French Beginners Refreshers (Year 1)  Short Courses

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Thursday 5 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 1) CS1841 Enrolment Closed
Thursday 18 January 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 2) CS1841 Apply Now
Thursday 3 May 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 3) CS1841 Apply Now
Thursday 5 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 30 classes over 3 terms £560.00
(All Terms)
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Course Content

Have you gained a basic everyday conversation level of French, or completed the French Year 1 Beginners or the French Fast-Track course, yet do not feel ready to join the Lower Intermediate Year 2 course?

Perhaps it’s French pronunciation that is still causing you trouble or you are looking to build your confidence in speaking in French or you feel French grammar is a mystery.

If you feel that a longer exposure in the target language would be essential before making the jump to Year 2, then the French Beginners Refreshers short course is ideal for you.

This short course is taught in French and runs over three terms. The course concentrates on improving your listening and speaking skills. Basic grammar and vocabulary will be revised.

This enables students to gain confidence and ability in understanding and communicating on everyday topics with better fluency while broadening their knowledge of the French culture and way of life.

If you missed the October enrolment and you already have some knowledge of French, you can join the French Beginners Refreshers course in Term 2 or 3 but you will need to have your level assessed. You can do this by checking your level using our online guidelines.

Why choose the French Refresher short course?

Delivered by native speakers, our French Beginners Refreshers short course is the ideal course for anyone who has completed our French Beginners course.

The programme is taught over ten weekly evenings from our central London campus.

Tutor Info

Agnès Shepherd studied at University College London. She has been teaching French as a foreign language for the past 20 years in a broad spectrum of institutions such as Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution, University of Westminster, Havering Sixth Form College, AXA Corporate Solutions and EDF Energy. She also runs her own French Workshops and cultural trips within France. Agnès has a light touch approach to teaching, making students' participation a priority, creating a relaxed atmosphere in which students can thrive.


Even though listening, speaking and pronouncing may be an issue for you, you should have some notions of the basic grammar and you should also be able to carry out a simple conversation; or approximately 40 hours of formal prior study; or have a “rusty” French GCSE.

English Requirements

You will need to respond to instructions and read course documents in English.

What will I learn?

Term 1

Topics covered

Travel; Describing places and journeys; Food and France overseas; Past, present and future events.

Basic pronunciation

Word endings; French vowels; Difficult sounds (‘u’, ‘tion’,’r’…), diphtongs (‘eu’, ‘on’, ‘ai’, ‘in’…); Nasal sounds (‘on’ ‘un’, ‘an’…); ‘s’ and ‘ss’ and ‘z’.

Grammatical structures

Consolidation of the present, Complete revision the past tense (Perfect) and future tense; Relative clauses: 'Une ville qui est en Alsace / Une ville que j'aime'; Complete review of all partitives and prepositions (du, de la, des; au, à la, aux…); introduction to direct and indirect pronouns (him, her, them; to his, to her, to them); Introduction to 'y', ‘j'y retrournerai’.

Learning objectives

*Perfecting pronunciation of basic French sounds *Recognising sounds in short French clips *Expressing opinions *Agreeing and disagreeing *Talking about past actions *Giving small presentations *Making complaints and compliments *Making plans for the future *Expressing nuances

Term 2

Topics covered

Tastes; Food; Appearance; Likes and dislikes; La vie citadine.

More complex pronunciation

Difficult sounds (‘j’, ‘ge/gu’,’ç’, ‘p +consonant’…); Stem-changing verbs; Clusters with ‘L’; ‘La liaison’; Silent ‘h’; Differentiating ‘é’ and ‘è’, ‘ou’ and ‘u’.

Grammatical structures

Consolidation of adjectives, superlatives and comparatives; Adverbs; Relative clauses (ce que, ce qui); Revision of the Imperative; Consolidation of negatives (ne…plus/jamais/rien…); pronouns 'y' and ‘en’ ‘j’en voudrais deux, merci’, j’y vais demain’; Interrogative sentences.

Learning objectives

*Perfecting pronunciation of more complex sounds French sounds *Listening and understanding more complex French clips *Expressing wishes and preferences *Ordering and asking for details *Talking about events *Participating to a small debate *Making plans and organising *Giving instructions

Term 3

Topics covered

Country living; Heritage and traditions; Rules and regulations in the public sphere and at home; Internet language and texting.

Further pronunciation

Rhythmic groups; Difficult sounds (‘ouille’, several ‘r’ in a word, ‘ui’,’’…); Interrogative intonation; Regional accents.

Grammatical structures

Introduction to the Imperfect tense; Modal verbs (can, want to, must, need to …); Recent past and near future (venir de +infinitif / aller +inf.); Expressions of time (pour, pendant, depuis, il y a…); Consolidation of pronouns; use of the infinitives.

Learning objectives

*Perfecting intonation and accent *Listening and understanding some news (radio or tv)  *Expressing emotions and desires *Presenting a topic of your choice *Talking about social media *Understanding and giving instructions *Expressing personal aspirations and goals

Teaching and Assessment

The emphasis of this French Beginners Refreshers (Year 1) course is on listening and speaking. The lessons concentrate on language that is required in authentic situations.

Classroom activities will include: role-playing, class room discussion, pair and group work, work on pronunciation and intonation as well as grammar in context. Listening to audio clips and watching videos are an important element in our lessons. More comprehensive grammar exercises and reading texts are generally set as homework.

All evaluation will take place in a relaxed and informal setting.

Recommended Reading

The tutor will provide materials in class.

Leads To...

Having successfully completed French Beginners Refreshers (Year 1), students can progress to French Lower Intermediate Course (Year 2).

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