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French - Beginners


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French Beginners is a French task-based language course for students with no knowledge of the French language. This course will provide students with sets of grammatical, lexical and phonological items. Communicative tasks will be used to develop speaking, reading, listening and writing skills. An important aspect of the course will be the culture knowledge of French and other French-speaking countries.

Course Objectives

The French language course for beginners aims at the A1/A2 level of the Common European Framework (CEFR). By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.

  • Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.

  • Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.


Timetables for courses offered at Leiden University College in 2021-2022 will be published on this page of the e-Prospectus.

Mode of instruction

This course builds up the language skills of students who have no basic knowledge of French and develops the full range of communication skills in speaking, reading, listening and writing. Course contents are grammar practice, vocabulary building, listening, speaking and writing activities. The course is based on language learning books, requires a lot of self-study at home. The method of teaching is communicative and classes will be conducted primarily in French. A Brightspace site will support the course, hosting a toolbox, course outline + weekly overview, assignments and assessment.

Assessment Method

  • Listening comprehension exams: 20%, Week 7+14 (TBC)

  • Oral presentations + discussions: 20%, Week 7+14 (TBC)

  • Written exams (4x): reading/vocabulary/grammar/creative writing: 50% together , Weeks 4+7+11+14 (TBC)

  • Tests / in class participation and homework: 10%, On-going

Reading list

  • Nickel 1 ! Méthode de français, livre de l’élève + CD (livre de l’élève + cahier d’exercices) H. Augé – M.D. Canada Pujols – C. Marlhens – L. Martin, niveau A1/A2, CLE International, ISBN : 978-209-038498-7 (pour l’édition de 2014)

  • Nickel 1 ! Cahier d’exercices (avec corrigés), H. Augé – M.D. Canada Pujols – C. Marlhens – L. Martin, niveau A1/A2, CLE International, ISBN : 978-209-038499-4 (pour l’édition de 2014)

  • French Grammar Drills Third Edition, Eliane Kurbegov, ed. Mac Graw Hill, ISBN: 978-1260116212


Courses offered at Leiden University College (LUC) are usually only open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Leiden University students who participate in one of the university’s Honours tracks or programmes may register for one LUC course, if availability permits. Registration is coordinated by the Education Coordinator,


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Coordinator: Drs. Maria-Josée Perez Rodriguez
Instructor: Drs Jeanne Giberius-Vignaud