French for Beginners I
French for Beginners I 2023-24
School Of Arts, Culture And Language
Module - Semester 1
The module is devised to suit 'ab initio' and post-GCSE students of French and focuses on the development of basic speaking, listening and written communicative skills.
The module involves an introduction to and [in the case of those with GCSE knowledge of the language] a revision of key areas of grammar.
Students will acquire general vocabulary and key expressions relating to a variety of topics, in part through role-play situations. Using appropriate audio/visual aids, students will also be introduced to modern and contemporary French culture and society.
Action Grammaire! 3rd edition by Phil Turk & Geneviève García Vandaele (Hodder Education, 2006).
The French Experience 1 Marie Therese Bougard, Daniele Bourdais (BBC Publications, 2003)
Students are given the following advice about purchasing a dictionary:
“You may be able to manage with a concise one (not a pocket dictionary), but you should consider a ‘proper’ translating dictionary such as the Collins-Robert or Oxford-Hachette, and learn to use it effectively and regularly.”
- To be able to produce short essays and other pieces of continuous writing in a concise manner using basic tenses and vocabulary and key grammatical constructions.
- To communicate competently in French on basic, everyday issues.
- To read and pronounce a given French text competently and confidently.
- To understand basic information and instructions in French in both formal and informal registers.