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Get ready for beginners’ French
Get ready for beginners’ French

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2 What will I enjoy the most?

Throughout this course, you’ve considered various aspects involved in learning beginners’ French. The precise content you study will vary by the course you take, but you will certainly learn the basic French vocabulary and grammar necessary for communication in a range of everyday situations. For example, you’ll most likely learn how to:

  • introduce yourself, greet other people, and talk about yourself and your family
  • express which foods you like and dislike, and order and pay for food and drink
  • ask for directions and describe places, and make travel arrangements
  • describe daily routines, work and studies
  • discuss hobbies and holidays, and organise holiday accommodation in French
  • interact in common locations like shops, or at the doctor’s
  • talk about events in the present and the past.

You will practise recognising and producing new sounds, which will help to develop your listening and speaking skills – handy in situations like the above. You will learn more about French-speaking cultures, developing your intercultural communication skills, as well other interpersonal skills that are highly valuable for life and work. You will also do some translation along the way. As you progress in your learning (to courses beyond beginners’ level, and/or real-life use of your French) and consolidate your skills, your increasing vocabulary and knowledge of grammar and structure will enable you to communicate in a wider range of situations.

Regardless of subject or study level, there will always be aspects that are more relevant to your personal goals, and parts that you will enjoy more than others. Reflect on what you’ll enjoy about studying beginners’ French in this next activity.

Activity 2 What will you enjoy?

Timing: Allow about 10 minutes

Take a few minutes to think about which aspects of a beginners’ French course you are likely to enjoy the most, and which ones will be more relevant to your personal goals. Make some notes in the box.

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