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For those who have completed Intermediate French 1 or the equivalent, this course aims to extend conversational, reading and writing skills. Activities will be based on a variety of sources, including media, poetry and current affairs to increase vocabulary and enhance grammar. Aspects of French culture and the Francophone world will also be an important focus.

Course outline

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

The course will cover grammar, revising the future and reflexive verbs and introducing indirect object pronouns and the imperfect tense, as well as vocabulary, presented in authentic situations. Each lesson will include oral and aural exercises based on the text or on other sources, such as an article on a French fête or current affairs. Reading aloud of dialogues and written responses will also increase fluency in French. While the focus in class is on developing conversational skills, both oral and aural, and on reading, there will also be opportunities to practise written skills in class and in exercises to be completed at home, such as recounting a childhood experience.

The following topics will be covered. Depending on the group’s interests, there is scope to include other topics, such as researching a person, product, place etc for class presentation.

Topic 1            Knowing someone or something: savoir or connaître in context  
Topic 2            Indirect object pronouns, affirmative and negative forms: position and use
Topic 3            Avoiding repetition: replacing nouns with the pronoun en
Topic 4            Talking about the past: habits, translating was/were + ing, background information

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should:

  • Communicating in a range of more complex situations than in Intermediate French 1, such as discussing feelings or past habits, and
  • have an increased appreciation of the Francophone world through, for example learning about cultural institutions such as the Académie française

Who should enrol

The course is designed for those who are interested in extending their knowledge and appreciation of the French language and culture. They should be familiar with the present, passé composé and future tenses, reflexive verbs, the imperative mood, contractions with articles, prepositions, the meanings of 'on', the adverb 'y', and direct object pronouns / COD.