FRA1220 - French grammar and phonology 2


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination and Oral examination
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

The course covers central theoretical aspects of French grammar, such as the temporal system and more complex sentence structures (e.g. interrogative sentences, subordinate clauses, negation). Contrastive aspects between Norwegian and French are important. Students work on both theoretical and practical aspects of grammar individually and in groups.
Furthermore, the course covers central aspects of French phonology, such as liaison, schwa, rhythmic groups and prosody. Students practice transcriptions. The main focus is on pronunciation over word boundaries and sentence prosody.

Learning outcome

Candidates who have passed the course
- can explain core differences in the use of tense in Norwegian and French
- can discuss central aspects of the semantics of tense in French
- know syntactic terminology and can use this terminology in descriptions of complex sentence structures
- can give a basic description of the French phonetic system
- are proficient in the central rules of pronunciation relating to the sentence.

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.

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
  • 1 group presentation in grammar
  • 2 assignments in grammar
  • 2 assignments in phonology

Further on evaluation

- Written exam in grammar (4 hours). This exam counts for 70% of the final grade.
- Oral examination in phonology, ca. 20 minutes, with 20 minutes preparation time. This exam counts for 30% of the final grade.
Each of the exams are 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

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

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

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
FRA1302 7.5 01.09.2019
FRAC1201 7.5 01.09.2019
More on the course

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: French

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • French Language
  • French
  • French Linguistics
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Language and Literature



Examination arrangement: Written examination and Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Oral examination 30/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination 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.

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