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A la Carte

Book two 2017 courses on the same day and get £50 off your second course! (£610 in total)
This offer cannot be combined with any other offer.

Courses may be cancelled if there is an insufficient number of students enrolled. We encourage our students to register at least five days in advance.

  • Except for Young Learners courses, all classes are for students aged 18 and over.
  • For more information about our level structure, please see Your Path to Success.
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Conversation – Get Fluent
Intermediate to Fluent (B1 to B2)
30 hours over 15 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£315 early booking discount)

Develop your French conversational skills in a wide range of topics.

For those who wish to speak with confidence.

Tutor: Thierry Gauthier & Katia Leroy

Aims: To improve your speaking skills on a wide range of topics and situations, such as politics and culture. Through a variety of activities, you will develop your confidence to speak and interact in French naturally and fluently.

Teaching approach: Collaborative and participational: in the first class, the students and the teacher will agree on a variety of topics. You will learn vocabulary and, when necessary, some grammar in the context of these topics. In between classes, students will be expected to read articles and other documents or listen to specific content before the lesson. The tutor will organise activities to get you talking about the topics raised in the documents: small group debates, round tables, role plays and simulations, mini-presentations, word games etc.
Please note there is no prescribed syllabus as this would go against the fundamental objectives of this course. Each student is encouraged to present and discuss his or her own interests.

Course materials: There is no textbook used for this course. Course materials will be provided by the teacher throughout the course: newspaper articles, links to videos/radio programmes, etc.

Student’s involvement: To ensure rich and lively discussions, students are expected to read the article(s) given as homework. Students may choose to make mini-presentations and receive feedback from the teacher.

Course Extras: This course focuses on helping students improve their confidence at speaking French in a relaxed environment.

Intermediate to Fluent (B1+ to B2)
Thu | 1.30pm – 3.30pm
19 Jan - 04 May 2017
Intermediate (B1)
Thu | 7.00pm - 9.00pm
19 Jan - 04 May 2017
Conversation – Get fluent
Fluent (B2)
Mon | 6.30pm to 8.30pm
30 hours over 15 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£315 early booking discount)

Develop your French conversational skills in a wide range of topics.

For those who wish to speak with confidence.

Tutor: Hélène Butz. With many years teaching professional and academic publics, the tutor will guide you to speak confidently in a fun, dynamic atmosphere as well as share her love of language and culture with you.

Aims:  – learn how to speak fluently and with confidence, engage in stimulating conversations on current affairs, culture, society and any topic you want.
– Analyse your mistakes and learn how to correct them.
– Develop your listening skills to understand fast-pace spoken French and enrich your vocabulary.

By the end of the course you will be able to talk about any topic and develop your ideas, using a wider range of vocabulary and structures.

Teaching approach: each student is invited to prepare an article from the French press which will serve as the basis for guided conversation in class. Strategies to develop fluidity, perfect accuracy and engage in conversation will be introduced. Students’ grammatical and phonological errors will be explained and corrected. Students will also have the opportunity to discover more about French culture with short authentic audio documents which will serve as a springboard for further discussions as well as to introduce or revise grammatical and lexical structures in context.

Course material: students will be given a selection of websites which they can use for preparations  or further study.

Student’s involment: students will be invited to prepare an article of their choice. Students will also be encouraged to consolidate the work done in class with various activities.

16 Jan - 24 Apr 2017
(1 class to be rescheduled)
Conversation
Fluent to Expert (B2 to C1)
30 hours over 15 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£315 early booking discount)

Develop your French conversational skills in a wide range of topics.

For those who wish to speak with confidence.

Tutor: Annie Robin-Atri & Joelle Miguet

Aims: To improve your speaking and debating skills on a wide range of topics. Through a variety of activities, you will develop your confidence in arguing your point of view with or without the help of different kinds of media. You will broaden your knowledge of the language and enrich your vocabulary.

Teaching approach: The class will warm up with the students discussing their week and events in the news. The tutor will then organise activities to get you talking about different topics based on written, visual, video or audio media. These will take the form of small group debates, round tables, role plays and simulations, presentations, word games etc.

