practise conversation skills at an intense level, ensuring that speech is both accurate and extensive.
French tuition may practise memory and recall strategies in order to help students grow accustomed with even the most challenging vocabulary. To interact with others successfully, candidates need to blend their technical knowledge with an awareness of mood, register, and social appropriateness, and to constantly underpin this with an understanding of French culture and society. A French tutor is a useful tool for gaining this as they share their background, experience and passion for France and French-speaking people with each individual. The transferable skills of language learning equip young people to compete in an increasingly global workplace environment, and to develop as broad-minded, socially-responsible citizens.
BEGINNERS...Initially, students need to grasp basic vocabulary in context-based, thematical units such as Living and Working, Culture and Society, Relationships, Emotions and Contemporary Issues. Topics such as these are generally relevant to the growing individual and their concerns, introducing personal, vocational, transactional and vocational language types in set phrases and conversations. A French tutor aims to solidify this work and move students beyond it, towards understanding the mechanics of language itself, enabling them to adapt it for complex and alternative contexts. The flexibility this allows is hugely rewarding and improves competency in oral tests and written tasks. Candidates are expected to prepare talks, carry out role-play, and write essays under timed supervision. They also sit examinations to test their reading and listening skills, and tuition sessions can be amended to focus on the least confident areas for each student.
ADVANCED...As students progress, French tuition can be highly valuable in attaining the communicative competency and sophistication required of them, as they begin to discuss more complex themes such as Education and Work, Lifestyles, and International Cultures. A variety of media may be encountered such as film, music or literature, and some students begin to appropriate their French language skills to particular work-related contexts. At this level, a broader understanding is expected of contemporary French culture and history, and this contributes to linguistic ability to communicate effectively and intelligently. A French tutor will encourage students to take confidence expressing their own opinions and ideas, as they start to tackle controversial societal issues such as identity, politics and the environment. Consideration of current affairs allows students to identify more thoroughly with French people and make perceptive comparisons with British and other cultures.
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