French Lower Advanced

Ref: C3675517

We study the magazine Rendez-vous - the tutor will tell you which issue we are studying this term. We cover areas such as current affairs, tourist areas, items of historical or cultural interest. In addition we do various exercises based on the magazine articles, including guided and free conversations. Usually, one or more grammar points are chosen to study/revise each term, along with continuing numbers practice.

Course aim

To develop the students' language skills to a higher level, with particular emphasis on listening and speaking, by employing a varied range of communication activities and exercises across a selection of themed articles.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • Post GCSE (or reasonably current GCSE) knowledge or recent use of spoken French at an equivalent level.

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

  • Have gained understanding of areas of French culture and current affairs through the study of 'Quoi de neuf en France' articles in the course magazine;
  • Increased knowledge of a particular cultural question as featured in the magazine;
  • Increased knowledge of a particular tourist area as featured in the course magazine;
  • Have gained a greater understanding of a particular area or areas of grammar;
  • Increased skills using and recognising numbers in various contexts.

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

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

What else do I need to know?

  • We subscribe to a magazine, Rendez-vous (Concorde publications). The tutor will tell you which issue is being studied this term.

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
  • This is a long-running course at Lower Advanced level, and students joining will have the opportunity to stay with the group if they so wish. The content is ever-changing, and the exercises will help you progress.

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French Lower Advanced


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