French Language Courses

French language courses are intended to give a general knowledge of the language and aim to improve the students’ communication skills. The courses emphasize the practical and the day-to-day use of the target language in relation to everyday life in the target culture. The communicative approach – working mainly through video documents – offers role-plays, group discussions, listening comprehension exercises as well as written comprehension and essay writing. Current materials, including videotapes and audio documents as well as books and various texts are used in class to familiarize students with aspects of language and contemporary culture.


This course is open to both beginners and false beginners. It introduces basic grammatical structure of the language emphasizing practical vocabulary, everyday situations, and cultural insights through conversational exchange. Upon successful completion of the course, students can introduce themselves, describe things they have, people they know, where they live, give direction plans and other information about their everyday life and present activities. They can complete a form, write a short informal text and interact in a simple way in basic situations provided that the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. Students are expected to be close to the A1 (Breakthrough) level of the CEFR.

French Beginners level II continues with the study of basic language skills. Communication skills, both oral and written will be strengthened. At this stage, students can understand the main points of clear, standard speech on familiar subjects. Upon successful completion of the course, students can communicate in simple routine situations and handle short social exchanges about familiar and everyday topics: description of persons, lifestyle, dress, family events, daily routine, leisure activities, food, etc. They can talk about present events and future plans and they can write a simple, connected text on familiar topics. Students are expected to function at the A1 (Breakthrough) level of the CEFR.

Prerequisite: LAN 105 or equivalent

This course further develops knowledge of the language and strengthens both oral and written communication skills. At this stage, students are expected to attain a certain confidence in their written and oral expression related to routine matters (shopping, going to The market and to restaurants, conversing on the phone, etc.: They can interact in a simple situation of everyday life, describe past events or projects for the future, express wishes and hypotheses. They can write in a coherent way a short essay using complex sentences. Students are expected to be able to function at the A2 (Waystage) level of the CEFR.

Prerequisite: LAN 106 or equivalent

This course allows for the further development of knowledge of the language and in particular a strengthening of written skills allowing students to comprehend simple authentic documents and to present them both orally and in writing. The course explores different aspects of contemporary France using audiovisual materials, films and newspaper articles in order to increase students’ communication skills and to help them acquire cultural information about the French-speaking world. Students can understand the main points of written or oral documents dealing with familiar issues and can interact in most situations of everyday life. Students are expected to function close to the B1 (Threshold) level of the CEFR.

Prerequisite: LAN 107 or LAN 110 or equivalent

This course is designed to meet the requirements of students learning a foreign language for use in the specific fields of History, Archeology, Classical, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies and who have already completed a beginning level sequence. It aims to develop reading comprehension, writing and speaking of French and particular attention is focused on specialized vocabulary and terminology in the above fields of study. Grammatical knowledge is expanded within the context of the texts that are read. The course presents an overview of the history, archaeology and art of Medieval France, Ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece.
Prerequisite: LAN 106 or equivalent





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