French For Beginners (i) DUMF1023

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This is an intensive beginners French language course aimed at complete beginners with no prior experience of French. It covers basic grammar structures while simultaneously fostering the development of the four main areas of linguistic competence: listening; reading; writing; speaking.


1 x 2 hour session and 1 x 3-hour session per week, over 2 days.
The first weekly session will concentrate on receptive skills - listening and reading,

while the second will concentrate on
productive skills - writing and speaking.

Requirements of Entry

The course is open to students with:
no prior experience of French, OR 
a Standard Grade/GCSE or equivalent over 3 years old.


2 class grammar tests each worth 5% taken in weeks 6 and 9 respectively.
A guided free composition in French completed for Week 10.
All 3 pieces of assessment described above will be returned to students with feedback to inform their forward progress in the language.

A class oral mark worth 10% will be
attributed at the end of the semester - oral class participation and input will be monitored weekly by the course convenor.

The examination
will be composed of three elements:
- oral exam (reading aloud and general conversation) - 10%

video/audio comprehension exam - 20%
- written exam - 40%

The written exam will comprise:

1. English to French translation (10%)

2. French to English translation (20%)

3. grammar exercises (10%)

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

The aims of the course are:
1. To provide students with the basic grounding in French vocabulary, syntax and grammar that will ultimately empower them to understand, speak and write French with a reasonable level of competence.
2. To give students the necessary tools to observe and analyse the structures of French, whether in its spoken or written form.
3. To help students develop their own language learning strategies.
4. To prepare students to continue their study of French to a higher level of competence, should they choose.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Through following the course, students should, to a reasonable, basic level of competence, be able to:
1. progress to an understanding of French spoken at normal speed
2. acquire a positive attitude to the speaking of French, and communicate in French with confidence
3. read and understand a range of simple contemporary French texts from a variety of sources
4. translate from French
5. translate into French
6. write a descriptive or narrative piece in French with tutor guidance
7. analyse and manipulate French language structures.

In addition students should, by the end of the course, have developed:
1. their capacity for independent language learning using a variety of sources, both written and audio-visual
2. their faculty for problem solving and self-evaluation.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.

Students must also attend a minimum of 80% of all classes.