A non-accredited course for those who can talk in simple terms about their interests and past, present and future events; and can take part in exchanges related to common social and everyday interactions.
What can students expect?
By the end of the course, you will have sufficient vocabulary to deal with most practical situations and will be able to distinguish past, present and future events with more accuracy, using standard, predictable everyday language clearly and mainly accurately to maintain and develop an exchange. You will be able to express yourself using correct grammar most of the time, when talking about routine current events, what you did or have done, for how long, what you are going to or will do.
Late starters allowed?
Yes, subject to tutor's agreement. Please contact the Curriculum Development Manager for Languages, if you wish to join a course that is already running.
Literacy, Language and Numeracy skills required
Language and literacy skills at least equivalent to those taught in the target language. Existing basic vocabulary and grammar may be reinforced as part of language learning in target language. Basic numeracy skills at least equivalent to those taught in the target language.
Successful completion of a BAEC French Improvers course or have equivalent study (approximately 180 hours) please also see 'previous experience required' below.
This is a non-accredited course. You will be assessed informally by your tutor during classroom activities. There will be regular opportunities to review your progress.
You will complete Initial Assessment activities in the Target Language during the first session of the course, following which you will have an opportunity to discuss areas of strength and weaknesses with your tutor and agree personal targets for development.
Language of Instruction
French with minimal input of English
Language of Assessment
Previous experience required?
Yes, you should have language equivalent to Improvers course description, that is sufficient vocabulary to participate in everyday exchanges using the most common ways of expressing past, present and future. You should be able to talk about your interests, give simple opinions and describe events and places with reasonable detail and accuracy. NB - this course is not suitable for beginners
What is the progression route?
French Higher Intermediate, the tutor will advise.
Are there any extra costs?
There may be a small additional charge for materials.This will be discussed with the tutor at the first session and will not exceed £5.00. You may also be required to purchase a class book and/or a dictionary.
Are there any set books?
Textbooks form part of the learning activities and homework activities, supported by supplementary materials including those available via the College's Intranet. Tutor will confirm the textbook for the course at the first session. We do not advise you to make any purchase prior to the course, but all students will be required to acquire the book recommended by the tutor by the fourth week.
Work set between sessions?
Yes, you will need to make time for homework to get the best out of this class (equivalent to roughly one to two hours per week). Home study forms an integral part of learning activities and progress will be significantly slowed down if you cannot commit to regular course work. Regular attendance is also necessary for continuing improvement of skills.
Pen and paper, a willingness to speak French.
Practical, communicative activities, with the emphasis on developing all language skills including questions and answer, pair and small group practice, whole class work, with recordings and visuals, notices and short passages.