ULFR51030 - LEAP French 3 (B1)

  • Credits: 20
  • Pre-requisite: Successful completion of ULFR51020 - LEAP French 2 (A2) or equivalent (e.g. GCSE Grade 6 and above taken in the last 3 years).
  • Co-requisite: If you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to relevant guidance about eligibility for LEAP units on your programme structure.
  • Taught during: Both semesters (September to May).
  • Level of attainment: (B1) By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level B1 of the Common European Framework.
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The course aims to further develop the skills acquired in LEAP French 1 & 2. It extends the emphasis on communication and comprehension skills through the use of high-frequency language expressions to describe topics of personal interest and current affairs and specific themes relating to everyday life. This will enable students to conduct longer oral exchanges related to limited specific topics or themes or give a short presentation or information about an event. It also further consolidates the grammar already acquired, and enhances students’ skills in reading and writing by equipping them with a broader range of vocabulary to enable them to read and write longer and more complex texts.   

The course also serves as preparation for the French Ministry of Education Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française - Niveau B1 (DELF B1) should students wish to sit for this internationally recognized qualification independently (this exam is not organised by LEAP).

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to: 

  • demonstrate greater understanding and knowledge of language structure and able to handle further grammatical rules;
  • demonstrate reasonable competency in comprehension and listening through accurately extracting key information from written and audio sources on specific familiar topics related to personal interest and current affairs;
  • recognize and use known expressions and fundamental phrases that occur in everyday situations;
  • communicate orally in simple, routine situations and handle short social exchanges about familiar topics with reasonable fluency;
  • independently write short texts on limited familiar topics’ using a variety of vocabulary and formulaic expressions.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level B1 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

Pair and team work, focussed listening, informal presentations, language awareness, and cultural appreciation.

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on campus and on-line instruction as necessary.

This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and will be supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning.

Teaching hours

69 hours (3 hours per week) including assessment time.

Independent study hours

140 hours (not including assessment time).


All assessments are summative.

Non-credit students and members of the public need to be aware that written exams will not take place during lesson time.

Semester 1

  • Written exam; 30% weighting; held in university's semester 1 exam period in January

Semester 2

  • Listening exam; 10% weighting; held in week 11
  • Speaking exam; 30% weighting; held in week 12
  • Written exam; 30% weighting; held in university's semester 2 exam period in May/June

Dates to be confirmed. 

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of informal ongoing feedback resulting from class-based learning activities and formal written feedback given following summative assessments.


Gaelle Flower

Taught by


Maximum entry

23 per group

Set texts

Nouveau Rond-Point: Livre de l'élève & CD-Audio 2 (B1),J. Labascoule (Difusion Centro de Investigacion y Publicaciones de Idiomas, 2011), ISBN: 978-8484436959

Nouveau Rond-Point: Cahier D'Exercices & CD-Audio 2 (B1),J. Labascoule (Difusion Centro de Investigacion y Publicaciones de Idiomas, 2011), ISBN: 978-8484436966


ULFR51040 - LEAP French 4 (B1/B2)