French - Treshold level (B1) - Understand Belgium

lfran1301  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

French - Treshold level (B1) - Understand Belgium
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
60.0 h
Q1 or Q2
Briet Geneviève (coordinator); Neuenschwander Valérie (coordinator); Renard Christine; Verhulst Nancy;
To take this course, students must have reached the level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This should be attested by
  • the ILV placement test organised during the 1st week of each semester
  • OR a recent DELF A2 (less than 1 year)
  • OR having obtained 12/20 or more at the LFRAN1201 course.
Main themes
  • Daily life and Belgian lifestyle (concerning  leisure, gastronomy,  cartoon'),
  • the Belgian political system through the media,
  • the North Sea and natural phenomena.
  • Use of past tenses (passé composé, imparfait),
  • Use of the futur simple, near future, conditional present
  • Use of the subjunctive (possibility, obligation, opinion, feelings);
  • Use of the  passive voice, 
  • Simple relative pronouns,  
  • Negative forms, time localization. 

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of this course, the students are supposed to be able to do in:

  • can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure; 
  • can understand the main points of radio news bulletins and simpler recorded material about familiar subjects delivered relatively slowly and clearly.
  • can scan longer texts in order to locate desired information, and gather information from different parts of a text, or from different texts in order to fulfil a specific task;
  • can find and understand relevant information in everyday material, such as letters, brochures and short official documents;
  • can express his/her thoughts about abstract or cultural topics such as music, films, books;
  • can make his/her opinions and reactions understood as regards solutions to problems or practical questions of where to go, what to do, how to organise an event (e.g. an outing).
  • can express belief, opinion, agreement and disagreement politely.
  • can write a short text to express thoughts about abstract or cultural topics such as  music, films;
  • can write personal letters describing experiences, feelings and events in some detail;
  • can take messages communicating enquiries, explaining problems.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
In this course, students are put in everyday situations where it is necessary to listen, read, speak and write.

In each class, they improve their listening skills through broadcast audio material  ( radio, TV, media, internet),  they have to interact  through  roleplay or in discussion with one or more people, they write about a personal experience and learn how to express their opinion, they discover Belgian lifestyle through  visits, films and songs.
Teaching methods
This course is based on an action-oriented approach, engaging the student in diverse tasks and challenges to acquire a better knowledge of the language, while stimulating the development of receptive (listening and reading) and interactive skills. It also gives way to the learning by the multiple intelligences and the collaboration
Evaluation methods
4 writing assignments during the semester  including 2 assessments (10 %)
4 oral activities in group, including 1 assessment  (10 %)
1 language test  (grammar, tenses and vocabulary)  (10 %).
Personal investement (attendance, formative tests on Moodle, challenges achievements, assignments) (5 %)
Final examen: reading comprehension (15 %), listening comprehension (15 %), writing (15 %), speaking (15 %). 
Other information
This course corresponds to the BI level of the Common European Framework of Reference of the Council of Europe
Online resources
  • J. Bady et alii. Conjugaison. 350 exercices. 1000 verbes à conjuguer, Hachette français langue étrangère
  • http://www.
Teaching materials
  • Syllabus LFRAN 1301 (objectif B1), Comprendre la Belgique
  • M. Grégoire. Grammaire progressive du français. Niveau intermédiaire, CLE International
  • Plate-forme
Faculty or entity