Discover your passion for languages with French for Beginners Online. Communicate with sympathetic native speakers using basic phrases in a variety of everyday situations. From basic greetings to ordering coffee, you'll be communicating with the locals in no time.

This course is delivered online through live tutor-led sessions.

  • Description

    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.

    French for Beginners 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.

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

    This course is delivered online through the Microsoft Teams platform. Access to this platform is included in your enrolment, however, you will need access to a suitable computer, with a webcam and microphone, in order to fully participate.

  • Entry Requirements

    This is a Beginners course, so there are no formal entry requirements. Students will need to have completed Term 1 in order to progress to Term 2, and so on. Exceptions may be made for students with prior learning in French and can be discussed with the tutor.

    You should be comfortable with using a computer in order to access the lessons and learning resources. This course uses Microsoft Teams and the Microsoft 365 platform. You will be provided with login details and basic training in order to access these services.

  • Qualification

    SEG Entry Level Award in Speaking and Listening in French (Entry 3)

  • Progression

    This course is comprised of 3 terms and is the first year of a 2 year Beginners programme. You will need to enrol and pay for each term separately. Your tutor will help you to re-enrol at the end of each term. After completing the first year you can progress onto the second year.

  • Assessment

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

  • Home Study

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

  • Work Placement

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

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    The fee for this course is for the first term only. You will need to pay for each term separately. The tutor will recommend a textbook to support your learning which can be purchased online or from a local bookshop. This is not included in the course fee.

  • Programmes currently in progress

    Please be aware that this course has already started. Please call 01635 845000 to check if spaces are available

    Code Day Start End Times Fees*
    FREBEGY1 232401 Monday 08/01/2024 24/06/2024 19:00 - 21:00 £340

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