French for Beginners
Are you interested in finding out more about French culture? Do you enjoy holidaying in France, and want to learn the language? Do you have family or friends who live in France? Do you have a holiday home there, or are thinking of buying one? If so, then this is the course for you. This course is aimed at complete beginners with no previous knowledge of French and covers A1-A2 of the Common European Framework of References for Languages.
At the end of the course, students will be able to communicate with sympathetic native speakers, asking for and understanding information using basic phrases, and being able to express opinions in a variety of everyday tourist situations. Grammatical structures at a basic level will also be taught, with a focus on adjectives, negation and verbs (including avoir and être). The following core skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing will be developed.
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What topics are covered?
Greetings, titles and introductions
Numbers and the French alphabet
Talking about family and personal possessions
Asking for and giving directions
Making enquiries about places and things
Booking hotel accommodation
Ordering a snack and a drink
Ordering a three-course meal in a restaurant
Making a complaint in a restaurant/hotel
Shopping (quantities and prices)
Describing an illness
How will I learn?
As communication is the main objective of this course, students work in pairs or groups to practise speaking and listening. Recorded material, such as CDs and authentic listening texts/videos will also be regularly used to improve listening skills. Understanding written French will be based on everyday items such as notices, leaflets and signs. French will be the medium of instruction as far as possible.
What do I need to bring?
Notepad/paper and a pen.
What else do I need to know?
No prior knowledge of the language is assumed. This course is suitable for students who have never studied French before or who studied the language years ago and want to go back to the basics.