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French Intermediate

Course Overview

This intermediate French course is designed to equip students with the language skills necessary to effectively communicate in various real-life scenarios.

Students will engage in interactive activities and role-plays to further improve their proficiency in spoken French.

This course will focuse on practical situations such as social gatherings, shopping, healthcare, and professional interactions.

The course structure consists of five key steps:
  • Dialog Study: Analysing and understanding dialogues relevant to each scenario.
  • Grammar Focus: Exploring essential grammar points to enhance language fluency.
  • Vocabulary Expansion: Learning a curated list of vocabulary relevant to real-life situations.
  • Expression Recap: Reviewing and practicing the main expressions needed for effective communication.
  • Role-Playing and Dialogue Reproduction: Engaging in role-plays and exercises to simulate real-life scenarios and practice conversational skills.

Throughout the course, students will primarily work on role-playing activities to simulate real-life interactions. Emphasis will be placed on developing practical communication skills and cultural awareness to navigate French-speaking environments confidently.

Outcomes:

By the end of the course, students will have gained proficiency in French language usage within various contexts, enabling students to confidently and fluently communicate in everyday situations.

Course Breakdown: 

Week 1: Conversation: “tutoyer” and “vouvoyer” – with family members and acquaintances, sales assistants in shops, professionals in a business environment. Gram point: “verbes reflexives-reciproques”; “lexique de la famille et des proches”.

Week 2: “Faire des compliments” about a pet / an outfit / an apartment. Gram point: “l’exclamation”/ “les adjectifs positifs”. 

Week 3: Small talk with a colleague waiting for the elevator, meeting a friend in the park or a neighbour at the shops. Gram point: usage of “on” and “nous”.

Week 4: Inviting friends for a dinner / sending invitations and thank-you emails / chosing the menu / welcoming the guests. Gram point: “le conditionnel présent”.

Week 5: Positive / negative feed-back about a show, a person, a house renovation. Gram point: “la nominalisation”; “place de l’adjectif”.

Week 6: Talking about shopping, catering, coffee shop / patisserie, luxury purchases (perfume, make-up, evening gowns). Gram point: “l’interrogation directe / indirecte”, “la comparaison”. 

Week 7: Daily interactions: making a phone call / emails (jargon). Gram point: “verbes semi-auxilliaires”; “les pronoms personnels compléments ”. 

Week 8: Talking about health issues: going to the doctor / pharmacy / tests – basic medical jargon; joining a gym. Gram point: “impératif des verbes pronominaux”.

Term 2 for French Intermediate runs from Monday 6 May to Monday 24 June

Materials List: 
  • For this class, students will work from the textbook “Communication progressive du Français ” / Niveau intermédiaire / Édition Cle International. Students do not need to purchase theis textbook (unless you want to) – photocopies for each lesson will be provided.
  • Please bring a pen and paper to make notes

 

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Karima Mezoughem

About the tutor

Karima Mezoughem

Karima is a native French speaker with over 20 years teaching experience with Alliance Française, large corporations such as Thales and L’Oréal, and well know universities such as UNSW and Macquarie Uni. She is an enthusiastic, dedicated teacher who offers a student-centered approach, tailoring her classes to suit individual requirements. Karima has a keen ability to assist students in perfecting their grammar, comprehension, and phrasing of arguments. She has a sound understanding of Francophone literature and culture and particularly values equipping students with the range of registers exhibited in the French language, including “argot” (slang). In her lessons, Karima is especially making use of her extensive skills acquired while providing editing and multi-lingual translating services for theater productions and professional writers. Above all, Karima makes learning French fun! There is a strong focus on conversation, where students are encouraged to participate without worrying about making mistakes; practice makes perfect!

 

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