French: Level Three (Fast Track)

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

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


Students should have successfully completed LSE Level 2 course or have learned equivalent content, see the description of "Communicative content" and "Structural Content" of Level 2 course (LN723 or LN724). Students should: 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 completion of the online test and upon tutor’s approval during the Needs Analysis Interview.

This level is suitable for students who learnt French for some time (a few years) a long time ago (secondary school). A good foundation in the target language. Students express themselves with confidence or at least are willing to try. This level can also be taken by GCSE students.

Course content

Course Aim: To bring students to level B1 of CEFR.


  • 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 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 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 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 + social science related articles.


Communicative Content:

  • To 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).


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

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


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

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2016/17: 34

Average class size 2016/17: 10

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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