French Level 5

Ref: C3671543

The course will study a range of articles from the course magazine and other relevant sources such as newspapers and magazines which reflect the French language, together with its people, culture and current affaires. The use of the language will be encouraged throughout during the varied range of speaking and listening exercises undertaken by the students. Grammar content will be introduced to support these activities as appropriate. The course standard is up to AS/ A level equivalent.

Course aim

To develop the learners' ability to a higher level with particular emphasis on speaking and understanding the language which will be achieved by employing a varied range of communicative activities and exercises.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • The course is progressive in its content. It is suitable for existing students and for any student who has reached an approximate AS/A level standard of study. Students who are uncertain of their level are welcome to talk with a member of staff.

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

  • have my broadened my general knowledge of French culture and current affairs through studying the " En Bref " articles in the course magazine and other relevant sources.
  • have undertaken a tourist study of a region, place, person or event in France.
  • have been able to continue my study of the French numbering system and French weather forecasts.
  • have been given the opportunity to present a short topic of my choice to the entire class or a small group within the class.
  • have undertaken a detailed study of a grammar point to be decided.

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

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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • 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?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • The essential course materials are: 1 - The course magazine " La Vie Outre - Manche " 2 - The course grammar book " La Grammaire en Clair "

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Self study of the course magazine is always encouraged and in particular the articles which it has not been possible to cover in class. Wider reading of French newspapers and magazines is again encouraged..

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Continued development of the students' knowledge of all things French. Also the sheer joy of being able to communicate in a foreign language with many peoples in many French speaking countries across the world.

Download full course outline

French Level 5 Course Outline


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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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