French – Evening Language Course

LocationRegent Street, Central London
FacultySocial Sciences and Humanities

Would you like to learn French in London? Join one of our part-time French courses at our central London Regent Street Campus – just a few minutes' walk from Oxford Circus.

Our beginners’ French courses (Grade 1) start in October and January (2 hours a week) as well as April (1.5 hours a week). If you already have some knowledge of French you can also join part 2 or part 3 of the Beginners’ French (Grade 1) course.

We also have intermediate French classes starting in October each year.

Who is this class for?

French Beginners' (Grade 1) is the first exposure to the language, allowing you to start to communicate.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have no or little previous knowledge of French.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied French for about 20 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you have studied French for about 40 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • each part individually for £225 (£240 after 24 September)
  • the whole year for £530 (£565 after 24 September)

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
2 October 2017 Part 1 Mondays 6-8pm 10 weeks £240 (£225*) Book now
4 October 2017 Part 1 Wednesdays 6-8pm 10 weeks £240 (£225*) Book now
Courses no longer available
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
19 June 2017 Part 3 Mondays and Wednesdays 6–8pm 5 weeks £225 Already started

Course content

Our French lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • making first contact with members of a group (name, alphabet, nationalities) 
  • exchanging essential information with others in a social and professional context (profession, age, phone number, date of birth)
  • talking about tastes and leisure
  • ordering food and drinks
  • making plans for the weekend

Grammar

You will learn:

  • verbs ‘to be’, ‘to have’ (être, avoir)
  • nouns: masculine, feminine
  • negative form (ne…pas)
  • interrogative form 
  • preposition + country
  • regular verbs in the present tense
  • definite and indefinite articles
  • partitive articles (some)
  • ‘to do’, ‘to go’ (faire, aller) + prepositions
  • near future (‘going to’ + verb)

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • describing a person
  • organising an outing: time, place
  • buying clothes
  • asking and giving directions
  • talking about family
  • talking about daily routine

Grammar

You will learn:

  • use of adjectives
  • modal verbs (want, can, must, have to, need to)
  • present tense verbs (-ir,-re)
  • imperative 
  • possessive pronouns
  • reflexive verbs (to get up, to get dressed, to wash, to go to bed…)
  • demonstratives
  • negative form (with ‘never’)

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • talking about your previous weekend
  • asking for and giving your opinion
  • following instructions
  • describing a place
  • the weather
  • describing your home

Grammar

You will learn:

  • verbs in the compound past 
  • questions (formal, informal)
  • more question words
  • direct pronouns
  • irregular verbs (to believe, to live, to know…)
  • prepositions of place (on, under, in, behind)
  • negative (with ‘no longer’)
  • tonic pronouns

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests.

Learning resources

The course is based on our own materials.

This course starts in April and runs over four terms, after which you will be able to join the Pre-Intermediate (Grade 2) course.

Who is this class for?

French Beginners' (Grade 1) is the first exposure to the language, allowing you to start to communicate.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have no or little previous knowledge of French.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied French for about 15 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you have studied French for about 30 hours.
  • You can join Part 4 if you have studied French for about 45 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • each part individually for £169 (£180 after 24 September)
  • parts 2–4 for £399 (£425 after 24 September) 

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
5 October 2017 Part 2 Thursdays 6–7.30pm 10 weeks £180 (£169*) Book now

Course content

Our French lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • making first contact with members of a group (name, alphabet, nationalities)
  • exchanging essential information with others in a social and professional context (profession, age, phone number, date of birth)
  • talking about tastes and leisure
  • making basic description of someone

Grammar

You will learn:

  • verbs ‘to be’ and ‘to have’ (être, avoir)
  • nouns: masculine and feminine
  • negative form (ne…pas)
  • interrogative form
  • preposition + country
  • regular verbs in the present tense
  • definite and indefinite articles
  • ‘to do’, ‘to go’ (faire, aller) + prepositions 

