Last updated on 17 oct. 2021

Foreign Language Conversation Workshops

You are a student at Lyon 2 and you wish to improve your foreign language skills

Foreign language conversation workshops allow you to practice your skills with a native speaker of the language, outside of class and in a small group. They are organized by language and level.
The procedure for registering depends on the language.
Consult the pages dedicated to the different languages (in French):

You are an international exchange student and you wish to lead a conversational workshop

Workshops are lead by international exchange students; for their participation, workshop leaders may be eligible to earn course credit (ECTS).

The Language Centre encourages you to follow a one-time training workshop that allows you to lead conversational workshops in your native language so that French students can better learn in their classes at the Language Center (fr. Centre de Langues or CdL).

You will lead 10 to 12 conversation sessions, with up to six French students.

In order to obtain the 5 ECTS equivalent to this course, you will have to hand in an observation report at the end of the semester.

The workshops are organized by language and level.

Contact the directors according to language :

Chinese: Ting-Shiu Lin (
English: Karin Furenas (
German: Pierre Brunel (
Italian: Sandra Garbarino (
Portuguese: Jean-Paul Giusti (
Russian: Natalya Shevchenko (
Spanish: Isabel Pradat-Paz (

Main focus of the course

Acquire skills in leading conversation sessions in a foreign language with French-speaking students, and possibly in leading bilingual forums; help in setting up tandems, and act as a language tutor on the online course platform of the Université Lumière Lyon 2.


Language Faculty members can establish conversation groups for the purpose of guided (semi-autonomous) study in the language they teaching the Language Centre’s Language Pole. Faculty members form groups of up to 6 students from their courses. A native speaker is then (enrolled at the Université Lumière Lyon 2) is assigned to lead the group’s semi-autonomous study. The composition of this group may vary throughout the semester.

The foreign student leader will have to hold at least 10 sessions of one and a half hours during the semester and will present an observation report for evaluation.

Make-up sessions may take the form of facilitated bilingual forums, the assistance in the practice of tandems, or the role of linguistic tutor on the online platform of the Université Lumière Lyon 2, depending on the languages for which these activities exist, and in the event that the 10 sessions could not be provided.
Students may enrol in this course for two semesters.

The pedagogical supervision is ensured by a teacher of the language being taught (preparation and follow-up of the sessions), a supervisor of the group of foreign students volunteering in this course, and in consultation with the teachers in charge of the French-speaking students.

Planned time slots

One or two time slots will be fixed in agreement with the student.

Validation semester

Fall or spring.

Methods of assessment

Attendance, punctuality, and more importantly the production of an observation report by the student according to the procedures established at the beginning of the semester by the person in charge of each language.

Public concerned

Students from foreign universities enrolled for a semester at the Université Lumière Lyon 2

Eligibility criteria

See above: Public concerned.

Location of the workshops

Depending on the language, Porte des Alpes Campus and/or the Berges du Rhône Campus.


Fall semester (Sept. to December): 2JTRATC3
Spring semester (January to April): 2JTRATC4

Learn a language in tandem

Working in tandem is a self-directed learning method, where two people with different native languages work together.
They take turns learning the other's language and then teaching their own. By helping each other in tandem, they deepen their skills in the other's language and get to know each other's culture better.
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