All modules in French

The Language Centre offers different types of courses (for more information):

  • Integrated skills modules – beginner to advanced
  • Specific skills modules
  • Exam option modules
  • Guided independent learning with a tutor
  • Free independent learning

Take a look at the different courses and choose the one which best matches your needs.

Important information!

Because of the current health situation, our courses will be distance-taught. The concept will remain interactive: an alternation of direct online contact, work in sub-groups (video conferences) and private (individual) study. We use a stimulating and motivating didactic approach, and encourage the active participation of everyone involved.

You will receive more precise information when the groups have been formed.

Coronavirus Info

Integrated skills modules

You will be placed in a class according to the information you gave in your pre-registration (for more information).


Levels: Complete beginner to C2 (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Course structure (compulsory periods):


  • Beginner to A2: 2 periods in a group and 2 periods in the Multimedia Centre for Personalised Learning (1 of which in ‘free access’) per week
  • A2/B1 to B2: 2 periods in a group and 1 period in the Multimedia Centre for Personalised Learning per week
  • B2/C1 to C2: 2 periods in a group per week

Timetable: Established according to participants’ availability


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration

Specific skills modules

French for academic studies

These modules are intended for any member of the EPFL community and have a specifically academic focus.

Ecrire pour des besoins académiques

Learning outcomes

  • To produce clear, well-structured texts relevant to an academic context, with generally accurate grammar and spelling
  • To produce suitably-structured summaries, accounts, narratives and argumentative texts
  • To produce persuasive written texts in a style appropriate to their situation in both French-speaking Switzerland and the EPFL
  • To write down dictated texts
  • To use independent learning strategies both overall and, in particular, to increase lexical and grammatical competence in French
  • To become familiar with certain socio-cultural aspects of the French-speaking world

Level required: from B1 (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Course structure (compulsory periods): 2 periods in a group per week


Timetable: Established according to participants’ availability


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration

Coaching pour communiquer en français en milieu académique

Do you need to submit a proposal, write an article or write your thesis in French? Give a course or present at a conference? Participate in a round-table discussion?

If you wish to improve your communication skills in French by means of professional personalised guidance and by working independently on your personal objectives, then this way of learning is for you.

Target public: doctoral students, researchers and members of the teaching staff


Practical information

Course structure

  • 4 one-hour meetings per semester with your tutor (by appointment)
  • use of the Multimedia Centre (free-access) according to individual needs

Objectives of the sessions

  • The first will allow your needs to be analysed, your objectives to be defined and areas of study to be established.
  • During the three remaining sessions, based on an analysis of your specific situation, your tutor will provide you with precise feedback on your oral and written work. He/She will suggest ways on how to improve and comment on his/her corrections.

NB: Your tutor’s role is to guide you in planning and managing your learning according to the structure described above.


Level required: from B1 (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Structure: 4 personal 1-hour sessions (by appointment) with a tutor


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


RegistrationDirect access to online registration


French for specific communication purposes

These modules are intended for any member of the EPFL community and cover general interest.

Bien prononcer pour mieux communiquer

Learning outcomes

  • To express yourself in French using correct pronunciation, stress and rhythm.
  • To make the connection between spelling and sound in reading and dictation.
  • To use correct intonation when communication to express meanings and emphasise the most important elements
  • To understand rapid speech while analysing the characteristics of pronunciation identifying key words, stress, rhythm, and significant intonations.
  • To identify the various characteristics in accents of native and non-native speakers
  • To use strategies to identify and correct one’s own pronunciation error

Level required: from B1 (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Course structure (compulsory periods): 2 periods in a group per week


Timetable: Established according to participants’ availability


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration

Le français par l’expression théâtrale

Learning outcomes

To interpret a theatrical text both verbally and non-verbally, using reasonably accurate pronunciation, stress, rhythm and suitable gestures

  • To follow the plot of a play and recognise the main events
  • To recount in detail a scene from a play and describe one’s genuine feelings and reactions
  • To describe a dream, a hope or a goal by identifying with certain characters and express it through an improvisation
  • To reformulate a dialogue from the play into one’s own words
  • To express one’s feelings and opinions after seeing a play

