semester 2
Online registration before January 31, 2021*

*Dates are subject to change
 

Examination procedures

Students will be assessed through integral continuous assessment. 

Students enrolled on a dual course of study must apply for an attendance dispensation in order to be able to validate their courses in the end assessment (final examination).

Courses evaluated through integral continuous assessment require regular attendance and, in the case of most courses, the regular submission of at least three assignments (written assignments, tests, presentations, papers, etc.). The average for the semester will be calculated from these three grades.  

Each Unjustified Absence (“Absence Injustifiée” - ABI) from an integral continuous assessment event results in a grade of 0/20, which is included in the calculation of the semester averages. 
In case of a Justified Absence from an integral continuous assessment event, the average is calculated according to the other grades obtained during the semester. Supporting documents (medical certificates and official invitations) must be presented or sent by email to the FLE Teaching Administration (secretariat.fle@inalco.fr) and copied to the teacher.

For students who do not validate a course, catch-up exams are organized for both semesters in the second half of June.

University calendar

Semester 1*
Information meeting: during the first week of the academic year
Administrative registration: from September 1 to 20
Course registration: until September 27, 2020
Courses start: September 21, 2020
All Saints Day (Fall) vacation: from October 26 to October 31 2020
End of courses: December 19, 2020
Examinations: There are no final examinations. All evaluations take place during the semester.
Catch-up session: from June 14 to June 29, 2021
 
Semester 2*
Administrative registration: between January 4 and January 20, 2021
Course registration: until January 31, 2021
Courses start: January 25, 2021
Winter break: February 22 to February 27, 2021 Spring break: April 19 to April 30, 2021
End of courses: May 15, 2021
Examinations: There are no final examinations. All evaluations will take place during the semester Catch-up session: from June 14 to 29, 2021


*This schedule is subject to change

Contact informations

Direction des Relations internationales

    • Elsa HAINCOURT
    • Secrétariat FLE
    • Office 3.39
65 rue des Grands Moulins
75013 Paris