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French Beginners (Year 1)

City University London
Course summary
10 weeks
Part time
Professional Training
French Beginners (Year 1)

Course description

French Beginners (Year 1)

You'll develop essential speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as a solid understanding of the structure of the language.

In Module Two, you will learn alphabet/sound system, yourself and your family, jobs, nationalities, daily activities; tastes and plans.

In Module Three, you will gain an understanding of weekly activities and duties; food and drink, object and situations; parts of the body and ailments, making appointments; making plans for the weekend, travel, shopping; and past events.

The course consists of one evening class a week, for a total of 30 weeks; spread across three modules, which is ideal for those with various commitments or working full-time.

Learning objectives

Module 1

  • Greeting people;
  • Introducing yourself, your family and others;
  • Talking about nationalities and jobs;
  • Describing your house and your neighbourhood;
  • Selecting food and wine in a shop/ restaurant;
  • Dressing up for the four seasons;
  • Talking about your daily routine;
  • Calendar and telling the time;
  • Talking about your interests and making plans.

Module 2

  • Asking for help, for information;
  • Inviting, arranging to meet and replying to an invitation;
  • Leaving and receiving phone messages;
  • Saying what you want to do, can do or must do;
  • Describing people, clothes and buying habits;
  • Visiting the doctor;
  • Ordering meals and making travel reservations;
  • Obtaining information on prices and quantity;
  • Describing a sequence of events in the past;
  • Handling short social exchanges in present, past and immediate future tenses.

Module 3

  • Understanding/giving directions;
  • Giving advice and expressing opinions;
  • Agreeing and disagreeing;
  • Summarising a piece of written information;
  • Talking about past actions;
  • Giving small presentations;
  • Expressing obligation and interdiction;
  • Making complaints;
  • Making plans for the future;
  • Expressing nuances.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Prerequisite knowledge

Modules are taught at progressive levels, if you have no prior knowledge you must start at Module One in the autumn (October).

If you wish to join Module Two of the French short course (in January), you must have completed Module One or be familiar with the content taught in Module One, specified in the  What will I learn? section.

If you wish to enrol on Module Three of the short course (in April/May), you must have completed both Module One and Module Two or be familiar with the content taught in these two modules, found in the  What will I learn? section.

Please check your level by using our online guidelines before enrolling.

English requirements

You will need to respond to instructions and read course documents in English.

Training Course Content

Topics covered

Module 1

  • Alphabet;
  • Pronunciation and accents;
  • Talking about yourself and your family;
  • Jobs, countries and nationalities;
  • Daily activities;
  • Likes and dislikes;
  • Interests and activities;
  • Formal and informal culture in France.

Module 2

  • Weekly activities and duties;
  • Food and drinks;
  • Objects and situations;
  • Parts of the body and ailments;
  • Making appointments;
  • Making plans for the weekend;
  • Travel;
  • Shopping;
  • Past events, eating and going out culture in France.

Module 3

  • Directions;
  • Travel;
  • Describing places and journeys;
  • Past, present and future events;
  • Email writing;
  • Text messaging;
  • Tourism and general culture of France.

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