French 4

The French 4 course is an intermediate course. Participants acquire elementary knowledge of the language. The focus lies on practical everyday language use. Participants who have successfully completed the course will have reached level A2+ (CEF).

Practical Information

No. of lessons: 12 sessions
Preparation: appr. 2 hours per session
Language of instruction French/English/Dutch
Course load: The course load is 56 hours. On request a Course load declaration form can be issued. The student should enquire with their department whether course participation can be converted into credits.
Start courses: See Course programme on this page.

Course Fees


Course Programme and Enrolment

For information on the current programme and in order to enrol, please follow the link below. You can enroll until a week before the start of the course. Individuals can pay by Credit Card (Mastercard or VISA) or iDeal.  

                        current programme - lesson times - enrolment

If classes are canceled due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be added on to the end of the course. Please take into account courses may end later than scheduled. 

The holiday periods can be found in the Academic Language Centre's academic calendar

Target Group and Admission Requirements

The course is intended for adults with a higher education, including both Leiden University students and staff members and other interested parties with no relation to the University.
The course is open to persons aged 17 and older who have completed a secondary school education. You can participate in this course if you have completed our French 2 course or if you have had four years of French in secondary school. Potential participants who do not fulfil these entry requirements have to complete an entry test to determine whether their level is sufficient. This test is a computer test. It can either be taken at the Language Centre or downloaded and taken at home.

Course Material

- Version Originale 2, A2, Méthode de français, Livre de l'élève, Denyer e.a. + Cahier d'exercices.

ISBN 9789460300844 + ISBN 9789460300851 
- Grammaire progressive du français niveau intermédiaire, 3e édition avec 680 exercises , CLE International, uitgave 2013 (3e druk)  ISBN 9789460307294
- Corrigés grammaire progressive du français niveau intermédiaire, 3e édition avec 6840 exercises, CLE International, uitgave 2010 (2e druk)  ISBN 9789460307300

You are requested to arrange your own purchase of the course material. The books are available at most good bookstores.


The course level is indicated with the help of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. For our courses, the A2 level is divided into level A2.1 and A2.2. In this course you will complete working on the competences that belong to A2. 

Skills Starting level     Target level
Listening A2.1 A2.2
Reading A2.1 A2.2
Speaking production     A2.1 A2.2
Speaking interaction A2.1 A2.2
Writing  A2.1 A2.2

Click on the skills for further clarification.  

Course Description

Participants learn the specific language use which they need in the most frequently occurring everyday situations. Various aspects of French life and French customs are covered. Participants study grammar and vocabulary and practice these skills in a communicative context. French is in principle the language of instruction. Participants are expected to prepare for the lessons at home (approximately two hours per lesson).

The course is concluded with an oral/written test. A certificate is awarded if the test is completed successfully and the participant has attended 80% of the lessons.


Last Modified: 19-10-2016