What is the course about?
This course is aimed at complete beginners or students who remember very little French from their time at school. It will enable you to communicate in the language in everyday situations through the gradual introduction of new structures and vocabulary.
What will we cover?
Topics: Personal identity, family, profession, where you live. Food shopping. Going to a café or restaurant, directions.
Grammar: present tense, positive, negative and interrogative forms - nouns, adjectives, personal pronouns, possessives, prepositions, articles (definite/ indefinite), partitive, imperative.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- talk about yourself and ask people about themselves (nationality, job, family, where you live)
- buy food and ask for what you want (quantities, flavours, sizes, prices)
- order food in a café or restaurant
- talk about your favourite food
- give and understand directions
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 the course book The French Experience 1, (BBC) new edition 2003. You may want to buy the CDs with the book although this is not compulsory as the tutor will provide listening activities throughout the course. Please note that the course book is used as a support only. You will not cover all the activities in the book during the course.
Please try: Grant and Cutler - http://www.grantandcutler.com (020 7734 2012) and The European Bookshop - http://www.europeanbookshop.com (020 7734 5259).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
French 1 module 2 in April.
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