French university classes and assignments are totally unique to France, and unless you’ve previously studied in a French school, it’s difficult to grasp the particular structure and style of writing assignments. Unlike American-style “papers,” French university assignments adhere to very strict forms that French students learn from a very young age, that French professors don’t often explain for the benefit of foreign students.
In this chapter, you’ll learn about the most common types of French assignments: what their purpose is and a recommended approach to completing the analysis and organization for your papers. You’ll also have at least one sample assignment, written by an American study-abroad student at the undergraduate or master’s level. In addition, you’ll learn the rules of the problématique (thesis statement), assignment formatting (no double spacing!) and bibliographies (not MLA!). Good luck!