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French: Beginners and Revival

Thursday 4 October 2018
10:00 - 12:00
20 Hours / 10 Weeks
5 Brampton Road, Bexleyheath

Fee information. Click here for eligibility details (opens in a new window).

£105.00 Half fee available. Course symbols: CL

Course description

This is a short and lively course designed to enable you to revive your previous knowledge of the language. Get to grips with everyday communication in French at a beginner level. Ideal for those with a little knowledge of French, wishing to improve their confidence, vocabulary and grammar. CL

What you need to join the class

Knowledge of French at a basic level ("rusty" GCSE or older qualification). Awareness of grammatical past tenses.

What the course will cover

Greetings and introducing oneself comprehensively and confidently, asking questions, manipulating numbers up to 100 and making calculations, daily routine, holidays, family events, congratulations, telephone conversations, food and celebrations.

 The course will develop or reinforce basic speaking skills, recap on some basic rules of grammar and pronunciation and introduce further rules, relevant vocabulary and verbs and involve the use of questions and answers. There will be an opportunity to develop your creative writing skills too.

Teaching and learning activities

Fun and engaging activities with vocabulary and language explanation, listening and repetition exercises, watching authentic video clips, questions and answers, teacher-student dialogues and student-peer conversations and role-play, small group and pair work, reading, understanding and translating exercises, written exercises and language games. Grammar: revision of present and past tenses, using the future tenses and the imperative, question words and phrases. 

What you will be able to do by the end of the course (Course objectives)

1.    Introduce yourself and someone else confidently and more comprehensively in French. 2.    Use question phrases to formulate and ask questions on a variety of topics. 3.    Manipulate numbers up to 100 in French and understand calculations in French. 4.    Describe your daily routine, using time expressions. 5.    Describe your holiday activities (leisure, visits, etc). 6.    Read and understand a short text announcing a happy event. 7.    Prepare and compose an invitation to a happy event. 8.    Congratulate someone in a variety of contexts. 9.    Make a request and engage in exchanges of conversation over the telephone. 10. Say what you eat and on what occasion.

Examination or qualification (if applicable) including costs. The course fee usually includes examination costs: registration with the exam board, certification and administration fees. If the fees are not included, the brochure will tell you this.


Work expected outside lesson time (e.g. homework, assignments, etc.)

Some homework to consolidate classroom learning (approximately one hour a week). 

What you need to bring to the first class

Pen, paper and A4 folder (loose/stapled sheets will be handed out).

Books, materials and equipment you need for the course (including additional costs, specialist stockists, etc.) Note: your tutor may recommend additional items during the course.

A medium sized French-English dictionary and a French verb conjugations book are advisable.

What you can do next

Enrol on the French Beginners / Improvers or the Intermediate course at the College.

Additional information - General

At the beginning of the course, you will have an induction to the College and the course. Your tutor will ask you to complete a Student Learning Record (SLR) and agree your personal learning goals. All documents are a requirement of the Funding Agency. All students on courses funded by the ESFA must complete a Learning Agreement and SLR.

Venue information

5 Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, Kent DA7 4EZ Nearest Train Station: Bexleyheath. Buses: 89, 96, B16, B15, B14, B12, 422 Car park available onsite. Please note car parking spaces cannot be guaranteed. For further details of parking please refer to https://www.bexley.gov.uk/services/parking