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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.

The content of all courses facilitates achievement of the learning objectives for practice of the four language skills taught: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Upon successful completion of the courses, students achieve competence in:

    1. Listening: isolate and understand relevant information from semi-scripted speech (LAN - 105, 106, 107) and/or authentic speech in order to simulate real-life spoken French (LAN - 108, 110)
    2. Speaking: improve pronunciation and show confidence and accuracy in speaking
    3. Reading: adequately understand vocabulary and grammatical structures in context in order to obtain specific and general information from written sources
    4. Writing: demonstrate enough accuracy and fluency of written language to convey information in writing




LAN 105 French – Beginners level I

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.
LAN 106 French – Beginners level II
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
LAN 107 French – Intermediate level I
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
LAN 108 French - Intermediate level II
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
LAN 110 – French: "History and Archaeology" - Intermediate level I
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
LAN 205 French for European and International Relations
The purpose of this course is to provide students with knowledge of European and International relations through the medium of French and to encourage the practice of the French language in this specific context. The course will include thematic presentations, but will also be task-oriented. The course will develop comprehension and production competence as well as intercultural skills. Possible themes include: the functioning of European and International institutions, political, economic and social cooperation, European and Regional integration, etc. Through the successful completion of this course students will gain a substantial advantage for their future careers.
Prerequisite: LAN 106 or equivalent
LAN 206 Business French
The course specifies how companies work and the French approach to commercial relationships. This sensitization about cultural aspects will be accompanied by the acquisition of practical knowledge: for instance: How to write a CV, telephone negotiate prices, write a business letter, deal with clients, organize a business trip, etc. Teaching of this course is based on authentic audio-visual and written documents and task-based learning. It leads to communication ability directly operational in the world of business. This course prepares students for the "Certificate of Professional French" or for the "Business French Diploma" of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Prerequisite: LAN 106 or equivalent
LAN 220 - French through French Popular Culture

In this language course (Intermediate level A2+-B1), students will improve their knowledge of French through "popular" culture as opposed to la grande Culture or "high" culture. "Popular" culture can be defined as the culture of the non-elite majority, of ordinary people. The course deals with various topics such as popular language, press, radio and television, sport, music, cinema, literature and comic strips. The students will deal with authentic material in order to enhance their vocabulary, mainly for oral and written comprehension.
Pre-requisite LAN 107 or equivalent
LAN 221 - French for Political and Administrative Institutions

This French for Specific Purpose course (intermediate level A2+-B1) is intended for students in European Studies, Law and Political Science and Sociology. After a brief historical introduction, the course will deal with the different levels of French political structure: the State, the local authorities. Other issues like political parties, elections, main administrations will supplement this overview of France's institutions. This course aims at providing students with a basic vocabulary that will facilitate their understanding of French politics in the mass-media.
Pre-requisite LAN 107 or equivalent