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French 2 (LL234)



Pre-requisite: prior knowledge of French

  • A1 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)
  • or GCSE level
  • or Language Centre French 1
  • or equivalent
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


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 groups) 

+ one-hour asynchronous tutor-guided study. 

One-hour online synchronous plenary (full group) 

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

+ one-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 Texts (must be bought by student)

  • Elodie Heu & Myriam Abou-Samra (2016), Edito A2 - Méthode de français, Didier, ISBN-13: 978-2-278-08319-0 (RRP £22.75)

Course Description

The module will give the students the chance to spend some time learning and reinforcing the basics of the French language. This will offer an opportunity for students not specialising in foreign languages to improve their communicative competence in French as a supplement to their studies in other spheres. For those students intending to travel to France or French-speaking countries, either for study or on work placements, the module can work as a refresher and promote confidence-building for communicating with native speakers abroad.

Successful completion of French 2 qualifies students to progress to French 3.

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


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


The syllabus will include the following:

Communicative skills:

Including items such as : describing people, talking about events, friendship, consumption trends, the workplace and writing a CV, environmental issues, travel and tourism.

Grammar :

Term 1 will cover items such as : consolidation and revision of essential basic structures including the Present Tense, adjectives and adverbs. Revision of: the negative form, open and close questions. Use of relative pronouns. Use of complement pronouns. Extension of the use of the Perfect Tense to recount past events in a range of situations. Introduction of the Imperfect Tense.

Term 2 will cover items such as : extension of the use of the Imperfect Tense, using the Perfect and Imperfect Tenses together, the Future Tense, the Conditional tenses, extension of the use of complement pronouns.

Subject specific skills:

Strategies for understanding gist and specific information Intercultural competence

Transferable skills:

Written and spoken communication