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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.

Course objectives

This course enables the student to achieve a good level A1 of the Common European Frame (CEF) and prepare the DELF A1/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 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

Three two hour tutorials every week

Attending lectures and tutorials is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a lecture or a 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.

Course Load

  • Total course load: 280 hours (10 EC)

  • Attending classes: 72 hours (6 hrs per week over 12 weeks)

  • Preparing classes, exams and extra activities : 208 hours •

Assessment method

1) Participation active en classe et devoirs : 10%
2) Evaluations CC : tests en début de chaque semaine = tests rapides de grammaire/ vocabulaire. Durée 5 minutes : 20%
3) Examen de Mid-term : 25%
4) Examen final : Partie I (25%) + Partie II (20%)
The resit will be a written exam of two hours, and will test if the students have reached the end level of this semester. This exam consists of the following components:

  • Reading and writing;

  • Written dialogue;

  • Vocabulary and grammar.
    To complete the final mark, please take notice of the following:
    the final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average


Blackboard will be used. For tutorial groups: please enroll in blackboard after your enrolment in uSis

Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

  • Version Originale A1 Livre de l’élève. Isbn : 9789460301667

  • Version Originale A1 Cahier d’exercices. Isbn : 9789460301841

  • Grammaire progressive du français, niveau débutant, 2e édition, Clé internationale, collection. isbn : 978-209-038114-6

  • Grammaire progressive du français niveau débutant, 2e édition Corrigés isbn: 978-2-09-038115-3


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English
nts/study-administration/usis-english.html and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.



Passing this course is an additional requirement for a positive Study Recommendation at the end of the year.