Prerequisite for entry
Basic knowledge of French (successful completion of French syllabus level 1 at UCL Centre for Languages & International Education or GCSE a long time ago.)
10 x 2-hour classes.
Aims and objectives
The aim of the course is to enable students to function at a basic everyday survival level (basic vocabulary and grammar). Students should be able to communicate in and understand French on a number of practical everyday matters. Language learning skills, including autonomous learning and how to approach authentic material will be enhanced. Some transferable skills will also be covered.
- Describing your home/area
- Asking the way and giving directions
- Locating a place in a map
- Describing a touristic place
- Booking a hotel room
- Asking for/telling the time
- Buying a train ticket
- Talking about daily routine / leisure activities
- Buying food, talking about your eating habits/preferences
Main topics/themes to be covered:
- Holidays and spare time activities
- The routine
- The human body. The health
- The food
Linguistic Structures/ Phonetics
Basic rules of the pronunciation of spoken French.
- Present tense of a few irregular verbs ( prendre, partir, faire, lire, écrire, boire)
- Reflexive verbs
- The imperative
- Disjunctive pronouns (pronoms toniques)
- Prepositions of place
- Prepositions and contracted articles
- Gender of nouns
- The indefinite subject pronoun “on”
- The adverb “y”
- Interrogative structures
- Faire (de), jouer (à) + sport
- Partitive article ( du, de la, des) and its negation
- The expression: “ Il faut”
- Course book: Le nouveau Taxi 1. Hachette (lessons 9 to 17).
- Tutor’s material.
- In addition there is a wide range of language learning materials for self-study in the Self-Access Centre.
Bilingual Dictionaries (Collins/Robert) Pocket edition