French Intermediate

Ref: C3672272

learners will have a good working knowledge of the language and will develop this further through themed topic based units. the emphasis will be on speaking and listening together with confidence in using the language. Grammar will be introduced as appropriate.

Course aim

To develop a good and broad knowledge of the language with the emphasis on speaking and listening skills through studying themed topics.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • The course is intended for students with a good tourist understanding of the language and for students who have completed Levels 1 and 2 of this progressive course.

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

  • have a better understanding of spoken French numbers and weather forecasts.
  • know something about the French national press and its political tendencies in France.
  • know why regional newspapers are still popular in France.
  • Describe which newspapers I read and why together with a look at the gutter press in my country.
  • have revised my understanding of French tenses and their usage.

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and receive feedback in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

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 published by Palgrave Macmillan. 2 - La Grammaire en Clair published by Nelson. Other useful reference books will include a small dictionary and a grammar explanation text.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Continued revision of previous work is always useful to reinforce the memory and provide a solid base for future work.

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
  • Students will have the ability to converse in a foreign language to people of many different countries and cultures and learn about their way of life. This can be a joyous experience and hopefully will lead to a better understanding between nations.

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French Intermediate


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