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French Evening Classes

We are currently offering Levels 1 to 5 in French. Please see below for more information about each of the levels on offer.
 

French Level 1

This class is designed for students who have no previous knowledge of the language. 

Duration

  • 20 weeks 

Day and Time

  • Group A: Tuesday 6.30-8.30pm
  • Group B: Wednesday 6.30-8.30pm
  • Group C: Wednesday 6.30-8.30pm

Term Dates 

Term 1:
Start: week commencing 7 October 2019
End: week commencing 9 December 2019

Term 2:
Start: week commencing 27 January 2020
End: week commencing 30 March 2020

Venue

Trent Building, University Park Campus

Costs

Course fees

  • University of Nottingham Students: £260 (paid in two instalments of £130).
  • Staff and Members of the Public: £280 (paid in two instalments of £140).

Exam fees

There is an optional end of year assessment which involves an additional £10 exam fee.

The exam is compulsory for students taking the classes as part of the Nottingham Advantage Award but no charge is made.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Exchange simple greetings 
  • Introduce themselves and other people 
  • Give personal information about family, job or studies, where they live 
  • Give the same information about other people 
  • Use numbers 1-100, express dates, time, prices 
  • Shop for food and clothes 
  • Order meals and drinks 
  • Give directions 
  • Talk about the weather 
  • Book holiday accommodation

Grammatical structures

The grammatical structures covered in French Level 1 are: 

  • Present tense of être.qui est-ce? D’où êtes-vous? Je suis né(e)
  • Definite article
  • Using negatives Possessive adjectives: mon, ma ,mes
  • Present tense of avoir. Indefinite article.
  • Definite and indefinite articles.
  • The French alphabet.
  • Partitive:du, de la, de l’, des, pas de, plus de. Je voudrais/Je prendrai
  • Expressions with avoir: avoir faim/soif, chaud/froid
  • Possessive with de, du, de la, etc.  Possessive adjectives: ton,ta,tes, votre,vos.
  • Pour aller…? Il y a … par ici?
  • Present tense of -er verbs. Depuis.
  • Present tense of faire. Expressions with faire.
  • More -er verbs.Negative. Direct object pronouns:le,la,l’, les.
  • More -er verbs.Questions with Qui? Que? Quand? Quel? Comment? Pourquoi?
  • Frequency adverbs.
  • Indirect object pronouns:lui, leur.
  • Present tense of -re verbs.
  • More numbers.More adjectives, colours.
  • Comparative:plus, moins.
  • Possessive adjectives

The textbook used is Façon de parler 1 - fifth edition green and white cover. 

If you are confident at using most of the structures, please look at Level 2.

 

French Level 2

This class is designed for students who have completed the French Level 1 evening class or who have an equivalent amount of previous knowledge.

Duration

  • 20 weeks 

Day and Time

  • Group A: Monday 6.30-8.30pm
  • Group B: Tuesday 6.30-8.30pm

Term Dates 

Term 1:
Start: week commencing 7 October 2019
End: week commencing 9 December 2019

Term 2:
Start: week commencing 27 January 2020
End: week commencing 30 March 2020

Venue

Trent Building, University Park Campus

Costs

Course fees

  • University of Nottingham Students: £260 (paid in two instalments of £130).
  • Staff and Members of the Public: £280 (paid in two instalments of £140).

Exam fees

There is an optional end of year assessment which involves an additional £10 exam fee.

The exam is compulsory for students taking the classes as part of the Nottingham Advantage Award but no charge is made.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe daily routine 
  • Describe health issues 
  • Describe leisure interests 
  • Describe transport / how to get to places 
  • Describe places where to live (flats, houses, cities, countryside) 
  • Use the present tense of regular verbs and a few irregular verbs (avoir, être, aller) 
  • Talk about events / activities in the future 
  • Talk about events / activities in the past 

Grammatical structures

The grammatical structures covered in French Level 2 are:  

  • Reflexive verbs
  • Adverbs
  • Indirect object pronouns – lui, leur
  • Pronouns- y,  en
  • Perfect tense of regular verbs Some common irregulars
  • Parts of the body
  • Avoir mal
  • Imperative
  • Advice
  • Present tense irregular verbs: vouloir, pouvoir, devoir, connaître
  • Revision of present tense;habiter+ à + en,etc.Use of depuis+ present tense. Agreement of adjectives.Possessive adjectives.
  • Revision of the perfect tense with avoir, regular and common irregular verbs; also some verbs conjugated with être.
  • Agreement of preceding direct object. Il y a meaning ‘ago’.
  • Use of the relative pronouns qui, que and dont.
  • More adjectives.
  • Interrogative pronouns(lequel/laquelle?,etc.)
  • Demonstrative pronouns (celui/celle,etc.
  • The perfect tense with être.

The textbook used is Façon de parler 1 - fifth edition green and white cover.  

If you are confident at using most of the structures, please look at Level 3.

 

French Level 3

This class is aimed at students who have completed the French Level 2 evening class or who have an equivalent amount of previous knowledge.

Duration

  • 20 weeks 

Day and Time

  • Group A: Monday 6.30-8.30pm
  • Group B: Tuesday 6.30-8.30pm

Term Dates 

Term 1:
Start: week commencing 7 October 2019
End: week commencing 9 December 2019

Term 2:
Start: week commencing 27 January 2020
End: week commencing 30 March 2020

Venue

Trent Building, University Park Campus

Costs

Course fees

  • University of Nottingham Students: £260 (paid in two instalments of £130).
  • Staff and Members of the Public: £280 (paid in two instalments of £140).

