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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:

To provide a general foundation in the language, extending across the four main skill areas; listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students will acquire a grounding in essential grammar and gain an insight into French society.


30 CREDITS, also available for 24 CREDITS


One 2-hour language class each week for 21 weeks.

Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 240 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.

Students will be able to take part in the online exchange with the Université Clermont Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France.


Magali Toscan

Course Texts (must be bought by student)

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

Course Description

The prime aim of the module is to enable students to develop competence in a range of predictable everyday tasks. In addition to acquiring essential listening and speaking skills students will also develop and practise basic reading and writing techniques.

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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • apply a basic knowledge of grammar appropriate to the level
  • apply strategies for understanding gist and specific information
  • have insight into everyday life in the relevant countries
  • recognise familiar words and phrases when spoken slowly
  • understand short texts in the target language, dealing with everyday material
  • write short simple texts, including personal details
  • interact in simple way , and ask and answer questions on familiar topics

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A1 Basic user (Breakthrough) of the Common European Framework.


The syllabus will include the following:

Communicative skills

Term 1 will cover items such as: introducing and describing people; expressing preferences, describing a city and accommodation, describing daily routine, asking for and giving directions.

Term 2 will cover items such as: 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.