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French - Beginners




Admission requirements

  • Class of 2017: this course is not available to first-year students, as it has been scheduled opposite the Global Challenges courses.

  • Classes of 2013-2016: None.

Course description

French Beginners is a French task-based language course for students with no knowledge of the French language. This course will provide students with sets of grammatical, lexical and phonological items. Communicative tasks will be used to develop speaking, reading, listening and writing skills. An important aspect of the course will be the culture knowledge of French and other French-speaking countries.

Learning objectives

The French language course for beginners aims at the A1 level of the Common European Framework (CEFR). The student at this level can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases in real-world situations.

The required competences for A1 language level (CEFR) can be described as follows: the student can understand and use everyday expressions, can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answers questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. The student can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

Mode of instruction

This course builds up the language skills of students who have no basic knowledge of French and develops the full range of communication skills in speaking, reading, listening and writing. Course contents are grammar practice, vocabulary building, listening, speaking and writing activities. The course based on language learning books, requires a lot of self-study at home. The method of teaching is communicative and classes will be conducted primarily in French. A Blackboard site will support the course, hosting a toolbox, course outline +weekly overview, assignments and assessment.


Listening comprehension exam, 20%, Weeks 6+12
Oral presentation + discussion, 20%, Weeks 7+14
Written exam: reading/vocabulary/ grammar/ creative writing, 50%, Weeks, 3+7+10+14
In class participation, 10%

Compulsory literature

  • Version originale 1. Méthode de francais. Livre de l‘élève. Monique Denyer e.a., ISBN 9789460301667

  • Version originale 1. Cahier d’exercices. ISBN 9788484435617

  • Grammaire progressive du français niveau débutant (2e édition) + cd audio , Clé Internationale, ISBN 9782090381146

  • Grammaire progressive du français niveau débutant (2e édition), Clé Internationale Corrigés ISBN 9782090381153

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