2023-2024 / TRAD0211-1

Writing techniques


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in translation and interpretation5 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...) (Faculty of Philosophy and Letters)3 crédits 


France-Anne Neven

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

1) Analysis of professional documents and different drafting techniques;  2) Written expression: writing letters, emails, press articles, minutes, reports, CVs, application letters etc.  3) Punctuation rules.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Students will be able to draft a range of documents such as letters, summaries, press articles, reports, press releases, etc. Students will write in impeccable French while demonstrating brevity and readability. Students will adapt their style and methods to the objective, the medium and the audience(s).

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

No prerequisite knowledge and skills mandatory.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

30 h Q 2, on Monday : 8:00-10:00.

The course is based on exercises supplemented with theoretical explanations. 
Students will also have the possibility to perfect their written French through work carried out at home. This work - some of which is compulsory and subject to assessment - will be corrected by the teacher. 
Based on exercises carried out in class or at home and based on theoretical contributions which can have a practical application, teaching will focus on student participation, interactions within the group and individual involvement.

Recommended or required readings

- Course notes (texts, exercises and theoretical information). 

- Class timetable will be distributed in September. 

- Claude LEBRUN, 1000 mots pour réussir. Paris, Belin, 2018.  
Lexique des règles typographiques en usage à l'Imprimerie nationale, Paris, Imprimerie nationale, 2002.   
- Book chosen by the student for the publisher's file. 
- Book to translate chosen by the student for the publisher's file.   

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

Additional information:

Additional information:

 In June: written examination (MCQ and open questions).      


Note : 

- Written exam : 60 % ; 

- Written project: 40 % (file for a publisher)   

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course



Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online


CV and letter
CV and letter

Course notes
Course notes


Course 25th of March 2024