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French for Post-Beginners - Stage A + (Twice a Week)

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This course will enable you to use a broader but still limited range of oral, aural and written language skills.

Though the emphasis is on speaking you will also learn more grammatical structures and sentence pattern, which are essential for further progression in French.

In class, you will get ample opportunity to speak through pair-work and group exercises, listen to authentic audio/video tapes, read short texts and complete exercises which will enhance your vocabulary and your knowledge of grammar.

Written exercises will be completed at home. In order to maximise your acquired speaking skills, this course will be followed by a shorter module concentrating entirely on speaking and listening.

In terms of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (DELF and DALF), this course prepares students for A1.

You will learn:

  • how to greet people
  • how to introduce yourself and ask/answer simple questions
  • order snacks and drinks
  • talk about everyday activities
  • ask for/give the time
  • ask for/give directions
  • express preferences.

This course is for students who have studied French for one year part-time or who have a 'rusty' GCSE, who wish to consolidate and improve their existing language skills.

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Learning and teaching

The emphasis of the course is on participation and students are encouraged to actively participate in class through various non-threatening 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 time between the lessons, revising and practising what has been done in class.

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.