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ULFR10032 - Introductory French 2hr mode (non-credit only)

  • Credits: none
  • Level: 1
  • Pre-requisite: None
  • Co-requisite: Open to students not following Honours courses in French
  • Taught during: Semester two
  • TimetableTimetable for the course


This course is designed for absolute beginners who wish to get started with the language and to have the time to learn and practice it at a more ‘modest pace’. The focus will be put on spoken French, listening and pronunciation to develop basic communicative skills. It aims to give students basic knowledge in speaking, reading and written skills and will be focussing on simple practical situations.

Students will be expected to use the range of resources available to them in the Language Centre and to communicate with native speakers wherever possible, in order to develop cultural competence.

The course also serves as preparation for the French Ministry of Education Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française - Niveau A1 (DELF A1) should students wish to sit for this internationally recognized qualification.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to: 

  • understand short, simple messages and announcements;
  • Express themselves and understand usual phrases in a variety of social places in France (cafés, restaurants, train-stations, hotels, finding your way/directions, etc.);
  • Talk about themselves, their family, their hobbies and social activities
  • Handle simple grammatical structures of French; 
  • Understand short texts relevant to daily life
  • Have an insight of French culture.


Transferable skills

Pair and team work, focussed listening, informal presentations, language awareness, cultural appreciation.

Teaching and learning methods

Seminars, two hours per week.


Four pieces of assessed work as follows:

  • Formative assessment in the shape of online/ in class self-assessment quizzes to evaluate receptive skills (reading and listening), and vocabulary.
  • Summative assessment: 1 hour productive skills (listening and speaking) test.

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of:

  • informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class based learning activities; and
  • formal written feedback will be given following every assessment.


Nathalie Caillaud

Taught by

See timetables.

Maximum entry

22 per group.

Set texts

  • Talk French (Book and CD), Fournier (BBC Active: 2014), ISBN: 978-1406679007

Recommended texts

Talk French Grammar, S. Purcell (BBC Active: 2014), ISBN: 978-1406679113


To be announced


Successful completion of this course unit will enhance your curriculum vitae and your employability by showing that you have a capacity to learn other languages and the desire to engage with other cultures.