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For those who have completed Intermediate French 2 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 be an important focus of the course.

Course outline 

This course aims develop your proficiency in French and to increase your awareness of the culture and society of France and Francophone countries.  We will cover Lessons 25 to 32 of Le nouveau Taxi 1, Méthode de français, although 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 reflexive verbs and the pronoun 'en', introducing the imperfect tense and indirect object pronouns, and vocabulary, presented in authentic situations. 

Each lesson will include oral exercises, which may be formal or informal, impromptu or rehearsed, such as a profile of a person, and aural exercises based on the text or on other sources, such as the television news. Reading aloud of excerpts from a short story or newspaper article and other sources will also increase your fluency in French. Guest speakers will also be invited for conversational practice and cultural awareness.

While the focus in class is on developing conversational skills, both oral and aural, and on reading, you will also have opportunities to practice your written skills in class and in exercises to be completed at home, such as the pros and cons of country versus city life.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should:

  • be able to communicate with French speakers in a range of more complex situations than in Intermediate French 1, for instance, discussing their feelings or recounting a childhood memory
  • have an extended appreciation of the Francophone world, for example, through learning about the campaign to remove the 'Mademoiselle' title box from official forms.

Who should enrol

The course is designed for those interested in, and who enjoy, extending their knowledge and appreciation of the French language and culture.Students 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' , direct object pronouns and the pronoun 'en'.