This module is offered to students with no prior knowledge of French.
Please note, final-year students are not normally permitted to take non-accelerated beginners modules.
- to develop competence in a range of predictable everyday tasks;
- to begin to develop strategies for language learning;
- to achieve A1 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)
30 CREDITS, also available for 24 CREDITS
Teaching and Learning
One weekly blended session for 21 weeks, organised as:
- Two-hour face-to-face class on campus
- Some independent study will also be set
Students will take part in an online exchange with the Université Clermont Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France.
If health & safety restrictions are required, teaching may move online.
Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore for a 30 credit module, the minimum expected amount of study is 300 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required. Students can make use of Moodle to facilitate this.
Term 1: one interim test (10%)
Term 3: one reading/writing test (50%) + one speaking test (40%)
Course Texts (must be bought by student)
Annie Berthet (2012), Alter Ego A1 - Méthode de français , Hachette, ISBN-13: 978-201155810
The module provides a general foundation in the language. Students will develop and practise basic reading and writing, listening and speaking skills. Students will acquire a grounding in essential grammar and gain an insight into French society.
Successful completion of French 1 qualifies students to progress to French 2.
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
- apply a basic knowledge of grammar
- gain insight into everyday life in relevant countries
- develop strategies for understanding gist and specific information
- interact in a simple way and ask & answer questions on familiar topics
- write short simple texts, including personal details
By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A1 Basic user (waystage) of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference).
The syllabus will include the following:
Including items such as: introducing and describing people, expressing preferences, describing a city and accommodation, describing daily routine, asking for and giving directions, making travel arrangements; giving advice, describing a past event, expressing plans for the future, buying things, dealing with problems.
The course will provide an introduction to fundamental features of French and essential basic structures, making it possible to use the present tense in order to function in a range of everyday situations.
The course will also introduce a range of standard structures making it possible to deal with more complex interactions and to talk about events in the past and about plans for the future.
Subject-specific and transferable skills
- Written and spoken communication
- Strategies for understanding gist and specific information
- Intercultural Awareness, Professionalism, Digital Literacy, Teamwork, Problem-Solving
Can count towards the Warwick Award