Course materials: Course materials will be provided by the teacher throughout the course: film or TV clips, trailers, adverts, photos, literary texts, articles, websites, cartoons, comic strips, objects, anecdotes, news flashes, radio programmes, etc.

Student’s involvement: To ensure rich and lively conversations, students are expected to read the articles given as homework.

Tue | 1.00pm – 3.00pm
17 Jan - 02 May 2017
Thu | 7.00pm – 9.00pm
19 Jan - 04 May 2017
Conversation on News
Intermediate to Fluent (B1 to B2)
Mon | 1.30pm – 4.30pm
30 hours over 10 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£315 early booking discount)

Practise your conversation and listening skills through media.

For students wishing to increase the spontaneity and fluidity of their spoken French through discussion of current events.

Tutor: With many years’ experience in international relations, economic development, and the world of art, the tutor has a deep understanding of cultural differences and of teaching French as a foreign language.

Aims: You will develop your communication and debating skills and improve your listening comprehension through use of authentic documents. Through conversation and debates, you will approach current affairs in an active and dynamic way.

Teaching approach:

  • Presentation and analysis of current affairs, depending on which topics you are interested in (politics, the economy, culture, society, short news items etc.)
  • Revision of oral and written language
  • Development of vocabulary and grammar in context
  • Sharing ideas on the topic being studied
  • Interchange and discussion of French and international current affairs

Course materials: Our work will be based on authentic documents, newspaper articles, magazines and journals, extracts from TV and radio programmes, and blogs. The course will aim to consolidate the learner’s written and spoken French (correcting accent and syntax, discriminating between registers of language, manipulation of images, subtexts and puns) and to facilitate quick and fluent speaking.

Student’s involvement: Students should stay informed about current affairs in the media. They will be asked to research topics of their choice at home in order to give a weekly presentation to the class. They will lead the ensuing debate, as well as participating in debates presented by other students. They will also complete listening exercises in order to develop their listening comprehension.

09 Jan - 13 Mar 2017
02 Mar - 05 Jun 2017
Focus on Pronunciation and Written French
Beginner (A1+)
30 hours over 15 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (early booking discount)
For students who have recently completed an A1 level course (60 hours study) and want to consolidate what they’ve learnt so far, concentrating on improving their pronunciation, revising grammar and vocabulary and practicing writing before continuing with a A2/elementary level course.
Tutor: Catherine Jacob has been teaching on various general and specialist courses at the French Institute for many years. She has a postgraduate diploma in Applied Linguistics with special interest in phonetics.
Aims: By the end of the course, students will have a better understanding of the link between oral and written French, thereby enhancing their confidence in speaking and writing in French.
Teaching approach: The programme is flexible enough to enable more time to be spent in certain areas depending on students needs.
Course material: The course will be based on the teacher’s own material and will cover :
– practicing individual sounds, word and group stress, linking words
– use of accents on words, discriminating between homophones (a/à ; ou/où ; et/ai/es/est …)
– dictation, gap filling and writing exercises whilst consolidating vocabulary and grammar studied at A1 level.
Students’ involvement: Basic theoretical knowledge, listening, pronunciation and various writing exercices ; participation in communicative activities ; regular homework.
Mon|10.30am -12.30pm
16 Jan - 24 Apr 2017
(1 class to be rescheduled)
Mon | 6.30pm- 8.30pm
16 Jan - 24 Apr 2017
(1 class to be rescheduled)
Focus on pronunciation and written French
Elementary (A2+)
30 hours over 15 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£315 early booking discount)

For students who have recently completed an A2 level course and want to consolidate what they’ve learnt so far, concentrating on improving their pronunciation, revising grammar and vocabulary and practicing writing before continuing with a B1/intermediate level course

Tutor: Catherine Jacob has been teaching on various general and specialist courses at the French Institute for many years. She has a postgraduate diploma in Applied Linguistics with special interest in phonetics.

Aims: By the end of the course, students will have a better understanding of the link between oral and written French, thereby enhancing their confidence in speaking and writing in French.

