French course descriptions

Beginners

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Students are advised NOT to buy the course book before the start of the course.

This course, which focuses on the spoken language, aims to equip students with the skills needed for everyday situations in a French-speaking environment. Students will, for example, learn how to introduce themselves and others, describe their country and daily activities, shop for and order food and drink, make travel arrangements, ask questions, make simple descriptions and will acquire a good basic vocabulary.

The Beginners course will include the basic elements of French grammar, for instance: conjugation of most common verbs in the present tense and their use together with nouns, articles, adjectives and prepositions in simple sentences. The future and perfect tenses will also be introduced. Throughout the course the approach is a communicative one, the activities proposed are playful, varied and efficient in helping the students to practise and consolidate what they have learned.

A course book, French 1 by Dounia Bissar, Helen Phillips and Cécile Tschirhart, Palgrave Macmillan, Third edition, 2016 - ISBN-13: 978-1137579195 - supported by audio-visual material and online resources: https://he.palgrave.com/companion/Palgrave-Foundations-Languages/learning-resources/French-1/ will be used. Students are expected to cover units 1-6 of the book.

Students will also find the following resources useful:

Grammar Support:  French Grammar Revision - Mille et un points, by Neil Creighton, Nelson Thornes; New Ed edition (2 May 2000), ISBN-13: 978-0174444602

Imperial College undergraduates and postgraduates may, if they wish, acquire 2 ECTS credits after successfully completing their Evening Class. To qualify, a student must attend the classes regularly and pass a test at the end of the second term. Students will be invited to apply in the second term to take the test.

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

Near Beginners

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Students are advised NOT to buy the course book before the start of the course.

This course aims to extend and consolidate the language skills of students who have followed a Beginners course at Imperial College or elsewhere, enabling them to communicate in French with greater confidence. By the end of the course, students should have reached the A1+ standard on the Common European Framework global scale and self-assessment grid allowing them to join the French credit programme at the Intermediate Level.

Students will first revise and deepen the themes introduced in the early units of the Beginners course book, French 1 by Dounia Bissar, Helen Phillips and Cécile Tschirhart, Palgrave Macmillan, Third edition, 2016 - ISBN-13: 978-1137579195 - and will then concentrate on the latter units of the book. They will learn how to talk about themselves in greater detail, to describe their home, work environment and interests and to express opinions in a more sophisticated way, making comparisons and suggestions and using present, future, past (perfect and imperfect) and conditional tenses.Students will also be introduced to life and culture in France and read authentic material from the French press.

Students will also find the following resources useful:

Grammar Support: French Grammar Revision - Mille et un points, by Neil Creighton, Nelson Thornes; New Ed edition (2 May 2000), ISBN-13: 978-0174444602

Imperial College undergraduates and postgraduates may, if they wish, acquire 2 ECTS credits after successfully completing their Evening Class. To qualify, a student must attend the classes regularly and pass a test at the end of the second term. Students will be invited to apply in the second term to take the test.

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

Intermediate

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Students are advised NOT to buy the course book before the start of the course.

This Intermediate course is designed for students who have reached a basic conversational level in French (GCSE / O’ Level standard or equivalent: A1+ standard (CEFR) but feel rusty.

This course aims to help the students acquire a wider range of vocabulary and more complex grammatical structures so that they can feel at ease in most everyday situations and learn more of the culture and customs of the French-speaking countries. By the end of the course students should have reached approximately the A2 standard on the Common European Framework[1].

Le Nouveau Rond-Point A1/A2 (Editions Maison des Langues 2015/ ISBN: 978-84-8443-661-4) with accompanying CD and Web activities is the prescribed textbook for this course.

Students may also find the following online resources useful: 

Imperial College undergraduates and postgraduates may, if they wish, acquire 2 ECTS credits after successfully completing their Evening Class. To qualify, a student must attend the classes regularly and pass a test at the end of the second term. Students will be invited to apply in the second term to take the test.

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

Higher Intermediate

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This Higher Intermediate course is intended for students who have reached A/S Level or equivalent: A2/B1 standard (CEFR) and acquired a good knowledge of basic French grammar.

The course aims to provide a background to French studies with an emphasis on communication. Students will also be encouraged to extend their knowledge of grammar and improve their writing skills. 

A course book, Le Nouvel Edito B1 (Editions Didier 2012/ ISBN: 978-2-07269-9) and accompanying CD and DVD will be used, together with a variety of worksheets and backup material as required.  Articles from the French press, news items and documentaries will complement the topics studied in class.

Students may find the following online resources useful:

Imperial College undergraduates and postgraduates may, if they wish, acquire 2 ECTS credits after successfully completing their Evening Class. To qualify, a student must attend the classes regularly and pass a test at the end of the second term. Students will be invited to apply in the second term to take the test.

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

Advanced

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Students should have reached A Level or equivalent (B1/B2 standard - CEFR) before starting this course which aims to develop all four language skills with particular emphasis on the development of oral proficiency.

The course includes a study of current affairs as reflected in the media and students will be encouraged to read the French press regularly or watch news bulletins and documentaries and they will be invited to make regular presentations of news items to the class.  The course also covers some aspects of French culture, such as literature, cinema and music that will be discussed in class.

A number of advanced grammatical structures will be revised according to the requirements of the class. Students will be encouraged to produce occasional written work.

A language laboratory with its wide range of resources is available for further private study. 

Students will also find the following online resources useful:

Imperial College undergraduates and postgraduates may, if they wish, acquire 2 ECTS credits after successfully completing their Evening Class. To qualify, a student must attend the classes regularly and pass a test at the end of the second term. Students will be invited to apply in the second term to take the test.

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