French: Level Two (Standard)

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Mr Halim Benzine TW3 6.01, Ms Patricia Gaudron TW3 6.01 and Mr Francois Simon TW3.6.01K


40 to 60 hours including self-study, or 2, 3 years at secondary school ( under 16) and students should :

  • Demonstrate commitment to regular attendance, completion of homework, completion of dossier of evidence and all assessments.
  • Have both an awareness of grammatical structures and an ability to use them.
  • Dedicate at least one hour per week for coursework in addition to classes.

Admission into the course upon completion of online level test and tutor’s approval during needs analysis. Students who can handle a range of basic activities study or time spent in the country. This course may be suitable for re-starters.

Course content

Course Aim:


  • Use a series of phrases and sentences to describe in simple terms family and other people, living conditions, educational background and present or most recent work.
  • Produce talks on simple topics relating to the Social Sciences.
  • Communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics.


  • Write simple notes, messages and e-mails relating to matters in areas of immediate need or paragraphs or short essays in areas of interest relating to the Social Sciences.


  • Understand phrases and the highest frequency vocabulary related not only to areas of most immediate personal relevance (e.g. personal and familiar information, shopping, local geography, and employment), but also to topic areas relating to the Social Sciences.


  • Read short, simple texts, find specific, predictable information in everyday material such as advertisements, prospectuses, menus and timetables, and understand items of both personal and professional written communication e.g. E-mail and web-based material + social science related articles.
  • To bring students to level A2-B1 of CEFR.

Communicative Content: 

  • Introduce oneself and give personal information.
  • Talk about your taste, likes and dislikes, political opinions.
  • Asking, giving directions, describe a place. Talk about your activities and habit.
  • Make an appointment, reschedule…Asking and giving help.
  • Giving your opinion.
  • Ask, accept and refuse, talk about price, quantity…Time, dates…
  • Talk about past events.
  • Describe a person, an object.
  • Compare.
  • Agree, disagree, justify your opinion.
  • Talk about your plans and the future.

Structural Content: The scheme of work includes: Thorough revision of the basics:

  • How to introduce oneself, Questions, Negative forms, Present tense etc.
  • Past tenses: the basic combination of perfect (Passé composé) and imperfect (imparfait).
  • Introduction to future tenses: Futur proche.
  • Grammar: Verbs (Regular, irregular, reflexive).
  • Articles (Definitive, indefinitive, possessive).
  • Pronouns (Direct, indirect, Y, EN).
  • Prepositions...


16 hours of classes in the MT. 22 hours of classes in the LT. 2 hours of classes in the ST.

This is a 40 hour-course. Please refer to the LSE timetable for course teaching arrangements.

Formative coursework

The students will be required to complete weekly language exercises.

Indicative reading

  • Textbook : français.com - 2ème édition - niveau débutant - Français professionnel - Jean-Luc Penfornis - CLE International
  •  A study pack, provided by LSE.
  • A dictionary as recommended by your teacher.


Continuous assessment (50%) in the MT, LT and ST.
Oral examination (30%) and in class assessment (20%) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2015/16: 32

Average class size 2015/16: 10

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication