French Year 1 (Beginners)

City University London
In Islington (England)

Price on request

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  • Short course
  • Islington (England)
  • When:
    Flexible
Description

Learn how to speak, understand, read and write French in a top rated University in Central London. This short course is an introduction to the French language and way of life for the purpose of practical communication. You will develop essential speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as a solid understanding of the structure of the language. Whether you are learning French for travelling, working abroad or with foreign companies, the French Beginners part-time course will enable you to communicate confidently on a basic level in everyday situations, socialise and not feel out of place in the country you are visiting. This French Beginners evening course runs over three terms which progressively build on one another. Lessons take place once a week for two hours. Each term has 10 weeks. You have the choice to enrol for the course on Tuesday or the one running on Wednesday. All of our French language courses are taught by highly experienced language lecturers who are also native speakers.LEVEL: Term 1 of the French Year 1 course is aimed at complete Beginners - for students with no prior knowledge of the language. Term 2 and Term 3 of this course are aimed at students with some basic knowledge of the language. If you would like to join the French Year 1 course in January or April, please make sure you have the correct level by using our online guidelines . If you are a complete Beginner and you have missed the October enrolment, you can join the French Accelerated course in January. You will cover the course materials of Terms 1 and 2 within one term. You will then be able to join French Year 1 in Term 3. If you have missed the January enrolment, you can join the French Beginners Summer Intensive (Year 1) in April. You will cover the course materials of Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3 within one term.Why Choose a City Short Course?Delivered by native speakers, our French Beginners short course is taught over ten weekly evening...

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Where and when

Starts Location
Flexible
Islington
Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB , London, England
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What you'll learn on the course

Basic
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Materials

Course programme

What will I learn? Term 1

Topics covered

 Alphabet/ sound system, yourself and your family, jobs, nationalities, daily activities; tastes and plans

 Grammatical structures

 Basic verbs: 'être and avoir' (to be and to have) and the verb endings in the present tense. Frequent verbs such as 'manger, marcher, regarder, téléphoner, écouter , travailler and the conjugation in the present tense; Definite and indefinite articles 'le, la, les' ( the) 'un, une, des';. Partitive article 'du, de la, des'; Possessive adjectives 'mon, ma, mes'; Masculine and feminine nouns; Plural of nouns; Interrogative and negative forms. Key words to ask questions:'Qui, où,, quand, comment'; Comparatives; 'Plus grand, que / moins riche que'; Opposites and frequencies; 'Toujours, jamais, souvent '; Irregular verbs in the present tense 'prendre, aller, venir'

 Learning objectives

 o   Greeting people

o   Introducing yourself, your family and others

o   Talking about nationalities and jobs

o   Describing your house and your neighbourhood

o   Selecting food and wine in a shop

o   Dressing up for the four seasons

o   Talking about your daily routine including days and hours

o   Talking about your interests and making plans.

Term 2

 Topics covered

 Weekly activities and duties; Food and drink, Objects and situations; Parts of the body and ailments, Making appointments; Making plans for the weekend; Travel; Shopping, Past events

 Grammatical structures

 Modal verbs: 'vouloir, pouvoir, devoir; savoir' with conjugations in the present tense. Present tense of verbs ending in 'ir' and 're'. Pronouns for direct and indirect object such as 'lui' and 'leur'. More key questions words: 'pourquoi, parce que, avec qui, depuis quand'; Introduction to passé composé (Past tense). Regular, irregular and motions verbs (aller, venir, monter, arriver) in the past tense. Adjectives and their agreement; More comparatives: Meilleur que / mieux que; More opposites and frequencies: autant que (as well as), quelquefois. Past tense of modal verbs; Immediate future: 'Je vais prendre'

 Learning objectives

  • Asking for help
  • Inviting, arranging to meet and replying to an invitation
  • Leaving and receiving phone messages;
  • Saying what you want to do, can do or must do
  • Describing people, clothes and buying habits
  • Visiting the doctor
  • Ordering meals and making travel reservations
  • Describing a sequence of events in the past
  • Handling short social exchanges mixing present, past and immediate future tenses
  • Obtaining information on prices and quantities
Term 3

Topics covered

Directions; Travel; Describing places and journeys; Past, present and future events; email writing

Grammatical structures

Revision of the present and introduction of the past tense for the reflexive verbs; Relative clauses: 'Une ville qui est en Alsace / Une ville que j'aime'; Complete review of the past tense; More indirect pronouns such as 'eux' (them); Introduction of ' en', 'J'en ai' and 'y', j'y vais. Practice of all pronouns mixed up with past tense; 'Ne…plus' ; Introduction to the future tense. Practise of regular future tense.

 Learning objectives

  • Understanding/giving directions
  • Giving advice and expressing opinions
  • Agreeing and disagreeing
  • Summarising a piece of written information
  • Talking about past actions
  • Giving small presentations
  • Expressing obligation and interdiction
  • Making complaints
  • Making plans for the future
  • Expressing nuances

Additional information

Teaching and Assessment

The emphasis in the Beginners French course is on listening and speaking. The lessons focus on language that is required in authentic situations.

Classroom activities during this evening course will include: role-playing, class room discussion, pair and group work, work on pronunciation and intonation as well as grammar in context. Listening to audio clips and watching videos are an important element in our lessons. More comprehensive grammar exercises and reading texts are generally set as...