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French Post Beginners (L43) - Updated for 2017/18

Summary

Level:

You may have studied the language at school some years ago or attended a beginners' course of approximately 50 hours. You have very limited vocabulary and some understanding of basic structures. You can just about cope with predictable situations but you lack confidence in other contexts. The course will introduce new tenses and help you to communicate in everyday social or work situations.

Main Objectives:

You will consolidate previous learning and learn to give information on personal experiences, to understand the main points of a conversation on familiar matters regularly encountered in daily life, work and leisure. The emphasis will be on engaging into unprepared conversations on topics that are familiar or of personal interest. You will develop an understanding of French society and culture.

Please read our Can-do Statements (link on the right of this page) to see the competences which you will be working towards and can achieve by the end of the year.

Teaching:

1 x 2 hour class per week plus some independent learning.

 

Course Text

Mobile A1, Alice Reboul, Anne-Marie Boulinguez, Géraldine Fouquet; Didier, ISBN: 978-2-278-07655-0

All text books can be purchased from the University Bookshop.


Course Description

Based on a step-by-step approach, the course is divided into learning blocks that focus on practical, useful and manageable language.

Activities will be devised to make sure you understand and can use the language presented during lessons. You will put new language into practice via games, role-plays, and problem-solving tasks.

We will have access to online resources available on the Language Centre website to support your learning. You will be given opportunities to check your progress. Homework tasks will be set each week to reinforce the language you learn in class.

Syllabus

Topics

  • giving information about yourself and others;
  • finding out information about people;
  • talking about your work;
  • arranging a meeting;
  • making enquiries about places, timetables, and costs;
  • booking an accommodation, train ticket or a flight;
  • expressing likes and dislikes;
  • expressing opinions;
  • talking about events in the past.

Grammar

  • nouns/genders;
  • adjectives;
  • prepositions;
  • the negative;
  • possessive adjectives;
  • use of “on”
  • present tense : regular verbs and common irregular verbs;
  • pronominal verbs in the present tense
  • immediate future;
  • open and close questions;
  • quantities;
  • direct & indirect object pronouns;
  • perfect tense of regular verbs.

Skills

  • listening, speaking, reading and writing.