What is the course about?
To strengthen the basis of students' knowledge of French and to introduce new structures and vocabulary. To build up confidence in all four skills with emphasis on speaking/listening.
What will we cover?
Topics: Personal identity, family, profession. Describe where you live. Describe your routine and leisure activities. Order drinks and snack. Ask for direction.
: organise a trip to France (hotel and transport), buy food (quantity, price…) and order food in a restaurant. Make arrangements to meet someone. Likes and dislikes,
Grammar: present tense (ER / IR regular verbs and irregular verbs + reflexive verbs and modal verbs), positive, negative and interrogative forms, nouns, adjectives, demonstratives, possessives, prepositions, articles: definite/indefinite/partitive. Basic EN and Y pronouns.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- talk about yourself and ask others about themselves (name, nationality, job, family, where you live)
- describe your routine and leisure activities
- ask and understand directions
- order drinks and food in a cafe or in restaurant
- book an hotel room
- ask information about facilities in an hotel
- ask for a train ticket (or other transports)
- buy food and ask for the price
- make arrangement to meet someone
- use être and avoir confidently
- use some forms of ER verbs accurately
- use some irregular verbs and modal verbs confidently in the present tense
- use reflexive verbs confidently in the present tense in the JE/VOUS form
- use Y (with the verb Aller) and EN (when talking about food) confidently
Please note that the above outcomes are flexible as the pace of the lessons will depend on the achievements of the group of students.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
For students who may have some knowledge of the language but who wish to start again from the beginning.
For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self assessment chart at the start of the languages section of our course guide or at http://www.citylit.ac.uk/self-assess-your-level
You will also need to be able to respond to simple instructions and explanations, as well as read course documents, in English. You will need to be at ease with the use of numbers for daily activities (e.g. using money, telling the time, using the 24 hour clock, reading timetables). It would also be helpful if you had some knowledge of basic grammar terminology such as: a verb, a noun and conjugation.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on the communicative approach:
- active students’ interaction
- emphasis on speaking and listening skills
- pair and group work
- role plays
- use of realia, pictures and authentic material
- use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate
Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework as and when required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Based on City Lit course material (handbook and online material). All the details will be given during the first lesson.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Contact Languages for advice on 020 7492 2644.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details