SOAS University of London

SOAS Language Centre

French Beginners Course

Duration: 3 terms, 10 weeks per term, 20 hours blended learning. Each term courses are subject to quorum requirements.

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

Fees: Course fees quoted are per term of 10 weeks.

Course Aim

This course aims to provide you with enough knowledge and confidence to be able to hold a basic conversation and to manipulate the language when finding yourself in situations where French is used.  The course will aim to provide you with the skills to be able to read and understand basic texts as well as write your own ones. As the course progresses, it aims to provide you with further confidence and vocabulary to discuss more complex topics, write and read more challenging texts in the language.


The course is mainly taught in French from the start to build your confidence as you get the opportunity to use what you have been learning and to practise your pronunciation. The four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) are developed in the classroom through various activities (not limited to, but including, role plays, translations, comprehension activities), as well as  through homework given every week. You are expected to attend regularly, participate in class and complete homework regularly to ensure learning progress. You will receive regular feedback from your tutor.

This will be achieved through 20 hours of blended learning: this is composed of 15 hours of online structured lessons with the teacher. This is supplemented by a minimum of 5 hours of guided independent learning supported by complementary material and regular feedback from the tutor. The course objective will be achieved within the 10-week course

Online Course Requirements

Please ensure you have checked the Learner Support page for the Collaborate Session Preparation and Checklist, Required Equipment & Software.

Entry Requirements and Progression Route

No previous knowledge is required for joining French Beginners 1. You can progress on to French Beginners 2 at SOAS Language Centre.


Course materials will be provided by the tutor with recommendations and access to various online resources.

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French Beginners 1

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Spell out words
  • Greet and introduce yourself and others (formal and informal)
  • Use numbers 0-100
  • Ask and give personal information (name, age, where one lives, where one comes from, nationality)
  • Talking about jobs
  • Talking about your family
  • Use expressions of time (date, frequency, adverbs)
  • Talk about hobbies and free time
  • Talk about likes and dislikes
  • Express opinions and feelings, giving justifications
  • Talk about where one lives
  • Talk about food and drinks
French Beginners 2 

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Describe appearances
  • Describe personalities
  • Talk about relationships
  • Describe your home
  • Talk about the weather
  • Talk about times
  • Name different types of transport
  • Ask and give directions
  • Describe your routine
  • Talk about past events
  • Discuss future plans
French Beginners 3 

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Describe the activities at home and in the workplace
  • Describe two or more actions taking place simultaneously using the present participle
  • Describe what is wrong to a doctor
  • Recognise and make your own rules
  • Give instructions and give orders using the imperative form
  • Make suggestions and give advice
  • Talk about what you used to do using the ‘imparfait’
  • Use adverbs to describe how an action is performed
  • Express wishes, hopes and dreams using the ‘conditional’
  • Use relative pronouns to build more complex and detailed sentences

The above is an indication of content that may be covered over the duration of the course but it could vary depending on the level and progress of students in the class.