Fall in love with what many believe is the most romantic of all the Latin-derived languages; spoken in 29 countries across five continents.

Wed 17 Oct 2018 - Wed 12 Dec 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
14 spots remaining.

The Beginning French Revision Course covers the units in Le nouveau Taxi 1 Méthode de français, the Beginning French textbook, and the additional material presented in the Beginning French 1, 2 and 3 courses. It provides an opportunity to revise thoroughly the vocabulary and grammar of these courses while offering more speaking, listening, reading and writing practice based on that material and introducing other sources. It, therefore, gives students a solid grounding in preparation for the Intermediate courses.

 

Course outline

The course will revise the following grammar:

  • definite and indefinite articles,
  • the verbs être, avoir,
  • faire and related expressions,
  • negative and question forms of verbs,
  • adjectives,
  • possessive adjectives,
  • forming questions with où,
  • prepositions,
  • contracted forms of articles and prepositions,
  • the passé composé
  • conjugations of verbs

Each grammar section will be revised through an overview of its structure and use and then practiced in rehearsed and impromptu critical and creative exercises.

Each session of the course will be in two parts. The first will cover the grammar listed above, while the second part will introduce enrichment activities with a cultural focus. These may include listening to and discussing classic and modern French music, reading short extracts from Belgian and French comics or learning about French traditions and expressions. All the activities will also target the four language skills.

 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should have

  • consolidated their beginner level language skills by thoroughly revising the 3 Beginning French courses
  • developed the confidence to continue to intermediate level to enhance their grammar, reading, writing and conversational skills
  • furthered their knowledge of French culture and society

Who should enrol

This course is designed for those who are interested in revising or refreshing their beginner level language skills before studying French at the intermediate level.

 

Thu 18 Oct 2018 - Thu 13 Dec 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
12 spots remaining.

Tue 05 Feb 2019 - Tue 02 Apr 2019

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
16 spots remaining.

Wed 06 Feb 2019 - Wed 03 Apr 2019

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
15 spots remaining.

Fall in love with what many believe is the most romantic of all the Latin-derived languages; spoken in 29 countries across five continents.

Course outline

The course is based on Lessons 0 to 5 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.

Topics covered in each lesson:

  • Topic 1: Numbers and the alphabet
  • Topic 2: introductions, names, gender and the verb 'to be'
  • Topic 3: the definite article, prepositions, occupations and towns and countries
  • Topic 4: Asking for news, age, address, telephone numbers, the indefinite article, objectives and the verbs 'to go' and 'to have'
  • Topic 5: personal details, likes and dislikes
  • Topic 6: locating and naming objects, singular and plural words, asking questions with 'what'.

Students who study Beginning French 1 find it stimulating and enjoyable, you will cover a large amount French in a short period of time.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should:

  • be able to express yourself in everyday situations such as greeting people, introducing themselves and others, talking about their likes and dislikes and asking questions
  • gain an appreciation of the Francophone world through discussing French cultural values, such as the correct way to address someone who is not known to you.

Who should enrol

The course is designed for complete beginners and those interested in, and who enjoy, learning about the French language and culture.

Course materials

Le nouveau Taxi 1, Méthode de Français.

Tue 16 Oct 2018 - Tue 11 Dec 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
13 spots remaining.

Thu 07 Feb 2019 - Thu 04 Apr 2019

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
16 spots remaining.

Wed 01 May 2019 - Wed 26 Jun 2019

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
16 spots remaining.

Course outline

The course is based on lessons 6 -10 of Le Nouveau Taxi 1, Méthode de français but the pace of the course and the exact number of units covered will vary according to the group. Topics covered in the lessons include:

  • Lesson 6: Describing people, colours, adjectives and negative sentences
  • Lesson 7: Shopping, clothes, asking prices and paying, 'this', 'that', 'these' and 'those'
  • Lesson 8: Describing a photo and reading a poem
  • Lesson 9: renting an apartment, reading an advertisement, writing an email, pronouns and prepositions and asking questions with 'where?'
  • Lesson 10: Asking for and giving directions, imperatives, the verb 'to take' and the adverb 'y'

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should:

  • be able to make your needs or wishes known in everyday situations, from shopping to asking for directions and conversing about yourself, family and interests, using the present tense
  • gain an appreciation of the Francophone world, for example, learning about French public holidays.

Who should enrol

For those who have completed Beginning French 1 or the equivalent (approx 20 hours of study), this course aims to further develop conversational skills for everyday situations through speaking and listening activities and to extend grammar, reading and writing skills. Cultural aspects of France and the Francophone world will also be a focus of the course.

Course Materials

Le nouveau Taxi 1, Méthode de Français. The textbook can be purchased from the ANU Coop bookstore or online from www.bookdepository.com

Tue 16 Oct 2018 - Tue 11 Dec 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
15 spots remaining.

Tue 05 Feb 2019 - Tue 02 Apr 2019

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
16 spots remaining.

Thu 02 May 2019 - Thu 27 Jun 2019

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
16 spots remaining.

Beginning French 3 is for those who have completed Beginning French 2 or the equivalent (approx 40 hours of study). The first part of the course revises the material covered in Beginning French 1 and 2 before introducing the past tense and additional grammar and vocabulary. Activities will also help to develop an understanding and appreciation of French culture and the Francophone world.

Course outline

The first part of the Beginning French 3 course revises the material covered in Beginning French 1 and 2 before continuing with the grammar and vocabulary in Lessons 11-18 of Le Nouveau Taxi 1, 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.

