ULFR20110 - Pre-intermediate French

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisite: Successful completion of ULFR10010 - Beginners' French or GCSE grade C or lower or, if taken over 3 years ago,  grade A*, A or B, or equivalent.
  • Co-requisiteIf you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to relevant guidance about eligibility for LEAP units on your programme structure.
  • Taught during: Full-year course (September to May).
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course


This course is designed for students who have completed a Beginners' course but who do not feel confident enough to proceed directly to Intermediate Level or who would like more time to consolidate material introduced earlier. It is most probable that these will be part-time students or those from non-European language backgrounds. The course also serves as preparation for the French Ministry of Education Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française - Niveau A2 (DELF A2) should students wish to sit for this internationally recognized qualification.

Learning outcomes

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

  1. understand texts using high frequency everyday language;
  2. the ability to read short, simple texts with specific information and simple personal letters;
  3. the ability to communicate orally in simple, routine situations and handle short social exchanges about familiar topics;
  4. the ability to write a short personal letter or text about familiar subjects.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A2/A2+ of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

Active listening; skimming and scanning texts; presentation skills; extracting and processing information; intercultural competence.

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.

Language of teaching

English and the target language


Four pieces of assessed work as follows

  • Semester one: Written (Reading, Grammar, Writing) 30%. Assessment will be submitted online.
  • Semester two: Oral 20%; Listening 20%; Written (Reading, Grammar, Writing) 30%. Assessment will be submitted online.

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.


Annie Morton

Taught by

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Maximum entry

22 per group

Set texts

Latitudes 1: Livre de l’élève 1 & CD-audio: Methode De Francais A1/A2,R. Mérieux and Y. Loiseau (Didier Editions, 2008), ISBN: 978-2278062492.Latitudes 1: Cahier d'exercices Version Anglophone: Methode De Francais A1/A2, R. Mérieux and Y. Loiseau (Didier Editions, 2009), ISBN: 978-2278062898

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ULFR20010 Intermediate 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.