French Language (Beginners) 1 and 2

Module code: FR1020 and FR1021
Module co-ordinator: Dr Aurelie Joubert

This module provides an accelerated and intensive introduction to speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in French for students with no prior knowledge of the language. Most students reach the GCSE standard by the end of the academic year.

You will learn how to...

  • Speak and write about familiar topics accurately
  • Use the range of grammatical structures covered in the course appropriately and accurately
  • Communicate orally in French in a variety of situations
  • Extract relevant information from written and spoken material in French


  • 40 hours of practical classes and workshops dedicated to reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • 160 hours of guided independent study


  • Alter Ego/Livre de l’élève et CD audio 1 by Berthet, Hugot, Kizirian, Sampsonias and Waendendries (Hachette, 2006)
  • Tempo 1 Cahier d’exercice avec CD audio by Evelyne Berard, Yves Canier and Christian Lavenne (Didier/Hatier, 2006)

You will also need a good dictionary, such as The Concise Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary or The Collins Concise French Dictionary. If you are planning to continue your study of French beyond the first year, consider purchasing a larger dictionary such as The Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary or The Collins Robert French Dictionary.

Useful study aids include:

  • Bescherelle Complete Guide to Conjugating 12,000 French Verbs (Hatier)
  • A French grammar book 

Additional resources (including dictionaries and grammar books) can be found in the Modern Languages Study Centre (MLSC), located on the sixth floor of the Ken Edwards building. At the MLSC, you can watch French TV on satellite channels, an immersion experience that will help you develop your pronunciation and intonation skills as well as your familiarity with French culture.


  • Continuous assessment: listening (12.5%)
  • Continuous assessment: reading and writing (12.5%)
  • Continuous assessment : online test (12.5%)
  • Continuous assessment: speaking (12.5%)
  • Exam, 2½ hours (50%)