French Circle

The Cheadle College

This is for students who are already very proficient in the language in spoken and written forms and who wish to practise it in a range of situations. Items of personal interest to students are covered, together with current events. French is used almost entirely in this class.


What skills do I need?  You will need to have studied French successfully up to a level above GCSE and be able to converse freely in a group situation.

How will I learn?  You will learn by a variety of methods which will develop your ability to speak, write, read and understand French. The main emphasis will however be on understanding basic spoken and written French and the ability to communicate effectively and accurately. You will spend a considerable amount of time practising the spoken language each week and dialogues recorded by native speakers will enhance your ability to understand what you hear.

Will there be coursework?  During the year you will build up a portfolio of work which will represent the progress you have made in the language.

How much practical work is there?  In one sense everything you do is practical as it is designed to help you to speak and understand French in basic everyday situations which you are likely to meet on a visit to France and when dealing with French speakers.

Who takes it?  Anyone who wants to study French in a structured way and who wishes to work with like-minded fellow students under the weekly guidance of a tutor.

What can I do with it?  You can use the knowledge you gain on visits to French speaking countries or to communicate with French speakers. It will also provide a firm foundation for developing your language skills to a higher level in subsequent years.

Any other useful information?  Please do not purchase anything until after the first session. Bring paper and pencil to the first session unless asked to bring other equipment.