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French for Beginners Stage A

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Learn how to speak French at a basic level in essential social and survival situations.

This course provides students with a grounding in the basic structures of French. The following topics will form the basis of the course:

  • yourself and others
  • friends and family
  • things to do
  • in and around town
  • trains, planes and automobiles
  • home and away.

This course is suitable for absolute beginners or students with very little French.

Not sure which level is right for you?  Find your level.

Learning and teaching

The emphasis of the course is on participation therefore students are encouraged to actively participate in class through various forms of activities designed to stimulate communication.

Coursework and assessment

For us, the most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning.

Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved.

Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

The assessment of this course is divided into four parts to assess each of the following skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. It is designed to enhance what you have learnt during the course.

Additionally to the weekly sessions, we recommend that you spend some time between the lessons, revising and practising what has been done in class.

Reading suggestions

The coursebook for this course is BBC Talk French (Book & CD) - Released on 09/02/2006.

For personal study, you would find additional material in:

  • Facon de Parler 1, Beginners French by Angela Aries & Dominique Debney, Hodder Education.

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and dyslexia screening.