French Advanced

Ref: C3676287

To develop the learners' ability to achieve a higher standard and broader width of the language. To attain this a varied range of communicative activities and exercises will be employed within the classroom across a selection of articles from the course magazine portraying current French life. Emphasis will be placed upon developing speaking and listening skills around these articles. Supporting grammar exercises will be introduced where necessary and appropriate. Homework reinforcement and development exercises will be set each week in order to maintain continuity between classes.

Course aim

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.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • The course is intended for existing students and students who have reached an approximate AS/A level standard of French.

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

  • have broadened my knowledge of current French life by studying a selection of articles from the " En Bref " section of the magazine. These articles cover current affaires and political issues.
  • have discovered the French reaction to the question " Do you still read a newspaper " in view of the falling sales of newspapers across the country. This will be achieved by studying a selection of interviews with a number of French passersby.
  • have developed my knowledge of the Port of Marseille. This will be achieved through the study of a short article from the culture section of the magazine.
  • have discovered and explored the new Guggenheim wine museum situated in Bordeaux. This will be achieved through the study of an article from the tourism section of the course magazine.
  • have been given the opportunity to present a topic of my choice to the entire class or to a small group within the class.

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
  • 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.)
  • Essential course magazine: La Vie Outre - Manche - October/November 2016 issue. Availability details from the tutor. Essential course grammar book: LA Grammaire en clair. Availability details from the tutor.

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
  • 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

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French Advanced

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