Practical French 3

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This course allows participants to revise the grammar taught at secondary school in a structured way and to acquire extra vocabulary by making use of exercises and authentic listening fragments. The course is perfect to brush up your language proficiency, e.g. for participants who have not spoken French for a couple of years but are preparing for a work situation in which they will need the language.

  • The grammatical topics that will be dealth with in this course are the following: the use of the tenses in French (présent, futur, passé composé, imparfait) and moods (indicatif, impératif, condtionnel, subjonctif), the form and use of le pronom personnel COD/COI, the form of the adverb, the comparison (as, as much as, more, better, etc.) and questions.
  • The themes that will be dealth with in this course are the following: traffic, family relations, phone communication, advertisements, elections, work, travel, restaurants. These are also the topics that will be used as a basis for speaking exercises.
  • Listening skills will be practised by means of authentic listening fragments.
  • Participants that would like to improve their writing skills further will have the possibility to write a cover letter and a personal reaction to a letter with an advice request.
  • Reading skills will be focused on the least in this course. Please note that this course does not mainly focus ono speaking exercises. If you would like to focus on speaking, the course 'cours de communication' will be a better fit for you. If you feel unsure about your knowledge of the grammar in French, we recommend to follow the course Practical French 3 first before registering for the course 'cours de communication'.

Required prior knowledge

You learned French in secondary school, as a second or third language and you understand clear spoken French almost always. However, French is still a difficult language for you: When you speak French, you do not feel certain: you often use the same words and structures and have doubts about the correct use of the language. You feel like you lack prior knowledge to be able to express yourself fluently. In a conversation, only the English translation comes to mind when looking for a speciific word. ou are unsure about the correct use of verb tenses in specific contexts and you only vaguely remember le subjonctif, l'accord du participe passé and the use of le pronom personnel COD/COI (le, lui, leur, etc.) and you are unable to use this knowledge effectively. 


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, Kouter 31, 9000 Gent, you will receive a discount of 10% on the official price. Make sure to mention that you take a language course at the UCT.

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