French Beginners (level 1)

french_circled_flagThis is for you if you have no prior knowledge of French (or so little that you effectively want to start again from scratch). You will learn basic skills to enable you to make yourself understood and to find out information in everyday situations.

Timetable course started in January 2019

This course started in January 2019. You are welcome to join in this course given that you have previous knowledge of the language. Alternatively, you can join in a NEW Fast Track beginners course.

The second term of the course comprises 30 learning hours over one term. Lessons are two hours long and take place once a week. Classes will resume in May until the beginning of July 2019 when the course will be completed.

Thursdays 6 - 8 pm
●  Term 2: 10 weeks (30 learning hours), resuming 2 May 2019

Fee

● 1 term 10 weeks - £110* (30 learning hours), May to July 2019

*Includes all tuition, access to VLE (virtual learning environment), handouts and any tests/exams, but not a textbook.

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Entry level

No previous knowledge of French is required. Although it would be beneficial, the course is suitable for absolute beginners.

Course content

  • Numbers and time
  • Describing your family
  • Professions
  • Talking about home and where you live
  • Likes and dislikes
  • Shopping
  • Directions
  • Accommodation
  • Travel and transport

Course book

  • Version Originale 1: Livre De L'Eleve(2009) by Monique Denyer, Agustin Garmendia & Marie-Laure Lions-Olivieri.

There isn’t a University bookshop however The European Bookshop website holds our book list and offers a 10% discount to all our students. Languages at Leicester Reading List.

It is not essential to bring a course book to the first class.  The tutor will discuss book requirements in class and advise you of the best places to obtain the book if required.  With some languages there is the option for us to order text books on behalf of a class.

Our approach

This course is taught in French and English. Our programme aims to develop the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as cultural awareness. It provides a good balance between understanding the culture, vocabulary and grammar structures of the French language and enhancing communication and interaction. It supports comprehensive and productive skills in speech and writing through authentic based activities and guided practice in the use of French language. Students will be encouraged to seek opportunities to learn and practise the four skills outside the classroom taking advantage of learning resources provided by tutors and the programme. Lessons are planned to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on progress.

Progression route

Upon completing the Beginners level (1), you can progress onto the Post-beginners level (2).

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2018-2019 Term Dates

Classes run during the University terms and take place during evenings, afternoons and Saturdays:

Term 1: Autumn term (10 weeks)

Monday 8 October – Saturday 15 December 2018

Term 2: Spring term (10 weeks)

Monday 21 January – Saturday 30 March 2019

Term 3: Summer term (10 weeks)

Monday 29 April – Saturday 6 July 2018

Summer School (2 intensive weeks)

Monday 10 – Friday 21 June 2019