Teaching approach: The programme is flexible enough to enable more time to be spent in certain areas depending on students needs.

Course material: The course will be based on the teacher’s own material and will cover :
– practicing individual sounds, word and group stress, sounds in context including various ‘liaisons ;
– use of accents on words, discriminating between many homophones (c’est/ces/ses ; qu’elle/quelle…)
– dictation, gap filling and writing exercices whilst consolidating topics and grammar studied at A2 level

Students’ involvement: Listening, pronunciation and writing exercices ; participation in communicative activities ; regular homework.

Tue |10.30am- 12.30pm
17 Jan - 02 May 2017
Wed | 6.30pm - 8.30pm
18 Jan - 03 May 2017
Conversation & Grammar
Intermediate to Fluent (B1+ to B2)
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£315 early booking discount)

Improve your grammar skills through conversation.

These courses are particularly recommended to students wishing to be involved in discussions about French culture and civilization while refining their vocabulary and strengthening their grammar skills.

Tutor: 11 year old experience at the French Institute. Specialised in FOS (French on Specific Objectives). Creator of the online blog “J’adore le français” (www.julieprof.blogspot.com).

Aims: At the end of this course you will be able to discuss a wide range of subjects be it news, French civilization, culture, politics, arts and many more… The construction of your sentences will be convincingly more complex and more importantly you will be able to put your point across in any situation.

Teaching approach: ‘Coaching and tasks’ techniques. The lessons will be guided by a range of motivating and fun activities as close as possible to real situations as well as authentic documents (pictures, ads, TV news reports etc.)

Course materials: Blog:  www.julieprof.blogspot.com
Authentic documents from the Internet, the news etc. Observation of grammar rules in genuine context.

Student’s involvement: Homework: written essay in relation with the grammar point and the vocabulary seen during the class
On a voluntary basis: you will be able to reinforce the vocabulary in relation with the themes studied in class by doing the exercises available online on www.julieprof.blogspot.com (and renting DVDs at the ‘médiathèque’).

30 hours over 15 weeks
Tue | 7.00pm - 9.00pm
09 May - 15 Aug 2017
05 Sep - 12 Dec 2017
30 hours over 10 weeks
Wed | 1.00pm - 4.00pm
29 Mar - 07 Jun 2017
14 Jun - 16 Aug 2017
Thu | 10.00am - 1.00pm
12 Jan - 16 Mar 2017
30 Mar - 08 Jun 2017
15 Jun - 17 Aug 2017
Conversation and grammar
Elementary to Intermediate (A2 to B1-)
Fri | 10.00am - 1.00pm
30 hours over 10 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£315 early booking discount)

Improve your grammar skills through conversation.

For those wishing to discuss French culture and society while refining their vocabulary and strengthening their grammar skills.

Tutor: Nathalie Bolzan has studied literature and linguistics at the Sorbonne University.

Aims: By the end of this course you will have studied and or revised complex grammar rules in context; you will have a better comprehension of the logical techniques in French grammar and be able to use them in a conversation.

Teaching approach:  Each week, new grammatical rules will be studied and /or revised in context in an active and dynamic way. Students will   develop and improve their communication skills through conversations and debates in class by practicing what they have just learnt. The importance of the phonetics won’t be forgotten and regularly listening exercises will be given to the students.

Course materials:   A wide range of documents will be given in each class: authentic documents, website, teaching material specifically created for this course.

 Student’s involvement: You will be encouraged to consolidate the work done in class through written, listening and phonetics exercises relating to the topics studied in class.

13 Jan - 17 Mar 2017
24 Mar - 09 Jun 2017
INTERACTIVE GRAMMAR
Beginner to Elementary (A1+ to A2-)
Fri | 10.00am to 1.00pm
30 hours over 10 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£315 early booking discount)

Brush up your grammar with a playful approach!

This course is designed for students who have completed Elementary level in General French and who aim to revise and reinforce their grammar.

Tutor: your tutor has a Master’s Degree in teaching French as a Foreign Language (Master en Diffusion du Français) and specialist knowledge in grammar and pedagogy.

