French 1: Beginners - Part 2


A post-beginner continuation course providing progression for students who completed French 1: Beginners - Part 1.

Successful completion of Part 2 fulfils the requirements of the A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The topics, vocabulary and grammar knowledge will enable students to communicate in a basic range of everyday situations relating to personal needs, and the cultural information will help understand simple references to the most common aspects of the culture and everyday life in the countries where Italian is spoken.

The class activities will focus on listening, speaking and the exploration of culture; and students will be encouraged to practise reading and writing skills in their own time. There will be plenty of opportunities to interact in the target language, leading to the development of the four language skills as well as learning basic grammar structures.

Programme details

This is an indicative syllabus for the duration of the course, but it may be subject to variation  depending on the pace and progress made by the group.

Week 0:  An introduction to Teams

Week 11:  Discussing daily routine.

Week 12:  Talking about past events.

Week 13:  Relating past experiences.

Week 14:  Physical descriptions.

Week 15:  Talking about the weather and seasons.

Week 16:  Planning a holiday, a visit to a city.

Week 17:  Food preferences and eating habits.

Week 18:  Ordering in a café and in a restaurant. Describing specialities.

Week 19:  Talking about clothes and fashion.

Week 20:  Class choice. Song, film extract or language game.

Course book

ALTER EGO + A1, méthode de français \ Berthet, Annie ; Daill, Emmanuelle ; Hugot, Catherine ; Kizirian, Veronique ; Waendendries, Monique

Recommended Websites;

1. TV5MONDE includes grammar exercises, listening activities and games suitable for A1 learners.

2. Podcastfrançaisfacile is a free website with lots of exercises suitable for this level and lots of simple dialogues with script:

3. Duolingo: a fun method to practise simple key phrases, retention and consolidation of vocabulary and for revision of basic grammar concepts.


Students who register for CATS points will receive a Record of CATS points on successful completion of their course assessment.

To earn credit (CATS points) you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework in order to benefit fully from the course. Only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard.

Students who do not register for CATS points during the enrolment process can either register for CATS points prior to the start of their course or retrospectively from the January 1st after the current full academic year has been completed. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.


Description Costs
Course Fee £150.00
Take this course for CATS points £10.00


Dr Jean-Frédéric Hennuy

Course aims

To develop the learners' oral and written interactive skills in a range of familiar situations at work, leisure, social events or whilst travelling abroad.

Course Objectives

  • To enable students to communicate in Spanish in a range of regularly encountered situations at work, leisure, shopping and social events whilst travelling in French-speaking countries.

  • To develop the reading comprehension skills to understand texts of everyday language.
  • To equip students with the vocabulary and grammar structures to write simple texts on familiar topics.
  • To develop oral strategies for coping with unfamiliar language or unexpected responses such as asking for a repetition or re-phrasing.

Teaching methods

This course will consist of a weekly, one-hour pre-recorded lecture to be viewed by students in preparation for the once weekly tutor-led live session at the time advertised.

The real time interaction will focus on listening, speaking, grammar and the exploration of culture, and students will be encouraged to practise reading and writing skills in their own time.

Class activities, exercises, and tasks will be conducted in the target language. English will be the medium of instruction and may be used to explain new concepts, vocabulary items, grammar rules, or the methodology behind an activity.

To benefit from the course, regular preparation in advance of the class is required. In addition to the course textbook(s), there will be some additional learning resources for self-study and consolidation.  Students will be encouraged to participate and have fun.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will demonstrate the ability to:

  • interact in a simple way in routine everyday situations
  • understand basic information from routine conversations
  • obtain basic information from simple written texts
  • write short texts using basic structures and vocabulary items

Assessment methods

Most tutors will set weekly assignments to consolidate learning and allow students to study at their own pace. Some of these assignments, which may include testing listening comprehension skills, speaking skills, and/or grammar knowledge will count towards formally assessing the students' progress.

In general, students are required to submit for assessment a variety of exercises and/or short pieces of coursework. They will also have the opportunity to complete one or more optional tasks to benefit from tutor feedback.

Credits gained from the successful completion of this course can count towards the Certificate of Higher Education in other subjects

Students must submit a Declaration of Authorship form when submitting their final piece of assessed work. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form.


This course is for students who took the part 1 course last term. Direct online enrolments are therefore not available. Instead, please download and complete the enrolment form below and return it to the Weekly Class Programme Office by email.

Once we have enrolled you for the course, we will email you an invoice for online payment.

1. Enrolment Form

If you have any questions about the enrolment process please contact us

Each course will close for enrolments 14 days prior to the start date to allow us to complete the course set up. We will email you at that time (14 days before the course begins) with further information and joining instructions. As always, students will want to check spam and junk folders during this period to ensure that these emails are received.

To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

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