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French Beginners Accelerated (LL262)



This module is offered to students with no prior knowledge of French. This module is the equivalent of French 1 + French 2 combined. Due to the 'accelerated' nature of the module, evidence of prior linguistic achievement (e.g. a high GCSE grade or A2 CEFR level in another European language) is essential. Students will learn the basics of the French language. This will offer an opportunity for students to develop their communicative competence in French. For those students intending to travel to France or French-speaking countries, either for study or on work placements, this fast-paced module can promote confidence-building for communicating with native speakers abroad and helps you achieve a higher level of proficiency in one year than in non-accelerated modules. Successful completion of French Beginners Accelerated qualifies students to progress to French 3 or French Intermediate Accelerated.

Main Objectives:
  • to understand and communicate in familiar and routine situations, using frequently used expressions;
  • to develop strategies for language learning;
  • to achieve A2 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)

This is a 24 or 30 CREDIT module.


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 (small groups) 

+ one and a half-hour asynchronous tutor-guided study. 

One-hour online synchronous plenary (full group) 

+ one-hour online synchronous (small groups) 

+ one and a half-hour asynchronous tutor-guided study. 

+ online exchange with the Université Clermont Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France.

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

Term 2 - one independent project

Term 3 - one reading/writing test + one speaking test


Mélanie Jolivet-Balon

Course Text (must be bought by the student)

  • Annie Berthet (2012), Alter Ego A1 - Méthode de français, Hachette, ISBN: 9782011558107

    Recommended Retail Price: £21.95

  • Annie Berthet (2012), Alter Ego A1 - Cahier d'activités, Hachette, ISBN: 9782011558114

Recommended Retail Price: £13.50

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 the relevant countries
    • apply strategies for understanding gist and short descriptions
    • interact about familiar topics and activities
    • write simple texts giving background information and relating to areas of immediate need
    • develop strategies to work independently on an open-ended project 
    • develop strategies to communicate some information coherently and effectively to a specific audience within an open-ended project  


    Subject specific skills 
    • Strategies for understanding gist and specific information
    • Intercultural competence
    Topics may include:
    • the environment;
    • employment;
    • tourism and travelling;
    • housing;
    • different aspects of French life; etc.
    • gender/plurals of nouns;
    • definite and indefinite articles;
    • adjectives;
    • posessives;
    • adverbs;
    • pronouns (personal, object, direct and indirect, relative);
    • comparatives;
    • verbs in the present, perfect, imperfect, future, conditional and imperative;
    • pronominal verbs; etc.