French Language (Beginners) 1 and 2

Module code: FR1020/FR1021

Our language modules for Beginners are intensive language courses which bring you up to the A2 level of the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR) in a year.

There are four contact hours per week dedicated to developing all of the main language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking), and relevant grammar skills for this level. A wide range of teaching and learning methods, materials and resources are used throughout the course, in order to support different learning styles. Preparation and independent study tasks set by the tutor will form an essential part of the learning process. Small-group teaching and the use of virtual learning environments will optimise your progress.

Language skills/topics

The skills and topics covered focus on developing your abilities in accordance with the requirements of the CEFR, and in the areas of Listening, Reading, Spoken Interaction, Spoken Production, and Writing. See a full description of the skills required for progression from level A1 to C1 including grammar and communication topics.


  • 80 hours of seminars
  • 10 hours of tutorials
  • 210 hours of guided independent study


Semester 1:

  • Continuous assessment: writing and online test (25%)
  • Continuous assessment: listening and speaking (25%)
  • Exam (50%)

Semester 2:

  • Continuous assessment: reading, writing and online test (25%)
  • Continuous assessment: listening and speaking (25%)
  • Exam, 2½ hours (50%)