French: Level Three (CIA Courtauld Institute of Art)

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

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


  • This level is suitable for students from the Courtauld Institute of Art who learnt French for some time (a few years) a long time ago (secondary school).
  • A good foundation but find it difficult to express themselves mostly orally.
  • This level can also be taken by GCSE students from LSE.


  • Use simple phrases and sentences to describe where they live and people they know.
  • Speak about what they study (history of art, arts), and be able to function within a range of basic activities relating to work, study or time spent in the country.


  • Write short, simple greetings.
  • Fill in forms with personal details, basic communication in e-mails, or short descriptions or paragraphs relating to an area of interest in arts.


  • Recognise familiar words and very basic phrases concerning self, family and immediate concrete surroundings when people speak slowly and clearly.
  • Understand short excerpts from current affairs, programmes or news items on TV and Radio.


  • Understand the gist of and some details of original text extracts, for example on notices, posters, in newspapers, adverts and on the web, and in simple articles relating to the Social Sciences.
  • Admission to the course upon completion of online level test and tutor’s approval during needs analysis.
  • For students who are able to interact in a variety of familiar contexts without major difficulties but who do need to review and consolidate their French.

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 Art.
  • Communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics and express opinions in discussion of familiar topics.


  • 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 Art.


  • 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 world of Culture and Art.


  • Read short and simple texts related to news and current issues, 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 + art related articles.

To bring students to level B1 of CEFR.

Communicative Content:

  • Introduce oneself, talk about opinions, beliefs, political views.
  • Talk about daily activities. Make an appointment, reschedule, accept, refuse.
  • Give your opinion and justify it. Talk about a past event, past experiences…
  • Take/ give advice and make/respond to suggestions.
  • Future plans and projects. Express a wish, a will. Express doubt, certainty, possibility.
  • Express cause, consequence, obligation, aim.

Structural Content:

  • Consolidation of major grammatical points (direct, indirect pronouns y & en…).
  • Perfect, past tenses, conditional. Present tense irregular verbs consolidation.
  • Question formation with a wide range of tenses.
  • Adjectives, place, agreement. Express duration (depuis, pendant, pour).
  • Use of relative pronouns (qui/que, ce qui/ce que).


20 hours of classes in the MT. 20 hours of classes in the LT. 2 hours of classes in the ST.

This is a 46 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


  • A study pack, provided by LSE.
  • A dictionary and a grammar book as recommended by your teacher


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

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2016/17: 10

Average class size 2016/17: 11

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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