What is the course about?
This course will enable you to develop and master the 4 skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and prepare you to sit the DELF B2 exam in June 2020.
Please note that the exams will be held at the French Institute, to whom the exam fees should be paid.
What will we cover?
Based on authentic material such as articles or recordings and topics such as the environment, employment, entertainment. You will also learn and practice complex grammar as well as varied functions used to express opinions, feelings and attitudes.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-analyse newspaper articles or other type of documents (informative or argumentative)
-express opinions using different registers of the language
-express personal views using the appropriate register through formal letters, critical article, contribution to a debate,
-write and master complex grammar, vocabulary etc.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
French 4. You should have studied French for about 5 or 6 years or have an equivalent level of the language.
You should have a good knowledge of grammar as well as good fluency. Interviews start from July. .
It is also essential that you have knowledge of more complex grammar terminology such as: the past tenses, the future tense, the subjunctive, the conditional, 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?
ÉDITO, 3ème édition, Didier. ISBN 2278080989 (ATTENTION : make sure that you buy EDITO and not "Nouvel Edito") Please try: Grant and Cutler - http://www.grantandcutler.com (020 7734 2012) and The European Bookshop - http://www.europeanbookshop.com (020 7734 5259)
Photocopies will also be provided by the tutor.
NOTE : The exam fees are to be paid directly to the French Institute in London and the exams take place there. Details information will be given at the beginning of the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other French 4 or 5 courses, depending on level. Please ask your tutor for advice.
If you wish to carry on with an exam course in September, we have a 4 weeks taster for DALF C1 starting in June just after this course finishes. (LBF09 Introduction to the DALF).
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