French conversation course for advanced learners

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Previously known as Cours de communication en français

Objectives and content

This course mainly aims to improve your speaking skils. Via listening or reading exercises, new structures are discussed and practised in concrete situations. You will gain self-confidence and you will learn to speak in a more fluent and correct way.

  • Grammatical items that are important when speaking and which cause trouble for the particpants (e.g. si-sentences, le/lui, the use of le subjonctif, etc.) will be addressed.
  • Speaking skills: There will be pair work as well as group and class assignments. We will discuss and apply structures in specific contexts.
  • Listening skills: You will listen to authentic material to familiarise yourself with the rythm of French speakers.
  • Reading skills: You will familiarise yourself with authentic texts.
  • Writing skills: This skill will be focused on the least.
  • Specific grammatical items: You will learn how to ask questions, how to form and use le conditionnel, les pronoms personnels, les temps et les modes, les phrases ‘si’, les prépositions, etc.
  • Topics: how to introduce yourself and others, how to make phone calls, the house, the concept of 'luxury', how to talk about vacation and holiday, how to give instructions and tips, how to form an opinion, the appearance and characteristics of a person, how to talk about clichés and prejudices, the future, the past, how to express feelings, different linguistic registers, local language variants, art, culture, current affairs, etc.

Required prior knowledge

You studied French in secondary school, as a second or third language. When French speakers address you, you understand almost everything they say. You can speak quite fluently but you sometimes feel a bit insecure because you sometimes need to look for the right words and you do not always use 'le mot juste'. In short, you want to expand your vocabulary and you want to revise the most important grammatical items briefly. You need a good command of French for your studies, work, job applications, etc. but you do not often have the possibility to practice your French. 


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 grammaire pour tous, Paris: Hatier
  • 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.

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

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25/09/2023 - 22/01/2024 Almost full

Time 20:00 - 22:00
Days Mon
Location Tech1.13


15/02/2024 - 23/05/2024

Time 19:00 - 21:30
Days Thu
Location Tech1.13