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:

  • Part 1 for £267 (£297 after 31 July)*
  • Parts 1, 2 and 3 together for £550 (£607 after 31 July)*

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 3 Parts together equates to one single transaction therefore we do not accept cancellation requests for Parts 2 and 3 individually. Cancellations requests must be made more than 16 days before the start of Part 1.

Please note, bookings will close on Sunday 15 September 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
23 September 2019 Part 1 Mondays 6-8pm 11 weeks £297 (£267*) Book now
24 September 2019 Part 1 Tuesdays 6-8pm 11 weeks £297 (£267*) Book now
Upcoming courses
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
13 January 2020 Part 2 Mondays 6–8pm 11 weeks £297 (£267)* Coming soon
14 January 2020 Part 2 Tuesdays 6–8pm 11 weeks £297 (£267)* Coming soon
20 April 2020 Part 3 Mondays 6-8pm** 8 weeks £297 (£267*) Coming soon
21 April 2020 Part 3 Tuesdays 6–8pm 8 weeks £297 (£267*) Coming soon

**No classes on Monday 25 May 2020 (bank holiday).

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. The distribution of content across parts may vary from one year to the next depending on the length of parts.

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:

  • Part 1 for £267 (£297 after 31 July)*
  • Parts 1, 2 and 3 together for £550 (£607 after 31 July)*

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 3 Parts together equates to one single transaction therefore we do not accept cancellation requests for Parts 2 and 3 individually. Cancellations requests must be made more than 16 days before the start of Part 1.

Please note, bookings will close on Sunday 15 September 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
25 September 2019 Part 1 Wednesday 6–8pm 11 weeks £297 (£267*) Book now
Upcoming courses
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
15 January 2020 Part 2 Wednesdays 6–8pm 11 weeks £297 (£267)* Coming soon
22 April 2020 Part 3 Wednesdays 6–8pm 8 weeks £297 (£267*) Coming soon

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

In this term, we will cover:

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

Grammar

You will learn:

  • reflexive verbs (se dépêcher, se préparer, s’amuser…)
  • verbs in the perfect tense with ‘to have’ and ‘to be’
  • placement of adjectives
  • revision of partitives du, de la, des
  • 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
  • lifestyle
  • 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)
  • 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

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • future plans
  • stating level of ability
  • people around you
  • house DIY
  • choices and motivation
  • wishes and advice

Grammar

You will learn:

  • future tense
  • verbs in the near past tense
  • verbs in the present continuous
  • comparatives and superlatives
  • direct and indirect pronoums le, la, les, lui, leur
  • prepositions of time (pendant, il y a, depuis…)
  • conditional mood

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. The distribution of content across parts may vary from one year to the next depending on the length of parts.

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:

  • Part 1 for £267 (£297 after 31 July)*
  • Parts 1, 2 and 3 together for £550 (£607 after 31 July)*

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 3 Parts together equates to one single transaction therefore we do not accept cancellation requests for Parts 2 and 3 individually. Cancellations requests must be made more than 16 days before the start of Part 1.

Please note, bookings will close on Sunday 15 September 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
24 September 2019 Part 1 Tuesdays 6–8pm 11 weeks £297 (£267*) Book now
Upcoming courses
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
14 January 2020 Part 2 Tuesdays 6–8pm 11 weeks £297 (£267*) Coming soon
21 April 2020 Part 3 Tuesdays 6–8pm 8 weeks £297 (£267*) Coming soon

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

In this term, we will cover:

  • talking about your life
  • asking/giving an opinion
  • talking about dreams
  • telling an anecdote
  • presenting a city
  • discussing holiday home swap
  • buying a house in France

Grammar

You will learn:

  • past tense revision: passé-composé
  • past tense revision: imparfait
  • Introduction to passé-composé & imparfait used concomitantly
  • all negative forms
  • direct pronouns: le, la, les, y, en
  • relative pronouns: qui, que, où, dont

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • talking about transport
  • living in a city
  • discussing ecology
  • discussing technology
  • talking about sport
  • expressing speculation

Grammar

You will learn:

  • gerund
  • relative pronouns: lequel, laquelle, lesquels, lesquelles
  • introduction to subjunctive mood
  • use of superlative
  • combining present and future tenses in a clause
  • combining imperfect tense and conditional mood in a clause
  • use of à and de after a verb

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • explaining a chain of events
  • expressing regret
  • expressing intention
  • presenting a region
  • discussing environmental problems
  • talking about social media

Grammar

You will learn:

  • combination of direct/indirect pronouns
  • past tenses: passé-composé and imparfait used concomitantly
  • past conditional mood
  • subjunctive mood
  • relative pronoums duquel, auquel
  • passive voice
  • reported speech

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. The distribution of content across parts may vary from one year to the next depending on the length of parts.

