Intermediate French

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The course will provide a broad understanding of French life based around the themed topic areas from the course book and other relevant sources. Emphasis is placed on developing speaking and listening skills and also building confidence within these areas. Grammar and its structures are also introduced here appropriate and necessary.

Course aim

To develop a good and broad based knowledge of the French language and culture to GCE/GCSE level using the themed topics from the course book.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • No certificated requirements are requested for admission to this course. It is primarily aimed at existing students who have already completed previous levels of the course and wish to continue their progression to a higher level. However, other suitably qualified students may apply.

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

  • have a) consolidated my understanding of spoke French numbers across a varied range of situations and b) consolidated my understanding of written French weather forecasts.
  • have understood the process of applying for and undertaking a job interview in an employment agency in France.
  • have developed a knowledge of phrases and vocabulary relating to daily routines and considered a particular job case profile.
  • have considered a second job case profile from the perspective of looking back at what used to be and using the past tenses to illustrate the work involved.
  • continued my study and understanding of not only grammar structures relevant to the course content but also to a wider context.

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
  • To develop speaking and listening skills student pairwork and small groupwork conversational exercises will be encouraged.

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 book: Breakthrough French 3 published by Palgrave MacMillan. Essential course grammar book: La Grammaire En Clair - see tutor re availability.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Existing students will have already completed all the necessary reading and subject related exercises. New students will be expected to have a GCE/GCSE level working knowledge of the language.

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • It is anticipated that a 5 week summer course will follow the completion of this current course. This will, as previous summer courses, follow a grammar based syllabus. It is also hoped to offer a further stage of this course in September 2020.

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Intermediate French

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Due to face to face teaching being suspended unfortunately this course is not currently available for enrolment.

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