Exam fees

There is an optional end of year assessment which involves an additional £10 exam fee.

The exam is compulsory for students taking the classes as part of the Nottingham Advantage Award but no charge is made.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss leisure interests in the present and in the past 
  • Discuss TV programs, films, the use of the Internet, the media 
  • Find out about French education system 
  • Discuss pros and cons of jobs 
  • Arrange meetings 
  • Understand job adverts and French CVs 
  • Discuss pros and cons of various means of transport 
  • Report incidents 
  • Use the imperfect and the perfect to describe, discuss activities / events in the past 
  • Start using the subjunctive.

Grammatical structures

The grammatical structures covered in French Level 3 are:  

  • Avoir, être, adjectives; perfect tense
  • Immediate past: je viens de + infinitive
  • Perfect tense with avoir and etre
  • Perfect and imperfect tenses.
  • Reflexive verbs.
  • Avant de…/ Après avoir…
  • Formal language.
  • Il faut...
  • Formal language and conventions.
  • Comparatives
  • Future tense of regular and irregular verbs
  • Conditional  clauses– if and when
  • Future tense.
  • The present participle
  • Business language.
  • Reported speech
  • Perfect (avoir, être, reflexive), future tenses regular & irregular verbs
  • Imperfect tense: ongoing situations
  • Imperfect tense: “used to”, Formation of the imperfect tense
  • Reported speech.
  • Comparatives and Superlatives
  • Possessive pronouns
  • Avant de + infinitive
  • Après avoir + past participle
  • Know when to use the perfect or imperfect tense.
  • Talking Reporting past events
  • The recent past: “venir de” + infinitive
  • The passive voice
  • Conditional tense

The textbook used is Façon de parler 2 (fifth Edition). 

If you are confident at using most of the structures, please look at Level 4.

 

French Level 4

This class is aimed at students who have completed the French Level 3 evening class or who have an equivalent amount of previous knowledge.

Duration

  • 20 weeks 

Day and Time

  • Group A: Wednesday 6.30-8.30pm
  • Group B: Thursday 6.30-8.30pm

Term Dates 

Term 1:
Start: week commencing 7 October 2019
End: week commencing 9 December 2019

Term 2:
Start: week commencing 27 January 2020
End: week commencing 30 March 2020

Venue

Trent Building, University Park Campus

Costs

Course fees

  • University of Nottingham Students: £260 (paid in two instalments of £130).
  • Staff and Members of the Public: £280 (paid in two instalments of £140).

Exam fees

There is an optional end of year assessment which involves an additional £10 exam fee.

The exam is compulsory for students taking the classes as part of the Nottingham Advantage Award but no charge is made.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss education in France 
  • Discuss relationships 
  • Discuss social issues (reality TV, tobacco, alcohol, lifestyle choices) 
  • Discuss new technologies 
  • Discuss popular music and sport 
  • Discuss environmental issues (global warming, natural disasters, recycling) 
  • Discuss tourism 
  • Understand and use an increasing range of tenses: present, past (imperfect, perfect and pluperfect), future and future perfect, conditional and conditional perfect, subjunctive. 

Grammatical structures

The grammatical structures covered in French Level 4 are: 

  • Past tenses
  • Perfect tense vs imperfect
  • Pluperfect
  • Agreements with “avoir” - Direct object pronouns
  • Conditional tense
  • Prepositions and articles for places
  • “si” clauses
  • Adverbs in “-ment”
  • Past conditional
  • “Espérer que” +future tense
  • Present subjunctive
  • Verbs expressing feelings and impersonal verbs
  • Present participle
  • Adjectives (apposition)
  • Relative pronouns (ce que, ce qui, ce dont)
  • Present participle’s use in clauses
  • The place of the adjective
  • Reported speech
  • Sequence of tenses in the past
  • Direct and indirect questions
  • Suffixes
  • Passive voice
  • Pronoun « en »
  • Presenting non-verified details

The textbook used is Version originale 3.

If you are confident at using most of the structures, please look at Level 5.

 

French Level 5

This class is aimed at students who have completed the French Level 4 evening class or who have an equivalent amount of previous knowledge.

Duration

  • 20 weeks 

Day and Time

  • Tuesday 6.30-8.30pm

Term Dates 

Term 1:
Start: week commencing 7 October 2019
End: week commencing 9 December 2019

Term 2:
Start: week commencing 27 January 2020
End: week commencing 30 March 2020

Venue

Trent Building, University Park Campus

Costs

Course fees

  • University of Nottingham Students: £260 (paid in two instalments of £130).
  • Staff and Members of the Public: £280 (paid in two instalments of £140).

Exam fees

There is an optional end of year assessment which involves an additional £10 exam fee.

The exam is compulsory for students taking the classes as part of the Nottingham Advantage Award but no charge is made.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss further social issues: the place of young people, inequalities 
  • Educational issues: tradition vs modernity, les rythmes scolaires 
  • Cultural issues: films, books, food, music, languages 
  • Technological issues: the Internet, increased freedom or increased control 
  • Write and speak with increasing sophistication 
  • Argue topics 
  • Discuss feelings 
  • Use all tenses and moods with increasing mastery.
 
 
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