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French Reading and Conversation: Improvers

Thursday 25 April 2019
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

Acquire a basic understanding and ability in French. Learn vocabulary necessary to take part in everyday conversations, to listen to French and extract essential information at a basic level. Read and speak about a variety of situations encountered while in a French-speaking country or receiving visitors. This includes expressing an opinion and giving a summary of what you have read. CL

Entry requirements

It will be beneficial if you have attended one of the French Beginners & Revival or French Beginners Improvers, but not essential. You will need to be able to ask and understand basic questions in French and have some knowledge of basic grammar (awareness of masculine and feminine and agreement of adjectives) and tenses (present, past, future and conditional) and sentence structure. It will be helpful if you are able to express opinions and justify them in French.

What you will learn

Topics explored in a number of stories include: day-to-day activities, holidays, outings, shopping and fashion, celebrations and relationships. The course will continue to develop basic speaking skills, to reinforce basic rules of pronunciation and grammar, tenses and verbs and the vocabulary and language necessary to ask and answer questions and discuss issues covered in the written material used. In addition, you will be able to improve your translation skills from French to English and vice-versa. You will be able to develop your writing skills as you will be asked to summarise the stories read.

How you will learn on this course

Vocabulary input and translation, reading and understanding activities, translation exercises, questions and answers, teacher-student dialogues and student-peer conversations and classroom discussions, writing practice (summary), grammar explanation and practical exercises.

How you will be assessed on this course

1. Read and understand a variety of short written texts and stories. 2. Improve your understanding of a wide range of contextual vocabulary. 3. Read out aloud and improve your accent by imitating an authentic French accent. 4. Answer and ask questions on a variety of everyday topics at a basic level. 5. Express opinions and discuss issues covered in the texts studied in class, in pairs, small groups or whole class sessions. 6. Reinforce your knowledge of basic grammar. 7. Reinforce your knowledge of the present, past and future tenses. 8. Improve your ability to conjugate appropriately a variety of irregular verbs. 9. Develop the ability to summarise texts succinctly.

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. Reading and familiarising oneself with studied texts at home in preparation for the next lesson.

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 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