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French Beginners (LL174)



You are a complete beginner, knowing virtually nothing of the language.

Main Objectives

This beginners course will aim to develop competence in a range of predictable simple everyday language tasks, providing a very basic knowledge of the structure and vocabulary of the language.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching will be delivered fully online on MSTeams.

There will be one weekly two-hour online session for 19 weeks.

Course Text (must be bought by student)

Sperandio C, Djimli H & Pons S (2022), Edito A1 - Méthode de français, 2e édition, Didier, ISBN-13: 978-2278104468

Course Description

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

Activities will be devised to make sure you understand and can use the language presented during the lessons. You will put new language into practice via games, role-plays, and problem-solving tasks.

Homework tasks will be set at the end of each session.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • understand a range of familiar spoken phrases, simple questions and short dialogues
  • understand the main points in a short written text; understand simple forms for basic personal details
  • understand words and short phrases on common public notices
  • answer simple questions and give basic information; ask and answer simple questions about place of work or study, job, family or interests
  • make basic introductions and use basic greetings and courtesy phrases
  • write short texts (emails, postcards...)
  • fill in a simple form with personal details; write short sentences on familiar topics

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: 
  • greetings;
  • giving information about yourself and others;
  • alphabet;
  • counting to 100;
  • finding out information about people;
  • ordering drinks and snacks in a café;
  • looking for shops and finding your way around
  • going shopping , buying food;
  • expressing likes and dislikes;
  • making projects.
Grammar skills such as :
  • genders;

  • articles;
  • adjectives: agreement and position;
  • prepositions;
  • the negative;
  • present tense : regular verbs and common irregular verbs;
  • use of frequency adverbs such as "depuis"
  • the possessive;
  • asking questions;
  • sentence structure.
Subject-specific and transferable skills
  • Written and spoken communication
  • Strategies for understanding gist and specific information
  • Intercultural Awareness, Professionalism, Digital Literacy, Teamwork, Problem-Solving

Can count towards the Warwick Award:

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