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French 3 (Upper-) Intermediate


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies who have passed French 1 Beginners and French 2 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. We will use in combination the books various medias (newspapers, videos …). We will also watch movies, learn how to give an opinion on it and to debate controversial topics and issues.

Course objectives

This course enables the student to achieve an overall level B1 of the Common European Frame (CEF) and prepare the DELF B1.
This course is the last 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 [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.

  • (Audio)visual reception (reading): B2

  • Written production (writing): B1

  • Listening: B1+

  • Oral productions (speaking): B1


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.

Mode of instruction

Two 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 two (2) times.

Course Load

Total course load for this course is 5 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), this equals 140 hours, broken down by:

  • Attending classes: (4 hours per week over 12 weeks) 48 hours

  • Preparing classes, exams and extra activities : 86 hours

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

Assessment method


  • Participation In-class participation, homework, and evaluations.

  • Midterm Exam Reading, writing, and listening.

  • Final Exam Part I Reading, writing, and listening.

  • Final Exam Part II Oral productions


Partial Grade Weighing
Participation 20%
Midterm 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

  • 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, Claire Miquel, Clé internationale, 2e édition, collection 2011. ISBN: 978-2-09-038128-3

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


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

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.