What you will study
Have you always loved the sound of French but never been able to grasp what’s being said? Perhaps you’ve taken holidays frequently in France and felt frustrated that you couldn’t start or join in a conversation? Or maybe there’s a chance you could work in France or another French-speaking country? There are many reasons for learning French, but it can be difficult to know where to start.
This 16-unit course offers you an excellent start to your learning journey. Starting from simple greetings and saying your name, you’ll progress unit by unit towards being able to hold longer conversations and to understand more language in different situations.
In this course, you'll learn how to:
- say your nationality
- give your age
- explain where you come from and where you live
- talk about jobs and occupations
- ask for and give information about other people
- talk about family members
- say what people look like and describe their personality
- talk about clothes.
Learning a language is also learning about culture, so you will discover information about how the French behave when meeting and greeting people, the evolution of the family in France, and French attitudes to clothes.
Throughout the course you will improve your ability to understand spoken and written French and to communicate your own information and ideas. You will acquire a knowledge of the basic structures of French along with key vocabulary. Each unit comprises 3–4 hours of interactive activities, exercises, explanations and tips about language-learning. It’s a good idea to keep notes either in a notebook or on your preferred digital device. There are regular revision units and, at the end of each unit, there is a quiz for you to practise what you’ve been learning.
Please note that although this course is non-accredited, it can be used towards the module Making your learning count (YXM130) to gain OU credits.
You will learn
The course is designed to help you achieve a level of language proficiency equivalent to level A1 of the Council of Europe Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).
You will have access to discussion forums that you are strongly encouraged to participate in as these forums combine support from fellow students with input from a language-specialist learning adviser. Other support is available via the StudentHome website and Computing Helpdesk.
If you have a disability
The course is delivered online and makes use of a variety of online resources. If you use specialist hardware or software to assist you in using a computer or the internet you are advised to contact us about support which can be given to meet your needs.
The OU strives to make all aspects of study accessible to everyone and this Accessibility Statement outlines what studying LGXF001 involves. You should use this information to inform your study preparations and any discussions with us about how we can meet your needs.