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Spoken by more than 76 million people as their first language, with a further 100–200 million people around the world speaking French as a second language. French is the language most sought after by those UK employers looking for language skills.

British Council (2017), Languages for the Future

Modules available

LA1PF1-IWLP FRENCH 1

This beginner module is for students with no knowledge (or virtually no knowledge) of the language. The module will give you basic survival skills, enabling you to make yourself understood and to find out information in common, everyday situations. Please note that students with GCSE or equivalent in the language cannot enrol on a beginners' class.

French 1 module description

LA1PF2-IWLP FRENCH 2

This post-beginner module is for students who have some previous knowledge such as that acquired by taking IWLP French 1 (or equivalent) and can cope in common everyday situations using mainly the present tense. It includes revision of the basic grammar necessary for a sound foundation in the language.

French 2 module description

LA1PF3-IWLP FRENCH 3

This lower-intermediate module is for students with a basic knowledge of French, such as that acquired by taking IWLP French 2 (or equivalent). This module is for students who can use basic past, present and future tenses reasonably correctly and who can understand the main points of spoken or written material. 

French 3 module description

LA1PF4-IWLP FRENCH 4

This intermediate module is for students who have taken IWLP French 3 (or equivalent) and whose previous knowledge of French enables them to understand the main points of everyday spoken and written material (radio, TV, newspapers), and who can express their opinions with reasonable accuracy and fluency.

French 4 module description

LA1FP2-IWLP FRENCH 2 WITH ACADEMIC PLACEMENT IN GRENOBLE, FRANCE (NOT AVAILABLE 2021/22)

The module is intended for students with an entry level of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF) A1 or equivalent. This module gives students the opportunity to study the French language at the Université Grenoble Alpes, in France for a two-week intensive period, either at the beginning of April or at the beginning of September.

Upon their return to the UK, students would then take the usual IWLP placement test and continue their studies with one of the standard courses until Christmas. All assessments will be completed in Reading during the Autumn term.

French 2 Grenoble module description 

LA1PF3-IWLP FRENCH 3 WITH ACADEMIC PLACEMENT IN GRENOBLE, FRANCE (NOT AVAILABLE 2021/22)

The module is intended for students with an entry level of CEF A2 or equivalent. This module gives students the opportunity to study the French language at Université Grenoble Alpes in France for a  two-week intensive period, either at the beginning of April or at the beginning of September.

Upon their return to the UK, students would then take the usual IWLP placement test and continue their studies with one of the standard courses until Christmas. All assessments will be completed in Reading during the Autumn term.  

French 3 Grenoble module description

LA1PF4-IWLP FRENCH 4 WITH ACADEMIC PLACEMENT IN GRENOBLE, FRANCE (NOT AVAILABLE 2021/22)

The module is intended for students with an entry level of CEF B1 or equivalent. This module gives students the opportunity to study the French language at Université Grenoble Alpes in France for a two-week intensive period, either at the beginning of April or at the beginning of September.

Upon their return to the UK, students would then take the usual IWLP placement test and continue their studies with one of the standard courses until Christmas. All assessments will be completed in Reading during the Autumn term. 

French 4 Grenoble module description

Contact time

Classes are three hours a week, split into a two-hour and a one-hour session on different days. You need to attend all three hours every week.

Classes run in weeks two to 11 in the autumn term, weeks one to 11 in spring term and weeks one and two of the summer term, with a final exam in the university-wide exam period in the summer term.

You will be required to attend classes in person. If you will be studying abroad or undertaking a placement during term time, please contact the IWLP Admin Office by emailing iwlp@reading.ac.uk before submitting your application, as this may affect whether you can take the module.

Language ladder

If your placement test suggests that your ability is already higher than the modules offered by IWLP, or if you have already completed the highest-level IWLP module for your language, you might be able to enrol on one of the language modules offered within the degree programme, which are available as credit and non-credit options.

More information is available from the IWLP Language Lead responsible for your language.

Taking an IWLP module as part of your degree (for 20 credits)?

  • If you are in the first year of your course (Part 1 or postgraduate taught), select your language through online module selection. You will receive an email with instructions on how to progress your application; this may take a few days to arrive. Once you have received your email, log back into the student portal and declare your prior knowledge. If the online module selection window has closed, speak to your support centre about changing your module choices.
  • If you are a returning student (Parts 2, 3 and 4), speak to your support centre for advice on how to change your module choices.

During the enrolment process, you may be asked to complete a placement test.

Taking an IWLP module but NOT as part of your degree (non-credit)?

Complete the non-credit application form for French and if you have prior experience of the language, please also submit a placement test so that we can assess your language level and place you in the right class.

Please note: non-credit applications open at the beginning of September.

If you are unsure or have any further queries, please contact the IWLP Admin Office by emailing iwlp@reading.ac.uk or by phoning 0118 378 7318.

Fees

  • No additional fees are required for IWLP modules if you are a current undergraduate or postgraduate taught student taking IWLP modules as part of your 120 or 180 credits for the year (with permission from your School in your module specifications).
  • For other students, non-credit fees are currently £340 for the year. This will be billed to your student account in the autumn term.

 

Exceptions

  • Doctoral students: if your School is going to fund your IWLP module please get the PGR agreement form signed by your School Director of Teaching and Learning. Those not being funded will be charged £340 to their student account in the autumn term.
  • Staff: all staff are required to pay for their IWLP module. The fee is £340. If your School or Department are willing to fund your module, please complete and return the IWLP staff agreement form.


All forms must be emailed to iwlp@reading.ac.uk.

Withdrawals

We hope you will enjoy your IWLP module. If, however, there is a reason you need to withdraw, you will need to complete the IWLP withdrawal form and email it to iwlp@reading.ac.uk. We cannot remove you from our records until we have received this form, even if you have told your home department/tutor.

If you are taking your IWLP module non-credit, you can withdraw before Friday of Week 4 in the autumn term without being charged. For any non-credit withdrawal after this date, you will need to pay the full £340.