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French Intermediate (L45) - Updated for 2017/18

Summary

Level:

You will have completed over 150 hours of tuition or have had a good foundation at school in the language, at least 'O'/GCSE level with grades A & B or A-level up to grade C or equivalent. You have reached the stage where you can understand a good proportion of the language when native speakers talk to you about a range of common topics. You can express yourself simply and with reasonable accuracy but you are hesitant in more demanding situations. You want to develop your fluency and extend the range of contexts in which you use the language.

Main Objectives:

The course will improve your competence in an increasing range of factual, persuasive and expressive language tasks performed in a variety of contexts.

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 A2, Laurence Alemanni, Catherine Girodet; Didier, ISBN: 9782278072682

A copy can be purchased from the University Bookshop.

Course Description

Based on a step-by-step approach, the course is divided into learning blocks each of which focuses on practical, useful and manageable language. You will develop cultural awareness of the French speaking world.

Homework tasks will be set each week to consolidate what you have learnt in class.

Syllabus

Units 6-10, Mobile A2

Topics

  • health and healthy life style;
  • reporting accidents, dealing with difficulties;
  • the world of work;
  • consumerism, trade and exchanges;
  • art and culture.

 Grammar

  • present tense (revision);
  • prepositions;
  • direct and indirect object pronouns (revision + y, en);
  • reflexive verbs (revision);
  • future tense (revision);
  • the imperative;
  • the gerond;
  • nominalisation;
  • negative structures ( ne ... rien, ne ...personne);
  • temporal words and phrases;
  • perfect and imperfect tenses (revision);
  • relative pronouns (consolidation);
  • comparatives and superlatives (consolidation);
  • the conditional;
  • the subjunctive.

Skills

  • listening, speaking, reading and writing.