French 5: faits d'actualité

Course Dates: 19/01/23 - 30/03/23
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Online
Venez approfondir vos connaissances de la France et des institutions françaises et débattre de divers sujets d'actualité. Une approche créative et animée pour développer vos connaissances linguistiques et culturelles.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00

Course Code: LF525

Available start dates 

Thu, eve, 19 Jan - 30 Mar '23

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 3871 3111

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Please note: We offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. Just visit our online Help Center for more information on a range of topics including fees, online learning and FAQs.

What is the course about?

This course aims to develop your knowledge of French society and current affairs. You will compare French issues to the ones in Europe. The course will enable you to build up your confidence to express your opinion and debate in French.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

A general study of French society and current affairs and how it compares with the rest of Europe through French newspapers, magazines, TV extracts and Internet sites.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Learning outcomes will be discussed at the beginning of the course.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Students should have studied French for more than 5 years or have an equivalent knowledge. They should have a very good knowledge of all aspects of French grammar and be sufficiently fluent to be able to participate in discussion.

It is also essential that you have knowledge of more complex grammar terminology (e.g. the subjunctive, the conditional, direct and indirect speech, pronouns).

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

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Our courses are characterised by spoken interaction and communication. Typical activities include pair work, group work, role plays and games. A range of resources will be used to support your learning including presentations, hand-outs, and audio-visual material.

Homework is highly recommended to consolidate learning.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

The material will be provided by the tutor.

Please try the European Bookshop by selecting 'City Lit' and the language you are studying at this web page or call them at 020 7734 5259. If you state on the website, by phone or in the shop that you are studying with us, you can claim a 10% discount. You might be asked for your student number.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Any French 5 course. If in doubt, please contact Languages on languages@citylit.ac.uk.

Frédéric Fournier

Frederic was born in a small village in Provence and goes back there every summer to meet his family and friends. However, aged 20, he moved to Paris and feels a bit like a "parisien". In Paris he followed courses at the Sorbonne University studiying " les humanités " ( Philosophy, psychologie and linguistic) and worked for some years as a journalist. He didn't like that job having to compromise too often with editorial and corporate lines. Frederic went on delivering courses and teaching material in refugees camps in south east Asia. There he discovered in education the human touch he missed in journalism. Back in Europe he took several teaching positions first in France then in London involving French as a foreign language and French for business with Westmister, City and Birkbeck Universities. His teaching is focused around his students' needs. For the last ten years Frederic has been delivering lectures and workshops at citylit around historical and cultural subjects such as " Versailles, Le métro de Paris, la Révolution Francaise, Napoléon, la colonisation et la décolonisation, Ch. De Gaulle ( The stateman, not the airport ) and others.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.