Strengthen and improve your basic French with this lower intermediate course. It comprises three modules set out across three terms, starting in October, and taught at progressive levels.
This course enables students to communicate with more variation and fluency to feel confident in most everyday situations with French native speakers. Listening, speaking, reading and writing skills are built upon and advanced main points in French grammar are covered. It also aims to broaden understanding of the French culture and way of life.
The course consists of one evening class a week for a total of 30 weeks; spread across three modules, the French Lower Intermediate short course is ideal for those with various commitments or working full time.
All of our language short courses are taught by qualified native speakers and delivered at City, University of London’s main campus, in the heart of the capital.
You can order escargots in a restaurant with panache, ask directions to the château and have a chat whilst queuing at the boulangerie. You are comfortable asking how much that jolie petite robe costs in the village market and can talk de la pluie et du beau temps with your French colleagues. But now you want to have a more sophisticated conversation in French.
During your holidays, you want to be able to understand what the lady explains to you about the various cheeses au marché and grasp the wine grower’s lengthy description à la dégustation. You want to read a book in French and broaden your conversation at a meeting avec vos clients français.
This course is designed to improve fluency and understanding of the French language giving students the confidence to communicate in a social or work situation.
The French Lower Intermediate (Year 3) course is ideal if you have completed the French Beginners Refresher (Year 2) course or you have a rusty but good GCSE.
This course consists of three modules taught at progressive levels, starting with Module One in October. We only advise joining Module Two or Module Three if you are already familiar with the content from earlier modules (see the What will I learn? section below for module content). You can check your level using our online guidelines.
Please note that some topics of French Year 2 (Lower Intermediate) will be revised at the beginning of the academic year. The course outline below is only a guide and topics will be studied according to students' needs and progress.
The French Lower Intermediate short course is ideal if you have one of the following:
Modules are taught at progressive levels, starting with Module One in the autumn (October).
If you wish to join Module Two of the short course (in January), you must have completed Module One or be familiar with the content taught in Module One, specified in the What will I learn? section.
If you wish to enrol on Module Three of the short course (in April/May), you must have completed both Module One and Module Two or be familiar with the content taught in these two modules, found in the What will I learn? section.
Please check your level by using our online guidelines before enrolling.
You will need to respond to instructions and read course documents in English.
The emphasis in this course is on listening and speaking. The lessons focus on language that is required in authentic situations.
Classroom activities will include:
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.
The tutor will provide learning material in class.
Agnès Shepherd studied at University College London. She has been teaching French as a foreign language for the past 18 years in a broad spectrum of institutions such as Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution, University of Westminster, Havering Sixth Form College, businesses such as Axa CS and EDF Energy. She also runs her own French workshops and cultural tours.
Agnès has a light touch approach to teaching making students' participation a priority, creating a relaxed atmosphere in which students can thrive.