French: Level Two (Fast Track)

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

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


Students should have successfully completed LSE Level 1 course or have learned equivalent content, see description of "Communicative content" and "Structural Content" of Level 1 (LN721 or LN722). Students will have to: Demonstrate full commitment to regular attendance, completion of homework, and all pieces of continuous assessment. Dedicate at least two hours per week for coursework, in addition to classes.

Admission into the course after completing the online test and upon tutor’s approval during the Needs Analysis Interview.

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 habits.
  • 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 - Jean-Luc Penfornis - CLE international
  • A study pack : provided by LSE.
  • A dictionary as recommended by your teacher.


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

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2016/17: 32

Average class size 2016/17: 13

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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