French Intermediate

Ref: C3672784

The course will study a range of articles from the course book and other relevant sources in order to develop an understanding of the French language , culture and people whilst encouraging the use of the language through communicative activities.

Course aim

To develop the learners' ability with the emphasis on speaking and listening skills using themed articles from the course book.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • The course is intended for students who have been attending previous levels of this progressive course or who have a good understanding of French to about GCSE higher level standard.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • have a better understanding and recognition of spoken French numbers.
  • read and understand more fluently French weather forecasts together with a wider knowledge of weather terminology.
  • have a deeper understanding of the French national press and its political leanings .
  • have a deeper understanding of the French regional press and their contents.
  • describe which newspapers I read and why and using the appropriate grammar structures within these descriptions.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • Students will be asked to work in pairs and groups to develop their speaking and understanding skills and from this share their views with other class members.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Essential course books are: 1 - Breakthrough French 3 2 - La Grammaire en Clair

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Continued revision of work already covered in previous lessons is highly recommended in order to maintain continuity towards new work.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Students will be able to continue to the next level of this progressive course in September 2018.

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French Intermediate


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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