What is the course about?
This course aims to further improve your intermediate French, at a gentle pace. You will build up your confidence by learning the language gradually with the emphasis on speaking and listening. You will increase your fluency and the course will give you a greater insight into French life and culture.
What will we cover?
These may vary according to the needs and interests of the group, but will generally include:
topics: talking about your projects, giving advice, discussing current affairs;
grammar: consolidation of future and conditional tenses, if clauses.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- have more confidence in your ability to understand and be understood in French
- understand the main theme, and some detailed information in written and aural texts
- discuss and give your opinion on current affairs
- ask and answer questions about your projects
- explain a problem and give advice
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?
The course is suitable for those who have completed French 3 upper at a gentle pace: module 1, or anyone with a similar level of knowledge who wishes to extend their knowledge at a gentle pace.
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 essentially based on the communicative approach, without seeking to devalue the traditional methods that some students may be more familiar with. Great importance is attached to the creation of a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where everyone feels able to contribute. This means:
- 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?
The course is based on the tutor's own materials. You will be told in class if there are any helpful supplementary materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
French 3 upper: module 1 or French 4 at a gentle pace: module 1.
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