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:

  • Part 1 for £267 (£297 after 31 July)*
  • Parts 1, 2 and 3 together for £550 (£607 after 31 July)*

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 3 Parts together equates to one single transaction therefore we do not accept cancellation requests for Parts 2 and 3 individually. Cancellations requests must be made more than 16 days before the start of Part 1.

Please note, bookings will close on Sunday 15 September 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
23 September 2019 Part 1 Mondays 6–8pm 11 weeks £297 (£267*) Book now
Upcoming courses
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
13 January 2020 Part 2 Mondays 6–8pm 11 weeks £297 (£267*) Coming soon
20 April 2020 Part 3 Mondays 6–8pm** 8 weeks £297 (£267*) Coming soon

**No classes on Monday 25 May 2020 (bank holiday).

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

In this term, we will cover:

  • advertisements and opinions
  • the French West Indies – La Guadeloupe
  • films and interpretation
  • poems and songs
  • current affairs

Grammar

You will learn about:

  • adverbs to express subtleties
  • imperative forms, indirect injunctions and nominal phrases to give advice (e.g. Arrêtez-vous... ; si j'étais vous...; devoir/ falloir; “Fraiche par nature”)
  • negatives and restriction (ne..pas/ jamais/ rien …/ ni...ni; rien ne...; personne ne...; ne...que; …)
  • the subjunctive mood to express feelings (e.g. verbes de sentiment + que...; Je ne supporte pas qu’ils fassent du bruit)
  • direct and reported speech
  • impersonal structures (“Il m’est difficle de devoir vous quitter.”)
  •  the passive voice (On l’a envoyé en mission)

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • debating and conveying personal points of view
  • writing the critique of a film, a book, an exhibition or a show
  • humans and machines
  • discrimination
  • current affairs

Grammar and/ or language structures

You will learn about:

  • The subjunctive (after phrases expressing opinion, restriction and goals) (e.g. “Nous prendrons l’avion, à moins qu'il (n’) y ait grève.")
  • Anaphors to avoid repetitions (Personal pronouns; demonstratives: “Celui, celle...”; “le mine; la mienne”; Object pronouns....)
  • Nominalisation (Ouvrir ==>  L’ouverture)
  • Tenses and moods (as relevant, revisions present, past, future tenses; conditional, imperative, subjunctive moods

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • la Francophonie
  • work environment and vision
  • particularities of regions of France (e.g. Brittany, Corsica…)
  • Current affairs

Grammar and/ or language aspects

You will learn about:

  • connectors and conjunctions (quand; lorsque; tandis que; tant que;en attendant que/ non pas que/ à moins que... + subjunctive)
  • personal pronouns and double personal pronouns
  • figurative language (e.g.: “L’Hexagone = La France; L’Ile aux belles eaux = La Guadeloupe; Le toit du monde = L’Himalaya)

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. The distribution of content across parts may vary from one year to the next depending on the length of parts.

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

Evening Language Programme information evening

Come along to our information evening on 5 September 2019 to talk to our tutors and sign up for your language class.

Read more and register for the information evening

Course dates 2019–20

September intake
Part 1: 23 September – 6 December 2019
Part 2: 13 January – 27 March 2020
Part 3: 20 April – 12 June 2020*
Part 3: 20 April – 19 June 2020**

*For courses running on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only.
** For courses running on Mondays only (No classes on Bank Holiday Monday 25 May 2020).

January intake
Part 1: 13 January – 3 April 2020
Part 2: 20 April – 12 June 2020
Part 3: 15 June – 17 July 2020*

*Classes in Part 3 run twice a week.