his course will prepare students to visit France or French-speaking countries, find their way around, book accommodation and buy train tickets, order food and drink, and talk abut themselves, their families and their interests. It is designed for anyone who is either a complete beginner, returning or has recently returned to the language. Teaching methods will include plenty of listening practice and speaking via conversation, dialogue and roleplay, and grammar will be introduced as necessary. Regular practice using numbers and the alphabet will also be included. The course will be tailored to meet the students' needs, and support will be given to those with less confidence from the start. The tutor will be happy to answer any questions if necessary prior to booking.

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Course aim

Students will learn useful language for visiting France or French-speaking countries: getting around, booking a hotel, shopping, ordering food and drink, talking about yourself, your family, daily routines and interests.

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:

  • Ask and answer questions about finding my way around
  • Book accommodation and buy train tickets
  • Shop for food and other items
  • Talk about daily routines, interests and preferences and plan activities
  • Order food and drink in a bar, café or restaurant

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
  • I am happy to mark homework or other work from time to time, within reason, if desired.

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?

  • We will be using BBC Active Talk French books 1 and 2. Handouts will be provided if necessary to start with. In addition other handouts will be provided as needed.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • If there is sufficient interest, the course is expected to run for 3 full terms.

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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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