FRA1210 - French grammar and phonology 1


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written and oral examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 70/100 4 hours F
Oral examination 30/100 20 minutes

Course content

The course is an introduction to central aspects of French grammar, such as basic syntax and verb morphology. Students practice basic syntactic analyses. The focus of the course is the relationship between the syntax of the sentence and its constituents, for example different types of word phrases and the use of pronouns.

The course also gives an introduction to and training in central rules for pronunciation in French. Students will use the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) to transcribe simple texts. The main focus is on the relationship between orthography and pronunciation.

Teaching involves group work and students' active participation in solving practical and theoretical exercises.

Learning outcome


Candidates who have passed this course:

- Are proficient in elementary syntactic analysis and morphology

- Can recognize French tense forms

- Can explain basic differences in Norwegian and French word order


Candidates who have passed this course:

- Can transcribe simple French texts

- Are proficient in the central rules of pronunciation in French

General competence

Candidates who have passed this course:

- Have a basic understanding of differences between languages

- Can utilize their knowledge to support further language learning

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and group sessions. Oral and written proficiency training. Students are expected to actively participate in seminars, group sessions and presentations. The course is taught in French.

Approved obligatory assignments are valid for 2 semesters (the semester in which the approval is given, plus the following semester). All obligatory assignments must be completed in the same semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • 80% attendance in all teaching activities
  • 8 tests targeting verb conjugation
  • 1 assignment in phonology
  • 2 short assignments in grammar

Further on evaluation

- Oral examination in phonology, ca. 20 minutes, with 30 minutes preparation time. This exam counts for 30% of the final grade.

- Written exam in grammar (4 hours). This exam counts for 70% of the final grade.

Each of the exams is graded separately. Only the final grade will be listed on official diplomas and transcripts of records from NTNU.

Both the written exam and the oral examination must receive the grade E or better in order for the student to receive a passing grade. If a student fails one or both parts of the exam, they must retake both parts of the exam. If a student resits a passed exam, they must retake both parts of the exam.

The exam must be answered in French. Information about which dictionaries, if any, you are allowed to consult during the written exam will be available in the reading list at the beginning of the semester.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

The reading list will be available at the start of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
FRA1200 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
FRAC1200 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2022

Language of instruction: French

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • French Language
  • French
  • French Linguistics
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Language and Literature


Examination arrangement: Written and oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 30/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD School exam 70/100 F 2022-12-15 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 30/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 70/100 F INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"

More on examinations at NTNU