Level required: from B1 (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Course structure (compulsory periods): 2 periods in a group per week


Timetable: Established according to participants’ availability


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration

Projet de développement en Afrique : S’informer et communiquer

Learning outcomes

  • To obtain information and exploit resources in order to devise a concrete collaborative project
  • To analyse, report and compare different points of view concerning recent events or social phenomena in connection with the problem in question
  • To argue, debate and orally take a stand about problems linked to the project and, in addition, generate scientific hypotheses
  • To undertake written and oral correspondence with the authorities in charge of the project
  • To present the facts and decisions in the form of reports, syntheses or files demonstrating a certain degree of accuracy and an appropriate style

Level required: from B2 (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Course structure (compulsory periods): 2 periods in a group per week


Timetable: Established according to participants’ availability


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration


Oral communication

The series “Oral Communication” is comprised of 4 different course levels. If you have one of the corresponding levels, you will be placed in this course. If not, you will be placed in another module.

Communiquer dans la vie quotidienne

Learning outcomes

  • To talk about yourself and your activities
  • To communicate on a simple level in everyday situations, using reasonably correct pronunciation, stress and rhythm
  • To understand terms used in everyday life and participate in a simple conversation, using common expressions
  • To understand short messages
  • To formulate simple, personal messages, using suitable vocabulary and correct grammatical structures

Level required: from A1/A2 (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Course structure (compulsory periods): 2 periods in a group and 2 periods in the Multimedia Centre for Personalised Learning (1 of which in ‘free access’) per week


Timetable: Established according to participants’ availability


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration

S’exprimer au quotidien

Learning outcomes

  • To apply strategies for understanding simple oral messages
  • To participate in a conversation on everyday topics, using correct intonation to emphasise the important points
  • To express one’s point of view simply, report events, ask for information and services, describe simply one’s education, training, profession and day-to-day environment, using suitable vocabulary and grammatical structures

Level required: from A2 (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Course structure (compulsory periods): 2 periods in a group and 2 periods in the Multimedia Centre for Personalised Learning (1 of which in ‘free access’) per week


Timetable: Established according to participants’ availability


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration

Echanger, présenter, prendre position

Learning outcomes

  • To express yourself with spontaneity and a certain degree of accuracy, using reasonably correct pronunciation, stress and rhythm
  • To take part in a conversation or discussion related to various situations in everyday life
  • To express your opinion in a familiar context (work or study), to understand both the intentions expressed by your interlocutors and the different levels of language when a clear, standard dialect is used
  • To give a brief talk on a subject of your choice

Level required: from B1 (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Course structure (compulsory periods): 2 periods in a group and 1 periods in the Multimedia Centre for Personalised Learning per week


Timetable: Established according to participants’ availability


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration

Débattre et argumenter

Learning outcomes

  • To express one’s ideas spontaneously and with a certain degree of correctness
  • To participate in a conversation on various topics of general interest
  • To participate actively in discussions on matters of cultural or personal interest
  • To give a short talk in one’s field
  • To note one’s errors and correct them
  • To make use of independent learning strategies

Level required: from B2 (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Course structure (compulsory periods): 2 periods in a group and 1 periods in the Multimedia Centre for Personalised Learning per week


Timetable: Established according to participants’ availability


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration

Integrated skills modules intensive


Dates: from 1st to 12 February 2021


Duration of module: 2 weeks, 3 periods/day

  • either from 9:00 to 11:30
  • or from 13:00 to 15:30

Registration: from 15 November to 11 December 2020


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration


Dates: from 7 to 18 June 2021


Duration of module: 2 weeks, 4 periods/day

  • either from 8:30 to 12:00
  • or from 13:30 to 17:00

Registration: from 15 April to 28 May 2021


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration

The Language Centre offers intensive modules in French, intended exclusively for exchange or master students (the persons concerned have received a separate email about this) and for Swiss German and Swiss Italian students.

