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French 2 Pre-Intermediate


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.
Successful completion of French 1.


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.

Course objectives

This course enables the student to achieve a good level A2 of the Common European Frame (CEF) and prepare the DELF A2.
This course is the second 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 French, 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.


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website

Mode of instruction


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



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, avec un CD audio, 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.