French beginners: an introduction
Time: 11:00 - 13:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: LF1023
Duration: 6 sessions (over 3 weeks)
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What is the course about?
This course will enable you to feel confident starting to use French and will take you on a journey to discover the French speaking world. The course will introduce new structures and vocabulary gradually. You will build up your confidence in all four skills, with an emphasis on speaking and listening.
What will we cover?
-topics: personal information; introductions; food and drinks.
-language points: subject pronouns; definite and indefinite articles; present tense of verbs être and avoir; present tense of regular ER verbs; question words; masculine and feminine adjectives; negative sentence; numbers up to 100; jobs; nationalities; useful phrases and language for the classroom; French sounds.
-culture: famous French people; French people abroad.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- to talk about yourself
- to understand what others say about themselves
- to ask others about them
- to order food and drinks in a café
- to recognise common French sounds
Please note that the learning outcomes may vary depending on the general progress made by the students.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge of French 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).
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?
Textbook and exercise book: Based on units 1-2 of Entre Nous 1, publisher emdl, ISBN number 978-84-8443-918-9. We suggest that you do not purchase the course book until after the first session.
Please note that you might not cover all the activities in the book during the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
French 1: module 2 starting next term. Please enrol as soon as possible as places cannot be guaranteed. Ask your tutor for advice if you are unsure of what to do next.
Pierre studied towards a "Licence de Langue, Littérature et Civilisations anglo-saxonne" at Grenoble University in the early 1980s. He moved to Paris in 1986 where he worked in the field of Corporate and Financial Communication, first as an editor-in-chief for a specialised publishing company, and later as an executive in charge of Corporate and Financial Communication for a large national financial institution. In the early 1990s, he gave it all up and moved to the UK (an ambition since I was a teenager) and started teaching French in a private language school, then as a secondary school classroom teacher. He then went on to study and in 2010, he gained the Dip Trans IoLET (the Chartered Institute of Linguists Diploma in Translation). In 2013, he decided to resume his teaching career, albeit choosing to do so in the Life Long Learning sector. Pierre believes that learning and teaching a foreign language is (but not limited to) about having fun, expanding personal communication skills, seeing and understanding things from a different cultural perspective.
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.