What is the course about?
This course aims to develop the four skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading. You will also widen your knowledge of French-speaking countries through a variety of communicative activities.
What will we cover?
Grammar: consolidation of conditional (suggestions), present subjunctive (obligation: "il faut que" and probability: "il est possible que") and the passive.
Topics and functions: French educational system and talking about your professional experience, expressing obligation and probability, making suggestions.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- make suggestions using the conditional
- talk about your education and professional experience
- express opinions
- express obligation using the subjunctive
- express probability using the subjunctive
- use the passive
Please note that the above outcomes are flexible as the pace of the lessons will depend on the achievements of the group of students.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
French 2 upper: module 3 - Students should have done two years of French recently and have completed French 2 upper: module 2 or have an equivalent knowledge of the language.
It is also essential that you have some knowledge of basic grammar terminology such as: a verb, a noun and conjugation. It would be helpful if you had knowledge of more intermediate grammar terminology such as:subjunctive, conditional and pronouns.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on the communicative approach:
- active students’ interaction
- emphasis on speaking and listening skills
- pair and group work
- role plays
- use of realia, pictures and authentic material
- use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate
Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework as and when required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Homework based on the book La grammaire en clair, (Nelson).
Please try: Grant and Cutler - http://www.grantandcutler.com (020 7734 2012) and The European Bookshop - http://www.europeanbookshop.com (020 7734 5259).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
French 3 lower courses in September. Exam courses are also available. Ask your tutor for advice or contact the Languages Office on 020 7492 2644.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details