Students should already be able to understand and communicate effectively on everyday, routine matters. Emphasis is on developing your vocabulary, accuracy and fluency so that you can express your opinions and follow the gist of popular media.
Who is this course for
Students entering at this level should be able to understand and communicate effectively, though not necessarily accurately, in French. It is likely that students will have studied 2 or 3 years of French recently as a minimum.
To join language courses at stage 3, it is expected that you have reached A2 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
This course aims to develop all language skills: reading and writing, listening and speaking.
Existing knowledge is used and extended and students are exposed to stimulating material and topics in order to improve linguistic capacity, widen understanding, foster confidence and self expression in French and become further familiarised with the culture of French speaking people.
You will be working towards reaching CEFR B1 level of competency.
- Understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Understand the main point of many radio or TV programmes on current affairs or topics of personal or professional interest when the delivery is relatively slow and clear.
- Understand texts that consist mainly of high frequency everyday language. Understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters.
- Deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, work, travel and current events).
- Connect phrases in a simple way in order to describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions. Briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. Narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or film and describe your reactions.
- Write simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Write personal letters describing experiences and impressions.
- Use a range of past, present and future tenses.
What will it be like
The emphasis on the course will be on developing confidence in speaking and reading and so the activities used will be communicative. There will be small group work, pair work, whole group discussion and debate, roleplay, games, presentations, video, audio and use of the internet.
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. A structured assessment will take place at the end of the course.
What else do you need to buy or do
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 2 + CD (Hachette)
You will be given homework to revise their 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, and presentations (by students) integrated into the course.
What this course could lead to
You could join one of the more advanced classes either Decouverte de la culture francophone or Exploration de la culture francophone
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?
Contact The Departmental Administrator.
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.’