French Beginners Summer Intensive (Year 1)  Short Courses

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Monday 30 April 2018 18:00 - 21:00 20 classes over 10 weeks
(Mondays & Wednesdays)
£510.00 CS1844 Apply Now

Course Content

Whether you plan on climbing the Eiffel Tower, ordering food in the gastronomic capital of France, Lyon, or simply having a go at a game of pétanque on the Côte d’Azur, this intensive French summer course is for you.

Learn French from scratch with this intensive summer course designed for complete beginners who want to quickly gain social communication skills to get by in France in daily life situations.

This is an intensive French short course requiring regular attendance and homework commitments between lessons, as the content of three terms are covered in one.

Why choose the French Summer Intensive short course?

Expect to be immersed in the French language even at this early stage with many speaking and group work activities.

With the support of a tutor to facilitate your learning in class and outside the class with electronic means, students are able to engage in a mini conversation with French native speakers at the end of the course.

By the end of the course students will have covered the syllabus normally covered in Term 1, Term 2, and Term 3 of French Beginners (Year 1). If you would like to continue your studies you can join French Beginners Refreshers or French Lower Intermediate (Year 2) from October.

Tutor Info

Frederic Fournier qualified at the Sorbonne University in Paris. He has been teaching French as a foreign language in London for the past fifteen years at several higher education organisations such as the Westminster University and the City Lit Institute. He also teaches French at corporate organisations such as the European Bank for Research and Development.

Marie-Pierre Pérez qualified at the Orléans University in Orleans and La Sorbonne University in Paris. She has been teaching French in London for the past eleven years at several higher education institutions such as Westminster University. She has also been providing language training at international companies. Marie-Pierre possesses a passion for theatre and has qualified at the Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique in Orléans. She has performed as leading actress and led many French drama workshops within French Institutes abroad - Morocco, Germany, Lebanon, Mexico, Switzerland.


No prior knowledge required. Learners should be highly motivated and ready to engage in a demanding learning curve.

English Requirements

You will need to respond to instructions and read course documents in English. Some instructions and basic grammar explanation will be given in English

What will I learn?

Topics covered

To ask and answer questions about your daily routine and requesting information on everyday life activities such as: Greetings, introduce yourself and someone else, asking questions on jobs, nationalities, accommodations, families, locations, weather day of the week, months, seasons, using transports and buying tickets, wearing and choosing clothes including colours, buying and shopping for vegetable, fruits and any kind of food, ordering meals and drinks in a restaurant or at the bar, exercising sports and visiting places or exhibitions, expressing your preferences, likes and dislikes.

Grammatical structures

Basic verbs such as “être and avoir” ( to be and to have) with their conjugation in the present tense; Frequent verbs such as “manger, marcher, regarder, téléphoner, écouter, travailler; Definite and indefinite articles « le, la, les (the) », « un, une, des »; Possessive adjectives  «  mon, ma, mes » ( my) will follow in conjunction with   masculine and feminine nouns; Interrogative and negative question forms; Key words, qui (who) où ( where) and quand ( when).
Modal verbs such “vouloir, pouvoir, devoir” (to want, to be able to, must; Pronouns for direct and indirect objects such as “lui” ( him or her) and “leur” (their); More key question words such as “pourquoi and parce-que” ( why and because); More adjective and their agreement; The three main French grammatical tenses, present, past and immediate future.

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
*Understanding magazines and newspapers

Teaching and Assessment

The emphasis in this French course is on listening and speaking. The lessons focus 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.

Your progress will be assessed on an on-going basis through homework and performance in class. You will receive verbal feedback from your lecturer when appropriate and written feedback with your homework. All evaluation will take place in a relaxed and informal setting.

Recommended Reading

“ Façon de Parler 1” Hodler & Sloughton publisher
“ Le Français à grande vitesse” Hachette Publishing
"Alter Ego" French and European Publications Inc

Leads To...

Having successfully completed the French Beginners Summer Intensive (Year 1) short course, you can progress to French Beginners Plus Course (Year 1).

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