French – Evening Language Course

LocationRegent Street, Central London

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 beginner French courses 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 3 of the Beginner French course.

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

Who is this class for?

French Beginner 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 £235 (£260 after 20 December)*
  • part 2 and 3 together for £400 (£445 after 20 December)*
  • all three parts together for £530 (£585 after 20 December)*

*To book all three parts, please proceed with booking Part 1 and add Parts 2 and 3 to your order when prompted during the checkout process. Please note that purchasing three parts equates to one single transaction.

Please note, bookings will close on Sunday 6 January 2019 so book early to make sure you don’t miss out.

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
14 January 2019 Part 2 Mondays 6–8pm 10 weeks £235 (£260)* Book now
14 January 2019 Part 1 Mondays 6–8pm 10 weeks £235 (£260)* Book now
16 January 2019 Part 2 Wednesdays 6–8pm 10 weeks £235 (£260)* Book now
Upcoming courses
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
15 April 2019 Part 3 Mondays 6-8pm 10 weeks £260 (£235*) Coming soon
15 April 2019 Part 2 Mondays 6–8pm 10 weeks £235 (£260)* Coming soon
17 April 2019 Part 3 Wednesdays 6–8pm 10 weeks £260 (£235*) Coming soon
24 June 2019 Part 3 Mondays and Wednesdays 6–8pm 5 weeks £260 (£235*) Coming soon
Courses no longer available
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
1 October 2018 Part 1 Mondays 6-8pm 10 weeks £260 (£235*) Already started
3 October 2018 Part 1 Wednesdays 6-8pm 10 weeks £260 (£235*) 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
  •  ‘to do’, ‘to go’ (faire, aller) + prepositions
  • near future (‘aller’ + 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 (e.g. avoir besoin de, vouloir, pouvoir, devoir)
  • present tense verbs (-ir,-re)
  • imperative 
  • possessive pronouns
  • reflexive verbs (se lever, s’habiller, se laver, se coucher)
  • negative form (ne…jamais)

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 (e.g. vivre, croire, savoir)
  • prepositions of place (e.g. sur, dans, sous)
  • negative (with ne… plus)

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 £235 (£260 after 16 September)
  • All three parts together for £530 (£585 after 16 September)*

*To book all three parts, please proceed with booking Part 1 and add Parts 2 and 3 to your order when prompted during the checkout process. Please note that purchasing three parts equates to one single transaction.

Please note, bookings will close on Sunday 6 January 2019 so book early to make sure you don’t miss out.

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
16 January 2019 Part 2 Wednesday 6–8pm 10 weeks £235 (£260)* Book now
Upcoming courses
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
17 April 2019 Part 3 Wednesdays 6–8pm 10 weeks £260 (£235*) Coming soon
Courses no longer available
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
3 October 2018 Part 1 Wednesday 6–8pm 10 weeks £260 (£235*) 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:

  • the area you live in
  • character descriptions
  • phone calls
  • the body and common ailments
  • past holidays
  • daily routine
  • Christmas traditions in France

Grammar

You will learn:

  • verbs in the present tense
  • reflexive verbs (se dépêcher, se préparer, s’amuser…)
  • verbs in the perfect tense with ‘to have’ and ‘to be’
  • adjectives and frequency adverbs
  • prepositions (à, à la, au, aux, en)
  • conditional mood (je voudrais, j’aimerais…)

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • 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

Grammar

You will learn:

  • direct pronound en
  • relative pronouns (qui/que/où)
  • 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
  • connectors (d’abord, ensuite, et puis, cependant…)

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 (pendant, il y a, depuis…)
  • 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 £235 (£260 after 16 September)
  • All three parts together for £530 (£585 after 16 September)*

*To book all three parts, please proceed with booking Part 1 and add Parts 2 and 3 to your order when prompted during the checkout process. Please note that purchasing three parts equates to one single transaction.

