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An advanced course to learn French for free online

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Using the topic of science and technology in France, this free course, Advanced French: At the science museum in Paris, will show you how to structure arguments, write a summary, use the subjunctive, report numbers and express wishes in French.

Course learning outcomes:


After studying this course, you should be able to:
express wishes, preferences and necessity
pronounce numbers and dates
summarise a text
structure arguments
use the subjunctive to express doubt.

Introduction:


This course offers you around 15 hours of interactive study in French, with audio and video material and at an advanced level, on the topic of science and technology in France. Learning Outcomes include how to express wishes, preferences and necessity, how to structure arguments, write a summary, use the subjunctive, express the conditional, pronounce numbers, and express wishes.

The material includes authentic video and sound audio recordings, texts and literary quotes that underpin the 30-plus interactive study activities presented. These include comprehension, pronunciation and grammar exercises in the skills areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Studying this course should give you a basic overview, with some interesting examples and illustrations, of the importance of science and technology in France, and of the institutions and organisations whose aim is to bring science to the people and people to the science. You also have the opportunity to extend your French vocabulary and practice some of your key skills.

Objectifs pédagogiques:


After studying this course, you should be able to:
express wishes, preferences and necessity
pronounce numbers and dates
summarise a text
structure arguments
use the subjunctive to express doubt.

Introduction to the material:

This unit takes you to a famous modern science park, located in a northern district of Paris: the City of Science and Industry, sometimes also called the Cité de la Villette. It is not a large traditional museum, but a true "city". It is a living place, where you can move from exhibition to exhibition within a large complex. As in a real city, all generations rub shoulders, from three-year-old children to curious retirees, including specialists.

The video accompanying this unit will give you an overview of the size of the buildings and will take you with the children to the part of the museum that is reserved for them. We will then visit the Cité's media library and a manager, Pierre Saliot, will tell you about the difficulties inherent in his mission of popularizing science and technology. The Cité des sciences' mission, which is to defend scientific culture at all costs and to make it an object within everyone's reach, is not unanimous, however.

Science is often seen as a difficult subject, especially mathematics, the true language of science. As mathematics most often serves as a means of selection for scientific careers, their importance cannot be overlooked if one is to access this form of knowledge. This is a theme which you will also become aware of during this unit.

Conclusion: 

This free course provided an introduction to studying Languages. It took you through a series of exercises designed to develop your approach to study and learning at a distance, and helped to improve your confidence as an independent learner.



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