French Intermediate Stage C
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This course is for you if you have attended 3 years of part-time study (or 4 years but you feel your speaking skills are still weak) and you can communicate in routine tasks requiring a direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
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).
The intensive course will enable you to further practise and consolidate your language skills and give you confidence in speaking French (A2). You will have the opportunity to practise in small groups and act role-play exercises you will encounter in French speaking countries.
The content of the course will include a revision of different tenses such as preterit, perfect, imperfect and pluperfect, although the main aim of the course is the practice of the different skills.
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Learning and teaching
The emphasis of the course is on participation therefore students are encouraged to actively participate in class through various forms of activities designed to stimulate communication.
Coursework and assessment
For us, 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.
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.
The assessment of this course is divided into four parts to assess each of the following skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. It is designed to enhance what you have learnt during the course.
Additionally to the weekly sessions, we recommend that you spend some time between the lessons, either revising and practising what has been done in class and/or trying to read short texts and listening to audio material in order to progressively expand your vocabulary.
Please do not purchase any books until after the first session.
- Beeching, K. and Fontaine Lewis, A. (2008) Foundations French 2. Second edition. Palgrave Foundations.
- Geoghegan, C. and Gonthier, J. (2004) Voici! An Intermediate Course in French for Adults: Student's Book. Hodder & Stoughton.
We suggest you use the following as a grammar book:
- Marriott, T. and Ribiere, M. (1997) Help yourself to essential French grammar. Longman.
Library and computing facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.
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.