Specialization in French Grammar and Text Linguistics

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

This course comprises a curriculum in grammar and text linguistics spanning roughly 200 - 250 pages taken from a modern text book written in French, in contrast to the 100-level text book which is comparative and written in a Scandinavian language. Students will also be given a selection of academic articles of around 50 pages.

The work on both grammar and text linguistics has as its main aim to give the students more extensive theoretical knowledge and practical proficiency in modern French.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the course, the student is expected to:


  • have a more profound insight into linguistic terms and apparatuses for grammatical analysis
  • have specialized knowledge about French language structure and linguistic texts


  • be able to reflect critically on linguistic analyses of the language
  • be able to utilize linguistic concepts in analyzing French as it is used in different genres

General competence

  • be able to work independently on a linguistic research question and find relevant background materials
  • know the norms of academic language
  • be able to further develop knowledge and skills in the discipline in an independent manner

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
No official requirements, but all the teaching is conducted in French and presupposes high level of French.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
The teaching builds on FRAN120 and FRAN121. Students' language proficiency should be equivalent to that of those having completed course work on the 100 level.
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Due to academic overlap, credits awarded for completing FRAN205 are reduced by 15 ECTS if combined with FRAN201 or FRAN255.
Access to the Course
The course is open to all students admitted to the University of Bergen.
Teaching and learning methods

Teaching is normally conducted in the form of three-hour lectures, seminars and supervision over a twelve-week period.

If less than five students sign up for the course, the teaching may be adjusted to fit the number of students, e.g. by making lectures into seminars or other forms of individually suited teaching. If this should be the case, students will be notified on the nature of the alternative teaching arrangements before the registration deadline 1 Feb/1 Sep.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Students must attend at least 27 of 36 teaching hours (including digital teaching) (i.e. 75 %) in order to be eligible for assessment in the course.

In the course of the semester, students are required to get approval on a text linguistic and grammar exercise given in the course of the teaching.

Mandatory assignments are valid for one additional semester following the semester of instruction.

Forms of Assessment
Six-hour written examination, which may be digital.
Grading Scale
The grading scale is A-F, where F is a fail.
Assessment Semester
Spring. Students with valid approvals on their mandatory assignments may also be assessed in the fall semester.
Reading List

The reading list is taken from a modern French grammar as well as from linguistic journals.

The reading list will be ready by 1 Jul for the fall semester, and 1 Dec for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation
Evaluation of the course is carried out in accordance with the University of Bergen quality assurance system.
Examination Support Material
Le Petit Robert or another French single-language dictionary.
Programme Committee
The program committee is responsible for the academic content and structure of the study program, and for the quality of all the subjects therein.
Course Administrator
The Department of Foreign Languages at the Faculty of Humanities has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study program.