This course is aimed at complete beginners with no previous knowledge of French and covers A1-A2 of the Common European Framework of References for Languages. After the course, students will be able to communicate with sympathetic native speakers using basic phrases in a variety of everyday situations.
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.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and rules regarding social distancing this course will be taught remotely. The course tutor will provide live teaching sessions online using Microsoft Teams. Lessons will be scheduled at the times indicated below. 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 offered prior to the start of the course, to allow learners to familiarise themselves with the online learning platforms. Learner handbooks and user guides will also be provided.
During this course students will look at the following topics:
- Greetings, titles and introductions
- Ordering a snack and a drink
- Numbers and the French alphabet
- Talking about family and personal possessions
- Making enquiries about places and things
- Booking hotel accommodation.
- Ordering a three-course meal in a restaurant
- How to say some
- Making a complaint in a restaurant
- Expressions using the verb avoir (to have)
- Asking for and giving directions
- More prepositions
- Shopping (quantities and prices)
Grammatical structures at a basic level will also be taught, focusing on the following: adjectives, verbs (including avoir and etre) and prepositions.
The main aim of the course is to be able to communicate in everyday tourist situations, both asking for and understanding information.
The main language skills to be developed are speaking, listening, reading and writing. Since communication is the main aim, students work in pairs or groups to practise speaking and listening. Recorded material, such as CDs and interactive media are also regularly used to improve listening skills. Understanding written French is based on practical items such as notices, leaflets and signs.
By the end of this course students will be able to speak and understand basic French in a variety of everyday situations.
Learning Outcomes: students will begin 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 Improvers 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.
There are no formal entry requirements for the first term of the course, although students should have a good level of basic literacy.
No previous knowledge required for Term one. Term two is a continuation of Term one so basic knowledge is required. Term three is a continuation of Term two so equivalent knowledge is required. Students are welcome to begin at the start of Term two and Term three as long as they have equivalent experience.
This course contains a short accredited qualification, which consists of planning and carrying out several different French projects using a range of taught skills. Students keep a portfolio of work which will be assessed internally by Newbury College and also externally via the awarding body. Upon successful completion of the qualification, students are awarded the Level 1 Award in Learning, Employability and Progression for French.
Progress on this course will be tested through tutor observation, tutor led activities and exercises, and tutor and peer informal feedback and discussion.
Homework is not essential, but students will benefit from undertaking home study of approximately one hour per week.
Students do not need to be in relevant work to undertake this course.
After completing all three terms of French Beginners, students can progress onto the French Intermediate course at Newbury College.
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.