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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.

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)

30 CREDITS, also available for 24 CREDITS

Teaching and Learning

One weekly blended session for 21 weeks, organised as:

  • Three-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 the student)

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

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

Course Description

For 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.

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 communicate information coherently and effectively and work independently on an open-ended project

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A2 Basic user (waystage) of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference).


The syllabus will include the following:


Items such as shopping; eating out; employment; tourism and travelling; housing; different aspects of French life; etc.

Structures such as gender/plurals of nouns; definite and indefinite articles; adjectives; possessives; adverbs; pronouns (personal, object, direct and indirect, relative); comparatives; verbs in the present, perfect, imperfect, future, conditional and imperative; pronominal verbs; etc.
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

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