Please note, bookings will close on Sunday 6 January 2019 so book early to make sure you don’t miss out.

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
15 January 2019 Part 2 Tuesdays 6–8pm 10 weeks £260 (£235*) Book now
Upcoming courses
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
16 April 2019 Part 3 Tuesdays 6–8pm 10 weeks £260 (£235*) Coming soon
Courses no longer available
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
2 October 2018 Part 1 Tuesdays 6–8pm 10 weeks £260 (£235*) 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:

  • friendships and acquaintances
  • describing people
  • exchanges with neighbours
  • student 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • indirect pronouns y and en
  • gerund
  • subjunctive to express a wish or an intention
  • conditional present

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 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 £235 (£260 after 16 September)
  • All three parts together for £530 (£585 after 16 September)*

*To book all three parts, please proceed with booking Part 1 and add Parts 2 and 3 to your order when prompted during the checkout process. Please note that purchasing three parts equates to one single transaction.

Please note, bookings will close on Sunday 6 January 2019 so book early to make sure you don’t miss out.

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
16 January 2019 Part 2 Wednesdays 6–8pm 10 weeks £260 (£235*) Book now
Upcoming courses
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
17 April 2019 Part 3 Wednesdays 6–8pm 10 weeks £260 (£235*) Coming soon
Courses no longer available
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
3 October 2018 Part 1 Wednesdays 6–8pm 10 weeks £260 (£235*) 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:

  • identities and portraits
  • family life (contemporary and 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: ils étaient déjà partis quand la police est arrive)
  • agreement of past participle : ils se sont rencontrés/ ils se sont parlé
  • le passé simple in journalism and literature: la réunion des ministres eut lieu comme prévu
  • uses of the subjunctive – concession, opposition: bien qu'il ait du talent, il n'est pas célèbre
  • infinitive present and past avant de sortir, n'oublie pas ton téléphone
  • simple and complex relative pronouns: dont, laquelle etc.  
  • expressions of cause and consequence: puisque, c'est pourquoi

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • education and professional training
  • innovations
  • study of a short story and its adaptation on film
  • working life (conditions, contract, relations, mobility)
  • current affairs: politics, culture, society
  • environmental issues

Grammar

You will learn:

  • further uses of the subjunctive
  • uses of present and past conditional: tu ferais mieux de demander son avis
  • personal pronouns, double pronouns/ je lui en achète/ je le leur dis souvent
  • reported speech (concordance des temps)/ elle a demandé s'il restait des places
  • using the passé simple in story writing/ le fils du roi donna un bal
  • expressions of comparison  : plus on lit, plus on a envie de lire

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
  • justice

Grammar

You will learn:

  • condition and hypothesis: si la mer n'était pas si froide, nous nous baignerions
  • le futur antérieur: quand tu auras lu le journal,donne-le-moi!
  • les indéfinis (tout, aucun, certains...)
  • gerund, present participle and verbal adjective/ il s'est fait mal en tombant
  • improving your written style: synonyms, complex structures, interrogative form with inversion of subject/verb / pourquoi le bébé pleure-t-il?
  • revision of specific problematic grammatical points

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.

The following books can be used as reference for grammar and conjugation of verbs:

  • "Grammaire progressive du français" niveau intermédiaire" Clé international
  • "La conjugaison"  Bescherelle

Contact us

Short Course Team

E: [email protected]

T: +44(0)20 3506 9900

Course dates 2018–19

October intake
Part 1: 1 October – 7 December 2018
Part 2: 14 January – 22 March 2019
Part 3: 15 April – 21 June 2019

January intake*
Part 1: 14 January – 22 March 2019
Part 2: 15 April – 21 June 2019
Part 3: 24 June – 26 July 2019

April intake*
Part 1: 9 April – 15 June 2018
Part 2: 1 October – 7 December 2018
Part 3: 14 January – 22 March 2019 
Part 4: 15 April – 21 June 2019

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