French: Level Four (Standard)

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Ms Catherine Gaitte TW3 6.01 and Miss Florence Niclot TW3.6.01D


  • 250 hours including self-study (16+), AS-level or six/seven years at school level.
  • Low pass mark at A-level. SPEAKING AND SPOKEN INTERACTION: 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.
  • WRITING: Write short 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.
  • LISTENING: 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.
  • READING: Read very short, simple texts, find specific, predictable information in simple everyday material such as advertisements, prospectuses, menus and timetables, and understand items of both personal and professional written communication e.g.
  • Email and web-based material.
  • Admission to the course upon completion of online level test and tutor’s approval during needs analysis.
  • Students who can readily communicate in French, using a fair variety of vocabulary, grammar and tenses. However, they still need to consolidate their language skills.

Course content

Course Aim: SPEAKING AND SPOKEN INTERACTION: Connect phrases adequately in order to describe experiences events, hopes and ambitions. Briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans relating to study or areas of interest relating to the Social Sciences. Deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken. Enter unprepared into a conversation on topics that are familiar. WRITING: Write simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest. Write longer texts, which describe experiences and impressions, and write on areas of interest, which relate to the Social Sciences. LISTENING: Understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, university, leisure, etc., understand the main point of many radio or TV programs on current affairs or topics of personal or professional interest when the delivery is relatively paced and clear. READING: Understand texts that consist of high frequency everyday or job-related language, understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal communication. In areas relating to the Social Sciences, gist comprehension should be feasible in a variety of topics taken from a variety of authentic sources. To bring students to level B1-B2 of CEFR. ¿ Introduce oneself, talk about your opinions, beliefs, political opinions. Communicative Content: Talk about your daily activities. Make an appointment, reschedule, accept, refuse. Give your opinion and justify. Talk about a past event, past experiences…Take, give advice ad suggest. Future plans and projects. Express a wish, a will. Express doubt, certainty. Structural Content: Major grammatical points ( direct, indirect pronouns, express cause, consequence, obligation, aim…). Perfect, past tenses, conditional. Present tense irregular verbs. Question words. Adjectives, place, agreement. Express duration.


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.

Indicative reading

Manual, grammar book and dictionary as recommended by the 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: 21

Average class size 2015/16: 8

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication