French – Beginners Year 1 and Year 2

The Cheadle College,

This course is for complete beginners or those who have a little knowledge of the language. During the year you will learn the basic language needed to get by in a range of everyday situations. This covers not only language work, but also gives you an insight into the culture and life of French speakers.

At the end of the course you should be able to handle more situations in the language with some confidence.



French Intermediate Year 3 and Year 4 This course is for the more accomplished linguist. It will help you to communicate in French, with greater proficiency, for purposes of practical communication, and to have short conversations with French speakers on a range of topics.

French Advanced Year 5 and Year 6 This course builds on previous knowledge and should allow you to feel more confident in dealing with French spoken at normal speed on a range of topics and to understand what you read in a variety of situations.

Further Studies in French (Advanced) This course is for students who have completed the French Advanced courses and wish to continue to practice and improve their skills.

What skills do I need? For the beginners course no previous knowledge of the language is needed. The willingness to speak as much French as possible is an important advantage. For the other courses and levels you need either to have already taken one of our courses at an appropriate level or to have equivalent knowledge.

How will I learn? You will learn using a variety of methods which will develop your ability to speak, write, read and understand French. The main emphasis will however be on understanding basic spoken and written French and the ability to communicate effectively and accurately. You will spend a considerable amount of time practising the spoken language each week. The use of dialogues recorded by native speakers will enhance your ability to understand what you hear.

Will there be coursework? During the year you will build up a portfolio of work which will represent the progress you have made in the language

How much practical work is there? In one sense everything you will do is practical as it is designed to help you to speak and understand French in basic everyday situations which you are likely to encounter on a visit to France and when dealing with French speakers.

Who takes it? Anyone, who wants to study French in a structured way, and who wishes to work with like-minded fellow learners under the weekly guidance of a tutor.

What can I do with it? You can use the knowledge you gain on visits to French speaking countries or communicate with French speakers. It will also provide a firm foundation for developing your language skills to a higher level in subsequent years.

Any other useful information What to buy: You will need to purchase books or equipment to complete the course successfully. Please do not purchase anything until after the first session. Bring paper and pencil to the first session unless asked to bring other equipment.