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KK-RAN001 French for Beginners 1 a, 2 cr 
Code KK-RAN001  Validity 01.01.2020 -
Name French for Beginners 1 a  Abbreviation French for Begi 
Scope2 cr   
TypeLanguage studies
    Can be taken more than onceno
Unit Language Centre 

Target group 

Students of all faculties, students with a JOO flexible study right.

The course is intended for students who have not studied French before. For students who wish to review their skills, the Refresher Course in Basic French is recommended.

Learning outcomes 

The course is aimed at familiarising students with the basics of French and training them to handle various everyday situations.

After completing the course, students will

  • Be able to use French in uncomplicated everyday situations
  • Be able to express themselves in the present tense both orally and in writing
  • Be a little bit familiar with French culture and customs, including the use of the most common courtesy phrases

    French for Beginners 1a+b and 2a+b are based on the same textbook and form an integrated syllabus.
Completion methods 

The course can be completed by attending 28 hours of contact teaching and completing 30 hours of independent study.


No prerequisites.


Key topics and language use situations include introductions, hobbies and preferences, living, travel, asking for and giving directions and the use of services.

Most important constructs:

  • Present tense and near future tense
  • Possessive and personal pronouns
  • Articles 
  • Interrogative clauses 
  • Numbers and time
  • Adjectives

    Assignments on constructs, vocabulary and listening comprehension, oral exercises in pairs as well as home assignments and essays, online assignments
Study materials and literature 

Book version:

Hirschprung, Nathalie and Tricot, Tony: Cosmopolite 1 Méthode de français Niveau A1, Hachette 2017 (first half)

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

The book includes a DVD-ROM, which contains, among other things, recordings for the dialogues in the textbook and video features, while the workbook includes a CD.


Digital version: Textbook and workbook, chapter recordings and video features. The product is in the form of a card, obtainable from bookstores, which contains a code for the digital version.

A chapter-specific glossary (French-Finnish-English) and Finnish-language grammar presentations are available in Moodle to supplement both material options.

Assessment practices and criteria 

Based on the learning outcomes. Continuous assessment: small interim examinations or a final examination, depending on the group, regular attendance in contact teaching and completion of course assignments in time.

Other information 

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-learning courses or equivalent studies.

Relations to other study units 

KK-RAN001 and KK-RAN002 together correspond with the old course 99216. 

French Pronunciation (1 cr) is recommended as support for the course.


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has not begun French for Beginners 1 a, period III  Course  Ritva Nordström-Ylönen  18.01.21 -04.03.21

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