French 2A – Online
For those who've had about 50-60 hours instruction, or who have spoken or studied French in the past and can cope at a basic level. Students learn how to deal with everyday situations in more detail, how to talk about future plans and past events and get to grips with the structure of the language.
Who is this course for
This course is for students who have studied French for about 1 year and who have a basic knowledge of the language, for example, an ability to speak in simple terms in the present tense about daily matters. You may join at any time if you have appropriate knowledge.
To join language courses at stage 2, it is expected that you have reached A1 level of competency in the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).
If you are not sure, please take our self-assessment. Download self-assessment questionnaire
What does this course cover
French stage 2 (A, B, C) courses aim to help you reach A2 level of competency in the Common European Framework of References for languages (CEFR).
The aim of French 2A course is to consolidate and expand existing linguistic capacity, to foster confidence and self-expression, and to familiarise students with aspects of the cultures of French-speaking peoples.
Topics covered will be for instance: describing a typical day; talking about work and spare time; the weather forecast; cooking and food; at the restaurant; writing a letter.
Relevant vocabulary and grammar will be integrated. A variety of activities will be provided so as to cater for different learning styles in a supportive atmosphere.
The programme will be flexible and relevant to students' needs.
- Understand phrases and the highest frequency vocabulary related to areas of most immediate personal relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local area, employment). Catch the main point in short, clear, simple messages and announcements.
- Read short, simple texts. Find specific, predictable information in simple everyday material such as menus and timetables and understand short simple personal letters.
- Communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities. Handle very short social exchanges, even though you may still find it hard to keep the conversation going yourself.
- Use a series of phrases and sentences to describe in simple terms your family and other people, living conditions, your educational background and your job.
- Write short, simple notes and messages relating to matters in areas of immediate needs. Write a very simple personal letter, for example thanking someone for something. - Use the present and past tense with confidence.
What will it be like
The course will be run online using Zoom for the live class sessions and either the Moodle page for the course or some other system for the distribution of the electronic resources for the session sitting alongside this. Although there will be some adjustments that need to be made for the online version of this course, we will aim to keep the experience as close as possible to that of a face to face course taught in the Centre.
Every effort will be made to involve students actively through a variety of activities, such as small compositions, gap-filling, role-play, listening comprehension, guided conversation, etc., whether in small groups or in the whole class. Audio-visual aids, authentic media and the internet will be used in order to facilitate learning and to stimulate interest. We use a 'communicative approach' to learning. That is: emphasis is on communicating effectively in French as required in real-life situations.
We assess your learning in order to recognise and record your progress and achievement (RARPA). This is done through continuous dialogue, correction of homework and active listening, tutor's feedback oral or written, feedback on your worksheets or assignments, your own views, peer or pair assessments through role play activities. A structured assessment will take place at the end of the course.
What else do you need to buy or do
The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:
You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.
You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.
Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quite and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.
By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.
A ring-binder or file to put notes in. Materials will be provided by the tutor. There is no specific textbook for this course.
Reccomended self-study books: Grammaire Progressive du français- Nouvelle édition - Niveau intermédiaire - 600 exercices + Corrigés de la nouvelle édition (CLE International)
Optional: Alter Ego 1 + CD (Hachette)
You will be given self- assessed and tutor-assessed homework on a weekly basis, to revise learning and to prepare for the next lesson. It is expected that you do regular self study to further your language learning. You should ideally spend some time every day practising the language. Independent work will be encouraged.
What this course could lead to
Stage 2B and C at the Mary Ward Centre or elsewhere.
I have a fantastic native teacher, she really inspires me. Studying French here has hugely broadened my vocabulary and my grammar. I now feel confident enough to have long detailed conversations when I am on holiday.John
This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria
Got a Question about this Course?
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Why choose Mary Ward?
Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course
Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’