What you will study
Whether you want to visit, work or live in a French speaking environment, you will get more out of the experience if you can communicate effectively with people. In this 16 week course you will develop your reading and listening skills in French and learn to speak and write the language to communicate in everyday situations.
In Beginners French 3: absolument! you will learn how to:
- ask for, understand and give directions in town
- find your way around a building
- understand and explain what is allowed and not allowed
- talk about distances and locations
- describe places
- get around using public transport
- talk about daily routines
- describe your job and your professional responsibilities
- tell the time and talk about months and seasons
- talk about work routines and employment patterns
- talk about current, future and recent activity
- discuss plans and intentions
- make, accept and decline invitations.
Learning a language is also learning about culture, so you will discover information about public buildings, museums, townscapes and transport in France, places to eat and the changing eating habits in the French-speaking world. You’ll also learn about work routines and conditions of employment in France. On top of this, you will discover Montréal, the largest French-speaking city in Canada.
Each week comprises 3–4 hours of interactive activities, exercises, explanations and tips about language-learning. Throughout the course, you will improve your ability to understand spoken and written French and to communicate your own information and ideas. You’ll acquire a knowledge of the basic structures of the French language, along with key vocabulary. It’s a good idea to keep notes either in a notebook or on your preferred digital device. There are regular revision weeks and, at the end of each week, there is a quiz for you to practise what you’ve been learning.
We look forward to seeing you soon. A bientôt!
Please note that although this course is non-accredited, it can be used towards the module Making your learning count (YXM130) to gain OU credits.
You will learn
The course is designed to help you achieve a level of language proficiency equivalent to level A1 of the Council of Europe Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).
You will have access to discussion forums that you are strongly encouraged to participate in as these forums combine support from fellow students with input from a language-specialist learning adviser. Other support is available via the StudentHome website and Computing Helpdesk.
You'll study 3–4 hours per week, for 16 weeks. In total this course will require around 64 hours to complete.