Language Center

Tilburg University is an internationally oriented research and education institute. The Language Center assists students, university staff, and non-university students in improving their language proficiency.

French for Visitors

French: the language of great philosophers such as Descartes and Sartre. The language of famous scientists such as Marie Curie and Pasteur, great writers such as Victor Hugo and Marcel Proust, and celebrated poets such as Charles Baudelaire and Jacques Prévert. French also is also a significant language in the fashion world, the legal world and the hospitality sector.  

There is more. As the fifth largest economic power, France is attractive for entrepreneurs, researchers and foreign students. French is both a working language and official language at the UN, the EU, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and at various international legal institutions. After English, French is the most influential language in the world. Knowledge of French is indispensable for those pursuing a career with an international organization.

The Language Center offers three courses in French: ‘French for Beginners – Plus’, ‘Intermediate French’ and ‘Advanced French’. These courses are a continuation of each other: once you have completed the beginners’ course, you can advance to the intermediate course and then on to the advanced course. If you think you can join an intermediate or advanced level class directly, please contact coordinator Cristina Irún for an appointment. Together you will assess your current level and which course is best suited for you.

French for Beginners - Plus

13x 3-hour classes, 8 hours self-study per week, 6 ECTS

We assume you have some knowledge of French for this course. Basic knowledge is repeated but at a rapid rate. This is why we have added the word ‘plus’ to the title of the course. During the course, reading, listening, speaking and writing skills are offered in somewhat equal degrees. The practice activities are geared toward practical and realistic situations, such as introducing yourself, doing the groceries and talking about a city or region.

Every class is enriched with aspects of daily life in France such as eating habits, daily schedules and literature. If the event arises, French current affairs will be discussed.

At the end of the course, you will be able to write a description of a person’s portrait, read a simple text and discuss the weather. You will then have reached level A2 of the Common European Reference Framework.

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Intermediate French

13x 3-hour classes, 8 hours self-study per week, 6 ECTS

The course is a continuation of the French for Beginners – Plus. Your knowledge of French is increased through group and individual assignments, such as inventing and presenting a new product together with your fellow students. You will also watch and listen to a television program at home and then answer questions about it.

You will also be provided with more information about France and the francophone countries. One class is completely dedicated to ‘civilisation française’ during which history and civics are discussed. Film and literature are also included in the course, as well as French current affairs.

At the end of the course, you will be able to write a letter of complaint, debate and talk about events in the past. You will then have reached level B1 of the Common European Reference Framework.

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Advanced French

8x 2-hour classes, 6 hours self-study per week, 3 ECTS

This course is a continuation of Intermediate French. Writing skills are more prominent in this course than in the other two courses, though during the classes, emphasis is on conversational skills. For instance, during one class, you will be assigned to conduct a meeting with the other participants on a current topic where each participant will be delegated a certain role. You will also prepare a presentation in French at home which you will later present in class on a ‘point d’actualité’.

For this course, the instructor will primarily use authentic material that originates from the francophone press. This makes the material a source of cultural information, too. Current affairs play an important role in this course; the topic of ‘holding a meeting’ is linked to French society and the French labor market is discussed when applying for a job.

After completing the course, you will be able to write a newspaper article, give and substantiate your opinion, and conduct an interview with a French-speaking person. You will then have reached level B1/B2 of the Common European Reference Framework.

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