Studies opened up to the world
The courses are created for persons wishing to learn French or to improve their knowledge of the French language and culture in an international environment. Classes are made up of students from all over the world.
Courses are organized in groups based on language level. These levels correspond to the European Framework of Reference for Languages and are classified by linguistic abilities. Communicative language activities increase the following competences:
- reception: listening, reading,
- production: written and oral comprehension, expression,
- communication: conversation skills,
- mediation: translation and interpretation activities.
Progression of the courses and documents used
Courses are designed to help students gain autonomy in their use of French. This is done through activities which encourage students to practice oral and written comprehension and expression. The language activities given to students are varied but are based on a grammar book, a workbook of exercises and native documents: press, cartoon strips, texts, videos... Students should obviously progress in grammar, language use, and knowledge of French culture as a result. It is important to note that active student participation is required to see this progression.
The validation of knowledge
Organized in accordance to the European Credits Transfer System (ECTS), the programs offered at the Institute are validated by diplomas awarded by the Catholic University. These diplomas can be translated into equivalent credits or units at universities, colleges or institutes abroad. Students have also the opportunity to sit for the examinations offered by the National Education Board, for example the DELF, the DALF, or the TCF since the ILCF is an official examination center.
A University Environment
Students who are enrolled for the academic year intensive or semi-intensive programs can, depending on their level, compliment their studies by attending classes offered by other departments of the University (literature, economics, languages, human sciences, law, theology...).
A diverse and dynamic culture
Everything has been created (cultural and sports activities, excursions, meetings with families of Lyon etc.) in order to enable you to integrate easily into the university and to gain a better working knowledge of French language and culture.