UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


Level 1 plus

Prerequisite for entry

Basic knowledge of French (successful completion of French syllabus level 1 at UCL Centre for Languages & International Education or GCSE a long time ago.) This course is not suitable for complete beginners.

Term duration

10 x 2-hour classes.

Aims and objectives

The aim of the course is to enable students to function at a basic everyday survival level (basic vocabulary and grammar). Students should be able to communicate in and understand French on a number of practical everyday matters.  Language learning skills, including autonomous learning and how to approach authentic material will be enhanced.  Some transferable skills will also be covered.


  • Describing your home/area
  • Asking the way and giving directions
  • Locating a place in a map
  • Describing a touristic place
  • Booking a hotel room
  • Asking for/telling the time
  • Buying a train ticket
  • Talking about daily routine / leisure activities
  • Buying food, talking about your eating habits/preferences

Course content

Main topics/themes to be covered:

  • Home/area
  • Time
  • Work
  • Holidays and spare time activities
  • The routine
  • The human body. The health
  • The food

Linguistic Structures/ Phonetics

Basic rules of the pronunciation of spoken French.


  • Present tense of a few irregular verbs ( prendre, partir, faire, lire, écrire, boire)
  • Reflexive verbs
  • The imperative
  • Disjunctive pronouns (pronoms toniques)
  • Prepositions of place
  • Prepositions and contracted articles
  • Gender of nouns
  • The indefinite subject pronoun “on”
  • The adverb “y”
  • Interrogative structures
  • Faire (de), jouer (à) + sport
  • Partitive article ( du, de la, des) and its negation
  • The expression: “ Il faut”

Learning resources


  • Course book: Le nouveau Taxi 1. Hachette (lessons 9 to 17).
  • Tutor’s material.
  • In addition there is a wide range of language learning materials for self-study in the Self-Access Centre.

Bilingual Dictionaries (Collins/Robert) Pocket edition

Useful websites