Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Beginners French
Academic Year
Semester 2
Mutually Exclusive
FR19930 or FR10740 , FR10700
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 20%: 8 written assignments, 4 of them under exam conditions (those taken under exam conditions counting twice as much as the others); 10%: listening comprehension (4 tests); 10%: oral (4 marks based on attendance, active contribution and performance in small oral groups).  40%
Semester Exam .15 Hours   The oral Examination takes the form of a 15-minute interview with one member of staff. During this interview the candidate will be asked: (a) to offer a brief presentation (maximum 5-7 minutes) in the target language on a selected topic and (b) to engage in a general conversation arising in the first instance from the presentation itself. Some weeks before the oral exam, students will be provided with four topics taken from the topics covered during the oral classes throughout the year. They will need to prepare all four of these topics as only one of them will be given to the student in the exam. The final exam topic will be provided to the candidate at the beginning of the examination. There will be no period of preparation time immediately beforehand. Candidates are reminded that they are not allowed to read from a script and are not allowed to bring any notes into the examination room; they must not deliver a previously learnt speech. The presentation should lead into (and be constructed so as to lead into) a conversation and further discussion of the topic. A more general conversation will follow.  10%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   50%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   If the module has been failed, the supplementary exam will consist of a 1.5-hour written examination which will count for 100%. If the student has failed the oral exam but has a passing average without the oral exam being taken into consideration, the supplementary exam will consist of an oral examination only (same format as in May/June). The mark of this supplementary oral exam will be integrated into the final mark.   100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

• Recognise, understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases concerning themselves, their friends, their family and their immediate, concrete surroundings.

• Recognise, understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases to achieve/satisfy basic needs of a concrete type.

• Ask and answer simple questions about personal details such as where they live, people they know and things they have.

• Ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics.

• Interact in a simple way with others, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

• Write short texts describing themselves, where they live and people they know.

• Write short, simple texts such as postcards, sending holiday greetings, or leaflets, describing their region.

• Complete forms with correct and appropriate personal details, such as registration forms.

• Translate short texts from French into English and from English into French.

• Display proficiency in basic French grammar and syntax, appropriate to level A1 of the ECFR.

• Make both supervised and independent use of the facilities available in the Department and Library, including the language laboratory.

Brief description

This course is an intensive introduction to the French language. It is aimed at students with little or no previous knowledge of French and will cover material from level A1 of the European Common Framework of Reference for Languages (ECFR). Students will achieve A1 proficiency by the end of the module.


Students will cover material appropriate to level A1 of the ECFR. This will include being able to express information about: Basic personal details (name, age, profession, birthday, etc…); family members; physical characteristics and personality; days of the week; months of the year; numbers; colours; likes and dislikes; everyday activities; frequency; asking for & following directions; transport; where you live; food cultures; urban environments; travel and holidays; what happened recently; clothes; daily routine; weather; giving advice; making suggestions; talking about plans; hobbies and pastimes; house, rooms, garden, pets.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Using numbers in target language.
Communication Conversation, listening and language classes and coursework.
Improving own Learning and Performance Continuous assessment in all 4 language skills.
Information Technology Use of video and audio in LRC. Use of web-based material as part of course material.
Personal Development and Career planning Development of communication, problem-solving and presentation skills. Development of intercultural awareness. Writing tasks focused on self-presentation.
Problem solving Language work in class and at home .
Research skills Use of BB and other websites.
Subject Specific Skills All 4 language skills.
Team work Pair and group work.


This module is at CQFW Level 4