French: Improvers plus (group 1)
Who is this course for?
Would you like to use your French in a variety of real life situations, using the past tense confidently? Then this Improvers course is for you.
This 8 week course follows on from our French Beginners course, or 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!
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, the main aim being to learn the most used past tense 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
• Give and follow specific instructions
• 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’ll complete an individual learning plan (ILP) and there will be opportunities for you to discuss your progress and aims with your tutor. The tutor will also provide written feedback.
Additional costs and requirements
You’ll need a pen, paper and a ring-binder for storing notes, hand-outs and homework as well as a sense of humour! 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 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!
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.