Advanced French

Ref: C3677069

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 as appropriate. Homework reinforcement and development exercises will be set in order to maintain continuity between lessons.

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 its people within the modern world.

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. Other students with a relevant competency may also find the course suitable to their needs.

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

  • have a) further consolidated my understanding of spoken French numbers across a varied range of situations and b) further consolidated my understanding of written weather forecasts.
  • have developed my knowledge of the history of the Port of Marseille. This will be achieved through the study of an article from the course magazine.
  • have broadened my knowledge of current French life by studying a selection articles from the " En Bref " section of the magazine. These articles cover current affaires and political issues in France.
  • have considered the views of the French public who do still read newspapers and undertaken various exercises along this theme.
  • have consolidated my knowledge of relevant grammar points and completed appropriate exercises set against them.

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
  • In order to develop speaking and listening skills student pairwork and small group work exercises will be developed through the course.

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 Claire - 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?

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Advanced French

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