French Year 3 (Upper Intermediate)  Short Courses

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Tuesday 3 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 1) CS1807 Enrolment Closed
Tuesday 16 January 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 2) CS1807 Apply Now
Tuesday 1 May 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 3) CS1807 Apply Now
Tuesday 3 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 30 classes over 3 terms £560.00
(All 3 Terms)
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Course Content

This course, previously called French Intermediate, follows on from French Lower Intermediate Year 2 course and the topics covered include social and work situations in France. It runs over three terms that progressively build on one another. Students improve their oral and written fluency by reading and discussing newspaper articles, watching videos and listening to audio materials. Grammar is also revised to improve spoken and written accuracy. This course enables students to confidently take part in discussions, give short presentations and read and write to a high standard in addition to gaining a deeper understanding of the French culture.

For an October/ Term 1 start the completion of French Lower Intermediate (Year 2) is required or the equivalent of around 120 hours of French. You can join the course in Term 2 or Term 3 if you already have some significant knowledge of the language. Please make sure you have the correct level by using our online guidelines as well as checking the "What will I learn" section for familiar topics.

Why choose the French Upper Intermediate short course?

Our French Intermediate short course is taught by native French speakers ensuring academic excellence.

Thanks to our central London location the course also provides fantastic flexibility, delivered in 10 weekly sessions for each term for a total of 30 weeks.

Tutor Info

Term 1 & 2 Lucinda Taylor-Callier (MSc, MRes) studied in Paris. She has taught French as a foreign language for over ten years across all levels and in a variety of institutions. She is a poet and she has published three full-length collections of poems.

Term 3 - 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.


You should have some knowledge of the subjunctive, the use of gerunds and since/for/ during; able to speak quite fluently in most daily topics; understand newspapers and can follow discussions on topics of current interests; or approximately 120 hours of formal prior study/or have a “rusty” A-level.

What will I learn?

Please note that some topics of French Year 2 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.

Term 1

Topics covered

Topics taught in French Year 2 that are covered again:  Past events; events in the recent past and near future; work and studies; leisure activities.
Social and work situations in France:  Town and country, housing; Every day current vocabulary; Idiomatic expressions; Lifestyles; Interviews; education + individual presentations (10' powerpoint presentation on a topic that the student has chosen + 5-10' discussion with the group and individual feedback) + end of term assessment

Grammatical structures

Revision of present tense, recent past, near future and future; Perfect and imperfect tenses; Possessive pronouns; Simple relative pronouns (I): qui/que/où/dont; Interrogative structures; Comparative and superlative; verbs and prepositions; hypotheses (present and past); conditional; adverbs.

Learning objectives

o    Exchanging points of view in a social/professional context with dialogues and e-mails
o    building up more complex sentences with interrogative forms
o    referring to past and future events
o    Understanding texts in the past, describing past events and experiences.
o    Present and defend a personal opinion; being able to structure the speech in a more detailed and natural way;
o    Expand vocabulary and range of idiomatic expressions;
o    Improve communication skills in the target language both  in writing and speaking confidence (eg talk about yourself, your activities and projects more naturally);
o    Learn more about French culture.

Term 2

Topics covered

Travelling: interviews of expatriates; Moving abroad: Planning and discussing as a group; Holidays choices; food and recipes; health; environment; news/current affairs with a comparative approach + individual presentations; authentic resources audio and video.

Grammatical structures

Restriction: ne…que; Conditional; Subjunctive (I) Introduction; The situation in space and time: il y a/ depuis ; connectors; composed relative pronouns ; impersonal forms; complex interrogatives.

Learning objectives

o    Developing more spoken fluency with prepared topics and vocabulary
o    Being able to talk about the future and make hypotheses
o    Being able to give notions of time, duration, etc.
o    Enriching vocabulary to be able to give one's impressions (enthusiasm, indifference, dislike).
o    Approving, disagreeing, justifying a choice, expressing intention
o    French social current affairs/ learn more about French society

Term 3

Topics covered

Work situations in France (work on Sundays); Topical questions of society, current affairs; Letter writing; Setting up a project; NGO's/volunteering projects; arts, literature and cinema; creative writing.

Grammatical structures

Subjunctive (II) use and irregular constructions; Word order (with adverbs, in negative sentences); Pronouns: en, y; Demonstrative pronouns; Interrogative pronouns; Prepositions after certain verbs; Formation of adverbs  => review of what has been covered in terms 1 and 2 and adding layers in complex elements such as subjunctive, irregular constructions,...

Learning objectives

o    Taking part in discussions
o    Acquiring vocabulary and expressions when comparing, disagreeing, being able to express intention
o    Improving listening comprehension on prepared topics: dialogues between two people
o    Writing letter and e-mail expressing disappointment/ disagreement.
o    Complaining
o    Argumentation (developing a critical point of view on a general or specialised topic)
o    Start to have a sense of fun and creativity in the target language

Teaching and Assessment

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: class room discussion, pair and group work, project work, as well as grammar in context; role-play; individual presentations; assignments/homework with individual feedback. 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.

Progress will be assessed on an on-going basis through homework and performance in class. Students receive verbal feedback from the short course tutor when appropriate, as well as written feedback for work completed outside of class time.

Recommended Reading

Alter EGO +: Livre de l'eleve + CD-Rom B1 (French Edition)
Sylvie Pons
ISBN 10: 201155814X / 2-01-155814-X
ISBN 13: 9782011558145
Publisher: French and European Publications Inc
Publication Date: 2013

Leads To...

By the end of the course students are expected to be able to understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Students are able to deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.

Students can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. They can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

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