French Refresher Course – Rusty GCSE

This course is designed for those who have studied French at school to GCSE or 'O' Level standard.
It prepares students to join a stage 2 course in September.

Who is this course for

This course is designed for those who have studied French at school to GCSE or 'O' Level standard, or who have 'rusty' French they want to refresh.
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What does this course cover

The following topic areas are likely to be covered during the course:
Personal information (name, address, age, etc...); Family; Hobbies; Daily routine; The city; Work; Travelling; Home; Holiday; Food
- Recognise familiar words and very basic phrases concerning yourself, your family and immediate concrete surroundings when people speak slowly and clearly.
- Understand familiar names, words and very simple sentences, for example on notices and posters or in catalogues.
- Interact in a simple way provided the other person is prepared to repeat or rephrase things at a slower rate of speech and help you formulate what you are trying to say.
- Ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics.
- Use simple phrases and sentences to describe where you live and people you know.
- Write a short, simple postcard, for example sending holiday greetings. Fill in forms with personal details, for example entering name, nationality and address on a hotel registration form. (CEFR A1)

What will it be like

The course will be delivered using communicative methods. Great importance is attached to the creation of a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where everyone feels able to contribute. Students are indeed expected to take an active part in all classrooms activities. The lessons will be composed of group, individual and pair work, games, role-plays A great use of various resources will be made during the lessons (internet, audio documents). Extra-activities will be provided through the use of the virtual learning environment (VLE) Moodle.
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. At the end of the course, you will be able to discuss your progress with the tutor. You will also be asked to fill in an end of course questionnaire, in which you will be able to assess the quality of the course you will have then received.

What else do you need to buy or do

All learning material will be provided by the tutor. A grammar book will be advised.
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.
Extra-practice will be provided thanks to the VLE Moodle for this course.

What this course could lead to

You will be able to join the stage 2 French course in September. In some rare cases, students who speak other European languages, and/or make considerable progress on the course, may be able to join French stage 3 in September. The tutor will advise.
This course aims to help you reach A1 (and beyond) level of competency in the Common European Framework of References for languages (CEFR).

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