What is the course about?
To take students to A-level standard .
To strengthen the student's knowledge, to introduce new structures and vocabulary.
To enable students to understand and respond appropriately to what they hear and read.
To give students the means to communicate in a variety of ways and for a range of purposes.
To develop the students' ability to organise their thoughts effectively in both speech and writing so that they can present an argument or express a point of view in a coherent, persuasive manner.
To help students build up confidence in all four skills with emphasis on speaking and listening.
Each module of this course will cover different topics and will contain a range of different tasks which will help you consolidate your knowledge of French (structures, vocabulary, and grammar points) and take your language to a more advanced level. Module 1 and module 2 can be taken independently but it is recommended to take the two modules.
What will we cover?
The course is designed to help student develop their knowledge and understanding of some issues presented in a French-speaking context such as the role and influence of the media, use and misuse of the environment, and focuses upon the major contemporary issues in France and the French-speaking world.
The course offers revision and consolidation of major areas of grammar (tenses, relative pronouns,agreement of adjectives, negation, subject and object pronouns, prepositions, demonstratives, comparison, probability, purpose); presents and practices some important language functions (asking for agreement, stating a problem,etc); creates opportunities for students to collect, practise and use key items of vocabulary relating to each topic studied; concentrates, at the discourse level, on means which permit effective use of French in narration, argument, discussion or debate.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
understand some important contemporary issues as seen through French eyes
make effective use of authentic printed and recorded material
have a surer command of language-processing skills which have an important play in everyday life
use French language to find out information and express opinions, to discuss, argue, and debate
communicate their feelings, insights and reflections in written French
produce essays, articles, and reports.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students should have a good intermediate level of French (studied at least to AS or A2 level in the past) and have a good grasp of grammatical structures and vocabulary. Level assesment before enrolling highly recommended. Please contact languages for advice time.
It is also essential that you have knowledge of more complex grammar terminology such as: the subjunctive, the conditional, direct and indirect speech, pronouns.
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 tutor's own material
Grammar book : Help Yourself to Advanced French Grammar (Longman, last edition)
A bilingual dictionary. 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 rusty A-level module 2.
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