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French in Practice


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme who have passed French 1 Beginners and French 2 Pre-Intermediate, or French 1 Intermediate and French 2 Upper-Intermediate. If students have not yet passed French 3 Intermediate or French 3 Advanced, they are expected to follow that course alongside the French in Practice course.


This course puts into action the linguistic and cultural knowledge and skills students acquired in their language acquisition courses. Students will deepen their knowledge of French and apply it to authentic texts related to International Studies.

Using a case-study approach, students will first analyse French sources provided by the tutors. They will also learn how to find reliable sources in French themselves. They will subsequently apply this knowledge to create their own portfolio of usable French data.

Course objectives

By the end of the course, students will be able to locate French materials that can serve as data or reference for a research project in International Studies.

Students will analyse French texts of appropriate level. They will be able to evaluate these texts in English.


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Mode of instruction


Seminars are held every week. Attending all seminar sessions is compulsory. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform your lecturer in advance. Being absent at more than two of the sessions will result in a lowering of your participation grade (20% of the end grade) with 0,5 point for each session missed after the first three sessions. Please note that being absent at any session may have a negative impact on the grade of the assignment due for that particular tutorial session. This is at the discretion of the lecturer.

Assessment method


  • Assignments

  • Midterm Exam (written examination)

  • Portfolio


Partial grade Weighing
Assignments and participation 20%
Midterm Exam 30%
Portfolio 50%

End Grade

To successfully complete the course, please take note that the End Grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of all assessment components.


If you fail this course, you can resubmit an improved version of your portfolio (50% of the final grade). In case of resubmission of the portfolio (insufficient final grade only) the final grade for the portfolio will be lowered as a consequence of the longer process of completion. The deadline for resubmission is 10 working days after receiving the grade for the portfolio.

The exact arrangements with regards to the format and timing of the Midterm Exam can be found in the course syllabus on Brightspace.

Retaking a passing grade

Retaking a passing grade is not possible for this course.
Please consult the Course and Examination Regulations 2021 – 2022.

Exam review and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organised.

Reading list

To be announced.


  • Enrolment through uSis for the course is mandatory.

  • Students will be enrolled for Exams by the Administration Office, as long as they have a valid Tutorial enrolment.

  • General information about uSis is available here.



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