This course is aimed at complete beginners with no previous knowledge of French and covers A1-A2 of the Common European Framework of References for Languages. After the course, students will be able to communicate with sympathetic native speakers using basic phrases in a variety of everyday situations.

  • Description

    During this course students will look at the following topics:


    • Greetings, titles and introductions
    • Ordering a snack and a drink
    • Numbers and the French alphabet
    • Talking about family and personal possessions
    • Making enquiries about places and things
    • Booking hotel accommodation.


    • Ordering a three-course meal in a restaurant
    • How to say some
    • Making a complaint in a restaurant
    • Expressions using the verb avoir (to have)
    • Prepositions


    • Asking for and giving directions
    • More prepositions
    • Shopping (quantities and prices)
    • Hobbies

    Grammatical structures at a basic level will also be taught, focusing on the following: adjectives, verbs (including avoir and etre) and prepositions.

    The main aim of the course is to be able to communicate in everyday tourist situations, both asking for and understanding information.

    The main language skills to be developed are speaking, listening, reading and writing. Since communication is the main aim, students work in pairs or groups to practise speaking and listening. Recorded material, such as CDs and interactive media are also regularly used to improve listening skills. Understanding written French is based on practical items such as notices, leaflets and signs.

    By the end of this course students will be able to speak and understand basic French in a variety of everyday situations.

    Learning Outcomes: students will begin to learn how to communicate in everyday situations using the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.

    Students should be aware this is a 3 term course and they will be expected to complete all three terms of Beginners before moving up to Improvers the following September.

    *PLEASE NOTE - The running of this course is subject to receiving sufficient enrolment numbers. Newbury College reserve the right to close, cancel or postpone a course if it has not received the minimum required enrolment number by the scheduled start date. In the case of cancellation, enrolled students will be notified approximately one week before the start date.

  • Entry Requirements

    There are no formal entry requirements for the first term of the course, although students should have a good level of basic literacy.

    No previous knowledge required for Term one. Term two is a continuation of Term one so basic knowledge is required. Term three is a continuation of Term two so equivalent knowledge is required. Students are welcome to begin at the start of Term two and Term three as long as they have equivalent experience.

  • Qualification

    This course contains a short accredited qualification, which consists of planning and carrying out several different French projects using a range of taught skills. Students keep a portfolio of work which will be assessed internally by Newbury College and also externally via the awarding body. Upon successful completion of the qualification, students are awarded the Level 1 Award in Learning, Employability and Progression for French.

  • Progression

    After completing all three terms of French Beginners, students can progress onto the French Intermediate course at Newbury College.

  • Assessment

    Progress on this course will be tested through tutor observation, tutor led activities and exercises, and tutor and peer informal feedback and discussion.

  • Home Study

    Homework is not essential, but students will benefit from undertaking home study of approximately one hour per week.

  • Work Placement

    Students do not need to be in relevant work to undertake this course.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    Students will need to buy a course book and an activity book. Details of these will be discussed at the first class.

Code Day Start End Times Fees*
99097/DF 202103 Thursday 22/04/2021 01/07/2021 19:00 - 21:00 £160

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Fee information

14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.