• Andrew Starr

Portsmouth College Improvers Spring 2019 (Thursdays)

Welcome to the blog for the Adult Education Improver's Class at Portsmouth College.

Links are highlighted in blue bold and should take you to another webpage or download a resource to your computer.

An easier to remember link to this blog page is ...

Radio Garden is a good source of free internet radio. This one takes you directly to a radio station near Lannion in Brittany where I once lived.

I will use some materials from this coursebook during the course. You might like to get a copy yourselves. Amazon sell it for between £10 and £15.

It is also possible I will use materials from this book aimed at intermediate learners. It is a rarer book and much more expensive. However it may be of use for those seeking to attain B1/B2 level in French.

The next term's classes are up online at this link - click on the languages button. Just beginners and this improvers class though.

Thursday March 14th 2019

We will look at booking hotels today - resources used are not free of copyright so I will not be able to add many here.

Here is a PowerPoint introducing the vocabulary for hotels

Here is a document about the booking of a hotel

Thursday March 7th 2019

We will focus on the travel and transport aspect more today, looking at stations and airports in particular.

Worksheets below on Transport will be useful for you.

Thursday February 28th 2019

Today we will delve into the wonderful world of travel and transport and making appointments.

Most importantly we will revise how to talk about the time in French. How the French tend to refer to the time during day and how they write the time...

We will look at different modes of transport, but in particular focus on the railways.

Here is a PowerPoint about train tickets (some vocal is no longer possible, but it doesn't hurt to be aware.)

Lots of extra practice on telling the time (should you need it)

A poster with essential vocabulary (some of which is no longer possible)

A picture match for time

A snake puzzle for time

A match up exercise for modes of transport

A PowerPoint about the time

A picture match about modes of transport

Thursday February 14th 2019

Today while looking at ordering food and drink in a restaurant we will look at:

Making reservations and spelling your name(s) using the French Alphabet.

Talking about what you like and don't like to eat (especially if where you are has a particular regional dish... e.g. "Tripes à la mode de Caen"

Cultural differences and what the names for basic eating implements are.

Here is a sheet about the alphabet - which was used previously by those who attended the beginners class

Here is a document including missing cutlery etc

This document - will help you remember numbers in French

This video is the original version of the song which can be seen on the beginners page on this blog - not sure which one is the most 'effective'

Thursday February 7th 2019

Today we will look at ordering food and drink in a café or restaurant.

We will revise the alphabet and spelling

Here is a PowerPoint about the canteen

Here is a PowerPoint about mealtimes

Here is a matching exercise about drinks

Here is a matching exercise about food and grammar

Here is a role play about eating in a restaurant.

Here is a reading text about meals

Here is a vocal matching exercise set in a café

Thursday January 31st 2019

I am at a meeting at Highbury College until about 6:30 so I will not be so early this evening.

We looked into discussing houses and their contents. Some documents I have are copyright and will be issued to you in print next week.

We looked at the formation of the present tense of 'er verbs - a reminder of grammar (or an introduction to grammar) concerning the conjugation of verbs.

The PowerPoint including the grammar point is here.

The PowerPoint used to introduce rooms is here

An Event of possible interest...

If you are interested in Portsmouth twin cities (Caen, France and Duisburg, Germany) I am the chair of the Twinning Association know as Portsmouth European Cities Twinning Committee. We are holding a Gala Event hosted by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth in the Lord Mayor's Banqueting Suite at Portsmouth Guildhall on Friday, January 25th from 7pm with music from the Fine Voice Academy and Miss Becki Short, Quiz rounds, raffle (main prize is a return ticket for a car and up to 5 people on the Brittany Ferries Caen Route including cabins - worth anything up to £600 depending on when it is taken)

Direct Link to Eventbrite here:

Further information on Portsmouth's Twin cities can be found at

Thursday January 24th 2019

In this lesson we will look at using public services, such as the bank and the Tourist Information Centre in France.

Here is a PowerPoint about the Bank/Bureau de Change

Here is a PowerPoint about the Tourist Information Centre

Here is a document about things you might ask for in a town

Here is a document about where things ought to be found (town, country, both)

For further extension on the theme of public services, here are some extra documents I can share online

A conversation to prepare at the Tourist Information Centre.

A GCSE Conversation model to adapt to begin talking about your town.

Thursday January 17th 2019

This is the first lesson, you need to fill in and check your registration papers and I need to check identity - this should have been told to you on registration.

During this lesson we will look at what you already may know. You will do a varying difficulty attainment level test, this is just to give me an idea of your current level so I can better plan to 'improve' your attainment.

You will find resources I can share for the class on this page. Other materials which are copyright I cannot share here. From next week we will know how we are going to progress.

When you feel confident enough, why not join the Facebook Group 'French Speakers in Portsmouth' to practise some more and meet some new people.


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