French: improvers 3

Alexander Centre, Tavistock

Who is this course for?

Would you like to use your French in a variety of real life situations, using the past tenses confidently? Then this Improvers course is for you.

This 4 week course follows on from our earlier French Improvers courses, or at least one year’s study/time spent in a French speaking country, and is for anyone who wants to consolidate and develop their skills further.

Becoming more proficient in a language can be daunting on your own and is much more fun with a supportive tutor and a group, where you can practise speaking with each other and share the joys and frustrations!

Course content

The focus will be on oral communication (speaking and listening) although reading and writing will also be included. The course will be conducted in French, as far as possible. You will study grammar in more detail and will develop your ability to talk about present, future and past events, so that your conversational skills can develop further. Pronunciation and the culture of French speaking countries are an integral part of the course.

You will learn how to:

• Describe people, places and events
• Exchange information on a variety of topics/situations
• Make simple arrangements
• Express an opinion
• Grasp general meaning of written material (e-mails, mobile text messages, letters, notices, leaflets etc)

During the course you will take part in varied activities. These are designed to help you understand and use the language effectively.

You will work individually, in pairs and in small groups, using a variety of learning methods and resources such as role play, audio and video clips.

Homework will provide an opportunity for self study including the use of online resources.

Support and feedback

Initial assessment will identify your skills level at the start of the course and there will be a variety of activities to assess progress throughout the course. You will have the opportunity to discuss your progress and aims with your tutor.

Additional costs and requirements

You’ll need a pen, paper and a file for storing notes, hand-outs and homework, as well as a sense of humour. No specific text book is required for this short course

You may like to bring a drink or refreshments

The only entry requirements are some prior knowledge of French, however rusty, a willingness to “have a go” and plenty of enthusiasm!

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 2018 and your household income below £15,276 to access this fund. Contact your local centre for more details. 

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

Yes. You will learn more effectively if you are able to practise and revise between the sessions. Your tutor will give you 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

Liz Rowley is an enthusiastic tutor who has lived and taught abroad, as well as in UK. She aims to make language learning fun and give her classes greater confidence when they speak in the target language.

Start date03 June 2019
End date24 June 2019
Start time14:00
End time15:30
Concessions not available