ULFR51040 - LEAP French 4 (B1/B2)

  • Credits: 20
  • Pre-requisite: Successful completion of ULFR51030 - LEAP French 3 (B1) or equivalent e.g. A-Level French grade D/C taken in the last three 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/B2) By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level B1/B2 of the Common European Framework.
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This course is for students who have successfully completed ULFR51030 - LEAP French 3 (B1) or equivalent and wish to take their French to the next level 

The course offers the solid foundation required for achieving language competency with the use of complex grammatical structures of the French language and complex written and aural texts on both concrete and abstract topics.  

The course covers an extensive range of vocabulary which will enable students to communicate with a degree of fluency both orally and in writing, and use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes.   

Communication skills will be developed including discussion, presentation skills and reporting skills. Students will also cover more aspects of the culture and current issues of the countries where the language is spoken. 

The course may serve as preparation for the French Ministry of Education Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française - Niveau B2 (DELF B2) should high achieving 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 competency in  understanding and knowledge of language structure grammatical rules;
  • understand a wide variety of longer texts and conversations, and recognize implicit meaning;
  • speak with a degree of competency and spontaneity and take an active part in discussions, also giving a presentation on a specialist subject, outlining advantages and disadvantages of particular cases;
  • independently write short essays, reports and letters, putting forward personal points of view by using a variety of vocabulary and formulaic expressions and use the target language in a wide range of contexts.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level B1/B2 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-hours or two 90 minutes seminars 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

72 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

Le Nouvel Edito: Livre De L'Eleve B1 + CD + DVD, ISBN: 978-2278072699;  

Le Nouvel Edito: Cahier B1, ISBN: 978-2278072804. 

Textbook will be complemented by the course tutor with extra contents and resources in line with the CEF standards for this level.

Recommended texts

Help yourself to advanced French Grammar, M. Ribière, and T. Marriot, Harrap (1998). ISBN: 0582329450.


ULFR51050- LEAP French 5 (B2/C1)