En français, s’il te plaît

02 Apr

There’s only two more weeks left of the first term of my French classes, so I have a decision to make. Do I continue on with the (very friendly) group I am with, doing French 3 next term, or do I make the jump to a different teacher and Intensive French 3 and 4 next term?

My inclination is to jump. If I do, I can do French 5 and 6 the following term and actually maybe be able to speak with some hint of competence when I am there in October. It’s much more full-on, with classes lasting twice as long and (probably) twice the homework/revision, but possibly will be more rewarding too.

If I jump and can’t keep up because work gets busy or whatever, I can drop back to French 3 or just do French 5 the following term. If I stick with French 3 next term, I am stuck doing only French 4 the following term as they don’t have a 4-5 grouping.

It all sounds much more complicated than it really is.

Meanwhile, though I learned something interesting chatting with my teacher. He reckons that French 5-6 gets you up to “Year 12 standard”. That is when kids have typically learned a language for 6 years.

So in 3 terms of adult ed (6×15 hours of instruction) we are reaching a level that takes school students 6 years to achieve.

This rings true for me on many many levels, with the sole possible exception of practice time. I will need to be more disciplined about revising between classes if I want to stay on top of things in a more intensive class.

Not sure what I will do about a class in Term IV this year. Term IV starts October 6th, so I would miss the first  4 weeks of class … on the other hand, if I don’t enrol in something then I will miss a full term. There’s time to decide that later, though 🙂


Posted by on April 2, 2008 in french


4 responses to “En français, s’il te plaît

  1. ekted

    April 2, 2008 at 12:55 am

    What does “revision” mean in this context. I hear it often in the context of a class, but it makes no sense. What are you changing?

  2. melissainau

    April 2, 2008 at 1:04 am

    British: To study again

    That’s also the common usage here. You “revise” for a test – you go over your notes, I guess the idea of checking for and correcting mistakes comes into it too. But mostly it is studying up on something again.

  3. Friendless

    April 2, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    > able to speak with some hint of competence when I am there in October

    OMG WTF you silly person! Essen is in *GERMANY*.

  4. melissainau

    April 2, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    OMG RLY?!?

    But … I have hotel bookings … and I have done a term of French now 😦

    That’s it. The Esseners will have to secede.

    So much for “The German game revolution” – it will be “La Revolution des jeux français”

    Also, if that was not Good French? It was deliberate. Because that is the way they will speak in the New Essen.


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