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French 1 (LL113)



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.

Main Objectives:

The prime aim of the module is to enable students:

  • to develop competence in a range of predictable everyday tasks;
  • to begin to develop strategies for language learning;
  • to achieve A1 and to work towards A2 standard of the CEFR (Common European Framework
    of reference).

Successful completion of French 1 qualifies students to progress to French 2.


30 CREDITS, also available for 24 CREDITS


Our aim, Covid-19 arrangements permitting, is One weekly blended session for 21 weeks, organised as:

Students who can attend face to face Students who cannot attend face to face

One-hour online synchronous plenary (full group)

+ one-hour face to face on alternate weeks (small group)

+ one-hour asynchronous tutor-guided study

One-hour online synchronous plenary (full group)

+ one-hour online synchronous on alternate weeks (small group)

+ one-hour asynchronous tutor-guided study

Some independent study will also be set.

NB: teaching will move fully online in case of new health & safety restrictions.

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 2

one independent project (30%)

Term 3

one reading/writing test (30%)

one speaking test (30%)


Magali Toscan

Course Texts (must be bought by student)

Annie Berthet (2012), Alter Ego A1 - Méthode de français , Hachette, ISBN-13: 978-2011558107

Recommended Retail Price: £21.95

Course Description

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.

Learning Outcomes

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


The syllabus will include the following:

Communicative skills

Communicative skills 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.


Term 1 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.

Term 2 will 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
  • Strategies for understanding gist and specific information
  • Intercultural competence
  • Written and spoken communication