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French Beginners - Building on Basic Knowledge

Course Title:

French Beginners - Building on Basic Knowledge

Course Number:

CGKM L10100


Derby Moor Academy

Learning Area:



Entry Level 3


Alastair Clark

Start Date:

09 April 2018

End Date:

09 July 2018

Session Time(s):

Monday between 19:00 and 21:00

Total Sessions:


Total Hours:


Class Size:

Between 8 and 12 learners.


NOTE: This course has already finished.

Course Information

What will I be learning? 

This beginners course will enable you to:

  • speak basic language in limited predictable situations
  •  be understood by a sympathetic native speaker
  • use some basic grammar which underpins the language
  •  read and write the language
  • understand the customs, traditions and culture of French speaking countries. 

Examples of topics included in the course:

  • Greetings and introductions
  • Ordering a meal
  • Shopping for basics
  • Finding the way (directions)
  • At the hotel
  • Personal details

The course tutor is Alastair Clark who worked in France for Compagnons Batisseurs and has undertaken training in French in Tunisia for the British Council. 

Does the course lead to a qualification? 

No, it doesn’t lead to a qualification but you will have informal assessments to monitor your progress.

Who is the course for? 

The course is for people who have little or no knowledge of the French language and want to learn to communicate using spoken and written French. 

You do NOT need any prior knowledge of French, but if you would like to prepare yourself in advance, a simple inexpensive phrase book may help or alternatively visit the BBC languages website; they have short interactive courses, free, for the basics in some languages, to wet your appetite:

You will be expected to have a good command of the English language (although this need not be your first language), but no formal qualifications are required.

What do I need to bring? 

You will need an A4 folder and lined paper along with a pen and highlighter.

Are there any additional costs? 

You will be recommended to purchase a text book costing less than £15

Facon de Parler 1 French for Beginners: Coursebook 5th Edition Paperback – 29 Jun 2012 by Angela Aries  (Author), Dominique Debney (Author)

How will I know how I am progressing during the course? 

Feedback will be given, both verbally and by the evaluation of completed tasks & projects. You will receive verbal feedback on the results of your practical exercises.

There is no formal exam, although there is continual evaluation throughout the course.

Towards the end of each session you will be encouraged to keep a ‘diary’ of your experiences and consider your confidence, achievements and preferred learning styles.

How is this course supported by DerbyLearn?

DerbyLearn is a learning platform that supports and complements most classes.  To find out more, please go to and sign up, it's free and well worth a look!

Progression within DALS 

We have lots of courses planned to ensure you have a variety of progression routes. If you are interested in another course, please ask for more information or telephone our helpline on Derby (01332) 717900 or

On completion of this course, you could progress to: 

  • French Improvers with DALS

Having skills in an additional language can be very valuable in an increasingly connected world.

Even a basic level of French can mean that you have skills to help others.

Here are some examples of ways that your language skills can help others:

Local twinning associations are always looking for French speakers to help to welcome visitors to our area.

 DALS welcomes volunteers in classes for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses)  - some of our learners come from French speaking countries.

Short and mid term work camp placements are offered by many organisations in French speaking countries. Service Civile International is just one example

At least one DALs learner has gone on to volunteer with Médecins Sans Frontières

HF Holidays recruits volunteer walking leaders and those who want to lead in French Speaking countries need to pass a simple language test.

Health and Wellbeing

The slogan you see on our brochures and leaflets is:

meet enjoy learn achieve

This is because we believe that taking part in adult and community learning can open the door to new friendships, give you something enjoyable and worthwhile to do with your time, enable you to learn something new and give you a sense of achievement.  That's got to make you feel good!


Volunteering opportunities

We have a number of rewarding volunteering opportunities both within DALS and with other organisations.  These can offer you a number of benefits, including the ability to enhance your employment prospects, and the ability to learn whilst supporting others.  If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering opportunities, please contact Pat Ward on 01332 642308 or email  You can also find information on volunteering opportunities on our noticeboards and website.

Venue Information

Derby Moor Academy


Moorway Lane, Derby, DE23 2FS


Ample Car Parking
Ample Cycle Parking


Caretaker on site

Disability Support:

Disabled Access to all floors/building
Disabled Toilets
Disabled Parking available


Limited Facilities
Drinks Machine


Crèche Unavailable


Blagreaves Lane turn into Moorway Lane and on right hand side.

Bus Routes:

5, 5A

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