Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 20 Credits.
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With this course you will develop sufficient French to get by in French speaking countries with some hesitations on topics concerned with everyday matters. You will also work towards expressing your view in writing in a more elaborate style. You will further develop an understanding of the culture of French speaking countries. There is a follow on course, Speaking French – Intermediate, which will help you specifically with spoken French.
Intermediate French runs over 20 weekly sessions and is organised around the following topics: giving and understanding information about holidays, travel, vacation jobs; talking about situations in the past; understanding descriptions of people and places; making and understanding arrangements.
You will learn how to recount past events; interact in a social context (formally and informally); express agreement and disagreement; make comparisons, stating preferences and interests; describe plans.
In addition to acquiring competence in French itself, you will develop useful transferable skills such as communication skills and self-management.
Who is this course for?
You may have acquired survival skills in French and had some opportunity to use the language recently (two years’ part-time study or a good recent GCSE pass). In terms of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (DELF and DALF), this course, together with Speaking French – Intermediate, prepares students for A2.
Learning and Teaching
Regular attendance is vital because in order to develop your linguistic competence, you need to participate and take part in the structured activities your tutor will organise every week.
Between sessions, you will also be expected to prepare for topics and complete tasks to consolidate what you will have learnt in class.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
You will not have formal examinations but you may have class tests. You may be asked to write assignments, keep a course journal or put together a portfolio. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
The coursebook for this course is:
- Foundations French 2, 2008, second edition; K. Beeching & A. Fontaine Lewis, Palgrave Foundations; Basingstoke.
For personal study, you would find additional material in:
- Voici!, 2004; J. Gonthier, C. Geoghegan; Hodder & Stoughton.
To prepare for DELF A2, the following books would be helpful:
- Compétences – Expression Orale, 2006; M. Barféty, P. Beaujouin ; CLE International.
- Compétences – Compréhension Ecrite, 2005 ; S. Poisson-Quinton, R. Mimran ; CLE International.
Finally, the following grammar book would be useful:
- Grammaire Progressive Du Français, Intermédiaire: Avec 600 exercices, 2006 ; CLE International
Library and Computing Facilities
We have a list of French websites ranging from weather forecast in France to Le Monde, via the Palais de Versailles:
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
A range of further information can be found on our web site www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.