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Teaching French as a Foreign Language

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The main objective of the Master in Teaching French as a Foreign Language is to train highly qualified instructors for the teaching of French as a Foreign Language in the Arabic cultural environment. This internationally recognized diploma is identical to the one issued in Paris. It is rich in both the long heritage of the Sorbonne and its original roots in Abu Dhabi.

In the first year, courses are taught in a combination of French and English, since students are expected to be fluent in both languages upon graduation. In the second year, all courses are taught in French.

The first year is a common curriculum entitled “French Language: Teaching and Publishing”. It is intended to enhance the linguistic and cultural knowledge of students, enabling them to discover – through general or specialized courses – the various professional orientations corresponding to the curriculum. During the second semester, students complete an internship corresponding to the selected optional subject.

The second year combines a semester course and one semester where students will be teaching. The first half of the year provides solid training in three key areas of the discipline: Interculturalism (relations between the French-speaking world and the Arab world, in a comparative perspective focusing on texts and cultural traits); linguistics (French and contrastive, analyzed in the French-Arabi area); and didactics (in the broader idea of the term: cognitive, psychological, cultural and practical).

This course is part of the natural extension of the B.A. in French and Comparative Literature taught at the Sorbonne Abu Dhabi. Students holding another B.A. may also submit an application for the Master’s degree.

The courses are taught by professors from Paris-Sorbonne. Furthermore, seminars and lectures may be given by experts in the region.

The teaching methods incorporate theoretical knowledge, methodological training and teaching practices required for teaching in adequation with different audiences.

The validation is done through continuous assessment and final examination. During the second semester, students must also complete an internship and write a training report.



Semester 1

  • UE 1 French language and general culture (5 ECTS)
  • UE 2 Professional writing and image I (5 ECTS)
  • UE 3 Professional editing (5 ECTS)
  • UE 4 Foreign language (English) (3 ECTS)
  • UE 5 Teaching French (12 ECTS)
Semester 2

  • UE 1 French language I (5 ECTS)
  • UE 2 Professional writing and image II (5 ECTS)
  • UE 3 Professional editing II (5 ECTS)
  • UE 4 Foreign language (English) (3 ECTS)
  • UE 5 Teaching French (6 ECTS)
  • UE 6 Internship and training report (6 ECTS)


Semester 1Fundamental courses:

  • Cultural Anthropology (Comparative literature, Arab civilization) (8 ECTS)
  • Language (French, contrastive Linguistics) (8 ECTS)

Teaching methodology (8 ECTS):

  • French Didactics
  • Language (methods and media)

Optional courses:

  • Foreign language (3 ECTS)
  • Computer science (3 ECTS)
Semester 2

  • Internship and internship report (30 ECTS)






All courses are scheduled from 04:30 pm to 07:30 pm, to give students the possibility to continue their careers while studying.

The teaching of French as a foreign language in middle schools and in high schools as well as in University courses or vocational training (tourism, culture, health) is the first job prospect of this major.

However, there are other opportunities in the cultural or diplomatic services of the francophone countries; in the administration of public and private institutions; as well as in companies specializing in the development and marketing of editorial products for the diffusion of the French language and culture.

These opportunities are even more numerous in the UAE and in many other MENA countries, for they are keen on developing their relations with France and willing to support the initiative for spreading the French language and culture.