French

Some of our French modules will follow the blended learning approach (half face-to-face at Penrhyn Road and the other half online via MS Teams), whilst others will be delivered fully online via MS Teams. Please check individual language module for details.

At the end of each semester-long module, there will be two online assessments: a Reading & Writing and an Oral Assessment.

Please note: KLS assessments cannot be re-scheduled.

Please also note: a minimum of 10 students is required in order for a course to run. Should any course not recruit enough students, it will be cancelled.

Unsure which French module to choose? You can do a diagnostic test to give you an indication of your level. However, your tutor will be able to ascertain if you are in the right module in your first class.

Access the online diagnostic test here > 

French courses offered

French Level 1

This course is for absolute beginners. It aims to give students a basic knowledge of reading, listening, spoken and written skills in a dynamic and communicative way, through individual, pair and group work and studio-based and authentic texts. The focus is on accuracy as well as communication.

Method of delivery: There are two groups in Level 1: Group One will follow the blended learning approach (half face-to-face and half online) and Group Two will be delivered entirely online - real time interactive virtual classes via MS Teams.

  • Entry requirements: None.
  • Level 1 module is offered in October 2022 and January 2023.
  • Timetable for both groups for October courses: Thursdays 6-8pm.
  • Method of delivery: Group 1 blended learning; Group 2 fully online.

French Level 2

This module is designed to provide near-beginners with the foreign language skills to enable them to interact satisfactorily in survival situations and social encounters in the foreign country and to be aware of related aspects of the foreign culture and environment.

  • Entry requirements: Completion of Level 1 or three months' prior language learning.
  • Level 2 module is offered in October 2022 and January 2023.
  • Method of delivery: blended learning (half face to face and half online via MS Teams).
  • Timetable for October course: Tuesdays 6-8pm.

French Level 3

This module is designed to develop the language competency already acquired by students. It focuses on developing the levels of communication in all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). Students will improve and consolidate the knowledge of grammar and vocabulary acquired previously. The module also engages with aspects of the language's culture and society as it aims to provide students with a wider context for language learning.

  • Entry requirements: Completion of Level 2 or six months' prior language learning.
  • Level 3 module is offered in January 2023.
  • Method of delivery: blended learning (half face to face and half online via MS Teams).
  • Timetable: to be confirmed.

French Level 4

This module is designed to reactivate and build on students' previous knowledge of the language, to equip students with further linguistic skills to enable them to communicate in a number of familiar work and social situations and respond accordingly, and to broaden the students' awareness of aspects of the foreign culture. It focuses on developing the levels of communication in all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). Students will improve and consolidate the knowledge of grammar and vocabulary acquired previously.

  • Entry requirements: Completion of Level 3, one year's prior language learning or equivalent of level A1 of CEFR.
  • Level 4 module is offered in October 2022.
  • Method of delivery: blended learning (half face to face and half online via MS Teams).
  • Timetable: Tuesdays 6-8pm.

French Level 5

The module will consolidate and develop existing linguistic skill in speaking, reading, listening and writing; students will increase their vocabulary, be able to use more complex structures and become aware of register and also consolidate and deepen their awareness of aspects of the foreign culture and work environment. Students will improve and consolidate the knowledge of grammar and vocabulary acquired previously.

  • Entry requirements: Completion of Level 4 or equivalent of level.
  • Level 5 is offered in January 2023.
  • Method of delivery: blended learning (half face to face and half online via MS Teams).
  • Timetable: to be confirmed.

French Level 6

This module further develops reading, speaking, writing and listening skills practised in previous courses. It emphasises communication and comprehension, but also builds on the grammar base acquired in previous modules. It focuses on developing the levels of communication in all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). Students will improve and consolidate the knowledge of grammar and vocabulary acquired previously.

  • Entry requirements: Completion of Level 5 or equivalent of A2 level of CEFR.
  • Level 6 module is offered in October 2022.
  • Method of delivery: blended learning (half face to face and half online via MS Teams).
  • Timetable: Thursdays 6-8pm.

French Level 7

The module will consolidate and develop existing linguistic skills in speaking, reading, listening and writing. Students will increase their vocabulary, be able to use more complex structures, become more aware of register and consolidate and deepen their awareness of aspects of the foreign culture. Students will gain confidence and ability in oral communication through guided discussion, and individual and group presentations. Students will be given writing tasks such as short essays, guided writing activities and grammar revision exercises. Some translation and summary work will also be undertaken, working from the target language source into English. Audio and written materials will be used to widen their knowledge of life in target language speaking countries.

  • Entry requirements: Completion of Level 6 or equivalent.
  • Level 7 is offered in January 2023.
  • Method of delivery: blended learning (half face to face and half online via MS Teams).
  • Timetable: to be confirmed.

Duration and fees

Duration

  •  10 weeks.

Term dates

Teaching Block 1 (semester 1):

  • Week commencing 10 October 2022 to week commencing 12 December 2022 (10 weeks).

Teaching Block 2 (semester 2):

  • Week commencing 23 January 2023 to week commencing 27 March 2023 (10 weeks).

Venue

  • Penrhyn Road campus, Kingston University, and online via MS Teams.

Course fees

  • Members of the public: £225 per semester or £420 for 2 semesters. Course fees include digital textbook and teaching materials.
  • Kingston University students: Free but you will be required to pay £10 at the time of enrolment for the digital course book and teaching materials.
  • Kingston University alumni: £210 per semester or £400 for 2 semesters. 
  • Kingston University staff: £90 per semester (price includes digital course book).

Contact us

Short Course Administrator
Kingston University
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 2EE

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 7042
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 7790
Email: presessionals@kingston.ac.uk

KLS Director:  Rosa Rodriguez-Garrido

Email: R.Rodriguez-Garrido@kingston.ac.uk