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French 3 (LL236)



Entry requirements: 3-5 years of prior study in French, or successful completion of French 2/French beginners accelerated.

Students with a good grade (minimum A) in GCSE can enter this level if they are motivated and/or wish to progress to B2 in CEFR over two years (by studying French 3 with French 4 in the following year), in order to study or work in a French-speaking country.

Main Objectives:

To improve reading and writing skills, listening and speaking skills and improve fluency when spending time in a French-speaking environment.


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

Gwen Dugué

Course Texts (must be bought by student)

  • Laure Mistral & Laurie Millet (2018), Edito B1 - Méthode de français, Didier, ISBN-13: 978-2-278-08773-
  • Recommended: Annie Heminway (2016), Complete French Grammar, McGraw-Hill Contemporary, ISBN-13: 978-1259642371

Course Description

This module will give students the chance to spend some time learning and reinforcing the basics of the French language. It 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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • apply a basic knowledge of grammar appropriate to the level
  • apply strategies for understanding gist, specific information, and opinions
  • deal with most situations likely to arise when travelling
  • understand the main points on familiar matters regularly encountered
  • understand texts dealing with descriptions of events and feelings, and with work-related language
  • enter unprepared into conversation, describe experiences and events and give reasons for opinions
  • produce text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform many tasks at Level B1 Independent user (threshold) of the Common European Framework.

Successful completion of French 3 qualifies students to progress to French 4.


Communicative skills:

Term 1 will cover : describing people, social relations, work, employment, consummerism, the French language and multiculturalism.

Term 2 will cover: the media, the environment, art and tourism.


Term 1 will cover items such as: consolidation and revision of essential basic structures including present and past tenses, adjectives, object pronouns and relative pronouns.

Term 2 will cover items such as: future and conditional tenses, the subjunctive and the passive voice