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Please see below a snapshot of what we will be looking at in our Improvers French class in Bournemouth this Autumn.

This class is designed to bridge the gap between our Beginners Plus and Intermediate courses, but its syllabus is a bit more freeform than those of these other two classes. As a result, there is more flexibility for students to suggest other topics (eg, specific areas of weakness, roleplays or general French conversational practice) that they would like to work on as we progress through the programme.

Most of the topics will be introduced by listening to a typical French conversation. Some of these conversations are available to listen to on the Roleplays page of this site. Just click on the blue links below to listen to them.

Need more advice as to whether this is the right class for you? Don't hesitate to email, or call me on the number below.

# Name of topic Relevant vocab Grammar covered (verbs in green; tenses in red)
1 Juliette va à Poitiers
  • Family
  • Leisure time
  • Pouvoir and vouloir in the present
  • Using on as an alternative to nous
  • Possessive adjectives (my/your/his/her... etc)
2 Un dîner au restaurant
  • Meals
  • Food
  • Prendre and boire in the present
  • Emphatic pronouns (moi, toi etc).
3 Mes vacances avec les cousins
  • Family
  • Adverbs of frequency    
  • Possessive adjectives
  • Lire and écrire in the present
4 Panique dans l’autobus
  • Means of transport
  • Imperfect

5 Christian consulte un médecin
  • Human body
  • Health
  • Reflexive verbs (se lever, se dépêcher, se reposer...)
6 Se diriger en ville
  • Itineraries
  • Monuments
  • Irregular -er verbs in the present
  • Using venir de + infinitive
7 Quoi de neuf ?
  • Life events
  • Regions
  • Passé composé (Perfect tense): -er verbs
8 Grand-père a disparu!
  • Shops
  • Buying things
  • Passé composé: -re verbs
9 Week-end à l’hôtel
  • Making reservations
  • Speaking on the phone
  • Passé composé: -ir verbs
10 Dans le train
  • Travelling by train
  • Passé composé: using être as the helper
11 À la découverte de Lyon
  • Travelling by car
  • Opposites
  • Futur simple (simple future)
  • Using y
12 La recherche d’un emploi
  • Applying for jobs
  • Adverts
  • Computing
  • Conditionnel présent (conditional present)

Taking place at 10:30-12:00pm on Wednesdays at Kinson Community Centre in Bournemouth, our Advanced French CONVERSATION classes are for you if most of the following apply:

  • you can speak fluently (if not perfectly) to a French-speaker about yourself, your family, and your likes and dislikes.
  • you can use the present, past and future tenses effectively.
  • you have a good working knowledge of direct and indirect object pronouns: I like them, she's talking to him...etc.
  • your vocabulary is reasonably extensive and so you know the French for words such as to disappoint, carpet, heritage and manager.

...but might struggle with some or all of the following:

  • using more complex tenses such as the pluperfect and the conditional past, even though you may have come across them at some point in the past.
  • knowing when, and how, to use the subjunctive, and how to get around it if you don't want to use it.
  • knowing where to put pronouns such as lui, leur, y and en, especially when using tenses other than the present.
  • understanding an article in a French current affairs magazine such as Le Point.
  • following a documentary on a French TV station such as TV5 Monde.

As you can now already speak reasonably fluently, the objective each week is to have a general, not-too-serious and hopefully enjoyable debate around a particular thème d'actualité, using a newpsaper article, radio broadcast or TV report as a basis. We could talk about anything, and suggestions from students are always welcome!

The aim of these debates is to build up your confidence in speaking and listening to French and to broaden the vocabulary you use, and they are designed to replicate as far as possible the real-life discussions you could have with French people. Additionally, students tend to ask for help on a number of grammatical issues during our discussions, and so guidance is provided on these on an "ad hoc" basis.

Class costs are as follows:

  • £17 Pay-As-You-Go
  • £85 for a block of 5 consecutive lessons; or
  • £140 for a block of 10 consecutive lessons.

Need more advice? Don't hesitate to email, or call me on the number below.

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