French 1B

Develop your basic spoken French for everyday, routine situations, for pleasure or businesss, for socialising with first language speakers and for an insight into their way of life.

Who is this course for


This course is for students who have completed French Stage 1A at the Mary Ward Centre or equivalent elsewhere and wish to further develop their knowledge of French. Stage 1 (A, B, C) courses aim to help you reach A1 level of competency in the Common European Framework of References for languages (CEFR).
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What does this course cover

This course is working towards reaching A1 level of competency in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
The aim of the course is to give students basic skills to communicate in French.
The emphasis is on basic oral communication, incorporating listening skills, and to a lesser extent writing skills. The topics will include real-life situations such as introducing oneself, greeting people, asking for things, directions and information, talking about oneself etc. and understanding the likely responses. The structure of the course will focus on building basic grammar skills as the need arises from the situations listed above (such as the present tense, issues of feminine/masculine articles, the use of adjectives) and vocabulary related to day-to-day situations. The course will strive to balance speaking and listening skills.
- Recognise familiar words and very basic phrases concerning myself, my family and immediate concrete surroundings when people speak slowly and clearly.
- Understand familiar names, words and very simple sentences, for example on notices and posters or in catalogues.
- Interact in a simple way provided the other person is prepared to repeat or rephrase things at a slower rate of speech and help formulate what you're trying to say. Ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics.
- Use simple phrases and sentences to describe where you live and people you know.
- Write a short, simple postcard, for example sending holiday greetings. Fill in forms with personal details, for example entering your name, nationality and address on a hotel registration form.
(towards CEFR A1)

What will it be like

Although the structure will be flexible to accommodate students' needs and interests, each lesson will aim to incorporate the following activities: - one-to-one spoken exchange, group discussion - listening comprehension from course textbook and other French materials - reading of instructions in French - roleplays - viewing of videos followed by discussion - grammar points, as they arise in class.
We assess your learning in order to recognise and record your progress and achievement (RARPA).
This is done through continuous dialogue, correction of homework and active listening, tutor's feedback oral or written, feedback on your worksheets or assignments, your own views, peer or pair assessments through role play activities. A structured assessment will take place at the end of the course.

What else do you need to buy or do

Course materials will be provided by the tutor. You will need an A4 ring binder to store your work.
Coursebooks to be used for self study:
Grammaire Progressive du français - Niveau débutant - 400 exercices - livre + CD-Rom (CLE International) - recommended
Alter Ego 1 + CD (Hachette) - optional

You will be given self- assessed and tutor-assessed homework on a weekly basis, to revise learning and to prepare for the next lesson. It is expected that you do regular self study to further your language learning. You should ideally spend some time every day practising the language. Independent work will be encouraged.

What this course could lead to

Follow-on courses at Mary Ward or elsewhere, e.g. Stage 1C.


I have a fantastic native teacher, she really inspires me. Studying French here has hugely broadened my vocabulary and my grammar. I now feel confident enough to have long detailed conversations when I am on holiday.


Got a Question about this Course?

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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

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