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This upper intermediate level course will help you develop fluency in the French language, understand advanced grammatical structures and gain knowledge of French culture.
The Upper Intermediate course will enable you to communicate freely, to feel confident in 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 will also broaden your knowledge 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 Upper 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.
Improve your oral and written fluency by reading and discussing newspaper articles, watching videos and listening to authentic audio materials. Grammar is also revised to improve spoken and written accuracy.
This course will enable you 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.
The French Upper Intermediate (Year 4) course is ideal if you have completed the Lower Intermediate (Year 3) course or you have A-level experience of French.
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 Lower Intermediate topics 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.
Revisiting French Lower Intermediate depending on your needs:
Social and work situations in France:
Individual presentations (10' PowerPoint presentation on a topic that the student has chosen, followed by a 5-10' discussion with the group and individual feedback) + end of term assessment.
The French Upper 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 Upper Intermediate 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.
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.
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.
Alter Ego +: Livre de l'eleve + CD-ROM B1
Module One and Module Two:
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.
Marie-Pierre Pérez qualified at the Orléans University in Orléans 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 has 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.