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French Beginners Fast Track Short Course

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Aimed at total beginners, our French Fast Track course allows students to study Module One and Module Two of the Beginners course in just 10 weeks, starting in January.

Why choose this course?

Whether you're learning French for travelling, working abroad or with foreign companies, the French Beginners course will enable you to communicate confidently on a basic level in everyday situations, socialise and not feel out of place in the country you are visiting.

This accelerated French short course is an introduction to the French language and way of life for the purpose of practical communication. Challenging but rewarding, the course is perfectly suited to those looking to develop a basic command of French.

The course consists of two evenings per week for 10 weeks, covering modules 1 and 2 of the normal-paced beginners course.  After this, students can join module 3 of the Beginners Year 1 course.

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.

Course overview

Learn French from scratch in this fast-paced short course. This evening French Beginners Fast Track course is designed for complete beginners who want to progress quickly.

You will develop essential speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as a solid understanding of the structure of the language.

Is it the right level for me?

The French Beginners Fast Track short course is designed for complete beginners with no prior knowledge of the French language.

If you are not a complete beginner and have some prior knowledge of French, you may wish to join our French Beginners Refreshers (Year 2) course or join Module Two or Module Three of the French Beginners (Year 1) course .You can check your level using our online guidelines.

  • “ Very interactive course. Good level of diversity in teaching styles, from games to presentations. ”

    Andy Sorrell


What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Over the course of the French Beginners Fast Track course you will cover the following topics and grammar:

Topics covered

  • Alphabet;
  • Pronunciation and accents;
  • Talking about yourself and your family;
  • Jobs, countries and nationalities;
  • Daily activities;
  • Likes and dislikes;
  • Interests and activities;
  • Formal and informal culture in France;
  • Food and drinks;
  • Objects and situations;
  • Parts of the body and ailments;
  • Making appointments;
  • Making plans for the weekend;
  • Travel;
  • Shopping;
  • Past events;
  • Eating and drinking culture in France.

Grammatical structures

  • Basic irregular verbs: être, avoir, aller, faire;
  • Regular verb in –ER, -IR and -RE endings in the present tense;
  • Present of frequent daily life verbs, some pronominal verbs;
  • Some Irregular verbs in the present tense;
  • Present of modal verbs: vouloir, pouvoir, devoir; savoir;
  • Pronominal verbs or reflectives: se laver, s’habiller, se preparer…;
  • Basic negative forms;
  • Masculine and feminine, singular and plural of nouns;
  • Definite and indefinite articles;
  • Partitive article;
  • Possessive adjectives;
  • Introduction to adjectives and their agreement;
  • Comparatives;
  • Asking a question, some interrogative adverbs;
  • Direct and indirect pronouns le, la, l’, les and lui, leur;
  • Introduction to the perfect tense, passé composé;
  • Location or place adverbs; adverbs of quantity.

Learning objectives

  • Greeting people;
  • Introducing yourself, your family and others;
  • Talking about nationalities and jobs;
  • Talking about your daily routine;
  • Describing your house and your neighbourhood;
  • Selecting food and wine in a shop/ restaurant;
  • Dressing up for the four seasons;
  • Describing people, clothes and buying habits;
  • Calendar and telling the time;
  • Talking about your interests and making plans;
  • Asking for help, for information;
  • Inviting, arranging to meet and replying to an invitation;
  • Visiting the doctor;
  • Ordering meals and making travel reservations;
  • Expressing wishes;
  • Describing a sequence of events in the past;
  • Handling short social exchanges in present, past and immediate future tenses.



Prerequisite knowledge

No prior knowledge required. This is a course for complete Beginners.

The French Beginners Fast Track short course is designed for complete beginners with no prior knowledge of the French language.

The fast track course covers Module One and Module Two of the standard French Beginners (Year 1) course. Once you have completed the fast track course you may choose to enrol on Module Three of the French Beginners course in April/May to complete the full beginners syllabus.

If you are not a complete beginner and have some prior knowledge of French, you may wish to join our course or join Module Two or Module Three of the French Beginners (Year 1) course or the French Beginners Refresher (Year 2) course. You can check your level using our online guidelines.

English requirements

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

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & assessment

The emphasis of the French Beginners Fast Track 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;
  • 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

Recommended reading

The tutor will provide materials in class.

Tutor information

  • Marie-Pierre Pérez

    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.

Next steps

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