French conversation course for beginning learners

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Previously known as Apprendre à parler français

Objectives and content

  • Listening skills: At the end of this course, you will be able to understand sentences that are directly related to you (e.g. family, work, etc.).
  • Speaking skills: At the end of this course, you will be able to communicate about easy and everyday topics. You practice your pronunciation in French further and you feel more comfortable to speak. You can also form sentences more easily.
  • Reading skills: At the end of this course, you will be able to read short, simple texts. You can also find information in simple, everyday texts such as advertisements, letters and short articles. This skills is practiced less because the focus lies on speaking in this course.
  • Writing skills: This skills is practiced less because the focus lies on speaking in this course.

In the course Apprendre à parler français, different topics from everyday life will be discussed: travel, health and wellbeing, food, professions, etc. You will familiarise yourself with a broad range of vocabulary and the basic grammar will also be revised. This way, you will have all the necessary tools to use the language in practical contexts. The focus mainly lies on speaking and listening skills.

Required prior knowledge

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 have difficulty using 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 most of all. You want to cover as many ‘daily’ activities as possible: travelling in France, talking about professions, shopping, eating out, etc. 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 participants who did not learn French at school and who acquired a basic knowledge of French over a brief period of a couple of months. 


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?’.

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23/09/2024 - 02/12/2024

Time 20:00 - 22:00
Days Mon
Location Tech 3.10