French Beginners Fast-Track  Short Courses

Course Information

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Monday 15 January 2018 18:30 - 20:30 20 classes over 1 term (Mondays & Wednesdays) £410.00 CS1843 Course Cancelled

Course Content

Learn French from scratch in this fast-paced short course.

This evening French Beginners Fast-Track course is designed for complete beginners who want to progress quickly. It is an introduction to the French language and way of life for the purpose of practical communication. Students develop essential speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as a solid understanding of the structure of the language.

This is a highly intensive French language course that requires commitment and dedication. Students should expect to study between classes to be able to keep up with the course pace, as two terms are covered in one.

Whether learning French for travelling, working abroad or with foreign companies, this French Beginners Fast-Track programme will enable students to communicate confidently at a basic level in everyday situations, socialise and not feel out of place when visiting the country.

By the end of the French Beginners Fast-Track short course you will have covered the syllabus normally covered in Terms 1 and 2 of French Beginners (Year 1). If you would like to continue your studies you can join French Beginners (Year 1) in Term 3.

Why choose the French Fast Track short course?

Delivered by native speakers, our French Beginners Fast-Track short course is taught over just ten weeks and is an intensive course for anyone looking to quickly gain language knowledge and communication skills.

Tutor Info

Mondays and Wednesdays:

Marie-Pierre Pérez qualified at the Orléans University in Orleans and La Sorbonne University in Paris. She has been teaching French in London for the past eleven years at several higher education institutions such as Westminster University. She has also been providing language training at international companies. Marie-Pierre possesses a passion for theatre and has qualified at the Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique in Orléans. She has performed as leading actress and led many French drama workshops within French Institutes abroad - Morocco, Germany, Lebanon, Mexico, Switzerland.


No prior knowledge required. This is a course for complete Beginners.

English Requirements

You will need to respond to instructions and read course documents in English.

What will I learn?

Over the course of the French Beginners Fast-Track course you will cover the following topics and grammar:

Topics covered

Alphabet/ sound system, yourself and your family, jobs, nationalities, daily activities; tastes and plans, weekly activities and duties; food and drink, objects and situations; parts of the body and ailments, making appointments; making plans for the weekend; travel; shopping, past events

Grammatical structures

Basic verbs: 'être and avoir' (to be and to have) and the verb endings in the present tense. Frequent verbs such as 'manger, marcher, regarder, téléphoner, écouter , travailler and the conjugation in the present tense; Definite and indefinite articles 'le, la, les' ( the) 'un, une, des';. Partitive article 'du, de la, des'; Possessive adjectives 'mon, ma, mes'; Masculine and feminine nouns; Plural of nouns; Interrogative and negative forms. Key words to ask questions:'Qui, où,, quand, comment'; Comparatives; 'Plus grand, que / moins riche que'; Opposites and frequencies; 'Toujours, jamais, souvent '; Irregular verbs in the present tense 'prendre, aller, venir',modal verbs: 'vouloir, pouvoir, devoir; savoir' with conjugations in the present tense. Present tense of verbs ending in 'ir' and 're'. Pronouns for direct and indirect object such as 'lui' and 'leur'. More key questions words: 'pourquoi, parce que, avec qui, depuis quand'; Introduction to passé composé (Past tense). Regular, irregular and motions verbs (aller, venir, monter, arriver) in the past tense. Adjectives and their agreement; More comparatives: Meilleur que / mieux que; More opposites and frequencies: autant que (as well as), quelquefois. Past tense of modal verbs; Immediate future: 'Je vais prendre'

Learning objectives
o    Greeting people
o    Introducing yourself, your family and others
o    Talking about nationalities and jobs
o    Describing your house and your neighbourhood
o    Selecting food and wine in a shop
o    Dressing up for the four seasons
o    Talking about your daily routine including days and hours
o    Talking about your interests and making plans.
o    Asking for help
o    Inviting, arranging to meet and replying to an invitation
o    Leaving and receiving phone messages;
o    Saying what you want to do, can do or must do
o    Describing people, clothes and buying habits
o    Visiting the doctor
o    Ordering meals and making travel reservations
o    Describing a sequence of events in the past
o    Handling short social exchanges mixing present, past and immediate future tenses
o    Obtaining information on prices and quantities

Teaching and Assessment

The emphasis of the French Beginners Fast-Track course is on listening and speaking. The lessons focus on language that is required in authentic situations.

Classroom activities will include: role-playing, class room discussion, pair and group work, work on pronunciation and intonation as well as grammar in context. Listening to audio clips and watching videos are an important element in our lessons.

More comprehensive grammar exercises and reading texts are generally set as homework.

Your progress will be assessed on an on-going basis through homework and performance in class. You will receive verbal feedback from your lecturer when appropriate and written feedback with your homework. All evaluation will take place in a relaxed and informal setting.

Recommended Reading

The tutor will provide materials in class.

Leads To...

Students who successfully complete the French Beginners Fast-Track course can progress to Module 3 of French Beginners (Year 1) short course and complete the Beginners Level in French by the end of the academic year.

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