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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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*NEW* – PRACTICAL FRENCH – A WEEKEND IN PARIS
Beginner (A1+)
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: 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

12 Jun - 16 Jun 2017
10 Jul - 14 Jul 2017
31 Jul - 04 Aug 2017
14 Aug - 18 Aug 2017
16 Oct - 20 Oct 2017
04 Dec - 08 Dec 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

12 Jun - 16 Jun 2017
10 Jul - 14 Jul 2017
31 Jul - 04 Aug 2017
14 Aug - 18 Aug 2017
16 Oct - 20 Oct 2017
04 Dec - 08 Dec 2017
Conversation – Get fluent
Fluent (B2) to Expert (C1)
Mon | 6.30pm to 8.30pm
30 hours over 15 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£297 early booking discount)

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

For those who wish to speak with confidence and accuracy.

–          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.

Tutor: 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: 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 as well as avoiding grammar mistakes.

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 involvement: 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.

08 May - 14 Aug 2017
04 Sep - 11 Dec 2017
Conversation – Get Fluent
Upper Intermediate to Fluent (B1+ to B2)
30 hours over 15 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£297 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

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.

Upper Intermediate to Fluent (B1+ to B2)
Thu | 1.30pm – 3.30pm
07 Sep - 14 Dec 2017
SUMMER COURSE
10 hours over 5 weeks
Thu | 1.30pm – 3.30pm
11 May - 08 June 2017
15 June - 13 July 2017
20 July - 17 Aug 2017
£110 (no early booking discount)
Conversation
Fluent to Expert (B2 to C1)
30 hours over 15 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£297 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
05 Sep - 12 Dec 2017
Thu | 7.00pm – 9.00pm
19 Jan - 04 May 2017
07 Sep - 14 Dec 2017
SUMMER COURSE
20 hours over 10 weeks
Tue | 1.00pm - 3.00pm
09 May - 11 July 2017
£220 (no early booking discount)
SUMMER COURSE
10 hours over 5 weeks
Tue | 1.00pm - 3.00pm
18 July - 15 Aug 2017
£110 (no early booking discount)
SUMMER COURSE
10 hours over 5 weeks
Thu | 7.00pm - 9.00pm
11 May - 08 June 2017
£110 (no early booking discount)
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 (£297 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.

02 Mar - 05 Jun 2017
09 Oct - 11 Dec 2017
CONVERSATION ON NEWS
Expert (C1)
Sat | 10.00am - 1.00pm
15 hours over 5 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£165 (no early booking discount)

Aims: To improve your speaking skills and accuracy on a wide range of topics, such as politics and culture, in relation with the news.

Teaching approach: Collaborative and participatory: the course will follow the news in France and around the world. 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 contents 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. They are also encouraged to keep up to date with French and international news. Students may choose to make mini-presentations and receive feedback from the teacher.

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

 

SUMMER COURSE
17 June - 15 July 2017
22 July - 19 Aug 2017
Boost your oral skills
Intermediate (B1)
Thu | 7.00 - 9.00pm
30 hours over 15 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£297 early booking discount)

For students who wish to speak French with confidence.

Tutor: Katia Leroy

Aims: develop your speaking skills and boost your confidence through a wide range of topics.

Teaching approach: new structures, vocabulary and expressions will be taught through various topics, class discussions and various activities. When necessary, grammar will be reinforced in the context of the topics discussed.

The tutor will organise activities: group debates, role-plays simulations, games or mini-presentations to get you talking about the issues or topics raised in the documents given out. She will provide group or individual feedback when appropriate.

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 or a topical issue they find interesting.

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: in order to benefit fully from this class, students will be required to read articles or other documents or listen to specific contents in between lessons. They will also be encouraged to make mini-presentations in order to promote lively and interesting exchanges during the class.

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

07 Sep - 14 Dec 2017
Conversation & Grammar
Upper Intermediate to Fluent (B1+ to B2)
30 hours over 10 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£297 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’).

