This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme who have passed French 1 Intermediate.
In this course you learn how to handle successfully a variety of 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 face-to-face conversations. We will focus on speaking and understanding the language with a variety of oral and written communication tasks in small groups, in pairs or with the whole class. This course will also discuss cultural backgrounds of speakers of French.
This course enables the student to achieve a level B1/B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
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, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform your tutor in advance, providing a valid reason for your absence. Being absent will result in a lowering of the participation grade with 0.5 for every absence after the first five (5) times.
Total course load for this course is 10 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), which equals 280 hours, broken down by:
|Attending classes||72 hours|
|Assessment hours (exams)||6 hours|
|Preparing for classes, exams and extra activities||202 hours|
Assessment and Weighing
|In-class participation and homework, tests/evaluations||20%|
|Oral presentations in class||5%|
|Midterm exam; reading, writing, listening||30%|
|Final exam I; reading, writing, listening||30%|
|Final exam II; oral productions||15%|
To successfully complete the course, please take note that the End Grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of the in-class oral and listening performance, and written exams.
The End Grade needs to be a 6.0 or higher to pass the course.
If the End Grade is insufficient (lower than a 6.0), there is a possibility of retaking the full 80% of the exam material (reading, writing, speaking, and listening). No resit for the tutorial (participation) is possible.
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 organized.
Edito B2 (2015) méthode de français, 3e édition, E. Heu, J. Mabilat-Didier
Edito B2 (2015) Cahier + CD, 3e édition, E.Heu, J. Mabilat-Didier
ISBN: 978 227 808 1127
Grammaire progressive du Français Niveau Intermédiaire A2/B1, 4e édition, CLE International
ISBN: 978 946 2939004
Grammaire progressive du Français Niveau Intermédiaire A2/B1 Corrigés, 4e édition, CLE International
Enrolment through uSis for Tutorials is mandatory.
Students will be enrolled for Exams by the Administration Office, as long as they have a valid Tutorial enrolment.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
When contacting lecturers or tutors, please include your full name, student number, and tutorial group number.
Please use your University email-address (uMail) when communicating with any person or department within Leiden University.
This course uses an integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.