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French 2 Pre-Intermediate


Admission requirements

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


In this course you learn how to handle successfully a variety of basic 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 non-complicated face-to-face conversations, and to perform such tasks as introducing yourself, asking directions, understanding a TV program or writing an e-mail. These basics are acquired by using the textbook and through a wide range of real-life situations, performed either individually or in groups. Grammar, cultural topics, current issues and pronunciation are main concerns, too.

Course objectives

This course enables the student to achieve a good level A2 of the Common European Frame (CEF) and prepare the DELF A2 This course is the second course in a series of three language acquisition courses within the International Studies program. 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.

  • (Audio)visual reception (reading): B1

  • Written production (writing): A2

  • Listening: A2+

  • Oral productions: A2


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.

Mode of instruction

Three two-hour tutorials every week, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform your tutor in advance, providing a valid reason for your absence. Being absent will result in a lower of the participation grade with 0.5 for every absence after the first three (3) times.

Course Load

Total course load for this course is 10 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), this equals 280 hours, broken down by:

  • Attending classes: (6 hours per week over 12 weeks) 72 hours

  • Preparing classes, exams and extra activities : 202 hours

  • Assessment hours (exams and other assessment): 6 hours

Assessment method


  • Participation: in-class activity and homework, tests / evaluation

  • Mid-term exam: reading, writing, listening

  • Final exam part I: reading, writing, listening

  • Final exam part II: oral


Partial Grade Weighing
Participation 20%
Mid-term Exam 30%
Final Exam Part I 30%
Final Exam Part II 20%

End grade

To successfully complete the course, please take note that the end grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of the in-class oral and listening performance and exams.


If the end grade is insufficient (lower than a 6), there is a possibility of retaking the full 80% of the exam material (reading, writing, speaking and listening). No resit for the tutorial (participation) is possible.

Retaking a passing grade

Please consult the Course and Examination Regulations 2017 – 2018.

Exam review

How and when an exam review takes place will be determined by the examiner. This review will be within 30 days after official publication of exam results.


Blackboard will be used for tutorial groups. Students are requested to enroll on Blackboard for this course, but only after correct enrolment in uSis.

Reading list

  • Version originale 2. Méthode de français. Livre de l‘élève. Monique Denyer e.a., ISBN 9789460300844 * Version originale 2. Cahier d’exercices. ISBN: 9789460300851

  • 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

  • Vocabulaire progressif du Français, niveau intermédiaire, ISBN : 978-2-09-038128-3

  • Vocabulaire progressif du Français, niveau intermédiaire, Corrigés, ISBN : 978-2-09-038129-0


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis can be found here.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Dr. M. Hageman Z. Aqarial Drs. J.C. Bekker J.M. Giberius-Vignaud

When contacting lecturers or tutors, please include your full name, student number and tutorial group number.


This course uses Integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.