This class will cover the six main tenses required for GCSE and A-level French students.: present, past perfect, imperfect, pluperfect, future and conditional. The sessions will include an explanation on the usage and the formation of regular and irregular verbs, followed by lots of examples.
Wednesday 26th January at 7:00 PM 60 mins
Week 1 will start with the basics: the present tense. We will look at when this tense is used in the French context, then practice forming regular and irregular verbs. By the end of the session you will have practiced a load of examples to fully understand how and when to use the present tense!
Wednesday 2nd February at 7:00 PM 60 mins
Week 2 will look at the past perfect, or le passé composé in French. We will look at when to use avoir/ être as the auxiliary verb, as well as discover how to form the past participle in regular and irregular verbs.
Wednesday 9th February at 7:00 PM 60 mins
Week 3 will look at another past tense - the Imperfect. We will look at how to form this tense, as well as when and why it is used in different contexts to the past perfect. You will have the chance to practice with loads of examples and fully understand the Imperfect!
Wednesday 16th February at 7:00 PM 60 mins
Week 4 will look at yet another past tense - the pluperfect. This sets verbs in a distant past, to express that you "had done" something. We will piece together the auxiliary verb in Imperfect as well as the past participle of the verb in order to create this compound tense. You will soon get the hang of it after looking at plenty of examples!
Wednesday 23rd February at 7:00 PM 60 mins
Week 5 will jump to the future and look at how to express that you "will do" something. We will look at how to form the verb, using the future stem and the future ending. By the end of this session you will have practiced with lots of examples and know how to use the future tense!
Wednesday 2nd March at 7:00 PM 60 mins
Week 6 will conclude this Master of French Tenses class. We will finish by looking at the Conditional - something that is technically classed as a mood, rather than a tense, but is nonetheless important to learn and is constructed in the same way as a tense. At the end of this class you will be able to form and use all 6 of these important tenses!
Hello! My name is Tom and I am a tutor for French and Spanish. I am studying BA Modern Languages at the University of Birmingham and really enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for the subject with my students.