Online Microcredential in Language

Learn French for Global Communication: Level 1

Learn the basics of the French language and build your confidence in speaking French for work and travel.

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King's College LondonKing's College London

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Get expert training in beginners-level French

On this microcredential, you’ll learn to communicate in everyday French, leaving you confident to work and travel in the French-speaking world.

The course is equivalent to the A1 Basic User, Breakthrough level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, meaning you’ll get a detailed introduction to workplace French.

Alongside top language advisors at King’s College London’s Modern Language Centre, you’ll learn the essentials of written and spoken French.

The course includes access to King’s multilingual learning personnel via a weekly 50-minute webinar in small groups, meaning you’ll receive practical support throughout and be able to question tutors and fellow students.

You’ll follow a syllabus based on grammatical progression and will cover a wide range of vocabulary used in various everyday life situations, such as ordering coffee or greeting someone hello.

Develop the skills of listening to, reading, writing and speaking French

You’ll develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in French in a range of predictable situations and contexts, and will cover frequently-used vocab and phrases to help you absorb the language.

You’ll follow a syllabus based on grammatical progression and will cover a wide range of vocabulary used in various everyday life situations, such as ordering coffee or greeting someone hello, as well as how to ask for repetition or clarification.

Become an independent lifelong learner in French

Throughout the duration of the course, you’ll also use French to further your knowledge of other disciplines, and will develop an insight into the nature of language, culture, and society of French-speaking nations in order to gain a greater degree of intercultural competence and intercultural understanding.

You’ll also acquire the linguistic skills, tools, and knowledge to become an independent lifelong learner in French.

Enjoy interactive activities with fellow students to practice speaking French

You’ll explore French using videos, articles, and audio material, before engaging in interactive language activities such as quizzes and group discussions.

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 and will be able to converse with your fellow students.

Earn a certificate in French from language experts at King’s College London

The Modern Language Centre provides expert language tuition in the heart of London to students and to the local professional and residential community.

You’ll finish the course certified in beginner’s French, ready to start a life-long love affair with Francophone culture.

The Association of University Language Centres in the UK (AULC) and the University Council of Modern Languages (UCML) have ranked French as being the second most popular language in which to learn for students.

Similarly, the British Council clarified in 2017 that French was the third most important language to learn as the number of French-speaking people all around the globe was steadily increasing.

Where is French spoken in the world?

Lane published in 2019 that French was the fifth most widely-spoken language in the world, spoken in 29 independent nations and 10 dependent entities as an official language.

Around 275 million people in the world are estimated to speak French across five continents, so it’s definitely a popular language in which to learn.

Can learning French improve your job opportunities?

Being bilingual can greatly enhance your employment opportunities. Employment website Indeed found in 2019 that as a language, French was the second most important skill that was sought after by prospective employers in all sectors.

What skills will you learn?

  • Greetings; introducing oneself and others
  • Nationalities and countries
  • Alphabet and numbers
  • Months and days
  • Identifying objects
  • Occupations and workplaces
  • Family and hobbies
  • Places in the city
  • Holidays and journeys
  • Ordering food and drinks in a restaurant
  • Clothes and shopping
  • Talking to your employer and presenting a CV

What you will achieve

By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...

  • have a basic factual knowledge base and range of vocabulary
  • understand and use familiar everyday expressions and high
  • frequency vocabulary in predictable situation
  • produce short, simple texts, e.g. writing a postcard
  • have basic intercultural awareness to enable them to understand simple references to the most common aspects of the culture, everyday life and current issues in the country/countries where French is spoken
  • be able to read, assess and analyse short, simple texts, and engage in evaluative thinking using given criteria
  • objectively compare some aspects of the new culture to their own using the tools of intercultural learning

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

You do not need to have any prior knowledge of French to take this course. As the course is at master’s level, you do need to declare that you have an undergraduate degree.

Is this microcredential right for you?

This microcredential is aimed at graduate professionals with no prior knowledge of studying French.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Before learning

    Students are encouraged to enrol on the free ‘Learn French for Global Communication: Level 1’ course prior to joining this microcredential.

  • Course

    From 24 Jan 2022

    Learn French for Global Communication (Level 1)

    Learn the basics of the French language - speaking, reading, writing and listening - to improve your professional life and career.

    10 weeks

    15 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Getting to know each other
      • Bienvenue dans le cours de français ! (Welcome to the French course)
      • Greeting - informal and formal registers
      • Introducing oneself
      • Alphabet and spelling
      • Numbers, age and dates
      • Countries - cities and tourists attractions
      • Final task
    • Week 2

      Presenting someone/something
      • Introduction to week 2
      • Giving more information about oneself
      • Occupations and workplaces
      • Identifying objects
      • Final task
    • Week 3

      Talking about hobbies and family
      • Introduction to week 3 and revision
      • Likes and dislikes
      • Family and traits of personality
      • Any questions?
      • Final task
    • Week 4

      Describing a city and living in city
      • Introduction to week 4
      • Places in the city
      • Invitation to go out
      • Final task: invitation
    • Week 5

      Raconter un voyage - Présenter et décrire un logement
      • Introduction à la semaine 5
      • Parler de vacances et de voyages
      • Décrire un logement et comparer des lieux
      • Tâche finale
    • Week 6

      Parler de nourriture, faire les courses et aller au restaurant
      • Introduction à la semaine 6
      • Quels sont vos plats préférés ?
      • Faire les courses
      • Manger au restaurant
      • Tâche finale
    • Week 7

      Faire les magasins et parler de sa routine
      • Introduction à la semaine 7
      • Parler des vêtements, faire les magasins
      • Parler de sa routine
      • Grammaire - Les indicateurs de temps (time indicators)
      • Tâche finale
    • Week 8

      Parler d'un travail et déposer sa candidature
      • Introduction et révisions
      • Répondre à une offre d'emploi
      • Présenter son CV
      • Tâche finale
    • Week 9

      C'est bon pour la santé !
      • Introduction à la semaine 9
      • Conseils pour rester en forme
      • Chez le docteur
      • Tâche finale
    • Week 10

      Futur et culture
      • Introduction semaine 10
      • Bravo Lucie !
      • La francophonie
      • Dernier step
  • After learning

    After you have taken oral and written exams at the end of the course, you’ll receive your grade within four weeks; the pass mark is 50 out of 100.

    You’ll then receive a digital certificate of attendance and transcript once you have found out your result.

What you will receive

15UK at Postgraduate level from King's College London

Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.

A Certificate of attendance from King's College London

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Additional benefits

On completion, you’ll receive a digital certificate of attendance and added transcript.

What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

Learn online with expert instructors

Complete online courses led by experts over multiple weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.

Complete project-based assessments

Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.

Earn a professional credential

Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential.

Advance further in your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Career-focused learning by 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.

Delivered by experts

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.

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