Centre for Continuing Education

French Course 101 (Level 1): Beginners

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COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses both online and in-person. Please check the delivery format for each class before you enrol.

Please note that course materials for all classes (excluding prescribed textbooks) are shared electronically within 48 hours of a course starting. Printing is not available.

Level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

This beginner’s course is ideal for preparing for travel or work commitments, as you learn the basics of the language. Grammatical and phonological elements are introduced as you start working on your French speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. No prior knowledge of the language is required.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • introduce yourself
  • spell your name and recite the alphabet
  • identify the language(s) you speak and your citizenship
  • identify the names of countries
  • identify numbers and count up to 99
  • say hello and goodbye
  • address someone formally or informally
  • give personal information (phone, email, postal address)
  • ask someone for his/her details
  • talk about your passions and dreams.


This course covers the following topics:

  • greetings – welcome and farewell
  • numbers from 0 – 99
  • alphabet
  • name of countries
  • gender of country names
  • preposition with countries
  • communicating in class
  • introduction to verb conjugations: regular verbs (-er)
  • introduction to reflexive verbs: s’appeler
  • irregular verbs: être, avoir - present tense
  • definite and indefinite articles
  • negative
  • possessive adjectives
  • vocabulary for topics:
    • countries
    • calendar
  • phonetic: accentuation on the last syllabus, alphabet, numbers, verbs (-er/present tense).

Intended audience

Suitable for beginner A1 level participants. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

Delivery style

Delivered as a series of interactive workshops where active participation is encouraged. Each session is conducted in a friendly and relaxed classroom setting.

Prescribed text

Alter Ego Plus 1 A1 Livre d’Eleve & CD-ROM by Annie Berthet, ISBN 9782011558107.

Alter Ego Plus 1 A1 Cahier d’Activites & Audio CD by Annie Berthet, ISBN 9782011558114.

Based on Dossiers 0-1 of the above text. The text is used for activities and forms the basis for consolidation and practice between meetings.

Textbooks should only be purchased after confirmation is received from us. This usually occurs up to five days prior to commencement.

Suggested textbook suppliers


Language Book Centre

Take your enrolment confirmation and a copy of this page to the Language Book Centre to receive a 10% discount off the price of the recommended text.

Please note that in some cases, our suggested supplier may not stock your prescribed text. Please check stock availability prior to signing up for any membership.

Please note

Selected courses that teach spoken language may include use of language immersion (course instruction in the selected language) as part of the training strategy.


Language courses are offered in four terms each year during January, April, July and October.

Apply for the language repeat discount.

What others say.

  • The tutor was amazing and made learning French fun. I am leaving the course with a good base knowledge of the language. I look forward to continuing my French studies!

  • I really enjoyed the classes. The teacher created an environment that encouraged you to practice your skills without feeling embarrassed.

  • Very happy with our teacher who is very enthusiastic. The class is a delight and a definite motivation to improve our french and learn in a systematic way.

  • I originally studied schoolgirl French in the early 1960s, so returning to a classroom after such a long time was quite a challenge. However the tutor was very competent and was able to make me feel comfortable with this daunting experience. It was great to delve into French again after such a long time and I hope to continue with further classes next year.

  • Special thanks to the tutor of this course whose way of teaching is very effective and caring.

  • Enjoyable user-friendly course content. The tutor was very approachable and patient with the group.

  • We had a great tutor. It was educational and exceeded my expectations with the teaching and what I took away from the lessons. I looked forward to attending class each week and now I am confident in continuing with French classes in the future.

  • Our teacher was excellent – great sense of humour, patient and very inclusive. We all took part in everything – a great success.

  • I liked the tutor’s style of teaching very much – inclusive of everyone, relating well to everyone, and managing the classroom well. I also liked the breadth of inputs – culture and history as well as language.

  • The teacher was exceptional – I am a teacher myself and was impressed with their ability to engage all students.

  • The french course 101 is outstanding and very informative. I thoroughly enjoyed the classes, always looked forward to them, and never fell asleep.The tutor is an excellent and wonderful teacher. I will definitely be signing up for the upper level courses.

  • We had a fabulous tutor who worked at a steady pace with regular testing on the progress of all students. The tutor was happy and very approachable.

  • Thoroughly enjoyed the course and looking forward to the next. Our teacher was very enthusiastic, well prepared and was a pleasure to have them teach us.

  • Our tutor is a natural educator who kept the class interested and focused due to their enthusiasm and experience. It was a pleasure to attend the course every week. I look forward to continuing on this learning journey.

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This is a ‘fast track’ option in which learning is accelerated with meetings twice weekly over four weeks.

What others say.

  • We had a fabulous tutor who worked at a steady pace with regular testing on the progress of all students. The tutor was happy and very approachable.
  • I have never studied French before and this course was a great introduction to the language. Our tutor was very welcoming and patient, and catered for all of the varying levels in our group.
  • An amazing tutor who mixed humour and patience, giving us all individual attention. Merci beaucoup, tu es fantastique!!
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