Study Abroad in Grenoble, France

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Study Abroad in Grenoble: Courses

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Intensive French Language Program

The Université Grenoble Alpes Intensive French Language Program is designed for students who wish to begin, improve or perfect their knowledge of the French language. The CUEF offers 6 levels of language learning from breakthrough to mastery in accordance with the Council of Europe definitions.

CUEF Intensive French Language course

French 101/102: Elementary (A1 – A2)
French 201: Intermediate (B1)
French 301: Advanced (B2 – C1)
French 401: Superior (C1 – C2)

Total credits: 5 credits (80 hours/month)

There is no language prerequisite.

Course Descriptions

All students take a placement test after arrival in Grenoble to determine the appropriate language level. Recommended credits are shown in parentheses.

French Language Courses

French Language 101 (A1) (5) | Elementary

For students with little or no previous French language experience. Focus is on functional uses of the language both written and oral: introducing oneself, asking for simple information, time and day, describing people, places and daily activities. Grammar covers present tense, introduction to past tenses (passé composé/imparfait), simple future, pronouns, negatives, articles (definite/indefinite), simple comparisons, question forms, situation in time (seasons/dates), numbers, adjectives and agreements. 

French Language 102 (A2) (5) | Elementary

For students with some previous French language experience. Focus is on functional uses of the language both written and oral through grammar, vocabulary and cultural themes. Areas covered are giving and receiving information (past, present and future), expressing likes and dislikes, describing people, places and daily activities. Grammar continues from A1 and includes: passé composé, imparfait, future, reported speech, introduction to the subjunctive and pronouns (relative/direct/indirect).

French Language 201 (B1) (5) | Intermediate

For students with at least 2 semesters of recent French. The course concentrates on communication skills (oral and written): expressing ideas, opinions and feelings, describing people and places, debating and asking questions. Students are expected to be able to understand the main points of a discussion, film, lecture or radio/television program and to pick out the important arguments in a newspaper/magazine article. Grammar areas covered include: present, past, future and conditional tense, present subjunctive, gerund, passive, pronouns and prepositions. 

French Language 301 (B2) (5) | Advanced

Students with 4 semesters or more of recent college French will usually place at this level. Students will learn to understand and express themselves in a variety of situations, not necessarily familiar to them, that require them to exchange information and provide personal opinions using complex linguistic structures. Grammar areas include: uses of the subjunctive, imperfect, preterit, conditional and imperative in specific situations (arguments, degrees of possibility, cause, consequence, etc), direct and indirect pronouns and use of negatives.

French Language 401 (C1) (5) | Superior

Students with extremely good French (6 semesters or more of recent college French) will usually place at this level. Students will learn to interact naturally and with spontaneity and should be able to express the subtleties of their feelings and thoughts both in spoken and written French. Students work at moving with fluency between different tenses, making convincing and structured arguments supported by concrete examples and learn to nuance their use of language to suit a given situation. The grammar covered is designed to refine and develop communication skills and consolidate knowledge already learned.