A prime objective of the course is to increase confidence in speaking and conversing in everyday situations as well as improving listening skills, for example, through mock interviews and writing dialogues for oral presentation. For a small cost (approx $4, not included in course fees), a guest speaker will be invited for conversational practice and cultural awareness.

The course will cover grammar, such as the past tense, the partitive article, and reflexive verbs, 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 short oral exercises, such as taking the train or métro, and aural exercises based on the text or on other sources such as students' oral presentations. Reading aloud of dialogues, extracts from 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 practice their written skills in class and in exercises to be completed at home, such as describing weekend activities.

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, compiling a brief visitor's guide to Canberra, 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: on the internet, the French collection at the Woden Public Library, French music and the French program on FM radio, French films and documentaries as well as the news program 20 Heures on SBS.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • communicate with French speakers in a range of practical and social encounters, for instance, taking the train or talking about personal routines
  • speak about past events or activities. Students will also gain an appreciation of the Francophone world.

Who should enrol

Students who have completed Beginning French 2 or the equivalent (approximately 40 hours of study).

Course materials

Le nouveau Taxi 1, Méthode de Français. You can purchase the textbook from ANU Coop bookstore or online from www.bookdepository.com

Wed 17 Oct 2018 - Wed 12 Dec 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
14 spots remaining.

Wed 06 Feb 2019 - Wed 03 Apr 2019

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
16 spots remaining.

Tue 30 Apr 2019 - Tue 25 Jun 2019

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
16 spots remaining.

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.

Wed 01 May 2019 - Wed 26 Jun 2019

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
16 spots remaining.

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.


No dates are currently scheduled.

For those who have completed Intermediate French 3 or the equivalent, this course aims to enhance your French language skills through creative and critical responses to literature, current affairs and social issues to develop vocabulary and extend grammar. Cultural aspects of France and Francophone countries will be an important focus of the course.

Course outline

The course will cover grammar, introducing the conditional and pluperfect tenses, the order of pronouns and 'venir de' and 'en train de' constructions, and vocabulary, presented in authentic situations.

Each lesson will include oral exercises, which may be formal or informal, impromptu or rehearsed, such as recounting events in the recent and distant past, and aural exercises based on a range of sources such as music or literature. A regular conversation and discussion section with a mix of set and selected topics will also increase your ability to speak French. An example is viewing and responding to the French President's address to the nation.

Guest speakers will also be invited for conversation practice and cultural awareness. Excursions to French films and activities and soirées organised by the Alliance française are other sources of listening and conversation practice.

Knowledge of French and Francophone culture, etiquette, and sensitivities will be an important part of the course. While the emphasis of the course is on developing conversational and reading skills, you will also have regular opportunities to practise your written skills in class and in exercises to be completed at home, for instance, devising hypothetical scenarios.

You will be encouraged to devote time out of class for revision and preparation in order to 'bien profiter du cours'. You will also be strongly encouraged to explore the many resources available for French learners: on the internet, the French collection at the Woden Public Library, French music and the French program on FM radio, French films and documentaries as well as the news program 20 Heures on SBS. Activities organised by the Alliance française are another valuable resource.

Learning outcomes

You should be able to communicate with French speakers in a range of complex situations, for instance, an extended conversation over the phone or responding to a presentation by a guest speaker. You will also develop an appreciation of the Francophone world through exposure to authentic texts, for example, from historical events, television news, internet sites and magazines.

Who should enrol

The course is designed for those interested in, and who enjoy, deepening their knowledge and appreciation of the French language and culture. You should be familiar with the present, passé composé, imperfect, and future tenses, reflexive verbs, the imperative mood, direct and indirect object pronouns, negative constructions and the use of the pronouns 'en' and 'y'.


No dates are currently scheduled.

The Intermediate French Revision Course covers the lessons in Le nouveau Taxi 1 Méthode de français, the Intermediate French textbook,  and the additional material presented in the Intermediate French 1, 2 and 3 courses. It provides an opportunity to revise thoroughly the vocabulary and grammar of these courses while offering more speaking, listening, reading and writing practice based on that material and introducing other sources. It, therefore, gives students a solid grounding in preparation for the Advanced 1 and 2 and Conversational French courses.

Course Outline

The course will revise the following grammar:

  • the passé composé,
  • future and imperfect tenses,
  • reflexive verbs,
  • prepositions,
  • subject and other pronouns,
  • adjectives,
  • possessive and demonstrative adjectives,
  • the partitive article,
  • ‘en’ and ‘y’ pronouns,
  • the imperative mood,
  • the ‘il faut + infinitive’ construction,
  • direct and indirect objects (COD, COI),
  • negative constructions (ne…rien, ne …plus). 


Each grammar section will be revised through an overview of its structure and use and then practised in rehearsed and impromptu critical and creative exercises.

Each session of the course will be in two parts. The first will cover the grammar listed above, while the second part will introduce enrichment activities with a cultural focus. These may include listening to and discussing classic and modern French music, viewing and responding to a 20 Heures news segment or comparing and contrasting French traditions or expressions with Australian equivalents. All the activities will also target the four language skills.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students should have

  •  consolidated their intermediate level language skills by thoroughly revising the 3 Intermediate French courses
  •     developed the confidence to continue to advanced level to enrich their grammar, reading, writing and conversational skills
  •   deepened their knowledge of French culture and society

Who Should Enrol

This course is designed for those who are interested in revising or refreshing their intermediate level language skills before studying French at advanced level

Course Material

Le Nouveau Taxi 1, Méthode de français.



No dates are currently scheduled.

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'.