Online ExpertTrack in Language

Intermediate French: Work, Leisure and Culture

Improve your French language skills and explore life in France, Belgium, and Switzerland, focusing on work and leisure time.

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Examine work, leisure, and cultural activities in French-speaking countries

Work, leisure, and culture play a key role in the fabric of life in the French-speaking world. If you’re exploring the opportunity of enjoying time there, for work or pleasure, it’s vital to have the language skills to thrive.

This 12-week ExpertTrack will help you become an independent and competent user of French. With a focus on employment, training, leisure, and culture, you’ll develop key language skills that you can use in a range of everyday contexts.

Enrich your vocabulary to better understand written and spoken French

You’ll start by discovering work, qualifications, and training in France and Belgium. You’ll learn to talk about jobs and workplaces, describe people’s qualities and the skills required for different roles. You’ll also develop your language and communication skills to give instructions or ask for advice in the workplace and a range of other contexts.

Next, you’ll develop your ability to understand job adverts, CVs, and application letters in French. You’ll increase your knowledge of the vocabulary required to apply for jobs, work placements, or study programmes.

You’ll also find out about job satisfaction among the French-speaking population and explore the possibilities offered by working or studying in a French-speaking country.

Improve your French language skills to talk about culture and leisure activities

You’ll explore how people in France and Belgium spend their free time and what they enjoy about it. You’ll gain the skills to review structures for talking about free time, likes and dislikes, and to extend your ability to express your ideas with reasons and reactions.

You’ll embark on a virtual cultural visit to Brussels to discover important buildings, and learn about the bande dessinée (comic books) - a literary and art form that is very popular in Belgium and France. Finally, you’ll investigate the importance of cinema in France and reflect on how films can help you improve your French language skills.

This ExpertTrack has been designed to develop your skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking, as well as perfecting your grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. Throughout your learning, you’ll have many opportunities to practise your skills with other learners if you wish to.

Key skills you will learn

  • Understanding spoken French
  • Writing and understanding written French
  • French language skills
  • Understanding video and audio documentaries and interviews
  • Understanding and producing descriptive texts
  • Preparing and producing short spoken presentations
  • Finding information on French-language websites
  • Recognising and using different language registers
  • Developing intercultural competence
  • Evaluating information

Learning outcomes

By the end of the ExpertTrack, you’ll be able to...

  • Demonstrate an understanding of a range of spoken and written communication in French relating to a variety of everyday contexts
  • Demonstrate an understanding of cultural information relating to societies where French is spoken and demonstrate an ability to reflect on cultural differences
  • Develop and demonstrate lexical, grammatical and phonological competence in spoken and written French in a variety of everyday contexts
  • Communicate successfully in spoken and written French within a range of everyday settings

Experience required

The Open University’s language ExpertTracks are designed to help you progress with each one you study.

This ExpertTrack is for those at Level A2 with a grasp of Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) who feel confident in most situations likely to arise while travelling in French-speaking countries.

To effectively develop your skills, before joining it’s suggested you complete Intermediate French: La Francophonie (People, Places, and Events).

Getting started

This ExpertTrack is ideal for those who would like to improve their spoken and written French and to deepen their understanding of French-speaking societies.

The courses are suitable for those:

  • Seeking to develop their ability to communicate in spoken and written French
  • Looking to improve their professional prospects through increased competence in French
  • Interested in developing an understanding of employment opportunities in French-speaking Europe
  • Interested in developing an understanding of leisure and culture in France and Belgium

ExpertTrack course overview

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World-class learning with The Open University

As the UK’s largest university, The Open University (OU) supports thousands of students to achieve their goals and ambitions via supported distance learning, helping to fit learning around professional and personal life commitments.

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    Top 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

Meet your instructor

Dr. Bill Alder is an Associate Lecturer in French at The Open University and has contributed to numerous French language modules. He has a special interest in French-language crime fiction.

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