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French Beyond Beginners (Year 2) Short Course

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Take your learning to the next level with this French Beyond Beginners course. An ideal follow-on from the French Beginners course, you will build on your knowledge, fine-tune your skills and grow in confidence.

Why choose this course?

French can be a difficult language to master. Our French Beyond Beginners (Year 2) course allows you to gain a solid grasp on the foundations of beginners French, build your basic vocabulary; and perfect pronunciation and grammar - so that you are fully equipped to deal with the more complex topics covered in the Lower Intermediate (Year 3) syllabus.

The course comprises three 10-week modules (part 1, 2 and 3), taught over three terms that progressively build upon one another.

Enrol on the full Beyond Beginners syllabus (parts 1-3) for the best price. Our teaching takes place one evening a week, ideal for those with various commitments or working full-time.

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

The course will revisit topics taught in the Beginners course with an emphasis on fluency and pronunciation, learning new grammar and extensive vocabulary. The course will help you build confidence, strengthen your ability to communicate more fluently and offer the opportunity to broaden your cultural understanding.

Is it the right level for me?

Our French Beyond Beginners short course is the perfect next step after completing the French Beginners full syllabus, or if you are familiar with the basics of French.

You can check your level using our online guidelines.

The course is taught at progressive levels, starting with part 1 in October. We only advise joining part 2 or part 3 if you are already familiar with the content from earlier modules (see the What will I learn? section below for module content).

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What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Part 1

Topics covered

  • Travels;
  • Describing places and journeys;
  • Food and France overseas;
  • Past, present and future events;
  • France and other French speaking countries’ traditions.

Basic pronunciation

  • Word endings;
  • French vowels;
  • Difficult sounds (‘u’, ‘tion’,’r’…), diphtongs (‘eu’, ‘on’, ‘ai’, ‘in’…);
  • Nasal sounds (‘on’ ‘un’, ‘an’…);
  • ‘s’ and ‘ss’ and ‘z’.

Grammatical structures

  • Consolidation of the present;
  • complete revision of the past tense (Perfect);
  • Mastering future tense;
  • Relative clauses;
  • Complete review of all partitives and prepositions (du, de la, des; au, à la, aux…);
  • Imperative and negative imperative;
  • Consolidation of recent past, near future and progressive present;
  • Adjectives revisited, regular and irregular.

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.

Part 2

Topics covered

  • Tastes;
  • Food;
  • Appearance;
  • Likes and dislikes;
  • La vie citadine;
  • Other French speaking countries.

More complex pronunciation

  • Difficult sounds (‘j’, ‘ge/gu’,’ç’, ‘p +consonant’…);
  • Stem-changing verbs;
  • Clusters with ‘L’;
  • la liaison;
  • Silent ‘h’;
  • Differentiating ‘é’ and ‘è’, ‘ou’ and ‘u’.

Grammatical structures

  • Consolidation of adjectives, superlatives and comparatives;
  • Adverbs;
  • Consolidation of the Imperative; imperatives and pronouns;
  • introduction to direct and indirect pronouns (him, her, them; to his, to her, to them); Introduction to 'y', ‘j'y retrournerai’;
  • Consolidation of negatives;
  • Introduction of pronouns y and en;
  • Interrogative sentences.

Learning objectives

  • Perfecting pronunciation of more complex sounds French sounds;
  • Listening and understanding more complex French clips;
  • Expressing wishes and preferences;
  • Ordering and asking for details;
  • Talking about events in present, past and future;
  • Participating to a small debate;
  • Making plans and organising;
  • Giving instructions.

Part 3

Topics covered

  • Country living;
  • Heritage and traditions;
  • Rules and regulations in the public sphere and at home;
  • Internet language and texting.

Further pronunciation

  • Rhythmic groups;
  • Difficult sounds (‘ouille’, several ‘r’ in a word, ‘ui’,’’…);
  • Interrogative intonation;
  • Regional accents.

Grammatical structures

  • Introduction to the imperfect tense;
  • Modal verbs (can, want to, must, need to…);
  • Expressions of time (pour, pendant, depuis, il y a…);
  • ; Consolidation of pronouns; use of the infinitives;
  • Introduction to further relative clauses (ce que, ce qui).

Learning objectives

  • Perfecting intonation and accent;
  • Listening and understanding some news (radio or tv);
  • Expressing emotions and desires;
  • Presenting a topic of your choice and discussing it;
  • Talking about social media;
  • Understanding and giving instructions;
  • Expressing personal aspirations and goals.



Prerequisite knowledge

This course is ideal if you have completed our French Beginners course or if you have around 60 hours of prior learning. You can check your level using our online guidelines.

Modules are taught at progressive levels so we strongly recommend starting with part 1 in the autumn term.

English requirements

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

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & assessment

The emphasis of this French Beyond Beginners (Year 1) course is on listening and speaking. The lessons concentrate 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.

All evaluation will take place in a relaxed and informal setting.

There is no formal assessment and 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

The tutor will provide learning material 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.

  • Agnès Shepherd

    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.

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