French Advanced

Ref: C3678860

This course will encourage students to improve their listening skills and to join in group discussions & role plays on a variety of topics. We will include numbers practise. Some pronunciation and grammar will be included where necessary. The main purpose is to learn to enjoy your learning while strengthening the basic skills of listening and speaking.

Course aim

This course is designed for students with intermediate/advanced knowledge of French. The purpose is for students to practise their listening skills using French magazine articles and to participle in role-plays and discussions in small groups.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit:
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: and
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • This course is for improvers
  • This French course is designed for students with an intermediate or advanced knowledge of French who would like some practice particularly in listening and speaking.

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

  • listen to and understand a range of articles from a French language magazine
  • speak on various topics with other members of a group in the course of discussion and conversation, including giving your opinions
  • translate articles from French to English, or have a basic understanding of them from listening/reading or a combination of these
  • translate an article or part of an article back into French
  • have improved my usage of French numbers

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:
  • 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
  • As a natural part of this course, students will be asked to prepare homework. Often, this will be considering your contribution to a conversation the following week. Rest assured that most conversations will take place in break-out rooms on the Zoom platform, which is a small-group environment.

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
  • A range of class activities : numbers exercises, dictation, listening, group work to include conversations and discussions, role-play, demonstrating understanding of the content of articles, translating back into French. Grammar and pronunciation as it arises in the course of the work.

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit:
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:
  • Nothing else is needed
  • Students will be given copies of the articles and homework as needed; you may find it useful to have a dictionary (book or e-version) handy. Other reference materials at your own discretion. Articles will be taken from various back copies of the Concorde publications magazine, Rendez-vous.

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
  • Students can progress to another WEA French course. This course is likely to continue into the future, and you would be welcome to continue, as the material from the magazines will be ever-changing.

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French Advanced


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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2020
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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