ULFR51010 - LEAP French 1

  • Credits: 20
  • Pre-requisite: This unit is suitable for those who have never studied French before.
  • Co-requisiteIf you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to relevant guidance about eligibility for LEAP units on your programme structure.
  • Taught during: Both semesters (September to May).
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course


This course is for absolute beginners. It is designed for those who wish to attain a basic understanding of the French language covering four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It aims to introduce students to the basics of language structure and the basics of French grammar. Students will also acquire limited vocabulary to be able to read simple texts and conduct a basic everyday conversation in key areas of everyday communication. The course provides students with a solid foundation for further language learning.

The course also serves as preparation for the French Ministry of Education Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française - Niveau A1 (DELF A1) should students wish to sit for this internationally recognized qualification.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to: 

  • handle some of the basic grammatical structures of French;
  • understand and read, some familiar and daily expressions used in common everyday situations and write simple messages;
  • communicate orally at a basic level in a limited number of common everyday situations;
  • have some understanding and knowledge of the ways of life in French-speaking countries & their cultures.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A1/A2 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

Pair and teamwork, focussed listening, informal presentations, language awareness, cultural appreciation.

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on-campus and online instruction as necessary. This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning.


Four pieces of assessed work as follows:

  • Semester one: Week 12- Written Exam 30%
  • Semester two: Week 11- Listening 10% & Written Exam 30%; Week 12 - Oral Exam 30%

If government or university guidance requires assessment to be held online, then Listening Exam may be assessed alongside the Oral Exam, 

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class-based learning activities; formal written feedback will be given following every assessment.

Teaching hours

69 hours (3 hours per week) including assessment time

Independent study hours

140 hours (not including assessment time).


Annie Morton

Taught by

See timetables.

Maximum entry

22 per group.

Set texts

Saison 1, livre + CD audio + DVD (2015) ISBN: 978-2278082650.
Saison 1, Cahier d'activités +CD ISBN: 978-2278082674.

Please note there is an electronic version of the textbook and exercise book at Didier

Recommended texts



LEAP French 2 

Students may be able to proceed to LEAP French 3 subject to:

  • achieving a mark over 80%
  • Agreeing to study independently the material recommended by the language tutor to reach the Common European Framework 


Successful completion of this course unit will enhance your curriculum vitae and your employability by showing that you have the capacity to learn other languages and the desire to engage with other cultures.