Aims: the objective of the course is to consolidate the basics of French language as well as to give the student the necessary confidence to converse and communicate by way of acquiring the fundamental tools for self-learning and self-development (see details programme).

Teaching approach: communicative and interactive approach: learning in a context with relevant and playful activities. The approach will also include written and listening exercices.

Course material: specially designed resources.

Student’s involvement: the student will be expected to take an active part in their learning and devote time during the week to revise and to do homework. The student will be given weekly opportunities to hand in written homework (exercices and short essays).

 

Week 1:  – Present tense / imperative
Week 2:  – Articles: indefinite (un, une, des)
– definite  (le , l’ , la, les)
– partitifs (du, de l’, de la , des)
– démonstratifs (ce / cet , cette, ces)
– possessifs (mon, ma, mes …)
– Questions: The 3 types of questions: With “est-ce-que” / with intonation / with inversion
Week 3:  – Prepositions:
– countries and places : en France, au Danemark, à l’hôtel, chez moi …
– activities : jouer au football / faire du football, faire de la danse …
                                                                                                                     Week 4:   – Passé composé: form and uses, Imparfait: form and uses
Week 5:   – Past: imparfait vs passé composé
Week 6:   – Présent progressif / passé récent / futur proche
Week 7:   – Pronoms relatifs: qui / que / où, pronoms compléments: le, la, l’ les, lui, leur, en , y, me, te, nous, vous
Week 8:   – Adjectives: masculine / feminine / plural and agreement
Week 9:   – Prepositions: (space – location / time) à , en , au, chez , sur , dans , à côté de , en face de …
Week 10: – Future tense, Negative forms.

 

13 Jan - 17 Mar 2017
24 Mar - 09 Jun 2017
Interactive Grammar
Intermediate (B1+)
Sat | 1.30pm - 4.30pm
30 hours over 10 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£315 early booking discount)

Brush up your grammar with a playful approach!

This course is designed for students who have completed the Intermediate level in General French and who aim to revise and reinforce their grammar.

Tutor: your tutor has a Master’s Degree in teaching French as a Foreign Language (Master en Diffusion du Français) and specialist knowledge in grammar and pedagogy.

Aims: the objective of the course is to consolidate the basics of French language as well as to give the student the necessary confidence to converse and communicate by way of acquiring the fundamental tools for self-learning and self-development (see details programme).

Teaching approach: communicative and interactive approach: learning in a context with relevant and playful activities. The approach will also include written and listening exercices.

Course material: specially designed resources.

Student’s involvement: the student will be expected to take an active part in their learning and devote time during the week to revise and to do homework. The student will be given weekly opportunities to hand in written homework (exercices and short essays).

Week 1:   – Past tenses: passé composé , imparfait
Week 2:   – Plus-que-parfait, agreement of past participle
Week 3:    Direct and indirect pronouns: le, la, l’ , les , lui, leur, en , y …
Week 4:   – Future tense and conditional mood
Week 5:   – Subjunctive: form and uses
Week 6:   – Si clauses (hypothesis), comparative and superlative
Week 7:   – temporal expressions: il y a, depuis, pendant, pour, dans, en, negative form
Week 8:   – Relative pronouns: qui, que, où, dont, ce qui, ce que, ce dont
Week 9:   – Passive voice
Week 10: – Subjunctive: form and further uses

14 Jan - 18 Mar 2017
25 Mar - 10 Jun 2017
Grammar
Fluent (B2)
Thu | 7.00pm – 9.00pm
30 hours over 15 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£315 early booking discount)

Revisit and practise grammar through writing and speaking exercises.

For those wishing to revise and expand their knowledge of French grammar.

Aims: By the end of the course, students will have a critical understanding of French grammar. They will be able to formulate complex structures orally as well as in writing.

Teaching approach: The course will be based on grammar exercises and on tasks which put the topics studied into their practical context. The course will also have theoretical content.

Course materials: The teacher will mainly use teaching materials created for this course.
Student’s involvement: Each week, students will be asked to complete a set of grammar exercises relating to the points studied in class.

