French Lower Intermediate Stage 1

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
Monday 18:30 - 20:30 11 MAC 16/09/2019 02/12/2019 LF1050
Wednesday 10:00 - 12:00 11 MAC 18/09/2019 04/12/2019 LF1051

What will the course cover?

"Review of all structures covered in first year syllabus, plus more on adjectives, pronouns (J’y vais), expressions of time, more prepositions, more irregular present tenses and perfect with être et avoir. Topics will include travelling around, asking the way, understanding and responding to fairly simple instructions / directions. We will cover units 6 and 7 of the textbook The French Experience.

Who is the course for?

Students who want to improve their basic French in order to converse 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 beginners for full details of grammar and topics you should know. If there are places on the course, you are 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 : • Understand and give directions (in the street, metro & when driving) • Use the perfect tense with être • Buy a train ticket • Ask for train times and platform numbers • Say how you travel to work and how long it takes • Say what you must and musn’t do • Say what you can and can’t do • Say what you want and don’t want to do Learn the language you need for travel, holidays, sport, spending your free time.

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. 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, 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. "

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. 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 Lower-intermediate Stage 2

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

The French Experience book 1 (BBC). Ringbinder, A4 paper; notebooks; vocabulary book. A bilingual dictionary (eg Collins Robert).

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. "