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Foundations of French for Global Communication

Learn the basics of the French language and discover how French fluency can improve your professional life and career.

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Foundations of French for Global Communication

Learn to read, write, speak and understand French with King’s College London

This course is ideal for anyone looking to visit a French-speaking country for leisure, or study and exchange programme purposes.

Using a communicative approach in your online classroom sessions, you’ll be well-versed in speaking, reading, listening to and writing the French language by the end of the two-week course.

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Suitable even for those with no prior experience, you’ll gain both cultural competency and an understanding of the French language throughout the course.

You’ll also cover some of the basics so that you can strike up a simple conversation with and understand native French speakers in a social environment.

Enjoy interactive activities with fellow students to help with speaking French

You’ll get the chance to engage in interactive language activities and will participate in online group work according to a syllabus based on a systematic grammatical progression.

Covering varied topics including greetings, personal information, and basic interactions, you’ll be able to read and understand simple texts in the French language by the end of the two-week course.

Learn from the experts at the Modern Language Centre

The Modern Language Centre at King’s College London employs over 100 teaching staff who are native speakers of the languages in which they teach.

You’ll be under their guidance every step of the way and will enjoy a course mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) standard.

The material for these introductory weeks will provide a taste of a new microcredential from King’s College London, coming to FutureLearn in September 2021.

What topics will you cover?

  • Greetings; introducing oneself and others
  • Nationalities and countries
  • Alphabet and numbers
  • Professions
  • Months and days
  • Identifying objects

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

  • Available now

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • in simple conversation to introduce yourself and ask for basic information.
  • who you are and what you do as well as your acquaintances.
  • short texts related to personal information.
  • information from simple texts and audio documents.
  • key aspects of basic French grammar.

Who is the course for?

This course is for beginners who’d like to learn French for professional reasons. Whether you’re travelling to France for business, this course is the perfect preparation before your journey.

Who will you learn with?

Native French speaker. Graduated from the Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand (France) with an MA in International Trade and Modern Languages. I have 20 years of experience in teaching French.

Cyril has 9 years of experience in teaching French and joined King’s College London in 2018, where he is teaching assessed language modules as well as Postgraduate-only classes.

Who developed the course?

King's College London

King’s College London, established in 1829 and a founding college of the University of London, is one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities, based in the very heart of London.

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  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

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  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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