19 Jan - 04 May 2017
11 May - 17 Aug 2017
07 Sep - 14 Dec 2017
IMPROVE YOUR FRENCH THROUGH CREATIVE WRITING
Fluent to Mastery (B2 to C2)
Tue | 10.00am – 1.00pm
30 hours over 10 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£315 early booking discount)

For those wishing to combine language learning with creativity and imagination.

Tutor: Dominique Pourtau-Darriet has been teaching French as a Foreign Language in London since 1984. She began leading writing workshops at the Institut Français in 2005.

Aims: Be inspired to write your own French texts (fiction, poetry, plays, biographies etc.), discover writing techniques, and develop your vocabulary and grammatical knowledge in a creative and enjoyable environment.

Teaching approach: The workshop will focus on activities which promote creativity – imitation and modification of texts, the use of stimuli or ‘triggers’ (photos, short news items, extracts from published authors), literary games followed by discussions on the work produced – and which combine oral and written skills.

Course materials: Anything which can stimulate and inspire us in our writing..

Student’s involvement: Students’ progress will be assessed through rewriting tasks, completed at home and then marked by the teacher.

10 Jan - 28 Mar 2017 (No class on 07 and 14 Feb)
18 Apr - 27 Jun 2017 (No class on 09 May)
Persuative Writing
Fluent to C1 (B2 to C1)
Wed | 1.30pm - 4.30pm
30 hours over 10 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£315 early booking discount)
Tutor: Nathalie Bolzan has studied literature and linguistics at the Sorbonne University.
Aims:  This course is designed to develop the analytical skills and to examine a range of   techniques and subtle ways used to convince or persuade in literature.
Teaching approach: Analysis and commentary of texts from a body of study in French.
Course materials: The teacher will mainly use texts from French literature.
Student’s involvement: Students will be asked to read and prepare each week different texts before class which will be discussed and analysed in class. Students will have as well assignments to improve their persuasive writing skills.
11 Jan - 15 Mar 2017
29 Mar - 07 Jun 2017
*NEW* – PRACTICAL FRENCH- A WEEKEND IN PARIS
Beginner (A1+)
Mond to Fri | 9.30am to 12.30pm
15 hours over 1 week
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£180 (no early booking discount)

A fast-paced practical course to get ready for your holiday.
Get confident in the most common real-life situations you will encounter during your stay in France.

Day 1: In the Eurostar
– Introducing yourself
– Talking about your family
– Ordering a drink/meal

Day 2: Arriving in Paris
– Take public transport
– Checking in at the hotel
– Giving some news

Day 3: Visiting Paris
– Asking directions
– Exploring the city
– Visiting monuments

Day 4: Going out
– Booking over the phone
– At the restaurant
– Going to a show

Day 5: Shopping
– Shops
– Paying
– Global simulation of the weekend in France

20 Mar - 24 Mar 2017
03 Apr - 07 Apr 2017
12 Jun - 16 Jun 2017
10 Jul - 14 Jul 2017
31 Jul - 04 Aug 2017
14 Aug - 18 Aug 2017
*NEW* – PRACTICAL FRENCH – A WEEK IN FRANCE
Elementary (A2)
Mon to Fri | 9.30am to 12.30pm
15 hours over 1 week
up to 15 students
South Kensington
£180 (no early booking discount)

A fast-paced practical course to get ready for your holiday.
Get confident in the most common real-life situations you will encounter during your stay in France.

Day 1: Your arrival in France
– Renting a car
– En route
– Arriving at the gîte

Day 2: At the market
– Meeting the neighbours
– At the market
– In the kitchen

Day 3: Problems
– At the gîte
– At the doctors
– Lost properties and thefts

Day 4: Outdoor activities
– Booking an excursion
– Exploring the area
– Writing a postcard about your week in France

Day 5: Going out
– Organise an evening out with the neighbours
– Going out
– Global simulation of your week in France

20 Mar - 24 Mar 2017
03 Apr - 07 Apr 2017
12 Jun - 16 Jun 2017
10 Jul - 14 Jul 2017
31 Jul - 04 Aug 2017
14 Aug - 18 Aug 2017