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French 1 Pre-Intermediate


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies with a A2 level (CEFR). You will need to contact your coordinator of studies in order to check your level and do a Dialang exam.


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 an overall level A2/B1 of the Common European Framework .
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

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 individuelle 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.
    To complete the final mark, please take notice of the following:
    the final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average


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 intermédiaire , Clé internationale, collection. (2e édition) 2011. ISBN : 9782090381283

  • Claire Miquel, Vocabulaire progressif du français niveau intermédiaire , Clé internationale, collection (2e édition) Corrigés ISBN 9782090381290

  • Grammaire progressive du Français Niveau Intermédiaire Nouvelle édition CLE International ISBN 978-2-09-038124-5

  • Grammaire progressive du Français Niveau Intermédiaire Corrigés Nouvelle édition CLE International ISBN 978-2-09-038117-7


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.



Passing this course is an additional requirement for a positive Study Recommendation at the end of the year.