Apprendre à parler français


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(1) OT: date of placement test

(2) Where? In the "Where?" column you will find the name of the room or auditorium where the course takes place. You will find detailed info in the "Where to find us?" section.

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Content information

Starting level: You have studied French before.
You have learnt to use the present tense (indicatif présent) and you can introduce yourself in French and talk about your hobbies; yet you continually use the same words and you are unsure whether your pronunciation is correct. When you want to describe a person or picture, you feel that you know the words that are needed but are unable to use them in a correct sentence.
You know how to use past tenses to talk about past events, but you tend to use present tenses instead because you need too much time to form a passé composé.
You have learnt to write in French and can understand simple sentences, but now you wish to practise speaking. You want to cover as many ‘daily’ activities as possible: travelling in France, talking about professions, shopping, eating out... You do not mind that French grammar is not taught systematically in this course.

This course bridges “français pratique 2” and “français pratique 3”, especially for students who did not learn French at school and who acquired a basic knowledge of French over a brief period of a couple of months.

Before registering, you take the general online orientation test. This test refers you to the course that matches your level best. To have a full and accurate idea of your level, the first class defines this definitely by means of an oral orientation test which may still refer you to another level.

Listening skills:
By the end of the course, you can understand sentences that are directly relevant to you (family, work ...).

Reading skills:
By the end of the course, you can read short, simple texts. You can find information in simple texts such as advertisements, menus and time schedules.

Speaking skills:
By the end of the course, you can communicate on common topics. You master French pronunciation better and you are less hesitant to speak in French. You can speak more fluently and find words more easily.

Writing skills:
This skill is focused on less. Our main goal is to speak the language.

Placement test: Self test

Administrative data

Course abbreviation: CONF

Programme: VTO

Course fees

Price category: A

Useful info

Course book:
UCT course book. You will receive this book from your language teacher in class.

Recommended books:

  • Bescherelle (2006): La conjugaison pour tous, Paris: Hatier
  • De Spiegeleer J. e.a (2007):.Grammaire 2000, Deurne: Wolters Plantyn
  • Van Dale Pocketwoordenboek Frans-Nederlands – Utrecht: Van Dale
  • Van Dale Pocketwoordenboek Nederlands-Frans – Utrecht: Van Dale

Recommended books extra information:
If you buy one or more of these books at Standaard Boekhandel, Kouter 31, 9000 Gent you receive a discount of 10% on the official price. Just mention that you are a UCT student.


CEF: A2+

Number of tuition hours: 20

Period: each sem.

Nr. of hours per week: 1 x 2

Course book available at: UCT

For who?: All