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French 2 (Upper-) Intermediate


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies who have passed French 1 Pre-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.

Course objectives

This course enables the student to achieve a level B1+/B2 of the Common European Framework .
The final objective of this course series is to obtain an intermediate level of proficiency in [language], 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 au début de chaque semaine = tests rapides de grammaire/ vocabulaire : 20%
3) Examen de Mid-term : 25%
4) Examen final : Partie I (25%) + Partie II (20%)
Examen oral : Présentation devant la classe

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.


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

Claire Miquel, Vocabulaire progressif du français niveau avancé, Clé internationale, 2e édition ISBN 978-2-09-038130-6
Claire Miquel, Vocabulaire progressif du français niveau avancé , Clé internationale, 2e édition Corrigés ISBN 978-2-09-038131-3

Grammaire progressive du Français Niveau Intermédiaire Nouvelle édition CLE International ISBN 978-2-09-033848-5
Grammaire progressive du Français Niveau Intermédiaire Corrigés Nouvelle édition CLE International ISBN 978-2-09-033849-2


Enrollement through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

The student administration will register all first year students for the first semester courses in uSis, the registration system of Leiden University.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.