What is the course about?
This course aims to encourage you to speak French more freely. It will develop your listening skills, reinforce your confidence and increase your knowledge of French through a variety of contexts ranging from personal to social.
What will we cover?
Grammar: reported speech, passive and more pronouns.
Themes : a variety of topics related to France and French speaking countries will be selected depending on current issues and/or tutor's appropriate material.
You will receive a detailed syllabus of the course at the beginning of the term.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- report a conversation
- know how to use pronouns in the right order
- use the passive form effectively both orally and in writing
- express opinions on social and cultural issues
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?
Students should have studied French for at least 3 to 4 years or completed a French 3 lower: module 2 course.
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 will be based on: Grammaire progressive du français, niveau intermédiaire - new edition (CLE International). Please note that the book is used as a support only. You will not cover all the activities in the book during the course.
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 upper courses in September depending on level. Exam courses available. Ask your tutor for details or contact Languages on 020 7492 26 44.
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