French beginners

Ref: C3678861

Following the brief introductory short course from last term, this short course concentrates in more depth on meeting and greeting, introductions, jobs and nationalities. It will include vocabulary for family members and jobs and professions, as well as clarifying grammar, such as the use of the 'tu' and 'vous' forms. We also hope to expand the conversational areas to include some basic descriptions of people, as well as an introduction to how you can talk about your hobbies and interests. We will also practise numbers.

Course aim

The course is for beginners/returners to French, and follows the short taster courses from last term, taking themes in more depth: this time meeting and greeting, introductions, jobs, nationality, and moving on to descriptions, hobbies and interests.

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:
  • 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 beginners
  • This course is designed for beginners or those returning to the language and wishing to start at a basic level.

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

  • greet people and introduce your family and friends, using appropriate language
  • talk about your nationality, your job or profession
  • descdribe a person using basic vocabulary and give their age
  • using basic language, talk about your hobbies and interests
  • listen to and recognise the numbers 1-99

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
  • A small amount of homework will be encouraged, in order to reinforce the work done in class and create some continuity between sessions.

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

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
  • Materials will be provided via Canvas, although you may wish to obtain the course books - BBC Talk French 1 - which can be bought with or without the CDs, also available in sets. Also Usborne's French for Beginners. If in doubt, discuss with 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
  • 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
  • Progress to another WEA French course. More short, themed courses may follow, or otherwise you will be directed to other courses the WEA may make available in the future.

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French beginners


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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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