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Get ready for beginners’ French
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4 Acquiring language-related knowledge

Knowledge is about knowing and understanding factual information and theoretical concepts. For a learner of French, this might involve, for example:

  • vocabulary
  • grammar rules
  • pronunciation rules
  • historical, geographical and cultural facts.

Knowledge is acquired by, for example, reading explanations and texts, listening to classes or lectures, or watching documentaries. As a beginners’ French learner, you might:

  • read an explanation on the difference between le and la
  • listen to a teacher demonstrating the difference between the sounds /u/ (as found in vous) and /y/ (as found in tu)
  • watch a video about a French-speaking community in Vietnam and their eating habits and cultural festivals.

Knowledge is retained by memorisation. As a learner of French, you will learn strategies and techniques to help you memorise what you learn. Try out the activities on the next page to have a go.