French: Level One (Standard)

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Mr Francois Simon TW3.6.01K and Miss Florence Niclot TW3.6.01D


No previous knowledge required. All students welcome but they should :

  • Demonstrate commitment to regular attendance, completion of homework, completion of the dossier and all assessments.
  • Dedicate at least one hour per week for coursework in addition to classes.

Students do not need to be experienced language learners to take this standard course.

It is compulsory for students to watch the beginners course guide video, available in the Language Centre website, or attend one of the information sessions.

Course content

Course Aim:

  • To develop the ability to use French effectively for purposes of practical communication and reading comprehension.
  • To establish the skills, language and attitudes required to promote and facilitate further study of French.
  • To bring students to level A1 of CEFR.

Communicative Content:

  • Greet people.
  • Introduce yourself and others.
  • Giving and receiving information.
  • Taste, likes and dislikes.
  • Ask, give directions.
  • Describe a place.
  • Talk about your daily routine.
  • Time, date.
  • Ask for price, purchasing, ordering goods.

Structural Content:

  • To be and to have.
  • Definite, indefinite articles.
  • First, second conjugation verbs + some common irregular verbs.
  • Possessives adjectives.
  • Negative forms.
  • Prepositions. Numbers.
  • Imperative.
  • Forming questions.


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

  • Totem 1 - méthode de français A1 - Marie-José Lopes - Jean-Thierry Le Bourgnac - HACHETTE
  • Totem 1 - cahier d'activités A1 - Marie-José Lopes - Jean-Thierry Le Bourgnac - HACHETTE
  • A dictionary as recommended by your teacher


Continuous assessment (70%) in the MT, LT and ST.
Oral examination (30%) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2016/17: 98

Average class size 2016/17: 12

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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