French Beginners Level 1

French Beginners Level 1

This course is designed for students who have no previous knowledge of French.


The course is based on a communicative approach and aims to develop the skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing in the foreign language. It aims to enable students to understand and use French effectively for purposes of practical communication, to develop some understanding of grammar and to offer insights into the culture of French speaking countries.


The main course book is "Voila", ISBN no. 13:978-1-473-60118-5, third edition, published in June 2014.


This course feeds into Beginners level 2 in the next term and level 3 the following term.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course you will have been given the opportunity to:


  • Meet and greet people, formally and informally
  • Introduce yourself, (name, age, job, nationality, domicile)
  • Describe your family
  • Spell in French
  • Talk about the weather, months of the year and the seasons
  • Describe the local facilities and things to do
  • Practise shopping for food and clothes
  • Express likes and dislikes


You will also have learnt some basic French grammar, in particular:


  • Definite and indefinite articles
  • Genders and plurals of nouns
  • Regular verbs in the present tense (-er and -re verbs)
  • Certain irregular verbs: avoir and être
  • Possessive and demonstrative adjectives
  • Position of adjectives
  • Negative expressions
  • Use of questions
  • Some prepositions



Your Tutor

Elise Desailly Elise Desailly is a native French speaker from Arras, in Northern France. She has a BA in English Civilization and Literature, and has a degree to teach English in France. Elise loves the English language and culture, and moved here in 2016 to be a French Assistant and share her passion for languages with children and adults.    


Tuition fees: £110.00
Materials Costs: £0.00
Total Cost: £110.00


No. of sessions: 10

Day Date Times
Mon 23/09/2019 19:00-21:00
Mon 30/09/2019 19:00-21:00
Mon 07/10/2019 19:00-21:00
Mon 14/10/2019 19:00-21:00
Mon 28/10/2019 19:00-21:00
Mon 11/11/2019 19:00-21:00
Mon 18/11/2019 19:00-21:00
Mon 25/11/2019 19:00-21:00
Mon 02/12/2019 19:00-21:00
Mon 09/12/2019 19:00-21:00

Your next step

Pay by credit or debit card over the telephone. Please call the Adult Education Office on 01223 278002 Monday to Thursday 9am to 7pm and Friday 9am to 4pm during term time and Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm out of term time.

Pay by cheque, made payable to Hills Road Sixth Form College. Please send you cheque together with a completed enrolment form, which you can find by clicking on ‘How to Enrol’ on the left hand side, to the Adult Education Office, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PE. Please enclose a SAE if you require a receipt.

Please note full refunds can only be made if a class is cancelled or closed at the discretion of the College, or if you cancel your enrolment no less than two weeks before the course starts.

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