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French Entry Level Requirements


Beginner

Complete beginner. No previous knowledge of the French language.

False Beginner

Can give personal details, ask and provide information in everyday situations (transport, accommodation, food and drink etc), talk about past events and future plans, although some basic errors are made. Has knowledge of the présent, passé composé, imparfait and futur tenses, although needs revision and consolidation.

Lower Intermediate

Can use a variety of tenses and expressions with reasonable accuracy and find some alternative expressions to modify language. Can identify ideas, information and opinion from different sources. Can express opinion on different topics although needs to broaden vocabulary. Can produce correspondence to deal with work, studies or enquiries.

Intermediate

Can use a variety of tenses and expressions with reasonable accuracy and find some alternative expressions to modify language. Can identify ideas, information and opinion from different sources. Can express opinion on different topics although needs to broaden vocabulary. Can produce correspondence to deal with work, studies or enquiries.

Upper Intermediate

Is able to understand conversations between native speakers with standard accents on most topics at normal speed. Knows tenses such as le subjonctif présent (Que je fasse),le futur antérieur (j'aurai fini),le conditionnel passé (J'aurais dû) although does not use them accurately. Can deal with texts at high level with the help of a dictionary. Can write short essays in French.

Advanced

Is able to cope with TV programmes (no subtitles), films or radio reports without major difficulties. Understands different French accents/variations and actively participate in conversations by expressing clear views and arguments on a broad range of topics (Culture, Politics, Social issues...). Must be prepared to analyse and discuss articles from main French newspapers and magazines (le Monde, Le Nouvel Observateur...) with occasional recourse to a dictionary.


For details on French programmes or assessment, please contact:

Veronique Davis
Tutor in French and language adviser
12, Woodstock road
veronique.davis@lang.ox.ac.uk

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