NC173 - French - Élargissez vos Horizons - Beyond Improvers

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Course French - Élargissez vos Horizons - Beyond Improvers

This is a progressive three term course from September, and you need to register before the start of each term. Learners may join at Term 2 or 3, depending on ability. The course covers many different aspects of French life and culture. Where possible the topics will be decided by the group at the start of the course, so that each learner gains the maximum from the course.

The focus will be on speaking and listening and exposing each learner to as many different facets of French language and culture as possible. There will be some grammar exercises, but these will be gateways to the learner expressing themselves in conversational French which is more advanced and able to express more complex ideas.

One of the hardest things about learning a foreign language is dealing with unexpected situations. This course aims to give each learner a toolkit of vocabulary and grammar to be able to deal with the unexpected.

The taster option will allow you to come for two weeks to experience the course. If you choose to continue, the cost will be deducted from the full course fee.

Required Skills No specific qualifications, but knowledge of French to a post GCSE standard. Some familiarity with the basic past tense, some familiarity with reflexive verbs, although refreshers of both will be given at the start of the course, so this is not a hard and fast requirement. There are no vocabulary requirements, as there will be vocabulary building exercises and homework. Some familiarity with words such as ‘verb’, ‘preposition’, ‘reflexive’, ‘passé composé’ would be useful, but not essential.
Teaching Method The teaching will be learner-led. There will be group work, discussions, grammar exercises (with added fun!), and all learners will be encouraged and nurtured in a supportive environment where the maximum amount of learning can take place.
Outcomes On completion of the three terms, learners will be able to say more than yes and no in some of the right places in a conversation with a real French person. They will also be able to cope with more and varied subject matters of conversation rather than just being able to order a meal or drink.
Materials required Pen, paper, and an open mind! It would be useful to have a dictionary and grammar book for home study, although free dictionaries exist online or as apps on smart phones and these would be sufficient. A verb table book would be of use later in the course, but again these can be found for free online and in apps costing a few pence. If learners are buying books, then second-hand is perfectly acceptable. Learners should see what sort of books they would find most useful by trying out grammar books and dictionaries from the tutor’s library free of charge before buying.
Homework required Homework will be set, and learners will be encouraged to expose themselves to the maximum amount of French language they can, e.g. Radio/YouTube, reading etc. The tutor has an extensive library of French books that learners may borrow at any time to facilitate this. Guidance will also be given on electronic resources (e.g. Smartphone apps and web sites) where learners can do additional practice.
Assessment At the start of the course you will be given your own individual learning plan. Your tutor will record your entry level and together you will track your progress and achievements.
Progression to We will support learners to make informed choices about their next steps by providing appropriate individual and/or group information, advice, and/or guidance tailored to need and desired outcomes. Progress could be to a qualification, e.g. AS Level.
Duration 10 weeks
Start Date Wednesday Sep 19, 2018
Course Costs £105.00
Concessions £84.00
Timing-start 6:30 pm
Timing-end 8:00 pm
Course Code NC173
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