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French Lower Intermediate (Year 3) Short Courses

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Strengthen and improve your basic French with this lower intermediate course. It comprises three modules set out across three terms, starting in October, and taught at progressive levels.

Why choose this course?

This course enables students to communicate with more variation and fluency to feel confident in most everyday situations with French native speakers. Listening, speaking, reading and writing skills are built upon and advanced main points in French grammar are covered. It also aims to broaden understanding of the French culture and way of life.

The course consists of one evening class a week for a total of 30 weeks; spread across three modules, the French Lower Intermediate short course is ideal for those with various commitments or working full time.

All of our language short courses are taught by qualified native speakers and delivered at City, University of London’s main campus, in the heart of the capital.

Course overview

You can order escargots in a restaurant with panache, ask directions to the château and have a chat whilst queuing at the boulangerie. You are comfortable asking how much that jolie petite robe costs in the village market and can talk de la pluie et du beau temps with your French colleagues. But now you want to have a more sophisticated conversation in French.

During your holidays, you want to be able to understand what the lady explains to you about the various cheeses au marché and grasp the wine grower’s lengthy description à la dégustation. You want to read a book in French and broaden your conversation at a meeting avec vos clients français.

This course is designed to improve fluency and understanding of the French language giving students the confidence to communicate in a social or work situation.

Is it the right level for me?

The French Lower Intermediate (Year 3) course is ideal if you have completed the French Beginners Refresher (Year 2) course or you have a rusty but good GCSE.

This course consists of three modules taught at progressive levels, starting with Module One in October. We only advise joining Module Two or Module Three if you are already familiar with the content from earlier modules (see the What will I learn? section below for module content). You can check your level using our online guidelines.

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Please note that some topics of French Year 2 (Lower Intermediate) will be revised at the beginning of the academic year. The course outline below is only a guide and topics will be studied according to students' needs and progress.

Module 1

Topics covered

  • Past events;
  • Daily routine;
  • Holidays and important festivals;
  • Telephone and Internet language;
  • Family and friendship;
  • Events in the recent past and near future;
  • Work and studies;
  • Leisure activities.

Grammatical structures

  • Perfect the past tense with to have, to be and with reflective verbs;
  • Consolidation of direct and indirect pronouns; y and en pronouns;
  • Comparatives and superlatives;
  • Adjectives to express emotions;
  • Expressions of time and their tenses;
  • Introduction to the imperfect.

Learning Objectives

  • Talk about past activities;
  • Express agreement and disagreement;
  • Expressing emotions;
  • Talk about TV and social media;
  • Describe family and friends;
  • Talk about relationships;
  • Phone manners and making arrangements;
  • Talk about bank holidays, parties and going out;
  • Talk about daily routine, habits and memories.

Module 2

Topics covered

  • Nature and environment;
  • Weather;
  • Seasons;
  • Travelling;
  • Directions: francophone countries and French regions;
  • Health matters;
  • Sensations;
  • Food, fashion and purchasing;
  • Recipes.

Grammatical structures

  • Imperfect - imperfect vs perfect;
  • Relative pronouns: qui, que, dont;
  • Revisiting the future tense;
  • Impersonal verbs (falloir, pleuvoir…);
  • Introduction to the Pluperfect;
  • Complex interrogatives (depuis quand, avec qui, pour quel...).

Learning Objectives

  • Talking about necessities and obligations;
  • Talk about the weather and seasons;
  • Describe someone's appearance and personality;
  • Talk about other countries, francophone countries;
  • Talk about past trips abroad, past holidays;
  • Making a purchase (presents...);
  • Talk about francophone countries;
  • Following instructions: a French recipe;
  • Expressing health problems;
  • Asking for help.

Module 3

Topics covered

  • Going out;
  • Formal vs informal language;
  • Film and shows;
  • Leisure;
  • Organising outings;
  • Famous sites;
  • Restaurant;
  • Memories;
  • Future plans.

Grammatical structures

  • Consolidation of imperfect vs perfect tense;
  • Consolidation of imperative, future;
  • Conditional;
  • Si clause using present, future, imperfect, conditional, pluperfect and past conditional;
  • Combining the pluperfect (if I had done...) and conditional perfect (I would have done...);
  • Brief introduction to subjunctive mood.

Learning Objectives

  • Talk about films and shows;
  • Talk about preferences, tastes and giving opinions;
  • Understanding and using different levels of language;
  • Describing famous sites;
  • Ordering in a restaurant;
  • Telling a story;
  • Talk about future plans.

Eligibility

Eligibility

Prerequisite knowledge

The French Lower Intermediate short course is ideal if you have one of the following:

Modules are taught at progressive levels, starting with Module One in the autumn (October).

If you wish to join Module Two of the short course (in January), you must have completed Module One or be familiar with the content taught in Module One, specified in the What will I learn? section.

If you wish to enrol on Module Three of the short course (in April/May), you must have completed both Module One and Module Two or be familiar with the content taught in these two modules, found in the What will I learn? section.

Please check your level by using our online guidelines before enrolling.

English requirements

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

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & assessment

The emphasis in this 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;
  • 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. All evaluation will take place in a relaxed and informal setting.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

The tutor will provide learning material in class.

Tutor information

  • Agnès Shepherd

    Agnès Shepherd studied at University College London. She has been teaching French as a foreign language for the past 18 years in a broad spectrum of institutions such as Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution, University of Westminster, Havering Sixth Form College, businesses such as Axa CS and EDF Energy. She also runs her own French workshops and cultural tours.

    Agnès has a light touch approach to teaching making students' participation a priority, creating a relaxed atmosphere in which students can thrive.

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