ULFR10022 - Introduction to French

  • Credits: 10
  • Level: 1
  • FHEQ Level: 4
  • Pre-requisite: None.
  • Co-requisite: Open to students not following Honours courses in French. If you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to the course unit selection guidance, which includes information about eligibility for LEAP units, on your programme structure.
  • Anti-requisite: Students taking the unit for university credit as part of their degree must not have already taken the unit ULFR10010 – Beginners French.
  • Taught during: Semester two. 
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course


This course is for absolute beginners. It introduces students to the fundamentals of French grammar, reading and writing while developing some basic communicative skills. It aims to teach students simple structures, lexis and phrases which will enable them to communicate in a limited number of common everyday situations in French-speaking countries.
The introductory course differs from ULFR10010 – Beginners' French in length, topics covered and learning outcomes. Both courses start at the same level (absolute beginner), but ULFR10010 – Beginners' French is a full-year course, and goes further and deeper into the language as it is approximately double the number of teaching hours plus double the number of self-study hours whereas the introductory level, ULFR10022 Introduction to French is only one semester long.

Learning outcomes

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

  1. handle some of the basic grammatical structures of French;

  2. understand and read, some familiar and daily expressions used in common everyday situations and write very simple messages.
  3. communicate orally at a basic level in a limited number of common everyday situations.
  4.  have some understanding of ways of life in French-speaking countries.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A1.1 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

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

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on campus and on-line instruction as necessary. This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning. Students will actively practice the language (words, phrases and grammar) in pairs and groups in class, as well as through written exercises at home. Students will also be expected to make full use of the resources and activities on the Blackboard component for this course.


Semester 2: In 2020/21 assessment will be on online only

  • One listening test 25% and one written exam 40% both in week 11.
  • One oral test 35% in week 12

Teaching hours

36 hours (3 hours per week) including assessment time

Independent study hours

~ 62 hours (not including assessment time)

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;
  • formal written feedback will be given following every assessment.


Dr Annie Morton

Taught by

see timetables.

Maximum entry

22 per group.

Set texts

To be annonced on Blackboard. 


Students may be able to proceed to ULFR20110 Pre-intermediate French subject to an entry-level assessment and proof that students have studied independently in the summer to reach the Common European Framework level required at the end of ULFR10010 - Beginners' French.


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.