French Advanced Discussion - 3rd Term

Course summary

  • Fri 21 Apr 2017 to Fri 23 Jun 2017
  • 11:00am-12:30pm 10 meetings
  • Ewert House, Ewert Place, Oxford, OX2 7DD
  • From £143.00
  • 5 CATS points
  • Course code O16P673XFW
  • +44 (0)1865 280892
  • In progress - closed to new applications

French Advanced Discussion - 3rd Term


This 10-week consolidation course is based on the syllabus of the previous two terms and is primarily tailored to meet the needs of students who completed the weekly class, but new students who are at the appropriate level of proficiency are also welcome. Students who missed some classes during the first two terms and wish to catch up for the next level up in the next academic year are encouraged to join.

This advanced conversation course is for consolidating oral fluency, idiom and register to enable participants to interact flexibly and effectively in a wide range of situations. To benefit from the course, students will have done one of the following:
* studied French for 4 years or more,
* gained an A Level in French, or
* achieved level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in French.

The course is at proficiency level and focuses on developing oral skills further for effective and flexible use of French in social and professional contexts. It is for students who are fairly conversant in French, have covered most of the grammar and syntax and wish to improve fluency, idiom and register. The course materials will cover a variety of registers and include references to the culture and society of the countries and communities where the language is spoken.

The course is equivalent to level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). There will be ample opportunities for participating in discussions and debates, arguing viewpoints, and presenting counter-arguments. The class activities will enable participants to express themselves using appropriate and idiomatic language and understand the speakers perspective.

Students will be encouraged to take a proactive role in discussions, debates and counter-arguments to develop fluency, register and idiom.

Programme details

Programme details for Languages:

The programme will be tailored to suit the specific needs of the group to enhance all language skills and grammar. Students are encouraged to express their needs to the tutor who will aim to address these during the ten weeks.

Recommended Websites;

1. For news, programmes, podcasts, videos:
2. For cultural programmes:
3. The site offers a weath of audiovisual materials on French society, history and culture :


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.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)


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: £143.00
Take this course for CATS points: £10.00


If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Mrs Danae Lemos Theologis


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.

Course aims

The aim of the third term is to:

  • consolidate what has been learnt throughout the first two terms, and
  • revise more challenging aspects of the language that are appropriate for the level

Course Objectives
* To develop the listening skills further for discussions and conversations in different styles, e.g. factual, journalistic, and literary
* To consolidate oral expression and idiomatic use of French
* To improve the effective use and manipulation of French for new purposes
* To extend grammar knowledge and syntactic structures
* To widen repertoire and explore skilful register shifts

Teaching methods

The course adopts the communicative teaching method with a focus on interactive tasks and activities in the target language, e.g. discussions, debates, short presentations and pair/group work in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Students will be encouraged to participate and have fun. The emphasis is on developing speaking and listening skills as well as fluency, spontaneity and idiom.

Teaching outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

* express viewpoints fluently, spontaneously and at some length
* select the appropriate speech style and register to suit the audience and topic
* make presentations and express ideas in a clear and well-structured way
* understand radio and TV programmes without much effort
* appreciate the subtleties of changes in register and style.

Assessment methods

Assessments will be implemented through a series of communicative activities ranging from guided role-plays and structured pair-work to less structured dialogues and open group discussions. Students will have the opportunity to complete one or more tasks to benefit from tutor feedback prior to the formally assessed work.

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.

Level and demands

Most of the Department's weekly classes have 10 or 20 CATS points assigned to them. 10 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of ten 2-hour sessions. 20 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of twenty 2-hour sessions. It is expected that, for every 2 hours of tuition you are given, you will engage in eight hours of private study.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)