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • ordering food and drinks
  • buying clothes
  • asking and giving directions
  • describing your house or flat
  • locating objects

Grammar

You will learn:

  • partitive articles (some)
  • use of adjectives
  • modal verb (have to, need to)
  • possessive pronouns
  • demonstratives
  • prepositions of place (on, under, in, behind)
  • basic imperative

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • following instructions
  • telling the time
  • making plans for the weekend
  • talking about daily routine
  • asking for information
  • accepting and declining invitations​

Grammar

You will learn:

  • near future (going to + verb)
  • reflexive verbs (to get up, to get dressed, to wash, to go to bed…)
  • negative form (with ‘never’)
  • reinforcement of the imperative
  • questions (formal, informal)
  • modal verbs (must, can, want)
  • present tense verbs (-ir,-re)

Part 4

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • talking about your previous weekend
  • talking about professional life
  • saying when you do things
  • the weather
  • talking about working and business hours
  • expressing feelings

Grammar

You will learn:

  • verbs in the compound past 
  • more question words
  • direct pronouns 
  • tonic pronouns
  • irregular verbs (to believe, to live, to know…)
  • negative (with ‘no longer’)

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students’ interests.

Learning resources

The course is based on our own materials.

Who is this class for?

This level of French is post-beginner, allowing you to extend your range of basic skills.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have already studied the French language for approximately one year or 60 hours.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied French for about 80 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you have studied French for about 100 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • each part individually for £225 (£240 after 24 September)
  • the whole year for £530 (£565 after 24 September)

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
4 October 2017 Part 1 Wednesday 6–8pm 10 weeks £240 (£225*) Book now

Course content

Our French lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • the area you live in
  • objects: shapes and materials
  • everyday actions
  • character descriptions
  • phone calls
  • the body and common ailments
  • leisure activities
  • past holidays
  • daily routine
  • Christmas traditions in France

Grammar

You will learn:

  • verbs in the present tense
  • reflexive verbs (to hurry, to ready yourself, to have fun…)
  • verbs in the perfect tense with ‘to have’ and ‘to be’
  • adjectives and frequency adverbs
  • prepositions (à, à la, au, aux, en)
  • conditional mood (would, could)

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • more elaborate directions
  • diet and lifestyle
  • town description and locations
  • how your day went
  • the way you used to be
  • a house in France
  • movies and books
  • past events
  • functions of everyday objects

Grammar

You will learn:

  • direct pronound en
  • relative pronouns
  • direct and indirect pronouns
  • perfect tense of reflexive verbs (eg, je me suis levé(e) – I got up)
  • imperfect tense (j’avais, j’étais, je faisais…)
  • imperative mood
  • question forms
  • connectors (firstly, then, therefore, however...)

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • future plans
  • degrees of ability
  • comparisons
  • people around you
  • choices and motivation
  • wishes and advices

Grammar

You will learn:

  • future tense
  • verbs in the near past tense
  • verbs in the present continuous
  • comparatives and superlatives
  • adjectives vs adverbs
  • prepositions of time (during, since, for...)
  • two different forms of 'to know' (savoirconnaître)

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests.

Learning resources

The course is based on our own materials.

Who is this class for?

You should have a good basic knowledge of the French language and its grammar.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have already studied the French language for approximately two years or 120 hours or equivalent.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied French for about 140 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you have studied French for about 160 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • each part individually for £225 (£240 after 24 September)
  • the whole year for £530 (£565 after 24 September)

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
3 October 2017 Part 1 Tuesday 6–8pm 10 weeks £240 (£225*) Book now

Course content

Our French lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • friendships and acquaintances
  • describing people
  • exchanges with neighbours
  • students' experience
  • professional experience
  • looking for a job
  • giving advice in a professional context

Grammar

You will learn:

