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French - Elementary


Admission requirements

French – Beginners or equivalent basic knowledge of French: A2 (Common European Framework). Students who do not meet this prerequisite should contact the instructor regarding the required competencies before course allocation.


French - Elementary is a French task-based language course for students with a level A2 (CEFR) 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. This course will take you from level A2 to level B1 (CEFR).

Course Objectives

The required competences for a B1 language level (CEFR) can be described as follows: the student can understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar subjects in work, school, leisure activities, etc. He can manage in most situations that come up when travelling in a region where the language is spoken. He can produce a simple and cohesive text on familiar subjects or subjects of personal interest. He can narrate an event, an experience or a dream, describe a desire or goal, and outline reasons or explanations behind a project or idea.

The student:

  • Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.

  • Can deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken.

  • Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.

  • Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.


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 already a 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 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 assessments.

Assessment Method

  • Listening comprehension exams: 20%

  • Oral presentations + discussions: 20%

  • Written exams: reading/vocabulary/grammar/creative writing: 50%

  • In-class participation: homework and other activities: 10%

Reading list

  • Méthode de français Nickel ! 2 avec CD (du livre + du cahier d’exercices), CLE International, ISBN 978-209-038501-4

  • Cahier d’exercices Nickel ! 2, CLE International, ISBN 978-209-038502-1

  • Grammaire progressive du Français Niveau Intermédiaire 4e édition avec 680 exercices, CLE International ISBN 978-209-038103-0

  • Grammaire progressive du Français Niveau Intermédiaire Corrigés 4e édition CLE International ISBN 978-946-293901-1


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,