Conversational French

Ref: C3671485

The course will introduce students to a range of practical topics including: greetings; introducing yourself; talking about yourself and others; shopping; ordering food and drink; booking a holiday. The emphasis will be on speaking, although there will be some reading and writing activities. Each session will explore an aspect of French culture and society. As a practical speaking course, you will expect lots of interaction with fellow students.

Course aim

The course aims to teach practical conversation skills to enable students to use French confidently and accurately, whether getting by on holiday or holding their own in a conversation.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of questions in French.
  • respond to questions on a range of topics.
  • Take part in conversations on a range of topics.
  • Describe characteristics of French culture and society.

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 encouraged to engage in conversation with the tutor and your fellow students. Practical activities will help you to learn vocabulary and sustain a conversation.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of activities will be used, such as quizzes, to help inform the tutor. Feedback will be informal throughout the course and you will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor and ask for further help when needed.

What else do I need to know?

  • Students will need a notebook to make notes and a sleeve to hold their handouts. All materials will be provided but students may find it useful to have a small French phrase book or dictionary.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre-course work is required. Students may find it useful to look at free online resources, e.g.

What can I do next?

  • Students could progress to a further conversational French course.

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Conversational French


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • 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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