French is a Romance language spoken as a mother tongue by about 110 million people worldwide, plus 390 million of non-native speakers. French may be heard in 57 countries, 28 of which use it as the official language. It is also one of the official languages of the European Union, the United Nations, and a large number of international organisations. 129 million people on the territory of the EU are speakers of French, which makes it the third most spoken language, after German and English. Up to early 20th century, French was the language of diplomacy of European colonial forces and high society, while today it is regarded as the language of love, fashion and art.
Since September 2006, Open University’s curricula have been harmonised with the Common European Framework (CEF) standards of the Council of Europe, so that, depending on whether you want to start learning or improve your knowledge, we offer six levels of instruction in French.
Depending on the level attended, the target outcomes are:
Having completed this level successfully, you will be able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. You will be able to introduce yourself and others and ask and answer questions about personal details such as where you live, people you know and things you have. You will be able to interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
Having completed this level successfully, you will be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment), communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters, and describe in simple terms aspects of your background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
Having completed this level successfully, you will be able to understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. You will be able to deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. You will be able to produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest, and describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
B2 (Upper Intermediate)
Having completed this level successfully, you will be able to understand the main ideas of a complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in your field of specialisation, interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. You will be able to produce clear, detailed texts on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
Having completed this level successfully, you will be able to understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. You will be able to express yourself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. You will use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. You will produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
C2 (Proficient user)
Having completed this level successfully, you will be able to understand with ease virtually everything heard or read, summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation, express yourself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.
Instruction and length of courses
Lessons are taught in groups of 6 to 12 students, in well-equipped multimedia cabinets specialised for language instruction. Work with learners is entrusted to highly qualified, dynamic and very experienced teachers. Up-to-date teaching tools and textbooks used for the courses keep in touch with global trends in terms of content. Literature and additional materials are provided for all learners.
Schedule: double lessons twice a week over four-month semesters. Completing each CEF level requires one semester. At the completion of the semester, candidates are entitled to final exams. Final tests consist of a written and an oral part. Based on the score of the final exam, the Open University issues certificates of the level attained in accordance with CEF standards, with percentage, i.e. statement of achievement.
Knowledge testing and certification
If a candidate already possesses a certain level of knowledge but lacks a certificate, the Open University offers the possibility of testing knowledge and issuing certificates for the level of knowledge demonstrated.
Registration, enrolment and payment
Enrolment is possible throughout the year. Instalment plans are offered for all educational programmes.
Registration and additional information:
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