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French Lower Intermediate (L44)



Pre-requisite: Successful completion of LLL French post-beginners or equivalent Level A1 standard of the CEFR (Common European Framework of reference)

Description of entry level: You will have completed over 100 hours of tuition fairly recently or you have a reasonable foundation in the language at school level, possibly to GCSE level up to grade B or equivalent. You can deal with most common 'survival' situations confidently. You now want to start moving beyond merely practising simple exchanges during your holiday or work trip abroad, learning to cope in non-routine situations and contributing to conversations on topics of general interest.

Main Objectives:

The prime aim of the course is to enable students to:

  • develop further competence in a range of predictable everyday language tasks.
  • develop vocabulary learning and extend understanding of language structures

1 x 2 hour class per week plus some independent learning.

Course Text

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

(Recommended Retail Price: £22.75)

Course Description

Based on a step-by-step approach, the course is divided into learning blocks that focus on practical, useful and manageable language.

The course aims to develop speaking skills through a variety of pair and group work activities and give you the opportunity to consolidate your knowledge of foundational grammar whilst extending your understanding by learning more past and future tenses.

You will put new language into practice via games, role-plays, and problem-solving tasks. You will access authentic texts and develop some understanding of society and culture. Homework tasks will be set each week to reinforce the language you learn in class.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • understand the main points of a conversation or short presentation on topics of personal interest
  • understand conversations about everyday life, study and work-related topics;
  • catch the main elements of audio material on topics of general interest
  • understand personal emails
  • read straightforward factual longer texts with a reasonable level of understanding
  • skim and scan short texts to find information
  • describe familiar subjects
  • describe plans and ambitions
  • talk (with preparation) about colleagues, workplace and organisation
  • write personal emails giving news recounting an event, describing experiences
  • write short texts making enquiries, explaining problems; write about job, education.

Please read our Can-do Statements (link on the right of this page) to see the competences which you will be working towards and can achieve by the end of the year.


Communicative skills such as:

  • yourself and your friends;
  • holidays;
  • the world of work;
  • the environment.

Grammar skills such as:

  • present tense (revision);

  • prepositions;
  • pronouns;
  • perfect tense;
  • time markers (il y a, pendant, depuis);
  • use of on;
  • future tense;
  • imperfect tense;
  • perfect and imperfect contrasted;
  • comparatives and superlatives.
Subject specific and transferable skills such as:
  • strategies for understanding gist and specific information
  • intercultural competence
  • written and spoken communication