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FR102-30 Modern French Language I Beginners

School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Undergraduate Level 1
Module leader
Kelly Mayjonade Christy
Credit value
Module duration
21 weeks
60% coursework, 40% exam
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

This foundation module in French Language for Beginners allows students to learn the basics of the French language, develop main linguistic (oral, aural, written, spoken) skills, and acquire grammatical awareness & essential communicative competences.

Module aims
  • to achieve A2+/B1 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)
  • to understand and communicate in familiar and routine situations, using frequently used expressions;
  • to develop strategies for language learning;
Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

Topics such as: shopping, eating out; employment; tourism and travelling; housing; different aspects of French life..
Grammar will include: gender/plurals of nouns; definite and indefinite articles; adjectives; posessives; adverbs; pronouns (personal, object, direct and indirect, relative); comparatives; verbs in the present, perfect, imperfect, future, conditional and imperative; pronominal verbs; etc.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • apply a basic knowledge of grammar
  • gain insight into everyday life in the relevant countries
  • apply strategies for understanding gist and short descriptions
  • interact about familiar topics and activities
  • write simple texts giving background information and relating to areas of immediate need

All modules delivered in SMLC are necessarily international. Students engage with themes and ideas from a culture other than that of the UK and employ their linguistic skills in the analysis of primary materials from a non-Anglophone context. Students will also be encouraged to draw on the experiences of visiting exchange students in the classroom and will frequently engage with theoretical and critical frameworks from across the world.

Subject specific skills

This module will build students’ linguistic skills through activities that stimulate authentic target language production and develop sensitivity to the transference of meaning across languages. Students will work towards the production of nuanced, accurate and contextually sensitive materials through a range of language classes and guided independent learning.

Transferable skills

All SMLC culture modules demand critical and analytical engagement with artefacts from target-language cultures. In the course of independent study, class work and assessment students will develop the following skills: written and oral communication, creative and critical thinking, problem solving and analysis, time management and organisation, independent research in both English and their target language(s), intercultural understanding and the ability to mediate between languages and cultures, ICT literacy in both English and the target language(s), personal responsibility and the exercise of initiative.

Study time

Type Required
Supervised practical classes 21 sessions of 3 hours (21%)
Online learning (scheduled sessions) 21 sessions of 2 hours (14%)
Private study 191 hours 30 minutes (64%)
Assessment 3 hours 30 minutes (1%)
Total 300 hours
Private study description

Private study will include language learning work such as grammar exercises; oral practice and other appropriate tasks.
Online study will include an hour of aysnchronous grammar work per week.


No further costs have been identified for this module.

You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Assessment group D1
Weighting Study time
Interim test 10% 1 hour

A short test to monitor progress in term 1.
The duration is indicative and depends on specific arrangements.

Reading/writing test 50% 1 hour 30 minutes

Integrated reading/writing test.
The duration is indicative and depends on specific arrangements.

Oral test 40% 1 hour

Speaking test

Feedback on assessment

Verbal feedback is provided to the class regarding regular formative tasks set for homework and activities completed in class; individual written feedback is also provided for written work which has been handed in by students. Feedback is also provided orally and in writing on practice test papers. Feedback on interim test is given in class week 1 of term 2

Past exam papers for FR102


This module is Core optional for:

  • Year 1 of UETA-Q1A1 Undergraduate Linguistics with French (with Intercalated Year)
  • Year 1 of ULNA-R9Q2 Undergraduate Modern Languages with Linguistics
  • Year 1 of UPOA-M163 Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and French

This module is Core option list A for:

  • Year 1 of ULNA-RR14 Undergraduate French and German
  • Year 1 of ULNA-R4RF Undergraduate Hispanic Studies and French

This module is Core option list C for:

  • Year 1 of UFRA-R900 Undergraduate Modern Languages

This module is Core option list E for:

  • Year 1 of ULNA-R9L1 Undergraduate Modern Languages and Economics (4-year)