  • past tenses: passé-composé, imparfait
  • some irregular past participles
  • relative pronouns: qui, que, à, qui
  • reported speech in the present
  • indicators of time: il y a, pendant, depuis, dans, pour
  • past tense: plus-que-parfait
  • subjunctive: formation of regular and irregular verbs (il faut que + subjunctive)

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • talking about a country and its inhabitants' stereotypes
  • living in France and abroad
  • cultural differences
  • talking about one's living environment
  • social media and traditional media
  • understanding, witnessing, reporting an event
  • giving one's opinion

Grammar

You will learn:

  • relative pronouns: où, dont
  • demonstrative pronouns
  • possessive pronouns
  • various interrogative constructions
  • indefinite pronouns
  • superlative
  • passive form
  • rules of agreement of past participle

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • cinema: presenting a film, a film director, actors
  • giving one's appreciation of a film
  • leisure activities, talking about one's interests and commitments
  • tourism and culture
  • talking about the future, making plans and suggestions
  • literature: talking about a book
  • giving one's opinion and justifying one's choice
  • agreeing and disagreeing

Grammar

You will learn:

  • place of the adverb
  • place of the adjective (reinforcement)
  • personal pronouns after a and de
  • direct object complements
  • indirect pronouns y and en
  • gerund
  • subjunctive to express a wish or an intention
  • conditional present
  • afin de, afin que - pour, pour que
  • connectors to express cause and consequence

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests.

Learning resources

We will use Alter Ego 2+ for this course. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book. We will also use the tutors' own materials.

Who is this class for?

You have a solid intermediate knowledge of the French language and its grammar, and can communicate confidently and fluently in most everyday situations.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have already studied French for three years or 180 hours.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied French for about 200 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you have studied French for about 220 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • each part individually for £225 (£240 after 24 September)
  • the whole year for £530 (£565 after 24 September)

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
4 October 2017 Part 1 Wednesdays 6–8pm 10 weeks £240 (£225*) Book now

Course content

Our French lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • identities and portraits
  • family life (with references in French literature)
  • urban and rural environment, heritage
  • travelling and tourism
  • current affairs: politics, culture 
  • trends in French society

Grammar

You will learn:

  • past tenses (uses) and future
  • agreement of past participle
  • le passé simple
  • uses of the subjunctive – concession, opposition
  • infinitive present and past
  • simple and complex relative pronouns
  • cause and consequence

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • continuing education
  • studying abroad
  • new technologies
  • study of a short story and its adaptation for television
  • working life (conditions, contract, relations, mobility)
  • current affairs: politics, culture, society

Grammar

You will learn:

  • more uses of the subjunctive
  • uses of present and past conditional
  • personal pronouns, double pronouns
  • reported speech (concordance des temps)
  • using the passé simple in story writing

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • art and literature
  • values and politics
  • French regions, departments and overseas territories
  • la Francophonie
  • cinema: study of a film, criticism
  • current affairs: politics, culture, society
  • different levels of language studied in different contexts
  • justice

Grammar

You will learn:

  • condition and hypothesis
  • le futur antérieur
  • definite, indefinite articles
  • gerund, present participle and verbal adjective
  • indefinite pronouns
  • improving your written style: synonyms, complex structures, interrogative form with inversion of subject/verb

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests.

Learning resources

We will use the tutor's own materials.

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Languages information evening

If you are thinking of taking an evening language course with us, why not come along to our Evening Language Programme information evening on 12 September 2017?

Course dates 2017–18

September intake
Part 1: 2 October – 8 December 2017
Part 2: 15 January – 23 March 2018
Part 3: 9 April – 15 June 2018

January intake*
Part 1: 15 January – 23 March 2018
Part 2: 9 April – 15 June 2018
Part 3: 18 June – 20 July 2018

April intake*
Part 1: 10 April – 16 June 2017
Part 2: 2 October – 8 December 2017
Part 3: 15 January – 23 March 2018
Part 4: 9 April – 15 June 2018

*Please note that not every language has a January or April intake.