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French 2 (LL234)



Entry requirements: prior knowledge of French (GCSE level or Language Centre French 1 or equivalent).

Main Objectives:

To enable students to develop competence in a range of language tasks performed in familiar work and social contexts, to extend skills in reading and listening comprehension and to consolidate and extend the knowledge and use of French grammar and syntax.


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 must make use of moodle to facilitate and further enhance their learning.
Students will be able to take part in the online exchange with the Université Clermont Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France.



Magali Toscan

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

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 appropriate to the level
  • apply strategies for understanding gist and specific information
  • have insight into everyday life in the relevant countries
  • understand the main points in messages and announcements, and understand spoken language in areas of immediate personal relevance
  • understand texts dealing with descriptions of events and feelings, and with work-related language
  • write simple texts, messages and emails
  • exchange information orally on familiar topics and activities and describe background and immediate needs

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:

Term 1 will cover items such as : describing people, talking about events, friendship.

Term 2 will cover items such as : comsumption 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.