French: Beginners 1
Who is this course for?
Want to learn the basics of a language? It’s difficult on your own and much more fun with a supportive tutor and a group where you can practice with each other and share the joys and frustrations. This is suitable for complete beginners and also for those with some very basic knowledge
You may be eligible for a learner bursary if you can demonstrate that attending a course will improve your wellbeing. Eligibility is determined after a short interview with a member of our learning support team. You must be aged over 19 on 31st August and your household income below £15276 to access this fund. Please contact your local centre for more details.
You will learn and practise simple useful language such as:
Greet people and introduce yourself and others
Order a drink or a snack
Shop and find your way around
Numbers, the alphabet, days of the week and dates
Read information such as simple signs, lists and menus.
Write short notes
Some of the language and culture of the country or countries concerned
Work individually, in pairs and in small groups, as well as with the tutor and the whole class.
Take part in a wide range of activities; designed to help understand and use the language effectively.
Use a range of interesting resources including video clips, listening material and the internet
Support and feedback
You’ll complete an individual learning plan (ILP). There is initial assessment and a variety of activities to assess your progress throughout the course. There’s discussion and written feedback with your tutor. This should be noted on your ILP.
Additional costs and requirements
At the start of the course your tutor will advise you of any course book that might be required. Please don’t purchase anything before the course.
You’ll need a pen, paper and a ring-binder for storing notes, hand-outs and homework
You may like to bring a drink or refreshments
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
Yes, effective language learning requires regular practise and reinforcement. You’ll be provided with short homework tasks to help consolidate and extend the work done in the weekly session.
You will also be encouraged to make use of other resources such as internet websites for self-study activities.
About the tutor
Judy Totterdell is currently a French and Spanish tutor for Learn Devon. She also teaches the Spanish recreational course at Petroc. She has taught Modern Languages including German to adults in North Devon for nine years. Previous to this she taught German and French at Pilton Community College in Barnstaple.
She has a BA in Modern European Studies (French German Economics) and a PGCE in Modern Languages. She taught German and French in Tooting, London and taught Spanish and French in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire.
Prior to teaching, Judy travelled and worked extensively abroad, including four years spent working in the travel industry in ski resorts and in Spain.
“Learning languages offered me many life-changing experiences. The ability to communicate with people in their own language, to whatever extent, enables you to make the most of your travels abroad.”