A module bridging levels 1 & 2 

Module details

Offered to 1st Years
Tuesdays 16.00-18.00 
2 term module
7.5 ECTS
Extra Credit or Degree Credit where your department allows

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A module bridging levels 1 and 2 for students who have completed French courses below GCSE level, a short language course or studied the language informally at beginners' level

This module aims to:

  • Enable you to communicate in French with greater confidence in most common everyday life situations
  • Further develop all the fundamental language skills, i.e. reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Offer you insight into culture and daily life in the French-speaking countries and read authentic material from the French press

By the end of the module, you should have reached a high GCSE standard equivalent to A1/A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

To be eligible for this module you need to have done one of the following: 

  • Completed a French course below GCSE level
  • Completed a short language course
  • Studied French informally at beginners' level

Students who have completed a GCSE with grades A*, A or B in the target language should join level 2

Complete beginners are advised to join level 1

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Learning outcomes

VersaillesThis module will equip you with the ability to:

  • Talk about yourself and your family
  • Describe your home, work environment and interests
  • Interact in a simple way, in everyday situations (in shops, restaurants, etc.)
  • Express opinions, make comparisons and suggestions
  • Understand and give simple instructions with confidence
  • Write short texts (messages, letters, emails etc.) related to your everyday life and interests
  • Identify some of the social and cultural characteristics of French-speaking countries

Indicative core content

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Basic linguistic structures to include:

In the first term the emphasis is on a thorough revision and practice of the basic French structures that students will have studied at beginners’ level. In the second term, new structures are introduced such as imperfect, future and conditional tenses, expressions of time, cause and condition, object and relative pronouns.


  • social interaction;
  • everyday life;
  • education, work;
  • the home, family, holidays and leisure time, travel, eating, drinking and shopping;
  • giving and understanding information;
  • opinions;
  • composing simple letters;
  • selected social and cultural aspects of French-speaking countries.


  • Coursework 40% - 5 pieces of written coursework (may include in-class tests)
  • Written examination 40% - A two-hour written examination at the end of the Spring term
  • Oral examination 20% - A 10-minute oral examination at the end of the module

Key information

  • 7.5 ECTS points awarded on successful completion of the module.
  • Available to take for credit towards your degree where your department allows. Also available for extra-credit.
  • You must be prepared to attend all classes and and undertake approximately 3 hours of private study each week in addition to the assessment.

Coursebook: Edito Méthode de français : Niveau A1, Livre de l'élève, Didier 2016. (ISBN 9782278083183) and Edito niveau A1 : Cahier d'activités, Didier 2016. (ISBN 97822780836619)