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French Beginners Summer Intensive (Year 1) Short Course

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Learn French in a few short weeks with our Beginners Summer Intensive course. This concentrated course will teach you the entire syllabus of the French Beginners course in just 10 weeks in the summer term.

Why choose this course?

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.

The French Beginners Summer Intensive course consists of two evening classes per week for a total of 10 weeks. In this time you will cover all three modules of the beginners course, giving you an excellent grasp on basic French in a short space of time.

Challenging but rewarding, the course is perfectly suited to those looking to develop a basic command of French.

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 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.

You will be perfecting pronunciation of basic French words, recognising sounds in short French clips, give small presentations, learning different tenses, understanding the press and discovering French culture.

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, you will be able to engage in a mini conversation with French native speakers at the end of the course.

Is it the right level for me?

The French Beginners Summer Intensive short course is designed for complete beginners with no prior knowledge of French.

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.

If you are not a complete beginner and have some prior knowledge of French, you may wish to join our French Beginners Refresher (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.

What will I learn?

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;



Prerequisite knowledge

The French Summer Intensive course is designed for complete beginners with no prior knowledge of French.

If you are not a complete beginner and have some prior knowledge, you may wish to join our French Beginners Refresher course or join Module Two or Module Three of the French Beginners 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. Some instructions and basic grammar explanation will be given in English.

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & 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;
  • 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.

No qualification is issued at the end of the course, but you will be awarded an official City, University of London certificate on completion of the course. You must attend over 70 per cent of the classes to be eligible for the certificate.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

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

Tutor information

  • Frédéric Fournier

    Frédéric Fournier qualified some years ago at the Sorbonne University in Paris.

    Frédéric has been teaching French as a foreign language in London for the past fifteen years at several institutions such as Westminster University, The City Literary Institute and the European Bank for Research and Development.

  • 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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