january, 2023

2023mon09jan(jan 9)7:00 pmmon20mar(mar 20)9:00 pmFrench: Beginners 2£140 (concession £84) Continue to learn Beginners French with group participationParkside Community CollegeDay:Monday length of course: 10 weeks


January 9 (Monday) 7:00 pm - March 20 (Monday) 9:00 pm


Parkside Community College

Parkside, Cambridge, CB1 1EH

length of course

10 weeks


Course details


Through a structured and systematic approach, we aim to promote progress in basic spoken French and create a sense of achievement. The choice of situations and vocabulary is based on the everyday needs of people travelling to France.


Through a French specialist, there will be a two-hour face to face session once a week over a period of ten weeks. The work will be classroom based with an option to study further at home if the learner wishes. We will be following the TALK FRENCH series which gives excellent resources for learners to use, copy and adapt. This resource is made by the BBC and links into videos and other resources on BBC languages. If learners would like a copy, the ISBN is 978-1-4066-7890-1. We will use TALK FRENCH 1 for the initial 10-week beginner class.

This is the second unit of 10 weeks (learners should have completed either the first term or 20 hours prior learning). Should learners feel confident to move onto the next phase, there is one more unit of 10 weeks that will take place in the Summer Term. In these two phases we will use TALK FRENCH 2 and delve deeper into grammar and cultural elements of holidaying or living in France.

Proposed Programme of Study Per lesson:
1 Il y a une piscine ici ? Asking for specific places, making enquiries, directions and asking for help.
2 Je voudrais une chambre. Booking a room and paying for it.
3 A quelle heure vous ouvrez ? Opening hours, making enquiries, timetables and travel details.
4 Je voudrais du fromage s’il vous plait. Buying food and drink, stamps and newspapers including quantities.
5 Bon appétit Menus, snacks ordering a meal and likes and dislikes.
6.    Moi, j’adore la France    Giving information about work and explain why you’re learning French.
7.    On part a quelle heure?    Times, daily routine and the working day.
8.    Il faut réserver a l’avance?    Local information, leisure interests and arranging an activity.
9.    Quelle belle maison.    Property descriptions, renting and showing someone round a house.
10.   A mon avis.                 Shopping, opinion and making comparisons.

Homework and Assessment.

Home study will be on a voluntary basis and it is not essential in order to follow the lessons. Likewise there will be some in-class assessments so the learner can judge their progress but this course is not an assessed module and therefore will not contain any exams or graded assessments.

On completion of this course, what might your next steps be?

Learners will be able to proceed to an French Improvers course the following academic year.
The Adult Learn and Train office is able to give course information or search for alternative courses for you.


£140 (£84 concession). Please call the office on 01223 712340 for more information


Dean EvansDean has taught languages as a qualified teacher in the state system for 16 years...and counting. He has been a head of languages for much of that time. Prior to teaching, Dean worked mainly in travel both in the UK and overseas. In his spare time, Dean is an interpreter and dog lover.


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