French Intermediate Stage 3

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 152 Conc £56 Full £286 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Thursday 18:45 - 20:45 11 MAC 23/04/2020 09/07/2020 LF3075

What will the course cover?

The development of oral, listening, reading and writing skills through the use of audio-visual and authentic material. A complete review of grammatical structures taught in first and second year French plus further use of tenses, including perfect, imperfect, pluperfect, future, conditional and the subjunctive mood; more on pronouns and comparative. In general, the aim is building your confidence in communicating in a variety of situations with a range of native speakers. Topics will include holiday plans and the weather; reminiscing about the past; staying in a hotel etc. Some of the grammar areas covered are: the future tense; the perfect and the imperfect tenses contrasted;making comparisons and a little subjunctive as well! " We will cover units 16 and 17 of the textbook, The French Experience

Who is the course for?

Students who have done two years or the equivalent of French and who want to improve their knowledge and skills to be able to converse freely over a range of topics, when travelling in a French-speaking country, for work or with French-speaking friends, and who also wish to improve their reading and writing skills.

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

Please see Choosing Your Course section in the Guide, or ask for Course Information Sheets for French Intermediate Stages 1 and 2 for full details of grammar and topics you should know. Students should be able to sustain a simple conversation. If there are places on the course, you're welcome to sit in and try it before joining. We want you to feel comfortable, and find the right level for you!

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

You will be able to : - Talk about holidays in the past and future holiday plans,coping with a car breakdown and accidents, talk about working conditions.

How is the course organised?

The methods used are communicative and interactive, practising all four skills. Activities include listening comprehension with related written work, reading and listening to authentic texts, grammar exercises to achieve correctness of usage, language games, role plays. We use course books, handouts, worksheets; cds and dvds. 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. The use of English is kept to an absolute minimum.

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, we recommend that you work every day for at least 15 minutes per day if possible, even in a very informal way (eg watching French TV or dvds, listening to French cds or French radio, reading French magazines or newspapers. You can’t avoid learning some things by heart, so repeat and repeat till you do! Bon courage!

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 some more formal achievement tests. You will need to keep a detailed portfolio of your coursework so that both you and your tutor can monitor and record your progress. Also the class Course File will hold a record of your progress, which you must help to keep up to date.

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

French Intermediate Stage 3

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

Course book - The French Experience 1 (BBC) about £15 for the book, plus extra for CDs or cassette tapes Ring binder & A4 paper, notebooks and vocabulary book (tutor will advise). A bilingual dictionary (eg Collins Robert). Visit the BBC website for more languages materials:

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.