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20.4.2020 at 12:00 - 26.4.2020 at 23:59


Students of all faculties, students in the flexible study rights scheme (JOO)

The course is designed for students with no prior studies in French. For students wishing to refresh their skills, we recommend the Refresher course in basic French.

No previous studies.

To learn the basics of the French language and manage in normal everyday situations.

After completing the course, students

  • Can use French in simple everyday contexts
  • Can express themselves in the present tense, both orally and in writing
  • Have been introduced to the French culture and customs, including the most common polite expressions

French for beginners 1 and 2 use the same textbook and form a continuum.

The main topics and language use situations: introductions, hobbies and preferences, accommodation, travel, asking for and giving directions, errands and other general matters

Key structures:

  • The present tense and the simple future tense
  • Possessives and personal pronouns
  • Articles
  • Interrogative sentences
  • Numerals, times of day
  • Adjectives

Structural, vocabulary and listening comprehension exercises, oral exercises in pairs, as well as independent work (home assignments, essays, online assignments)

A teacher-instructed course, with 42 hours of contact teaching and 38 hours of independent work.


Hirschprung, Nathalie & Tricot, Tony : Cosmopolite 1 Méthode de français Niveau A1, Hachette 2017 (first part of the book)

Mater & Mathieu-Benoit : Cosmopolite 1 Cahier d’activités, Hachette 2017

The book includes a DVD-ROM, that contains e.g. the dialogues' tape recordings and video reports; the exercise book contains also CD.


Digiversion: Textbook and exercise book, tape recordings of the units and video reports. The product is a card, that contains the code for the digiversion and can be bought from a bookstore.

A glossary (French–Finnish–English) for the textbook chapters, as well as a brief outline of the grammar (both in Moodle), will be used as supplementary material for both the book and the digiversion.

Based on the aspects mentioned under the course objectives. Continuous evaluation: small review tests or a final examination, depending on the group, regular participation in classroom work, completion of the home assignments.

The Language Centre requires students to attend approximately 75% of the classes. Concessions may be made for well-grounded reasons or if warranted by the nature of the course. However, 100% attendance may be required for contact lessons related to self-access courses or equivalent studies.

Learners will benefit from the French pronunciation course (1 cr).