Classes

 

 

Classes on offer 2022 using Zoom

DayTimeGroup LevelDescriptionClass Number:
Monday Evening7.00-8.00 pmIntermediate 1B1This class is designed to encourage B1 level (Intermediate) students to converse on different subjects and topics: Talking about the weather, defend your opinion, expressing order, doubt, uncertainty and possibility with a focus on current events.
o Day-to-day life around Kilkenny and in France.
o Activities will include presentations, discussions, games, etc.
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8.15 - 9.15 pmLes Actualités
Current Affairs
B2-C1French conversation class on current affairs and issues. French conversation class. In this class, you will be able to converse about topics related to current events drawn from French TV, newspaper or magazine, podcasts, French movies or ads etc. Emphasis on pronunciation and grammar is made when necessary.
No textbook required for this class.
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Tuesday Morning9.00 - 10.00 amBeginners A1-A2In this class, You will learn basic French, greetings, talking about yourself and your situations and interests and moving on to using French in social and travel situations. You will also learn some of the basic tenses and vocabulary to get you started and sorted in France.1
10.15-11.15amVoyage en FranceB2this class is for B2 level students. We will discover different aspects of France (culture, history, geography, regional traditions and customs…) through the medium of several media including videos, recipes, music, films… The students will be asked to do short presentations. This class will not only improve students' oral skills but will also improve their listening skills and broaden their vocabulary.
(No textbook required)
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Wednesday Evening6.30 - 7.30 pmLeaving Certificate (Higher) A comprehensive course to cover all aspects of the Leaving Certificate including Oral work, Aural comprehension and Reading and Written Comprehension.2
7.45 - 8.45 pmBook Club
French Literature
C1French Literature (advanced French- C1/C2):
We will read three books during the term:
- "Très sage Héloïse" de Jeanne Bourin (historical novel) - We will also explore medieval literature.
- "Le jour des cendres" de Jean-Christophe Grangé (thriller)
- " En attendant Bojangles" d'Olivier Bourdeaut (literary fiction)
The class will be divided in two parts:
- 10 minutes of literary and cultural news in general (new film, book prizes, etc…).
- For 50 minutes we will talk about the book and we will also discuss cultural matters associated with the book through the medium of videos, interviews, etc…
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Thursday Evening5.45-6.45 pmPreparation for Junior CertificateClass specifically aimed at those doing the Junior Certificate. Help and direction to maximise a student's potential.3
7.00-8.00 pmImprove Your FrenchA2In this class, you will learn to use everyday expressions and phrases and improve your speaking aimed at ordering a meal in a restaurant, asking for directions, talk about your hobbies and interest. You will also learn to tell your daily routine or tell a story using the different tenses.6


 Levels Explained

The Common European Framework divides learners into three broad divisions that can each be further divided into two levels; for each level, it describes what a learner is supposed to be able to do in reading, listening, speaking and writing. The following table indicates these levels. A more thorough description of each level, with criteria for listening, reading, speaking and writing, is available on the Europass Website

Level group Level Description
A
Basic user
A1
Breakthrough
  • Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
  • Can introduce themselves and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where they live, people they know and things they have.
  • Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
A2
Waystage
  • Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
  • Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • Can describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
B
Independent user
B1
Threshold
  • Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
  • Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
B2
Vantage
  • Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialisation.
  • Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
  • Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
C
Proficient user
C1
Advanced
  • Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer clauses and recognise implicit meaning.
  • Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
C2
Mastery
  • Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
  • Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.
  • Can express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.

 

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