A Post-GCSE or equivalent module in French language and culture

Module details

  • Offered to all Undergraduates
  • Monday, Tuesday or Thursday 16.00-18.00 (depending on year of study)
  • Planned delivery: On campus (South Kensington)
  • 2 term module worth 7.5 ECTS
  • Available to eligible students as part of I-Explore
  • Extra Credit or Degree Credit where your department allows
Degree credit module options by departmentHow to enrol

A communicative module for students with some prior knowledge of the French language and the culture of the French-speaking countries.

This module aims to : -

  • Develop further all the basic language skills, i.e. reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Revise and consolidate basic grammar
  • Introduce more complex grammatical structures and extend vocabulary
  • Gain further insights into culture and daily life in the French-speaking countries

By the end of the module, students should have reached approximately the A2+ standard of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

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

  • Successfully completed French Level 1
  • Gained a French GCSE Qualification
  • Already achieved A1+ or equivalent on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

You are advised to review material from your previous courses before the start of this module.

Please note: This module is currently undergoing minor modifications and is therefore subject to change. 

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Learning outcomes

  Versailles This module will equip you with the ability to:

  • Communicate orally and in writing with a fair degree of accuracy on a variety of subjects concerning your own life and daily life in France
  • With the aid of bilingual dictionaries, read and understand texts of moderate complexity on a variety of subject areas
  • Extract information from material in spoken and written French and respond appropriately
  • Identify selected historical, geographical, cultural and social characteristics of the French-speaking countries

Indicative core content

Arc de TriompheYou may not have had contact with the language for some time and therefore the emphasis in the first term is on a thorough revision of the basic French structures that you will have met at school. In the second term, new structures are introduced. In addition, your communication skills will be developed, both in the spoken and written language.


Thorough revision of the basic structures of the language:

  • Nouns, articles and adjectives (possessive, demonstrative);
  • Pronouns: object and relative; use of adjectives including comparative and superlative;
  • Use of prepositions;
  • Verbs: present, perfect, imperfect, pluperfect, future and conditional tenses, infinitive, participles, introduction to subjunctive mode


  • Social interaction;
  • Leisure activities and tourism;
  • Health issues;
  • Education;
  • Environment;
  • Work;
  • Telephoning and composing simple letters;
  • French current affairs in France
  • Aspects of French history and geography,
  • Further cultural areas and personalities of the French-speaking countries

Learning and teaching approach

Weekly in-class activities cover reading, writing, listening and speaking. Learning will involve pair work, group work, and individual tasks and will include critical evaluation of texts, audio and video material. A range of weekly homework tasks give you the opportunity to revise and consolidate knowledge and skills.

All pieces of coursework are marked and returned within two weeks. Detailed feedback is provided for each individual section of the coursework, giving the correct answer along with suggestions for improvement.  Generic feedback on each individual piece of coursework is also provided in class.


  • Coursework: Set of tasks - grammar, reading and 130-150 word writing piece (15%)
  • Coursework: Project based - reading, speaking (3-minute pre-recorded oral presentation) and 150 word writing piece (20%)
  • Examination: 1-hour Written Exam - grammar, vocabulary, listening and 130 word writing piece (15%)
  • Examination: 1-hour Written Exam - grammar, vocabulary, reading and 150 word writing piece (25%)
  • Practical: approx. 15-minute Oral Exam - including presentation of audio-visual document for description and discussion (25%)

Assessment information for students on a course with a year abroad

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 A2 by M. Abou-Samra, C. Braud, M. Brunelle, E. Heu, M. Perrard, C. Pinson,  Didier Edition 2016. ISBN : 9782278083190 and Edito A2 Cahier d’activités, Didier Edition 2016. ISBN: 9782278083657

Grammar Support: (optional) Grammaire progressive du français (niveau intermédiaire) by Maïa Grégoire and Odile Thiévenaz, Clé International, Paris 2013.

Further information for Year Abroad/Year in Europe Students
Further information for BSc Hons and MSc Language for Science Degrees

"I have found French Level 2 to be excellent compared to the technical modules I am used to! The standard was perfect - challenging, but not beyond reach. This made the classes very enjoyable. Feedback on coursework was promptly marked, and with useful constructive comments."
"This is a very well organised module. I think that the activities proposed in class were very efficient for understanding the new material learnt."
"Great module, nice to practice some french, there's lots of oral exercises (what I primarily joined the class for)."
"I have enjoyed the module so far. I feel as if I am making significant progress in learning French."