Beginning French 1

For absolute beginners. This course runs for 4 weeks with two classes of 2.5 hours each per week. You will be introduced to the French language. While learning the basics of French pronunciation and grammar, you will work on topics which are particularly relevant to a tourist in France, such as exchanging personal information, eating and drinking, making reservations. There will be a variety of classroom activities covering reading, speaking, writing and listening. The pace of the class should suit all abilities, enabling you to familiarise yourself with the French language. On successful completion of this course you may continue with Beginning French 2.

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

  • Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type;
  • Introduce him/herself and others, and ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has;
  • Interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

Beginning French 1

Room M1, Paterson's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh
Start date
8 sessions, 4 weeks
Day(s) and Times(s)
Every Monday and Wednesday, 6pm - 8:30pm
Subject Area
Ana Zeron
Room M1, Paterson's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh
Time of Day
  • Greetings, formal/informal
  • Exchanging personal information
  • Time, days of the week, months
  • Eating and drinking; expressing likes and dislikes
  • Alphabet; numbers; word order and sentence structure for questions and answers; articles; pronouns and verb endings in the present tense

The emphasis in this course is on speaking and listening. The lessons  will focus on language that is required for communicating in real situations.

The lessons will include whole class activities and pair or small group work, role-play, watching videos and listening to CDs. Grammar is introduced in context.

In order to fully benefit from the course and to achieve the learning outcomes, you will need to devote some time outwith classes to revision and homework.

Core Readings

Handouts will be provided and there is no need to purchase a textbook.

Web Sources

Where appropriate web sources will be provided by tutor.

Class Handouts

Handouts will be provided during the course by the tutor.

If you feel you have specific requirements to enable you to study with us, please contact our Student Support Team by email or by phone 0131 650 4400 to arrange a confidential discussion. Giving us this information will enable us to make arrangements to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010.