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Elementary French 1: allons-y!

In this short course you’ll start to understand and produce more complex language. You’ll improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening in French through a variety of online activities and focus on extending your knowledge of vocabulary and language structures to talk about leisure, travel and holidays. By the end, you’ll have built your own French phrase book and developed the skills needed to speak about and understand concepts relating to travel, holidays and the weather. You'll learn, for example, to express your past love of football, or to discuss your thoughts about a night in watching ‘la télé’!

After successfully completing this short course, you will receive a digital badge. This can be shared on social media, added to email signatures or act as a certificate.

Standalone study only

You will not be awarded credits for studying this course. It is available for standalone study only and cannot be counted towards an OU qualification.

Short course

Short course code
LGXF004
Credits
This is a non-credit bearing course.
Study method
Distance Learning
Short course cost
See Registration
Entry requirements
See Entry requirements

What you will study

This short course is designed to give you a solid foundation in the French language. You’ll learn the essentials of reading, writing, speaking and listening in French. You’ll also develop key skills that will enhance your future study of the language. Delivered through user-friendly, ‘bite-sized’ blocks, in each unit you’ll discover basic vocabulary and set phrases. Audio material, featuring recordings by native speakers of French, and a wide variety of speaking activities will aid your pronunciation.

Throughout the course, you’ll build up your own French phrase book covering varied topics such as:

  • leisure activities (sporting, creative and cultural activities)
  • ways of expressing likes and dislikes and how often you do something
  • the weather (forecast, temperatures, conditions and what you do in them)
  • television and shows in France
  • ways of describing activities you used to do (the past tense)
  • holiday destinations, activities and holidays outside mainland France
  • ways of making travel arrangements (including enquiries and bookings)
  • ways of describing the holidays you took
  • writing postcards.

At the end of the course, you’ll have studied French verbs (passé composé and the imperfect), adverbs, pronouns, the superlative and expanded your vocabulary and knowledge of French-speaking countries. Along with completing the activities and a quiz in each unit to strengthen your learning, you’ll have gained a solid foundation of French.

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 A2 of the Council of Europe Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).

Learner support

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 LGXF004 involves. You should use this information to inform your study preparations and any discussions with us about how we can meet your needs.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations, which are available on our Student Policies and Regulations website.


    Entry requirements

    There are no entry requirements for this course.

    However, it's beneficial if you have some basic knowledge of French, similar or equivalent to the language, skills and vocabulary practised in Beginners French 1: eh oui! (LGXF001), Beginners French 2: bien sûr! (LGXF002) and/or Beginners French 3: absolument! (LGXF003)

    If you have any doubt about the suitability of the course, please contact us.

    Course length

    The course is made up of 16 units, with each unit expected to take about 3-4 hours to study. In total, you’ll need around 64 hours to complete the course.

    You can begin at any time during the life of the course and study at your own pace. The course will be open to you for a time period of between 6 and 18 months depending on your course registration date and you will be advised of the specific time limitations upon enrolment.

    Register

    Start End England fee Register
    At anytime before registration end date Jun 2023 - see Entry requirements for more detail £195.00

    Registration closes 31/12/2022

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    Ways to pay

    Credit/Debit Card – We accept American Express, Mastercard, Visa and Visa Electron.

    Sponsorship – If this course is geared towards your job or developing your career, you could ask your employer to sponsor you by paying some or all of the fees. Your sponsor just needs to complete a simple form to confirm how much they will be paying and we will invoice them.

    The fee information provided here is valid for short courses starting in the 2022/23 academic year. Fees for short courses starting in the 2023/24 academic year or later may increase in line with the University’s strategic approach to fees.

    What's included

    All learning materials are delivered entirely online and there is no formal tuition for this course.

    Your study is self-directed and you’ll have access to a course website, which includes:

    • a unit-by-unit study planner
    • course-specific materials and activities
    • audio and video content
    • discussion forums
    • support from language-specialist learning advisers.

    Computing requirements

    You'll need broadband internet access and a desktop or laptop computer with an up-to-date version of Windows (10 or 11), or macOS (11 'Big Sur' or higher).

    Functionality may be limited on mobile devices. For example, voice recorder activities, which are common in language short courses, may not work on iOS/Apple devices.

    Our module websites comply with web standards and any modern browser is suitable for most activities.

    Our OU Study mobile App will operate on all current, supported, versions of Android and iOS. It's not available on Kindle.

    It's also possible to access some module materials on a mobile phone, tablet device or Chromebook. However, as you may be asked to install additional software or use certain applications, you'll also require a desktop or laptop as described above.