This French course is aimed at people in Edinburgh with a good grasp of the language (from intermediate or B1). It provides a good mix of activities, both in terms of speaking and listening, aimed at developing your vocabulary and your understanding of rapidly spoken French. The integration of video material (films) allows you to get to grips with slang and less formal aspects of the language. We normally spend 3 sessions over a single film.Â
The first session involves watching the film (usually with English subtitles), followed by a discussion about the general themes explored in the movie. We also explore the film’s background (directors, script-writers, actors). ATTENTION: the first session usually starts earlier (typically at 7.30pm) to allow time for discussion after watching the film!
Then two further sessions include the study of extracts, with carefully designed exercises, followed by a discussion of the issues explored in the film – and beyond!
On occasion, we are asked to tutor people individually. There are a number of reasons why you may require private tuition: maybe you lack confidence and would like to brush up with individual lessons before facing a roomful of people. Or maybe you would like to organise classes for family or friends. Whatever your reason, please do give us a call: we will find the right solution for you… And it may not be as expensive as you’d expect: classes cost Â£15 per adult (based on a group of 4+)!
This may be beneficial for a range of reasons:
Â» Maybe you need to gain confidence first before joining a group.
Â» You may be a couple, who would enjoy doing something together, at yourÂ own pace.
Â» You may not fit into any of the traditional categories because you have specific needs, whether professional (specialist vocabulary) or academic (grammar), or because of learning difficulties, and need individual attention.
Â» Maybe you are a group of friends, looking for something interesting to do together, around a coffee or a nice cup of tea.
Â» Or you may have a schedule that does not allow you to attend classes on a regular basis – for instance if you travel a lot, or if you work off-shore.
Whatever your own circumstances may be, our individual tuition is tailor-made for you, using carefully designed material, or on occasion manuals if we feel you may respond better to a more traditional method of learning. All training material used in class is included in the fees, so there will be no nasty surprises – and the materials are yours to keep: no one will ask you to give them back at the end of the course!
After your free 30 minutes consultation, Lise will advise you as to what solution will be most suited to your individual needs, and she will devise a training plan which will be emailed or sent to you before the first lesson is arranged, so you get a chance to have your say about what you will learn!
Lise Morel has 20 years experience in language training, and knows all the tricks of the trade – you will quickly speak (and listen!), through a range of interactive techniques.
Contact Lise now to arrange your meeting!
The fees include documents used in class, as well as a selection of tea/coffee/herbal teas during the lesson.
For more information and for a free assessment of your level to determine if this is the right group for you, contact Lise at firstname.lastname@example.org or on (0131) 667 3999.
We started as ever with last week’s vocabulary, which you explained in French. Then we used the document (film posters) to generate quite a healthy conversation 😀 tout en franÃ§ais ! Then we quickly revised the past tense for reflexive verbs.
– Prepare the questions for the questionnaire that you were given (Adam, I will email you one)
This week, we got acquainted to the new comers in our group, which was a good opportunity to revise questions/answers and talking about oneself. We also talked about holidays and what you did during the summer and in September. Then we listened to a song and had a go at translating it. You can listen to the song again here.
– Choose two famous people and describe them (5 sentences) so that we can progressively guess who they are,
– What is your favourite object at home and why ?
– Explain the vocabulary below in French.