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French 101:A1

Basic communication skills in an academic environment

This course is addressed to all who want to start learning French. In October we start from zero for absolute beginners and then continue throughout the academic year to complete the A1 level in June.



EUI language courses are free for EUI PhD and LL.M. researchers, but most other EUI members have to pay a nominal fee. 


French 101

Basic communication skills in an academic environment

CEFR level A1

All EUI members

Length of course

24 weeks, 72 hours divided into 3 terms:

First term:

17 October 

16 December 2022

 8 weeks

24 hours

Second term:

16 January 

20 March 2023

10 weeks

30 hours

Third term:


 June 2023

 6 weeks

18 hours



Starts on 17 October

Monday & Wednesday



Place & Instructor


Isabelle Fey 

French 101: Basic communication skills in an academic environment

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students will

  • be able to understand simple spoken French
  • be able to speak French with acceptable pronunciation
  • be able to participate in simple French conversations
  • be more confident in speaking French 

Course contents

The course includes work on the following:

  • Listening comprehension: listening and understanding audiovisual documents
  • Improving pronunciation: French phonetic features
  • Speaking skills: expressing personal opinions on simple subjects

Learning methods and activities

Activities in class include:

  • Communicative approach to stimulate speaking and understanding
  • Task-based approach
  • Error correction in groups and at class level

Page last updated on 14 September 2022

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