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Modern Languages

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This course is aimed at students who have completed the 'French Beginners' course, or those who have already acquired a basic knowledge of French. This course covers A2-B1 of the Common European Framework of References for Languages.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and rules regarding social distancing this course will be taught via blended learning. The course will include both online and face to face teaching sessions. All sessions will be scheduled at the times indicated below.

? The course tutor will provide live teaching sessions online using Microsoft Teams.

? Selected sessions will be available for a small number of students on a rota basis at the college. All face to face sessions will also be streamed online to ensure all learners can fully participate in every session. Your course tutor will arrange with you a rota for coming into the college.

? If you are not attending in person, you will participate in the session from home via Microsoft Teams.

? Learners who are unable to attend face to face sessions can still enrol onto the course and attend all sessions online.

Learners will also be able to access a wide range of College services including Moodle, Office 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, One Drive) and Microsoft Teams to support online learning. Induction sessions will be held prior to the start of the course, to allow learners to familiarise themselves with the online learning platforms.

Students will gain further confidence, developing their language communication skills and vocabulary in a range of real life situations. The language skills for everyday situations will be consolidated and expanded.

Students will cover the following topics over three terms of ten weeks each:

  • Travel by train and buying tickets.
  • RE verbs
  • Buying clothes
  • Describing lost property
  • Possessives
  • Plans for the future
  • Work
  • Lifestyles
  • Daily routine
  • Going to the doctor's surgery
  • Health
  • Holiday plans

Grammar will include the use of past and future tenses, as well as the present tense. Structures will be expanded, using adverbs and adjectives, to enable students to express themselves more accurately. All main language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing will be developed, with a particular emphasis on speaking. These will be practised in a variety of classroom activities including working in pairs and groups, the use of CDs and interactive media, videos and computers, reading books and brochures and writing notes.

Learning Outcomes: students will continue to learn how to communicate in everyday situations using the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Students should be aware this is a 3 term course and they will be expected to complete all three terms of Beginners before moving up to Advanced the following September.

*PLEASE NOTE - The running of this course is subject to receiving sufficient enrolment numbers. Newbury College reserve the right to close, cancel or postpone a course if it has not received the minimum required enrolment number by the scheduled start date. In the case of cancellation, enrolled students will be notified approximately one week before the start date.

Entry Requirements

Students need to have completed the French Beginners course or have equivalent experience and be able to communicate at a simple level using the present tense.


Students need to be aware that term two of this course is a continuation from term one and term three is a continuation from term two. Students are welcome to begin at the start of terms two and three as long as they have equivalent experience.


This course does not lead to a formal qualification.


Progress on this course will be tested through question and answer, hand-outs, informal tests/quizzes, lecturer feedback, observation and marked written work.

Home Study

There will be a small amount of set homework each week. However, students are recommended to continue their studies at home using the internet, CDs, books and the media. Ideas for home study are discussed frequently and students are encouraged to share study strategies and keep in touch with each other outside the classroom.

Work Placement

Students do not need to be in relevant work to undertake this course.


After completing all three terms of French Intermediate, students could progress on to further study, such as an advanced French language course or GCSE.

Fees and Additional Costs

Students will need to buy a course book and an activity book. Details of these will be discussed at the first class.

Additional Information

99099 202101 Monday 14/09/2020 23/11/2020 19:00 - 21:00 £160.00

Please be aware that this course has already started. Please call 01635 845000 to check if spaces are available.

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