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French Advanced - Stage 5/6/7


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A part-time evening Accredited French Language course - 20 credit points (SCQF Level 8/9).

Thursday 6.00-8.00pm

Course fee: £360

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Course Leader

Maren Dralle
Course Description

These courses are ideal for those who have completed the previous stage, or the equivalent national qualification or who would like to rebuild their skills at a previously acquired level after a gap in their French studies.

French, German, Italian and Spanish language modules are aligned with The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) benchmark, The CEFR Levels (coe.int),as follows:

Stage 1: A1 Stage 2: A1/some A2 skill areas Stage 3: A2/some B1 skill areas Stage 4: B1/some B2 skill areas Stage 5: B2/some C1 skill areas Stage 6: C1

The class provides a very supportive yet challenging environment for developing communication skills, and for exploring wider issues of language and culture. Classes have a wide and diverse composition where students’ varied experiences and opinions are valued, and where individual aims are accommodated, whether these are to improve communication skills, knowledge of grammar or proficiency in writing. Some activities involve the whole class, where contributions are encouraged, while respecting individual preferences about speaking out. However, much of the communication is done in small, frequently changing groups where the opportunity to speak, and to get to know other students, is much greater. In mixed-stage classes there is also the opportunity to engage with those at other stages, offering opportunities both for challenge, and for consolidation.

As class time is short, communication is the main focus, developing listening and speaking skills, aiming to understand conversation, basic news items and cultural characteristics at normal speed, and to discuss events and offer opinions. At more advanced stages, current affairs and social and cultural debates are more prominent. In addition to class work, listening and speaking activities are also set either for preparation for the following class or for consolidation or extension of skills.

In each class aspects of grammar are examined in detail, and questioning and probing is strongly encouraged. Grammar is usually discussed in English, with reference to English grammar as an aid to comprehension, but also in French at more advanced stages. It is then practised in class, and consolidated through exercises at home.

Class time is also spent on developing reading and writing skills. Reading is often a collaborative enterprise, where sections of text are prepared and then shared with others, or translated for others. Further guided reading and writing activities are done at home either as preparation for the following class or consolidation or extension of topics discussed. Additional information, video links and sites are also offered, and often shared by students themselves.

Contact with the tutor is by email, and is very useful for clarifying issues, sending homework and assessments, and for discussing personal information. In addition, the creation of a shared chat site is recommended for the class, as a way of sharing information and supporting each other.

The French language is the gateway to enhancing our understanding of a different way of thinking and being with regard to our closest neighbours. By continuing our progress on our linguistic journey, we can build bridges of communication and understanding, and create cultural, business and political bonds, that can, quite literally, transcend borders.

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French Advanced - Stage 5/6/7
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