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French - Improving Fluency - Online

Course code: LPAR203P

Subject area: Languages

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

Course time:

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Days of week:


Course date:

20th Sep 2023 - 3rd Jul 2024

Course location:


Contact details


01235 555 585

Using a wide range of tenses with a formal and an informal language you will start to analyse and discuss the world around you, i.e art, music, books, science, landscapes and historical places, and cultural differences, with a glimpse on life in a few French speaking countries.
The main topics are designed for those of you who have already studied the language for at least 5 years or who have spent a reasonable time in the country and wish to learn more and practise their skills in a relaxed environment. The group as a whole will be able to discuss and choose which topics are of interest to them. You will practise all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) with an emphasis on speaking and listening in class.

The topics suggested include to:

Exchange explanations, knowledge and opinions on Art exhibitions, concerts, cultural events – magazine articles-video extracts.

Study and share facts and views on writers, artists, musicians, their life and their careers

Describe and discuss social changes in society.

Contribute to films and books reviews

Watch a few film extracts to study their script, purpose and language style

discover current developments in science

Read about future projects in medicine, in architecture and other areas and present them.

Please note there will be no sessions on 25.10.23, 13.12.23, 20.12.23, 27.12.23, 03.01.24, 14.02.24, 03.04.24, 10.04.24, 29.05.24,

Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted regulation and is required to work with all its students to make sure they understand Government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values. Information on these matters will be shared with you during your course.

You will also be asked to complete monitoring paperwork, which helps us to deliver course content to the highest quality.

What next?
French - Becoming Fluent
Entry criteria
There are no formal entry requirements however this is a course for those who have already studied the language at a language school for four to five years, or followed a course for 250 hours, or else have spent some time in the country on holiday or business trips. This is a course for those who will already be able to talk fairly confidently in the present, past, future and conditional tenses. You may understand references to the subjunctive mood although you may not be confident in using it. The standard is based on those who are confident at Level B1 and have some ability at Level B2 but want to consolidate at Level B1 in terms of the Common European Framework.

Courses can fill fast, so please enrol early to avoid disappointment. Decisions on whether a course is to run are made two weeks prior to the start date - an email will be sent to you should there be changes to your course or if it is cancelled. Please check your inbox leading up to your course, including the junk folders. For anyone without an email account, our Admissions team will phone you instead.

For the first week of the course you will need to bring a valid form of identification; this includes passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2023 prior to starting the course.

Fee information
A text book is used to accompany the course but it is optional to buy this (average cost £20 - £25). The text book will support your learning for at least 1 year. You may also like to buy a small dictionary. Your tutor will be able to advise you at the first session.

Courses offered by the college are fully or partly funded by the Government and the published fee takes account of this funding. As a result of this if after the first week of this course commencing the number of learners attending is significantly below the expected number of attendees based on the initial enrolment figures the college retains the right to cancel the course and offer a place on a further course of similar nature or a full refund of fees paid.

Before starting a course, the College is required to check you meet conditions relating to that funding, e.g. age, residency status within the UK/EEA, prior qualification level and employment status. In some circumstances (such as with online enrolments), these checks can only be completed after you have enrolled and paid.

If you are unable to pay in full for this course at the time of enrolment, and the course tuition fee is £300 or more, an instalment plan is available. If this is your preference, please do not enrol online but rather call the Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to enrol.

Once enrolled, Admissions will take the first instalment payment from you and pass on your details to the Finance team who will email you to set-up your payment plan. Please return a fully completed instalment plan to Finance as failure to do so could result in being withdrawn from your course.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to discuss these options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

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Course fees

19+ Fee:

Tuition Fee: £150.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £150.00

19+ Reduced Fee:

Tuition Fee: £0.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £0.00

Qualifications received
As this is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification. However, you will be asked to complete activities that demonstrate how you are progressing on your course.
Learning & method assessment
Learning activities will include individual, pair, small group and whole class work. You will listen to the spoken word through conversation activities, CDs and DVDs, practise speaking, play games, read more complex texts and write accounts. This is not an accredited course so there will be no formal examination. However, your tutor will ask you to complete informal assessment exercises and will give you feedback.