Modern Language Centre Evening Programme French Level 1

How long does the course last?
45 hours tuition 3 x ten-week terms 1.5 hours per week

Who is the course for?
The course is aimed at a wide range of students with a general interest in French. No prior knowledge of French is required as the course is for complete beginners.

What are the objectives of the course?
To acquire basic language skills and to achieve the equivalent of A1 level of the CEFR, entry level of the NQF or Breakthrough level of the Asset Languages qualification. By the end of term 3 you will: • be able to communicate in basic everyday-life situations, including using greetings, talking about daily activities, finding your way, telling the time and date, making simple purchases, ordering a meal, etc; • be able to understand simple oral passages and written texts, and infer specific information from simple texts; • have developed some basic writing skills; • have developed an insight into French-speaking life, culture and society.

How is the course taught?
• • • A communicative approach is used. All four skills (speaking, reading, listening and writing) are practised, with the main emphasis on speaking. Students engage in interactive language activities, participating in group and pair work according to a syllabus based on systematic grammatical progression. Students will also be offered guidance in self-study and set optional homework tasks.

What course can I do next?
After completing all three terms of Level 1, students should join a Level 2 class. Students who have only completed one or two terms of Level 1 should join a False Beginner class.

Course outline
Term 1 10x1.5 hrs Topics Greetings Days, months, numbers (0 to 69) Nationalities and countries Personal information Professions Physical and psychological descriptions of people Leisure time and hobbies Likes and dislikes Functions Introducing yourself

Level 1


5 hrs Topics Shopping for presents Phone manners (formal and informal) Short phone conversations Invitation/appointments Functions Shopping and buying presents Making phone calls Level 1 2 . de la + sport There is / there are Use of “on” and “nous” Introduction to the Perfect tense Term 3 10x1. forms Weather Health and body Functions To do somebody a favour / to ask somebody a favour Looking after pets Talking about holidays (including the weather) and feelings Understanding and writing short emails Expressing your views Talking about past events (introduction) Grammatical structures Singular and plural Definite and indefinite articles Prepositions Introduction to the near future Irregular verbs in the Present tense Faire du.Talking about yourself. with interrogative adjectives and interrogative adverbs (“comment?”) Present tense of verbs “to be” / to have” /“to go” Present tense of verbs in « er » (including pronominal verbs & reflexive verbs) Possessive adjectives Modal verbs Negative forms (ne…pas/introduction of “non/si”) Gender and number of adjectives Term 2 10x1. measures. de l’.5 hrs Topics Numbers from 69 Social life Professional life Hobbies Pets Bank holidays in France Colours. your family and other people Giving and asking personal information Understanding numbers Asking and giving the time/date Describing yourself and other people Talking about likes and dislikes Grammatical structures Personal pronouns and disjunctive pronouns Definite and indefinite articles Interrogative form.

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