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Envol: Upper Intermediate French, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 9 months
University rank #501 (WUR) , | Online
The Envol: Upper Intermediate French programme offered by The Open University UK will enhance your cultural knowledge and develop the skills needed to study at a higher level, as well as your practical language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing.  


By studying a variety of authentic audio, video and printed materials from French-speaking countries, you will learn how to communicate in situations ranging from everyday conversation to putting forward your point of view in a debate. 

By studying the Envol: Upper Intermediate French programme offered by The Open University UK, you will also improve your command of grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary acquisition. A compulsory residential school takes place in France (or you can study an online alternative, subject to University approval).

The module draws on a wide range of interactive audio-visual, web-based and printed material. It is structured around themes, each covering a different aspect of life in French-speaking countries today. You will be working with print-based materials as well as practising listening and speaking with video footage and audio interviews. A range of online activities on the module website gives you access to authentic materials from French-speaking countries and fosters your ICT and communication skills. The topics have been selected to provide opportunities for comparison with your own experience.

The module is lively and varied, with a wide range of mixed-media material that has been selected in order to build up your confidence in the different language skills. The structure of the materials allows you to evaluate your progress regularly and provides confidence-building strategies to improve your learning skills. The materials are interactive and encourage your participation.

You will have a tutor to help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written and spoken tutor-marked assignments (TMAs). You can also ask your tutor for advice and guidance. This module usually includes a mix of face-to-face 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. Although you are not obliged to attend any of these, you are strongly encouraged to take part as they will provide you with plenty of opportunities to speak and listen to French. How tutorials are held will depend on the distribution of students taking the module in your area.

Professional recognition

The Chartered Institute of Marketing now recognises this module under their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 9 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

The themes covered in the module are:
  • prendre le temps de vivre (lifestyle)
  • habitat (habitat)
  • expression artistique (culture)
  • gérer l’environnement (environment)
  • affaires publiques (local politics)
  • science et technologie (science and technology).

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this module.

However, as this is an OU level 2 module, you’ll need an appropriate knowledge of French obtained through any of the following:

  • French studies 1: language and culture of the French-speaking world (L112)
  • Ouverture: intermediate French (L120) – now discontinued
  • equivalent French knowledge

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    2928 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2928 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Milton Keynes

  • 848 - 1350 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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