Practical French 2

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Objectives and content

In this course, you will learn how to express yourself in the past, present and future tense, both when writing and speaking. At the end of this course, you will be able to have a simple conversation at work, in a shop or at a restaurant. You will be able to write a short text about yourself, your family, your hobbies, your house, your eating habits or a holiday.

  • In the course, the acquisition of grammar and vocabulary is key. The grammatical topics that will be dealt with are the following: the form and the use of l'indicatif présent, le passé composé, le futur proche and l'indicatif imparfait. In addition, we will also focus on the use of articles, the form of the noun (plural and feminine forms), the form and use of le pronom personnel COD/COI. You will acquire vocabulary related to family situations, hobbies, work, holiday, living, eating and grocery shopping.
  • Listening exercises will enable you to understand French better and speaking exercises to practice your conversation skills further.
  • You will have the opportunity to write short texts on everyday topics.
  • Reading skills and pronunciation will be focused on less.

Required prior knowledge

You have already followed a course of French, but your knowledge is limited to basic elements: You understand French speakers only when they speak very slowly and clearly. Speaking in French is very difficult: you can only formulate short sentences in the present tense and your vocabulary is very limited. When you read general texts in French, you notice that many words and structures are unfamiliar to you. When you write in French, you only formulate short and simple sentences. You are unsure whether the verb conjugations are correct. 


There is a placement test and a final test.
Before registering, you take the 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, you will take an oral orientation test during the first session as well. Based on the outcome of this orientation test, you may be referred to another course because it is more suitable for you.

Course materials

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

Recommended books:

  • Bescherelle (2019): La conjugaison pour tous, Paris: Hatier
  • Van Dale Pocketwoordenboek Frans-Nederlands – Utrecht: Van Dale
  • Van Dale Pocketwoordenboek Nederlands-Frans – Utrecht: Van Dale

If you buy one of these books at Standaard Boekhandel Shopping Zuid, Woodrow Wilsonplein 4, 9000 Gent (in the campus shop next to the shop), you will receive a discount of 10% on the official price. Make sure to mention that you take a language course at the UCT.

Are you already registered for this course? Check out our FAQ ‘What to do after my registration?’.

Schedule and subscribe

14/02/2024 - 22/05/2024 Almost full

Time 17:30 - 20:00
Days Wed
Location Roz 1.2


15/02/2024 - 23/05/2024

Time 19:00 - 21:30
Days Thu
Location Veyrac 4