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French - Elementary




Admission Requirements

Basic knowledge of French: A1/A2 (Common European Framework). Students that do not meet this prerequisite should contact the instructor regarding the required competencies before course allocation.


French Elementary: Objectif Diplomatie is a French language course for students who are false beginners (A1/A2 CEFR). It enables French to be learnt in the context of European and international relations and thus is of use to diplomats, international civil servants etc. This course offers a fast and practical method of learning French which is based on the completion of assignments specific to the needs of the target audience. The textbooks are divided into units, each of which contains situations for developing oral and written skills, information about European and International Institutions as as well.

Course Objectives

The required competences for a B1 level language can be described as follows: the student can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar and professional matters, can produce simple connected text on topics of interest and give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

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 blackboard site will support the course, hosting a toolbox, course outline+weekly overview, assignments and assessment.


To be confirmed in course syllabus:

Assessment: Listening comprehension exam
Percentage: 20%
Deadline: Week 6 and 14

Assessment: Oral presentation + discussion
Percentage: 20%
Deadline: Week 7 and 15

Assessment: Written exam: reading/vocabulary/ grammar/ ceative writing
Percentage: 40%
Deadline: Week 7 and 15

Assessment: Compositions
Percentage: 10%
Deadline: Week 8 and 16

Assessment: In class participation
Percentage: 10%
Deadline: Ongoing


Objectif Diplomatie 1 (A1/A2) Le Français des relations européennes et internationales(+CD), L. Riehl, M.

Soignet, M. Amiot, Hachette, ISBN 978-2-01-155547-2

The first lesson you must be in possession of the book !

Contact Information

Weekly Overview


Preparation for first session