Course Code SL15
Tutor Raymond Kouassi
Fridays, for 11 weeks
22/05/20 – 31/07/20
Full fee £80, Conc fee £35
Who Is This Course For
This course is for students who have studied French for about 100 hours and who have a basic knowledge of the language, for example, an ability to speak in simple terms in the present and past tenses about daily matters. You may join at any time if you have the appropriate language level.
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).
What Does The Course Cover
French stage 2 (A, B, C) courses aim to help you reach CEFR A2 level of competency.
The aim of the course is to consolidate and expand existing linguistic capacity, to foster confidence and self-expression, and to familiarise students with the 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 and interests 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
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, i.e. emphasis in 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 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 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.