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French for Beginners

The French Beginner course is designed for you if you have little or no experience of learning the French language, or you need to refresh your basic language skills. Whilst on this course you will build your knowledge and understanding of vocabulary and grammar and develop your communication skills for practical purposes.

This course is especially appropriate for primary school teachers who are now required to teach French in class, following the 2014 curriculum changes that made language-learning compulsory for all children between seven and 11. Beginners 1 runs in semester 1 and is followed in semester 2 with beginners 2 which will build further on the skills and topics previously covered.

Please note: this course is not suitable for international students requiring a short term student visitor visa.

Dates and Times

This course will run every Monday from 5.30pm - 7.00pm between the following dates:

Beginners 2:

Monday 10th February 2020 to Monday 29th June 2020


The full cost is £220. The deposit is £50.

Undergraduates, postgraduates and staff at St Mary’s receive a 10% discount.


During the course, you will study the following topics, to build upon your understanding of everyday language. In September we offer a Beginners 1 group which covers:

  • Greetings
  • Describing yourself
  • French around the world
  • Talking about the weather
  • Finding your way around town
  • Ordering food and drink
  • Cultural elements (songs/stories/traditions)

In February we offer a Beginners 2 group which builds upon the foundations built in first semester.  Topics will include:

  • Conversation for your holiday in France
  • Asking questions
  • Telling the time
  • Directions
  • Different tenses


All participants must be over 18 years of age to enrol.


Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate of attendance, issued by St Mary’s University.