Official Master's Degree in French as a Foreign Language and Linguistic Diversity

Study guides

Master description

The Master's Degree in French as a Foreign Language and Linguistic Diversity has a simple structure that allows both potential students and others to identify clearly the type of studies offered, the course content and the competences to be acquired. It comprises nine modules, six of which are compulsory (one for twelve ECTS credits, two for nine credits and three for six credits), and three are optional, for six credits. Two modules are year-long and the others semester-long.
The compulsory modules are as follows.
  1. French as a Foreign Language and Inter-Comprehension: Fundamental Principles and Methodologies (9 ECTS credits, Compulsory) introduces the theoretical foundations and methodological approaches of French as a Foreign Language (FLE) and the basic elements of language mediation in socially diverse and changing social and cultural contexts.
  2. Linguistic Diversity and Intercultural Mediation (9 ECTS credits, Compulsory) introduces the theoretical principles and the methodological foundations of the comparative interlinguistic approach, makes a comparative analysis of different phenomena in different languages and explores the implications of these for language teaching and learning and mediation in socially diverse and changing social and cultural contexts that require the management of multilingualism and multiculturalism.
  3. World Literature and the French-Speaking World (6 ECTS credits, Compulsory) deals with the diachronic and synchronic study of literature in the French-speaking world, in particular so-called world literature in French: a concept that is replacing what was referred to some years back as post-colonial literature.
  4. Historical and Cultural Factors in the French-Speaking World (6 ECTS credits, Compulsory) introduces basic concepts within the social sciences: culture and civilisation, history, society and identity, organised around specific topics related to the history of France and the French-speaking world.
  5. The Master's Dissertation (TFM:12 ECTS credits, Compulsory) requires reflection and original unpublished research on the part of the students, supervised by a specialist PhD-holding lecturer from the master's degree teaching staff.
  6. External work placement (6 ECTS credits, Compulsory).
In addition to the above compulsory modules, students pick two 6-ECTS modules from the three that are available: Phonic Component and Orality, Lexical and Grammatical Component, and Semantic and Pragmatic Component.
Together, these modules cover all levels of analysis in linguistics, from more form-related features to more meaning-related or even pragmatic ones, thus equipping students on completion of the programme to use the language not only for strictly communicative purposes but also for linguistic and cultural mediation.
The module titles have been deliberately chosen to correspond to concept-terms that are widely used and therefore easily recognised, at least by graduates in related disciplines, though in actual classroom practice the standard definitions and divisions in language studies may be called into question.
Special importance is attached to the compulsory external work placement in companies or institutions, which can involve either teaching French as a Foreign Language or working in mediation in business, social work, associations, local councils, hospitals, etc.

Study plan structure


Type Credits
Compulsory 30
Optional 12
Master Thesis 12
External Practicum 6
TOTAL 60

Module Credits Type
French as a Foreign Language & Intercomprehension: Foundations and Methodologies 9 OB
Language Diversity and Intercultural Mediation 9 OB
Master's Dissertation 12 OB
The Historical and Cultural Factors of the French-Speaking World 6 OB
Work Placements 6 OB
World Literature and the French-Speaking World 6 OB
Lexical and Grammatical Component 6 OT*
Phonic Component and Orality 6 OT*
Semantic and Pragmatic Component 6 OT*

* Optional, you must take 12 credits


OB: Compulsory
OT: Optional

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