These courses take place before the beginning of the academic year so that you may prepare yourself under the best possible conditions in a French-speaking environment.

Groups are formed according to level. You will receive confirmation and all necessary information by email.

If you have any queries, please contact the Language Centre at: [email protected]

Remark: In principle, wait to receive your EPFL email (= your Gaspar ID) before registering for a course.

You will receive all the emails of the Language Centre on your EPFL account.


Dates: from 23 August to 10 September 2021


Duration of module: 3 weeks, 4 periods/day


Registration: from 1st June to 20 July 2021


Registration: Direct access to online registration

Guided autonomy with tutor

This type of independent study provides the opportunity to:

  • learn in a manner adapted to one’s personal needs
  • use tools to analyse those needs, plan objectives and assess one’s progress
  • become familiar with new learning strategies and find appropriate material

It is designed for students at A1/A2 or above and consists of:

  • 3 interviews per semester (1st and 3rd interview: 60 minutes; 2nd interview: 30 minutes)
  • 2 periods per week in the Multimedia Centre (1 registered period and 1 free-access period)
  • personal work (agreed on with the tutor in accordance with your personal objectives)

Pedagogical support includes:

  • the 3 interviews, which serve to set up a study plan in accordance with your personal objectives and to provide both an intermediate and final assessment of your progress
  • access to teacher input during the registered session in the Multimedia Centre
  • registration to a Moodle platform (for all practical information)
  • online back-up via the PlurieL website and/or email contact with your tutor

Although some of the tasks can be completed at home, those requiring access to multimedia material have to be done in the Multimedia Centre. (Room CE 2 347)

Learning through guided autonomy is an individual process. The role of your tutor is to guide you when planning and managing your study within the structure of the module.


Level required: from A1/A2 (Description)


Duration of module: 12 weeks per semester


Periods in the Multimedia Centre: opportunity to choose from a large number of EMA periods


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration

Coaching pour communiquer en français en milieu académique

Do you need to submit a proposal, write an article or write your thesis in French? Give a course or present at a conference? Participate in a round-table discussion?

If you wish to improve your communication skills in French by means of professional personalised guidance and by working independently on your personal objectives, then this way of learning is for you.

Target public: doctoral students, researchers and members of the teaching staff


Practical information

Course structure

  • 4 one-hour meetings per semester with your tutor (by appointment)
  • use of the Multimedia Centre (free-access) according to individual needs

Objectives of the sessions

  • The first will allow your needs to be analysed, your objectives to be defined and areas of study to be established.
  • During the three remaining sessions, based on an analysis of your specific situation, your tutor will provide you with precise feedback on your oral and written work. He/She will suggest ways on how to improve and comment on his/her corrections.

NB: Your tutor’s role is to guide you in planning and managing your learning according to the structure described above.


Level required: from B1 (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Structure: 4 personal 1-hour sessions (by appointment) with a tutor


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


RegistrationDirect access to online registration

Independent learning – no registration required

Timetables of the Multimedia Centre (EMA) in free access and location

In order to continue your language study independently, the Language Centre offers, on an almost daily basis, free-access periods in the Multimedia Centre. You can:

  • go freely (without an appointment)
  • benefit from the resources which have been specially devised for independent language learning
  • easily find learning activities which correspond to your level and needs
  • make use of information and tools in order to better manage your learning through free access.

Someone is present to help you understand how the room works and how to find printed materials.

Tandems are organised and set up within the framework of the Tandem Program of the Arts Faculty/EFLE.

  • Tandem is two people of different mother tongues who meet regularly to teach each other their respective languages
  • Objective: to progress independently in a language, not only by language training but also by cultural discoveries
  • The two partners agree to a specific period of time and choose the pace, meeting place and content of their language learning.

Tandem is a good way of supplementing free access periods in the Multimedia Centre.

French online for Mobility students

French online for Mobility students

Get ready for mobility! Go online and be autonomous – and make your integration into the French-speaking region of Switzerland that much easier. Learn some of the basics of French by entering into real-life situations. (Developed by the Language Centre.)