French Beginners Stage 3

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 144 Conc £53 Full £260 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00 11 MAC 21/04/2020 07/07/2020 LF3025
Wednesday 18:45 - 20:45 11 MAC 22/04/2020 08/07/2020 LF3036

What will the course cover?

Building on previously learnt language, we concentrate on going shopping, travelling around, getting somewhere to stay, your daily routine, your home life and lifestyle. We recap all the grammar in stages 1&2, adding more complex elements, including a little about how to express the immediate future and past, more irregular verbs, modal verbs + infinitive, adverbs, pronouns. Reading will include signs, notices, short messages eg an e-mail. We will cover units 5 and 6 of the textbook The French Experience.

Who is the course for?

For those with a knowledge of what was covered in French Beginners Stages 1&2 (please look at the Info Sheets for details). You are welcome to try a class to see if the level is right for you - if the tutor agrees!

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

You need to understand and express greetings, introductions and personal information; cope with numbers; go shopping. You should have basic notions of grammar (s and pl, gender, adjectives (incl. my, your etc), some common verbs both regular and irregular, negatives, question forms.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

You will be able to: • name shops and buy food • explain what you’ve bought, thus start using the past perfect (passé-composé) • ask for places in a town • ask for directions • use the métro in Paris • operate more confidently when asking your way, travelling and using public transport • chat to people about yourself, your friends and family, your likes and dislikes, home life and daily routine. "

How is the course organised?

We use course books, handouts, worksheets; audio and videotapes, 'realia' (eg real menus etc). You will be encouraged to speak as much as possible in class, to work in small groups and pairs, to take an active part in your learning; and each lesson, to work on the four skills: listening (and understanding), speaking, reading and writing. English is used only where really necessary.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

Reviewing and learning (by heart, if possible) what has been done in the class. Preparing for your next class (homework will be set). For best results, try hard to spend 15 minutes everyday doing some kind of language practice: listen to a tape, watch a video, read a bit, repeat, learn sentences/words by heart. Visit the BBC website for some interesting materials and exercises: www.bbc.co.uk/languages

How will my progress be assessed?

"You will be encouraged to assess your own progress with help from your tutor, who will monitor your achievements by question and answer, some written work, quizzes, questionnaires, games and more formal achievement tests. Record of your work will be kept in your Individual Learning Plan to help record the steps taken towards achieving your goals. "

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

French Pre-Intermediate Stage 1

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

"The course book, The French Experience book 1, published by the BBC (watch out for the TV transmissions of the course on BBC 2 in the languages slot, currently on Tuesday mornings from 2am). Blank tapes, A4 paper. Ring binder, notebooks, vocabulary book (tutor will advise). "

What support is available?

Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Details are available from the guide and from teaching or reception staff.