What is the course about?
This course aims to enable you to communicate in French in everyday situations. It will strengthen your knowledge and introduce new structures and vocabulary gradually. You will build up your confidence in all four skills with the emphasis on speaking and listening.
What will we cover?
Topics: Personal identity, family, profession. Describe your basic routine and leisure activities. Order drinks and snack. Ask for direction. Describe where you live.
Grammar: present tense, positive, negative and interrogative forms, nouns, adjectives, demonstratives, possessives, articles.
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)
- tell the time
- describe broadly your routine and leisure activities
- Ask and understand directions
- describe where you live
- Order drinks and snacks
- Use être and avoir confidently
- Use some forms of ER verbs accuretly
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?
Beginners' course: no knowledge of the French language is required.
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 + online material), all details will be given during the first lesson.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
French beginners: module 2. Please enrol as soon as possible as places cannot be guaranteed.
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