Cours de civilisation française de la Sorbonne

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Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne
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Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne
214 boulevard Raspail, 75014 Paris
Coordinates 48°50′27″N 2°19′47″E / 48.840868°N 2.329763°E / 48.840868; 2.329763
Type Private school
Established 1919
President Recteur Jean-Louis Boursin
Director Pierre Brunel
Number of students 7000

The Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne (CCFS - the Sorbonne French language and civilisation courses) depends on the Foundation Robert de Sorbon, a public utility foundation of private status regulated by the French Law of 4 July 1990 on the foundations. The purpose of this organization is to uphold the French culture around the world by teaching French civilization and French language as a foreign language. Created in 1919, The CCFS is a French foreign language school, or français langue étrangère (FLE).

Primarily attended by Americans,[citation needed] the CCFS regroups today nearly 130 nationalities with a prominent presence of Germans, Americans, Britons, Brazilians, Chinese, Swedes, Koreans, Spaniards, Japanese, Poles and Russians. About seven thousand students attend the institution each year.

According to its statutes, the CCFS is directed by a professor, an emeritus professor or a University lecturer. The current director of the courses is Mr. Pierre Brunel, Professor of comparative literature at the Paris-Sorbonne University (Paris IV), member of the Institut Universitaire de France and the Deputy-Director is Mr. Jean-Louis de Boissieu, lecturer in the same University.

The foundation Robert de Sorbon has a Supervisory Board, on which sit the Ministers of the Interior and Foreign Affairs, and the Rector of the Academy of Paris, Chancellor of the Universities. The Council shall appoint an Executive Board consisting of two personalities, the President, currently the Rector Jean-Louis Boursin, former President of the Rectors' Conference of France, and the Director of the Courses, Pierre Brunel, Professor Emeritus of comparative literature at the Paris-Sorbonne University, member of the Institut Universitaire de France and the Academia Europaea; the Deputy Director Jean-Louis de Boissieu, French language honorary master conferences in the same university.[1]

Sites location[edit]

The historical headquarters of the CCFS is located in the Sorbonne. No teaching takes place in the same Sorbonne, but in the House of Students located at 214 Boulevard Raspail, Paris 14th District


The CCFS provide French courses for students of all levels, from complete beginners to professor of French as a foreign language. These courses prepare either to pass various national and international evaluations such as TCF or DELF or to obtain the school own diploma or certificate.

French language and civilization courses[edit]

Various formula of courses are proposed according to the learner teaching intentions and needs. These formulas are made up with various courses association that includes:

  • French language classes (grammar, conjugation, spelling, vocabulary, approach to literary texts, written and oral expression);
  • phonetics with language laboratory (expression, pronunciation and understanding exercises);
  • French civilisation taught in lectures or in small groups.

Specialised Modules[edit]

The CCFS also prepares to pass French tests and diplomas issued by the Minister of National Education that certify French skills of foreign candidates. Some of these tests allow the entrance into the French University. These specialised modules prepare to pass:

  • the TCF, TCF-SO (TCF on computer) and the TCF-DAP (French knowledge test - Preliminary Admission Application);
  • the DELF (Diploma in French language studies);
  • the DALF (Diploma in advanced French language studies).
  • the TEF (Test d’Évaluation de Français - Diplôme de la Chambre de Commerce) and the e-TEF (digital version).

Special courses[edit]

These courses are designed for students with a good level of French. Some of these specialisations can allow to pass the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry's diplomas.

The pre-university section[edit]

The pre-university section prepares the entrance to the University "Licence"or Master (two sections: Humanities or Law - Economics - Management). After selection, the students are taught to supplement their training in French language and civilization. The diploma obtained at the end of this training may be admitted to many foreign countries as equivalent of a year's study of the first cycle of a French university.

The University Summer Courses[edit]

The University Summer Course (EUC) is specifically aimed for foreign professors teaching French – as a foreign language or as a secondary language - and students with good skills in French. It offers seminars and courses based on a set of methodological techniques that make it a high-level course.

The "Business French" Specialisation[edit]

The Business French specialisation prepares simultaneously students for both the Sorbonne's French language certificate and the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry's diploma by teaching French business language (composition of business documents, study of economics articles...). It enters the wider framework of professional French lessons.

Certificates and diplomas[edit]

A successful completion of the studies are awarded by the CCFS own series of certificates and diplomas during a formal graduation ceremony in the Sorbonne biggest amphitheatre. A continual assessment and final exam system is used to evaluate the work completed in each of the sessions. Depending on the level and the course chosen, the CCFS award:

  • Diplôme d'études de la civilisation française (Diploma in French civilisation studies): pre-university section
  • Certificate de langue et civilisation françaises (Diploma in French language and civilisation): advanced level
  • Certificat de civilisation française (Certificate in French civilisation) : advanced level
  • Certificat de langue et civilisation françaises (Certificate in French language and civilisation): intermediate level
  • Certificat de langue et d'initiation à la civilisation (Certificate in language and introduction to civilisation): intermediate level
  • Certificat de Langue française (French language certificate: all levels
  • Certificat de stage de français écrit (Certificate in written French): advanced level
  • Certificat de stage d'expression orale (Certificate in spoken expression): all levels
  • Certificat de fin de cours - de l'oral à l'écrit (Course certificate - from speaking to writing): advanced level
  • Student transcript (University Summer Course): advanced level

The CCFS also provides courses allowing students to obtain various evaluations from other organizations (i.e. DELF, DALF, TCF and Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry's diplomas).

Exam Center[edit]

TCF Exam Center (CIEP-Sorbonne Centre)[edit]

Through a partnership agreement signed in 2006, the TCF CIEP-Sorbonne Centre is the only centre affiliated to the International Centre of Pedagogical Studies empowered to pass the French Knowledge Test (TCF) in Paris.

Since 2014, CCFS offers TCF examination sessions on computer (TCF-SO).

DELF-DALF Centre[edit]

In September 2010, the International Centre for Educational Studies (Centre international d'études pédagogiques - CIEP) and the CCFS signed a partnership agreement that gave birth to the DELF-DALF Exam Center.

The DELF-DALF Exam Center is a center affiliated with CIEP empowered to pass the Diploma of French Language Studies (Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française - DELF) and the Advanced Diploma of French Language (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française - DALF).

Groups welcome[edit]

In partnership with a number of organizations and universities, the CCFS coordinate linguistic journeys with personalised teachings.


CCFS courses are organized into sessions of various duration:

  • Winter Semester (October–January)
  • Spring Semester (February–May)
  • Summer courses (June–September with flexible durations)
  • Fall session (September–December)

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