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French Travellers Stage 1

Course Outline

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

What to Bring

  • Notebook and Pen

Textbook to be used for Steve Cornelius's class 15 Minute French (Learn in just 12 weeks)” by Caroline Lemoine (published by Penguin Random House), $16.99, Available at Dymocks Warringah Mall or online.

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

Steve Cornelius is an Englishman who, some decades ago, came to Australia for 12 months then forgot to go home. He had fallen in love with France at the age of 15 after tasting his first croissant in a frankly rather grotty hotel round the back of Paris’s Gare du Nord. Four minutes later he also fell in love with the French language, when he asked the hotel proprietor for more croissants, in his (then) schoolboy French, and she not only understood but smiled and brought more. A lot more. This was enough to propel him into the study of French language, literature and society at the Universities of Reading (England) and Toulouse (France). He still bears the scars.

Later, Steve studied Linguistics at Macquarie University, majoring in Phonetics with the sole objective of ensuring your French accent will be the most authentic in northern Sydney. He has taught English to French-speakers, French to English-speakers, Phonetics to trainee speech therapists, and Computer Programming to aspiring geeks and nerds.

Steve believes language and linguistics are (a) the most useful and flexible tool in humanity’s toolbox and (b) fun. He thinks that after our 8-week gallop through the basic French you need for survival, you will say “Non, je ne regrette rien”.

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

Course testimonials:

  • Dominique is a great teacher -so patient and encouraging.
  • Very knowledgeable teacher, Made the course fun and enjoyable.

Contact us

Narrabeen Annex: 1525 Pittwater Road,
North Narrabeen NSW 2101
Office Hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm, Mon to Fri

Brookvale Campus: Level 1, 14 William St, Brookvale NSW 2100
Office Hours: 9.00am to 4.00pm, Tues and Thur

Post: NBCC Reply Paid 1966, Dee Why NSW 2099

Phone: 02 9970 1000

Registered Training Organisation Code 90113