French Advanced

Ref: C3672271

The course will study a range of articles from the course magazine 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 to a higher level with the emphasis on exercises to promote speaking and listening skills. Grammar study will be also be introduced as appropriate.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is intended for existing students or for new students who have reached an approximate AS/A level standard of French study.

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

  • have broadened my general knowledge of French culture and current affaires 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 undertaken a brief study of a particular cultural, political or historical event taken from the course magazine or relevant material.
  • have undertaken a detailed study of a particular grammar point to be decided.
  • have been given the opportunity to present a topic of my choice to the class or a small group.

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 encouraged to work together in class and share ideas and views to embrace the above. This will be done in a friendly and supportive classroom environment.

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?

  • 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 books are: 1 - La Vie Outre Manche magazine ( details from the tutor ) 2 - La Grammaire en Clair grammar book published by Nelson.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • At this level of study it is assumed that students will have a good grounding in grammar structures ( AS/A level standard ) and will have already read across a wide range of themed topic areas.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • 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
  • Continued development of the students' knowledge of all things French. Also perhaps, and very importantly, to begin to understand and respect other ideas, peoples and races different from their own but connected by a common language.

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French Advanced


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