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FLTU1305 Beginners French

10 creditsClass Size: 17

Module manager: Nathalie Lawson

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is mutually exclusive with

FLTU1301Beginners French 20cr Sem1
FLTU1302Beginners French 20cr Sem2
FLTU1303Beginners French 20cr Sem1&2
FLTU1304Beginners French 10 credits Semester 2

Module replaces


This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

Beginners French 10 credits is for students who have not previously studied French. The emphasis is on achieving a basic level of communication in speaking, listening, reading and writing and an introduction to French culture. You may want to learn a new language, you may already have an interest in France or you may be planning to travel - whatever your reason, this module will equip you with some practical language skills and intercultural awareness. Please be aware that if you are interested in progressing to elementary level, you should take a 20-credit module in beginners French.


This module aims to introduce students to the French language and gradually develop their ability to function at beginners' level. Students should develop a basic understanding of everyday vocabulary, understand the rules of pronunciation and have a basic grasp of the relevant grammar for that level. They should also develop an awareness of French culture.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of, and the ability to use, commonly used vocabulary and everyday expressions in the topics covered;
- extract accurately the key information from audio and/or video material;
- understand and make themselves understood by a proficient native speaker in specific contexts;
- demonstrate some awareness of cultural and linguistic differences between the use of French and English;
- demonstrate a basic knowledge of grammar including the present tense, prepositions, adjectives, formation of the negative.


1. Exchange personal information about themselves, their family, their interests.
2. Understand and use numbers, the time, dates.
3. Understand and give simple descriptions including use of the comparative and superlative, sizes, colours.
4. Talk about likes and dislikes and food.
5. Talk about daily routine.
6. Understanding and giving simple directions.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Language Class102.0020.00
Private study hours80.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

- Guided independent study each week including homework.
- Review of the lesson; preparation and practice for the assessment and the final exam.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress is monitored through:
- the weekly homework exercises;
- the student's participation in class;
- preparation for the final exam.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentIn-class tasks50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 10 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

resit takse the form of a writing task.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:36:38


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