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French: Improvers

Thursday 17 January 2019
10:00 - 12:00
20 Hours / 10 Weeks
5 Brampton Road, Bexleyheath

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£105.00 Half fee available. Course symbols: CL

Course description

Build on a basic knowledge of French. Further develop your knowledge of key vocabulary, take part in simple, predictable conversations and understand information from simple text. This includes greetings, personal information and directions, while developing listening and writing skills. Suitable for students who have studied French for at least one year. CL

Entry requirements

It will be beneficial if you have attended one of the French Beginners & Revival courses, but not essential. You will need to be able to ask and understand basic questions in French and have some knowledge of basic grammar (present tense, agreement of adjectives, basic sentence structure).

What you will learn

Booking a room in a gîte or campsite, making requests and dealing with problems at the hotel, gîte or campsite, finding out tourist information and places to visit, asking for opening and closing times, purchasing tickets. Asking for train times and tickets. Describing the weather. Saying where we go on holiday, and talking about what we do on holiday and what kind of holiday we prefer. The course will continue to develop basic speaking skills, to teach basic rules of pronunciation and grammar, some verbs and the vocabulary and language necessary to ask and answer questions. We will also study relevant, topical texts and compare them to the authentic audiovisual versions.

How you will learn on this course

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.

How you will be assessed on this course

• Book a gîte or campsite over the phone. • Apply knowledge of relevant language and vocabulary to translate accurately information given by a hotel, gîte or camping site. • Make a spoken or written complaint about a problem in the room/hotel, gîte or camp site. • Identify and name places to visit. • Make sense of information given by the Tourist Office (revision of directions). • Ask for, identify and relate opening and closing times of places to visit (revision of time). • Ask to purchase tickets for events from the Tourist Office. • Conjugate and recite the verbs “ouvrir”, “fermer” and “aller” in the present tense. • Ask for train time departures and arrivals, as well as locations of departure and arrival. • Describe how to purchase train tickets from the ticket vendor/machine. • Describe the weather in the present tense. • Identify and relate vocabulary for holiday locations. • Describe to a partner and discuss where to go on holiday. • Express likes, dislikes and preferences about where we like to go on holiday with a partner. • Conjugate and recite the verb “préférer” in the present tense. • Identify and relate vocabulary for holiday sports and leisure activities. • Describe and discuss what we do on holiday with a partner. • Listen to relevant and topical audio passages. • Read and study the corresponding texts.

Qualification and exam information (only for courses leading to a qualification)


What you will be expected to do outside your lesson time

Some homework to consolidate classroom learning. Listening to audio files and repeating to perfect accent.

What you need for your course

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

What you need to bring to the first class

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

What you can do next

Enrol on the French Beginners Reading and Conversation or an Intermediate French course at the College.

Additional information

At the beginning of the course, you will have an induction to the College and the course. Your tutor will ask you to complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) 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 ILP.

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