French: Level Four (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 3 course or have learned equivalent content, see the description of “Communicative content” and “Structural Content” of Level 3 course (LN727 or LN728).


Students should: Demonstrate full commitment to regular attendance, completion of homework, and all pieces of continuous assessment; Dedicate at least one hour 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.


For anyone who wants to improve French. The student should have sufficient skills in all four skills as listed above.

Course content

Course Aim


  • 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.
  • Enter unprepared into a conversation on topics that are familiar.
  • Give your opinion and justify. Talk about a past event, past experiences…Take, give advice and suggest. Future plans and projects. Express a wish, a will. Express doubt, certainty.


  • 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.
  • Write an essay or report, passing on information or giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view.


  • 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 programmes on current affairs or topics of personal or professional interest when the delivery is in standard dialect.


  • 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 B2 of CEFR.


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.

Formative coursework

The students will be required to complete weekly language exercises.

Indicative reading

  • A grammar study pack, provided by LSE.
  • A study pack, provided by LSE.


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

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2016/17: 44

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