French for Research and Reading Purposes Beginners (Level 1)

This is for you if you want to learn French for reading and research purposes. Lessons focus on developing reading and text interpreting skills, allowing a fast pace progress. No previous knowledge is required. If your language level ranges from beginners to lower intermediate, you are welcome to join. If you already have a higher language level please see our French Intermediate or Upper-intermediate courses.

Key information

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Each full course comprises 60 learning hours over two terms. Lessons are two hours long and take place once a week. The first ten lessons will run from TBC. The consequent ten lessons will run from TBC, when the course will be completed. You can enrol for the complete course (20 weeks) or just one term (10 weeks).

This course will be taught in a small group: Minimum 6 and maximum 12 students.

*Includes all tuition, access to VLE (Virtual Learning Environment), handouts and any tests/exams, but not a textbook.


Entry level

No previous knowledge of French is required. Although it would be beneficial, the course is suitable for absolute beginners.

Course content

This French for Academic Research purposes course aims to take learners from a basic level towards independent reading of authentic texts in French. Each session will focus on fundamental aspects of French grammar, including both morphology and syntax and vocabulary. As the course progresses, your tutor will find out the genres and periods most appropriate to the interests of each student and will tailor readings accordingly. You will also develop dictionary skills and practise reading strategies to interpret and translate texts in French. In addition, you will begin reading texts immediately and building a working vocabulary, thereby increasing the amount and level of your French knowledge with every session.


  • French for Reading: A Programmed Approach for Graduate Degree Requirement (Programmed Approach for Graduate Degree Requirements) by Karl C. Sandberg and Eddison C. Tatham.

There isn’t a University bookshop however, The European Bookshop website holds our book list and offers a 10% discount to all our students.

It is not essential to bring a course book to the first class. The tutor will discuss book requirements in class and advise you of the best places to obtain the book if required. With some languages there is the option for us to order text books on behalf of a class.

Our approach

The course takes place at an accelerated pace to enable you to read French texts from a wide range of sources and time periods. Reading skills are developed by systematically working through short texts and focusing on the recognition of key grammatical structures (verbs, tenses, sentence patterns and word order, negation, nouns, connectors, pronouns, adjectives, prepositions, the passive, idioms, etc.). Students will be encouraged to seek opportunities to learn and practise outside the classroom taking advantage of learning resources provided by tutors and the programme. Group numbers are limited to 12 students and planned to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on progress.


Upon completing this Beginners level for Academic research purposes (1A), you can progress onto the Intermediate level Academic research purposes (2A).