ULFR10021 / ULFR10022 - Introductory French

  • Credits: 10
  • Level: 1
  • Pre-requisite: None.
  • Co-requisite: Open to students not following Honours courses in French
  • Taught during: semester one (ULFR10021) or semester two (ULFR10022). In semester one, teaching will take place during reading week (week 6).
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course


This course is designed for students who wish to move quickly through the fundamentals of French grammar while developing some basic communicative skills.

It aims to teach students simple structures and lexis which will enable them to communicate effectively in a range of situations in a French-speaking country.

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.

Learning outcomes

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

  1. handle some of the basic grammatical structures of French;
  2. communicate orally and in written form in a limited number of social occasions.

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

Language of teaching

English and the target language.


One written test (40%), one oral (35%) and one aural test (25%).The written and aural tests will take place in week 11, the oral test in week 12.

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.


Gaelle Flower

Taught by

see timetables.

Maximum entry

25 per group.

Set texts

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

Recommended texts

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


ULFR20110 Pre-intermediate if supplemented by a summer course leading to A1.2 in the Common European Framework.


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.