This course is intended for complete beginners in French and does not require any previous knowledge of the language. The course offers a broad introduction to the French language and culture of contemporary France. While participants will learn how to express themselves in French and understand the fundamentals of the language, they will also gain a deeper appreciation of the French society, its cultural heritage and its way of life. Conversation groups and grammar tutorials will also be arranged separately on a regular basis.

Prerequisite: Nil

Assessment: 100% coursework

This course is offered in the first semester



Coordinator : Marie Li Ying


The objective of the course is to provide the participants with a firm foundation in the spoken and written language as well as to offer insights into the culture and society of France and other French-speaking areas.
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
- talk about themselves and their environment; handle simple conversations in an everyday context;
- give and ask information;
- describe a person or an event; write simple descriptions;
- understand texts related to everyday life;
- understand people addressing one another at normal speed;

French Language and Culture, Introduction
The University of Hong Kong, 5th edition 2016

Note: The textbook will be made available on the first meeting to students enroled in the course..

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The University of Hong Kong
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