This interactive course further develops the participants' language skills and understanding of the culture, society and daily life in the French-speaking countries.
To benefit from the course, students will have done one of the following:
* completed French 1 or equivalent
* gained a GCSE (Grade B or below) in French
* achieved level A1+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages in French
This elementary/lower intermediate level course is equivalent to level A2+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It will further develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in French in a range of predictable situations and familiarize students with a range of simple grammar structures. Through the exploration of French culture, students will broaden their understanding of the society and daily life in the French-speaking countries.
The class activities will focus on listening, speaking and cultural awareness; and students will be encouraged to practise reading and writing skills in their own time. There will be plenty of opportunities to interact in the target language through class activities, discussions, and role-plays
Term 1: 2nd October
Week 1: Introducing yourself, hobbies and tastes.
Week 2: Socialising and talking about family and friends.
Week 3: Receiving, accepting and refusing social invitations.
Week 4: Buying presents and shopping.
Week 5: Fashion and clothes.
Week 6: Choosing and making decisions.
Week 7: Travel and sight-seeing.
Week 8: Making plans. Talking about the future.
Week 9: Talking about food and "gastronomie".
Week 10: Festive season. Comparing traditions.
Term 2: 8th January
Week 11: Talking about the weather.
Week 12: Daily routine and activities.
Week 13: Comparing lifestyles and locations.
Week 14: Discussing French around the world.
Week 15: Recounting what you used to do.
Week 16: Relating past experiences.
Week 17: Talking about holidays.
Week 18: Reporting an incident. Explaining.
Week 19: French media. Expressing opinions.
Week 20: Class choice: song, poem or film extract. Idioms.
Poisson-Quinton, Mahéo-Le Coadic, Vergne-Sirieys., FESTIVAL 1, Méthode de Français, ISBN 978-209-035320-4
FESTIVAL 1, Méthode de Français, Cahier d'exercices,
ISBN 2 09 035 321 x
Maïa Grégoire, Grammaire Progressive du Français, Niveau intermédiaire, ISBN978-2-09-033848-5
1. French.about.comThis website contains French lessons, as well as a wealth of information on French cultural topics, getting about, games, study tips and lots more. http://french.about.com/
2. TV5Monde includes grammar exercises and listening activities for A2 level, games, newsin French and lots of cultural information. http://www.tv5.org
3. Le point du FLE: activities and grammar exercises all levels. www.lepointdufle.net
To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online. If you do not register when you enrol, you have up until the course start date to do so.
Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework, but only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.
All weekly class students may become borrowing members of the Rewley House Continuing Education Library for the duration of their course. Prospective students whose courses have not yet started are welcome to use the Library for reference. More information can be found on the Library website.
There is a Guide for Weekly Class students which will give you further information.
Availability of titles on the reading list (below) can be checked on SOLO, the library catalogue.
Course Fee: £340.00
Take this course for CATS points: £10.00
Danae is a qualified linguist and experienced French teacher. She has taught French adult classes for many years including Advanced Conversation and Contemporary French literature as well as specialised courses.
The course aims to develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in routine tasks and areas of immediate relevance such as personal information, work, study and leisure activities.
* To enable students to communicate in French in simple routine tasks and on familiar topics and activities
* To equip students with the vocabulary and grammar structures to write short simple personal letters and messages
* To develop the reading comprehension skills for finding simple information in everyday material such as advertisements and menus
* To help develop an insight into the culture and daily life of the French-speaking countries
All the Department’s language courses adopt the communicative teaching method with a focus on interactive tasks and activities in the target language, e.g. role-plays, discussions and pair/group work in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Students will be encouraged to participate and have fun.
The emphasis in class is on practising listening, speaking, and grammar structures as well as exploring the culture. Students are encouraged to develop their reading and writing skills in their own time.
The following are brief indicators of what students should be able to do in each of the skills
Speaking (S), Listening (L), Reading (R), and Writing (W) by the end of the individual stages:
S Participate in simple prepared discussions
L Understand simple spoken or recorded material in familiar contexts
R Understand the gist of simple texts on familiar topics
W Write informal letters and short descriptive paragraphs
Most tutors will set weekly assignments to consolidate learning and allow students to study at their own pace. Some of these assignments, which may include testing listening and speaking skills, will count towards formally assessing the students'progress.
In general, students are required to submit for assessment a variety of exercises and/or shorter pieces of work. They will also have the opportunity to complete one or more optional tasks to benefit from tutor feedback.
Credits gained from the successful completion of this course can count towards the Certificate of Higher education in other subjects.
Due to the continuous assessment required for language classes, students must submit one completed Declaration of Authorship form per term. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form.
To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.
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