French SSC course descriptions

Beginners

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This course designed for absolute beginners with no previous experience of French aims to introduce students to the basics of the French language and to equip them with the skills needed for everyday situations in a French-speaking environment. Students can expect to learn how to introduce themselves and others, talk about their town and country, to describe their daily routine and living environment, to shop for clothes, to buy and order food/drink and to make simple travel arrangements. Basic elements of French grammar will be introduced and all four skills will be developed: listening, speaking, reading and writing to a basic level (A1- CEFR)

The approach of this course is communicative and cultural topics related to France will be introduced.

Starting from the most basic aspects of the French language – alphabet differences & pronunciation - students will be listening to and speaking French from the first day: learning how to introduce themselves (greetings nationalities, names of countries, etc). By the end of the course, students should be familiar with essential aspects of the language such as word gender, number and the present tense. Students will have also acquired relevant vocabulary to interact in French in a basic way in a number of everyday situations.

Cultural aspects of the French speaking world are introduced through listening exercises, reading and class activities.

Throughout the course, French will be used when practising oral skills and students will be encouraged to communicate in the target language in the classroom. 

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

  • greet and introduce themselves and others;
  • describe their family, home, daily activities;
  • buy tickets and enquire about timetables;
  • buy food and clothes;
  • order and pay for drinks or meals;
  • book accommodations: hotel rooms, gîtes, chambres d’hôtes;
  • ask for and understand directions;
  • talk about the weather;
  • express likes and dislikes;
  • understand familiar words and very basic phrases concerning their immediate and concrete surroundings when people speak slowly and clearly;
  • write a short, simple postcard.
  • understand very simple texts such as notices or posters.

 Course materials

This course has no class textbook; all materials are provided by the teacher. Students are advised to buy a small dictionary so that it can be used during lessons.

Questions regarding the content and teaching of this course should be addressed to the French Coordinator, Ms Sibylle Moulin, s.moulin@imperial.ac.uk.

For course enrolment information please visit our enrolment pages.

Improvers

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This course aims to extend and consolidate the language skills of students who have recently completed a Beginners course at Imperial College or elsewhere or who have studied French at school some years ago (GCSE / O’ Level standard) and feel they need to brush up their knowledge of basics whilst gaining confidence in speaking.

The focus of the course will be on developing conversational French and reviewing grammatical structures in a practical manner. The practice of reading, listening, writing and speaking will be combined with the introduction of cultural topics.

By the end of the course, students should be able to interact in French in a simple way in a variety of everyday situations reaching a lower intermediate level (A1+ CEFR).

The course will start with a review of some topics from the beginners’ course: present tense and its irregularities, articles, prepositions and interrogative forms. Then, new grammatical forms will be introduced: reflexive verbs, modal verbs such as pouvoir, vouloir, devoir, imperative, past and future tenses. Further topics may be included depending on the needs and level of the group.

Cultural aspects of French-speaking countries will be introduced through listening exercises, reading and class activities.

Throughout the course, French will be the language of communication and all students will be encouraged to communicate in the target language in the classroom.

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

  • understand clear, simple messages and announcements in French;
  • read short simple texts and everyday materials such as advertisements, prospectuses, menus, timetables, short letters, etc;
  • communicate in simple and routine situations requiring a direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities;
  • introduce themselves and others and describe their family, home, daily activities, work environment and interests;
  • express a wish, likes and dislikes;
  • buy tickets and enquire about timetables;
  • buy food and clothes;
  • book a table at a restaurant; order and pay for drinks or meals;
  • book accommodations: hotel rooms, gîtes, chambres d’hôtes;
  • ask for and understand directions;
  • describe the weather;
  • make simple enquiries over the telephone;
  • deal with emergencies: visit the doctor and describe their symptoms, report a theft or a loss, go to a garage.

Course materials

This course has no class textbook; all materials are provided by the teacher. Students are advised to buy a small dictionary so that it can be used during lessons.

Questions regarding the content and teaching of this course should be addressed to the French Coordinator, Ms Sibylle Moulin, s.moulin@imperial.ac.uk.

For course enrolment information please visit our enrolment pages.