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For those who have completed Beginning French 3 or the equivalent, this course focuses on increasing your French language skills confidence. A variety of impromptu and prepared speaking and listening exercises will be introduced including reading and writing activities based on fiction and non-fiction as well as non-print sources and online materials. Cultural aspects of France and the Francophone world will be an important focus of the course.

Course outline

This course aims to develop your proficiency in French and to increase your awareness of the culture and society of France and Francophone countries.

The course is based on Le nouveau Taxi 1Méthode de français, the pace of the course and the exact number of units covered will vary according to the group. The textbook will be supplemented by audio and video material as well as by other print sources.

The course will cover grammar, revising the passé composé tense and introducing the future tense, imperatives, direct object pronouns, the pronoun 'en', and vocabulary, presented in authentic situations. It also stresses the importance of correct pronunciation.

Discussion of French and Francophone culture is another important part of the course.

Each lesson will include conversation practice, which may be formal or informal, impromptu or rehearsed, such as favourite or traditional activities, and aural exercises based on the text or on other sources such as an internet site. Reading aloud of dialogues, extracts from newspapers, magazines and other sources, will also increase students' ability to speak French.

Students work individually, in pairs and in groups. While the focus in class is on developing conversational skills, both oral and aural, and on reading, students will also have opportunities to practise their written skills in class and in exercises to be completed at home.

Students are encouraged to devote time out of class to revision and to learning verbs and vocabulary. At the minimum, the homework activity set each week, for example, role playing a mock interview, should be completed as it is linked closely to each lesson's grammar and vocabulary. Students are also encouraged to explore the many resources available for French learners.

Learning outcomes

You should be able to to communicate with French speakers at a more complex level than in Beginning French 3, for instance, making a travel booking over the internet or discussing future plans. You should also deepen your understanding and appreciation of the Francophone world through viewing current affairs programs.

Who should enrol

The course is designed for those interested in, and who enjoy, furthering their knowledge and appreciation of the French language and culture. You should be familiar with the present and passé composé tenses, reflexive verbs, contractions with articles, prepositions, the meanings of 'on' and the adverb 'y'.

Course Materials

Le Nouveau Taxi 1, Méthode de français.