This introductory Bon Départ: Beginners' French module at The Open University UK is designed to develop the skills you need to speak and understand simple French in everyday contexts.

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What you will study in the Bon Départ: Beginners' French module at The Open University UK

The module is based around three books and has at its core the following elements:

  • user-friendly, 'bite-sized' information dealing with language and cultural aspects
  • gradual development of study and language skills
  • development of basic vocabulary and set phrases
  • audio material, featuring recordings by native speakers of French, and a wide variety of speaking activities
  • practice activities and self-assessment tests to monitor your progress
  • regular online activities and video clips to support your practice activities.

The study materials are carefully structured and graded, and provide ample opportunities to practise the language in realistic contexts, with an emphasis on listening and speaking skills. By the end of the module you will be able to speak and understand simple language and will have developed an understanding of key aspects of French life.

This module is designed to enable you to achieve a level of language proficiency equivalent to level A2 of the Council of Europe Common European Framework of Reference for languages. You will have developed your knowledge and understanding of the language as well as an awareness of cultural diversity in French speaking countries which form a key part of the learning outcomes for studying at this level. 

By the end of the module you will have developed key OU level 1 undergraduate study skills such as learning to work independently and using strategies which enable you to solve problems and analyse data.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written and spoken tutor-marked assignments (TMAs), and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. If you are new to the OU, you will find that your tutor is particularly concerned to help you with your study methods. 

This module usually includes a mix of face-to-face tutorials and online tutorials. Please note that depending on where you live, the mix will vary and in some places face-to-face tuition may be replaced by telephone conferencing. Some regions and nations may also be able to offer day schools. All of these will provide plenty of opportunities to speak and listen to French. Where face-to-face tutorials or day schools are held will depend on the distribution of students taking the module.

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

This is a key introductory OU level 1 module. OU level 1 modules provide core subject knowledge and study skills needed for both higher education and distance learning. 

No prior knowledge of French is required to study this module.

Tuition Fee

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    1464 GBP/full
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Funding

You must apply for financial support by 08/08/13.

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