Beginners French

Start date(s):
31 Jan 2018
10 weeks
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Part Time
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Framwellgate Moor Campus
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This course is perfect for those looking to develop a basic understanding of French.

You will develop the knowledge and skills required to communicate comfortably whilst on holiday in a French speaking country. The main language skills practiced are listening, speaking and reading.


This course aims to provide learners with a basic understanding of French. You will become familiar with the terms used in studying languages, and will be able to ask simple questions and understand the reply.


  • Greetings, introducing yourself, asking other people questions about themselves, understanding simple signs, simple rules of pronunciation, alphabet, numbers 1 - 10.
  • Giving your nationality, saying where you are from, saying what you do for a living and numbers 11 – 20.
  • Members of the family, introducing family and friends, saying how old someone is and numbers 21 - 69.
  • Ordering something in a café; offering, accepting or refusing a drink, asking the price of things and numbers 70 - 100.
  • Asking where something is and how far it is, saying where you live and work.
  • Asking about a specific place, understanding and giving basic directions, asking for help to understand and ordinal numbers (first, second, third).
  • Saying what type of room you want at a hotel, saying how long you want it for, booking a room and paying for it, making a complaint, months, dates and numbers 100+.
  • Understanding opening hours, asking when a place is open, enquiring about timetables, checking travel details and telling the time (12 hour and 24 hour clock).
  • Buying food and drink; asking for more (or less); how to say some – du, de la, des.
  • Reading a menu, ordering a meal, saying what you like and do not like.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

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Independent Learning


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

There will be some study of grammar, particularly verb tenses, although the emphasis will be on listening, speaking and reading skills. There is no official assessment for this course.

You could progress to Level 2 French at New College Durham.


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Additional Costs

Books and resources will be recommended and will come at an additional cost.

Interview Instructions

You are not required to have an interview to gain access to this course.

Entry Criteria

There are no entry requirments for this course.