Initio French I & II

Centre for Modern Languages, School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

College of Arts and Law


Code 20349

Level of study First Year

Credit value 20

Semester 1 & 2

Module description

This module is aimed at absolute beginners in French. They will introduce students to the main grammatical structures and functions of the language through classroom exercises reinforced by private study. Students will become proficient in a wide range of common (predictable) situations and functions. Practical language classes will focus on productive and receptive skills helping students to achieve effective communicative competence up to “survival” level. Aspects of modern France will be introduced in the target language at appropriate points. The course will also help students to develop strategies for coping with French in real-life situations, using a variety of materials: dialogues, interviews, texts, pictures, etc. Students will be given the opportunity to work in a group as well as individually. Strategies for independent learning will also be developed.
By the end of the module students will have reached A1 of the European Common Framework.

Teaching and learning methods

Practical language classes involving both whole-group and small group/pair work activities. Students’ active participation is fostered via the use of visual aids, audio/video recordings and the Internet. 3 contact hours a week.