French Travellers Stage 1 - Northern Beaches Community College

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French Travellers Stage 1

This course is for those with very little or no knowledge of French. Students will learn to understand, express and read simple words and phrases and take part in straightforward conversation. Only the essential grammar will be covered. The aim is to introduce you to the basic linguistic skills and culture necessary for you to communicate simply but effectively. After completing this course students will be able pronounce competently some vocabulary, expressions, intonations and pronunciations, be able to communicate using basic sentences, interrogatives and requests, have some basic grammatical concepts: nouns, adjectives and verbs and sentence structure, have some basic reading skills, be able to appreciate the French culture and have confidence in using basic forms of the French language.

Students will also learn how to identify basic text, converse using negatives and questions, exchange information in a variety of familiar situations, have better fluency in conversation, have a more extensive vocabulary content, gain better learning skills and strategies for language acquisition and have a better knowledge of the country, and its culture and customs. In each session there will be great emphasis given to pronunciation (in groups and pairs), which will enhance one’s fluency for communicating in French. Additional materials may be used in the classroom (music, video, etc.) where available and where suitable for the needs of the class.

  • Identification and Pronunciation (vowels, consonants, tones in words and structures).
  • Greetings (meeting people) - Introducing and describing yourself and others.
  • Asking and responding: your and someone’s name; country of origin; your well being (for example ‘how are you?’ ‘where are you from?’ or 'what’s your name?').
  • Using basic communicative expressions in formal and familiar forms
  • Small talk – idioms
  • Time – time of the day, days of the week, months; birthdays
  • Numbers – For example telephone number, address, money, age
  • Cultural Perspective – geography, demography, and social customs
  • Practice – Some language learning/study strategies
  • Greetings and describing yourself and others, professions, finding out more about somebody
  • Restaurants – ordering food, drinks etc.
  • Directions
  • Likes and dislikes, hobbies, activities, negatives, agreeing and disagreeing, personal opinions, social life, daily activities and routines, family and friends
  • Grammar practice, pronouns, possessives, demonstratives, present and past time relations, singular and plural
  • Practice, dialogues in formal and informal context – role plays, strategies for language learning, reading text

Course Outline:

For Dominique''s & Julie's class:

This course is for those with very little or no knowledge of French. The aim is to introduce students to all the basic linguistic skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing. After completing this course students will be able to have some basic grammatical concepts: nouns, adjectives, verbs and sentence structure. The course is interactive and students will be encouraged to participate during the class. Homework will be assigned.

For Vidulah's class:

Course outline:

Topics & vocabulary:

(Two lessons will be covered each week)

Lesson 1- Greetings in a french speaking country/formal/
Lesson 2- Alphabet + letter combinations, numbers
Lesson 3- Nationalities, countries, the city
Lesson 4- Personal details (address, telephone number,
email, age)
Lesson 5- Time, day, date, weather, season
Lesson 6- Family & relationships
Lesson 7- Hobbies & Interests
Lesson 8- Filling a form. Currency & payment system
Lesson 9- Food & drinks (french specialities)-
ordering in a café/restaurant
Lesson 10-Booking a room in a hotel
Lesson 11-Seeking directions.
Lesson 12- Transport & travel. How to buy a ticket, enquire.
Lesson 13- Enquiring about places of interest – museums,
theater, opera, shows….
Lesson 14- Shopping - souvenirs, gifts, pharmacies.


• Nouns- feminine, masculine singular ,plural
• The verbs ‘avoir’and ‘être’ in the present tense
• Article-definite and indefinite
• Prepositions of place
• Adjective agreement in gender and number
• Il y a + il n’y a pas
• Use of Possessive adjective (mon ,ton,son, ma ,ta ,sa,
mes ,tes ses)
• Interrogative expressions
• Key prepositions – (à, dans, en, au, de)
• Questions -Yes/ No

Cultural content

• Paris
• Cities of France
• French speaking countries
• French names
• Map of France

Skills Work

• Lots of speaking/active practice
• Understanding formal and informal dialogues
• Role-play
• Lots of listening
• Pronunciation and key-sounds
• Reading small texts

What to Bring:

For Dominique's class:

Notebook and pen and the following textbook

Textbook Cosmopolite A1, text book :
Cosmopolite A1, exercise book (cahier d'activités):

For Julie's class:

1 display book A4 with around 50 pockets



Handouts will be provided

 No book is required

For Vidulah's class:

The students will need 

  • a notebook
  • pen 
  • only the Cosmopolite A1 Activity-book.. (the textbook is optional) as handouts will be provided occassionally

Textbook Cosmopolite A1, text book : (OPTIONAL)
Cosmopolite A1, exercise book (cahier d'activités):

Please note: make sure you check with the College that the course has definitely got the numbers to run before purchasing the text books. The College cannot accept responsibility if you have purchased the text book and the course is subsequently cancelled. Please contact us on 9970 1000 or by emailing

About the Tutor:

Dominique Partridge:

Dominique Partridge is an experienced tutor and has been tutoring at Mosman Evening College and now at Northern Beaches & Mosman College. She grew up in the countryside of France and has worked in Paris and London before moving to Australia. Dominique's experience in teaching and her in-depth knowledge of both, the French and English language, ensures her classes are of high standard. She uses up-to-date teaching methods and her classes are fun and stimulating!

Julie Goncalves:

Julie, a French native, is a Spanish and French teacher with 10 years of experience working with students. Julie has a degree in education, and along with her bubbly, and creative personality applies her passion to her interactive and hands-on teaching style. 
"I strive to create a fun and engaging learning environment".

Vidulah Joyram:

Vidulah grew up in Mauritius, an island with english as the official language in a french
speaking country. This makes her highly proficient in both languages.
After moving to Australia, Vidulah who holds a teaching qualification with specialisation in
teaching children, has been teaching French to children and adults. Vidulah loves to teach
and is passionate about the french language

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Course testimonials:

  • Very knowledgeable teacher, Made the course fun and enjoyable.