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French 1 Beginners


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.


In this course you learn how to handle successfully a variety of basic social situations you may encounter in daily life in France or other French-speaking countries, or when meeting French-speaking people. You learn to maintain non-complicated face-to-face conversations, and to perform such tasks as introducing yourself, asking directions, understanding a TV program or writing an e-mail. These basics are acquired by using the textbook and through a wide range of real-life situations, performed either individually or in groups. Grammar, cultural topics, current issues and pronunciation are main concerns, too.

We will use:

  • Alter ego, Méthode de français A1, Hachette, 2006

  • Alter ego 1, Cahier d’activités

  • Grammaire progressive du français, niveau débutant, Clé internationale, collection : Progressive, 2010 + corrigé.

For Alter ego, you can have an idea of the book on the website of Hachette and the website of Alibris

Course objectives

This course enables the student to achieve a good level A1 of the Common European Frame (CEF) and prepare the DELF A1 or A2.
This course is the first course in a series of three language acquisition courses within the International Studies program. The final objective of this course series is to obtain an intermediate level of proficiency in [language], aimed at communication with people in the region in everyday social situations and enabling students to follow current affairs in the region via various media.

Mode of instruction

Three two hour tutorials every week.

Attending lectures and tutorials is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a lecture or tutorial, please inform the tutor of the course. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the final exam or essay.

Assessment method

Written and/or oral language tests.


Blackboard will be used. Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

  • Alter ego, Méthode de français A1, A. Berthet Hachette, 2006 isbn 978-2-01-155420-8

  • Alter ego A1, Cahier d’activités isbn 978-2-01-155421-5

  • Grammaire progressive du français, niveau débutant, Clé internationale, collection. isbn : 978-2-09-033973-4

  • Grammaire progressive du français niveau débutant Corrigés isbn: 978-2-09-033859-8


Students are requested to register through uSis, the registration system of Leiden University for this course. General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.