French for Beginners
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 20 Credits.
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The main aim of this course is to give you a grounding in some basic structures of French language so that you are able to communicate at basic level in essential social situations in French speaking countries. The course has a follow-on course, Speaking French – Beginners, which will help you consolidate what you will have learnt in this course and which will focus on spoken French.
French for Beginners runs over 20 weekly sessions and is organised around the following topics: yourself and others; friends and family; things to do; in and around town; trains, planes and automobiles.
You will learn how to greet people; how to introduce yourself and ask/answer simple questions; order snacks and drinks; talk about everyday activities; ask for/give the time; ask for/give directions and express preferences.
In addition to acquiring competence in French itself, you will develop useful transferable skills such as communication skills and self-management.
Who is this course for?
This course is for absolute beginners or people who have hardly any knowledge of French. In terms of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (DELF and DALF), this course, together with Speaking French – Beginners, prepares students for A1.
Learning and Teaching
Regular attendance is vital because in order to develop your linguistic competence, you need to participate and take part in the structured activities your tutor will organise every week.
Between sessions, you will also be expected to prepare for topics and complete tasks to consolidate what you will have learnt in class.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
You will not have formal examinations but you may have class tests. You may be asked to write assignments, keep a course journal or put together a portfolio. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
The coursebook for this course is:
- The French Experience 1, 2003, New Edition, BBC.
For personal study, you would find additional material in:
- Foundations French 1 (Palgrave Foundation Series Languages), 2008, 2nd Edition; D. Bissar, H Phillips, C. Tschirhart; Palgrave Macmillan; Basingstoke (please note this would not be used in class).
If you want to prepare for DELF A1, the following book would be helpful:
- Préparation à l'Examen Du Delf A1, 2006 ; C. Veltcheff, S.Hilton ; Hachette.
Finally, the following grammar book would be useful:
- Grammaire Progressive du Français, Niveau débutant, 1998; M. Grégoire, G. Merlot; CLE International.
Library and Computing Facilities
We have a list of French websites ranging from weather forecast in France to Le Monde, via the Palais de Versailles:
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
A range of further information can be found on our web site http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.