This beginners course is designed for learners who have not studied a language before. It could also be used as a revision course for people who have done a little French, possibly some time ago. The French language covered would allow the learner to cope with the type of situations encountered while on holiday in a French speaking country. The main language skills practised are listening, speaking and reading.
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The aim of the course is to gain a basic understanding of French and to become familiar with the terms used in studying languages. Learners should be able to ask simple questions and understand the reply. During the lessons we work as a class or in pairs. A textbook is used and it is advisable for learners to purchase a copy. It would also be beneficial to have the accompanying CD’s. Video clips available on language learning websites are also used.
- Weeks 1 & 2
- Greetings, introducing yourself, asking other people questions about themselves, understanding simple signs, simple rules of pronunciation, alphabet, numbers 1 - 10.
- Weeks 3 & 4 - Giving your nationality, saying where you are from, saying what you do for a living and numbers 11 – 20.
- Weeks 5 & 6 - Members of the family, introducing family and friends, saying how old someone is and numbers 21 - 69.
- Weeks 7 & 8 - Ordering something in a café; offering, accepting or refusing a drink, asking the price of things and numbers 70 - 100.
- Weeks 9 & 10 - Asking where something is and how far it is, saying where you live and work.
- Weeks 11 & 12 - Asking about a specific place, understanding and giving basic directions, asking for help to understand and ordinal numbers (first, second, third).
- Weeks 13 & 14 - Saying what type of room you want at a hotel, saying how long you want it for, booking a room and paying for it, making a complaint, months, dates and numbers 100+.
- Weeks 15 & 16 - Understanding opening hours, asking when a place is open, enquiring about timetables, checking travel details and telling the time (12 hour and 24 hour clock).
- Weeks 17 & 18 - Buying food and drink; asking for more(or less); how to say some – du, de la, des
- Weeks 19 & 20 - Reading a menu, ordering a meal, saying what you like and do not like.
Average number of hours per week
*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.
Teaching & assessment
There will be some study of grammar, particularly verb tenses although the emphasis will be on listening, speaking and reading skills.There is no official assessment for this course.
Maths and English
Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university. If you have not achieved a new grade 9-4 or do not hold an A* to C in GCSE maths or English, your study programme at college will include teaching that will support you to progress your skills in these subjects. If you achieved a grade 3 or hold a D in either maths or English, you will re-sit your GCSE qualification with us. If your grade was lower than a 3, or your qualification is below a D, you will study Functional Skills to enhance your maths and English skills. Even if you have already achieved a grade 4 or above, or hold a A* to C, we will continue to develop your skills and help you progress further.
No funding available.
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Cost of a textbook approx £9.00
Ideally learners would have completed the Entry Level course or would have some previous experience of the French Language.