French Language and Culture Institute

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Courses are created to help develop oral and written expression and comprehension abilities. 
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Welcome, The French Language and Culture Institute of Lyon is a school that specializes in teaching French to foreign students and adults. It is part of the Literature and  anguage Department of the Catholic University of Lyon. ILCF Lyon is  located in the historic heart of the city, designated a UNESCO world heritage site.

The French Language and Culture Institute obtained the Label «French Foreign Language Quality» from the Ministries of Education, Foreign Affairs and Culture. ILCF Lyon  s part of the federation «Université de Lyon» and is also a member  of the ADCUEFE, a grouping of French Universities in the French as a Foreign Language field.

 We offer you 6 reasons to choose ILCF for French language and culture classes:

1) quality of its courses: all teachers are certified to teach French to foreign students (Maters or Ph.D);

2) experience of diversity: students come from 5 continents and represent about 70 nationalities;

3) discovery French culture: Lyon is the second largest city and economic and cultural zone in France; activities in the city are integrated into the courses;

4) progressive learning method : the educative and administrative teams will help you find your way;

5) validation of your knowledge of the language of French: by a language level diploma and University credits but alsoby taking the DELF/DALF official exams;

6) university life: you will have a student status and therefore have numerious courses and services offers.

  • Situated in the heart of the city of Lyon, the Institute of French Language and Culture at the Catholic University of Lyon offers students the advantage of being the  second largest city in France.
  • The city is the economic capital of the Rhône-Alpes region, a very dynamic region, a crossroad between north and south, near Switzerland and Italy. The meeting of its  wo rivers, the Rhône and the Saône, gives the city its charm.
  • It takes only two hours to reach Paris by TGV. The city is not far from the sea (one and a half hours by TGV) and the mountains (the Alps).
  • Lyon has been listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site because of its diversity: the «Vieux Lyon» reflects the heritage of the sixteenth century and Fourvière hill is the  birthplace of Lugdunum, the Roman city, capital of the Three Gauls.
  • Lyon is also a city preparing for the future with its technological centers and its international atmosphere.

The city of culture, science and industry

  • The city of Lyon is a cultural center. You can go to the Opera and to the National Orchestra of Lyon, or to the National Conservatory of Music and the «Théâtre National Populaire».
  • Sciences are also well represented in Lyon because the city has many international research centers for rare diseases (le laboratoire P4) and research centers for cancer  le Centre Léon Bérard). As far as industry is concerned, chemistry takes an important role at the French Institute of Petrol and at Rhône Poulenc.
  • Lyon is also the European headquarters of Interpol and Euronews (an informational TV channel broadcasted in every European language).
  • In choosing Lyon, you have the possibility to study at the Catholic University, in one of the three Universities or in a «Grande Ecole» (for example the School of  rchitecture, the National school of Construction, the School of Management  of Lyon and the School of Theatre).

History of Lyon, from Lugdunum to today

  • Lyon was once called Lugdunum and was the Roman capital of Three Gauls. It was also a major European crossroads and capital of printing during the sixteenth century.  oreover, Lyon is the capital of silk and represented the end of the silk road from China. Many famous people were born in Lyon  including André Marie Ampère (discoverer  f electromagnetism), the Lumière brothers (inventors of cinema) and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (aviator and author of the Petit Prince).
  • Lyon has been the center of many great historical events. The work of the canuts (silk weavers) made Lyon an important city during the Industrial Revolution. During  orld  ar II, the Prefect Jean Moulin made Lyon the center of the Resistance movement.
  • Lyon is also the capital of gastronomy. Beaujolais wine is made in the nearby countryside. It is served often with Lyon sausage or a plate of delicious quenelles.

The Institute of French Language and Culture (ILCF) was created in 1948 by the College of Liberal Arts at the Catholic University of Lyon. The Institute has connections with numerous institutes and universities in France and abroad.

Studies open to the world

The courses are created for everyone 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 around the world.

Linguistic abilities

Courses are organized in language level groups based on each individual’s language level. These levels correspond to the European Framework of Reference for  Languages. Communicative language activities increase the following competences:

  • reception: listening, reading,
  • production: written and oral expression,
  • communication: conversation skills,
  • mediation: translation and interpretation activities.

Progression of the courses and the documents used

Courses are designed to help students gain autonomy in their use of French. This is done through activities that 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, original documents    press, cartoon strips, texts, videos, etc.) and integrative excursions as the ILCF is located in the heart of the city. Students should progress in grammar    nd language use, and their 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  niversity. These diplomas can be translated into equivalent credits or units at universities, colleges or institutes abroad. Students also have the opportunity to sit for   he examinations offered by the National Education Board, for example the DELF, the DALF, or the TCF because ILCF is an official examination center.

A University Environment

Students who are enrolled for the academic year in intensive or semi-intensive programs can, depending on their level, complete their studies by attending classes  ffered by other departments of the University (literature, economics,  languages, human sciences, law, theology, etc.). To find an optional course among the course  fferings at the Catholic University of Lyon.

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  nd to gain a better working knowledge of French language and culture.

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