Tue | 6.00pm - 9.00pm
13 June - 15 Aug 2017
10 Oct - 12 Dec 2017
Wed | 1.00pm - 4.00pm
14 June - 16 Aug 2017
11 Oct - 13 Dec 2017
Thu | 10.00am - 1.00pm
15 June - 17 Aug 2017
12 Oct - 14 Dec 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 (£297 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.

24 Mar - 09 Jun 2017
13 Oct - 15 Dec 2017
GRAMMAR
Fluent (B2)
Thu | 7.00pm - 9.00pm
30 hours over 15 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£297 early booking discount)

Revisit and practice grammar through writing and speaking exercices.

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 exercices and on tasks which put the topics studied into their practical context. The course will also have theoretical content.

Course material: The teacher will mainly use teaching material created for this course.

Student’s involvement: Each week, students will be asked to complete a set of grammar exercices relating to the points studied in class.

 

 

11 May - 17 Aug 2017
07 Sep - 14 Dec 2017
Revue de presse – News round-up
Upper Intermediate to Fluent (B1+ to B2)
30 hours over 10 weeks
Up to 14 students
South Kensington
£330 (£297 early booking discount)

Practise and Improve your oral skills through French Media to increase spontaneity and fluidity.

For students with a good level of French who wish to broaden their knowledge on current affairs in France and consolidate the use of the language.

 Aims: You will develop your understanding and listening skills as well as your debating skills through the use of authentic documents.

Conversations, discussion and activities will be use to approach the News dynamically

 Teaching approach: interactive exercises like front pages of Newspaper, watching short extract of News program

Each student will then present a topic of interest and others students will take part in asking questions, sharing ideas.

The vocabulary and grammar in context will be developed.

 Course material: we will use authentic documents on French news like newspaper articles, magazines and radio and television clip.

Through that we will learn to differentiate language registers, word games.

Student’s involvement: students will be asked to do some research on the news, a topic of their choice, at home to be able to give a presentation every week as well as participate in debates.

 

SUMMER COURSE
Thu | 1.30pm - 4.30pm
15 June - 17 Aug 2017
SUMMER COURSE
Fri | 10.00am - 1.00pm
16 June - 18 Aug 2017
Thu | 10.00am - 1.00pm
12 Oct - 14 Dec 2017
Fri | 10.00am - 1.00pm
13 Oct - 15 Dec 2017
SLANG AND POPULAR CULTURE
Fluent (B2) to Mastery (C2)
30 hours over 15 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£297 early booking discount)

The language you were never taught at school: slang, idioms and popular culture.

Student: Forget the French you learned at school. Whether you wish to be more streetwise or wish to understand the subtleties of the vernacular language this course is for you. For all B2 + students wishing to learn a more colourful language than standard French and expand their knowledge of familiar language, slang, colloquialisms, idioms and popular culture…be prepared to get into deep and dirty France.

Tutor: Originally from Brittany Martial Quéro is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists with a long experience as an English-French translator-interpreter. He has been teaching French in the UK for many years and has great interest in languages and linguistics and particularly the more colourful aspect of languages.

Aims: This course aims to help students gaining confidence, being able to follow and make conversations in various language registers, recognize which vocab belongs to which register, and use it appropriately. It will also help learners expanding their range of the kind of vocabulary you will rarely find in text books!

At the end of the course students should have a more reflexive approach to the French language and its various levels, subcultures and paralanguage, being able to switch between language registers in appropriate situations.

Course subjects:

Language registers and sociolects

Slang applied to various subjects and situations

Conversational and informal French (syntax and grammar and pronunciation)

Colloquialisms

Regionalisms

Terms borrowed from other languages and dialects

Idiomatic phrases

Paralanguage

Sayings

Teaching approach: The course is a workshop based on a communicative approach so the learner will be encouraged to interact and participate actively during classes. Members of the group will be encouraged to share their experience of slang/familiar French. It is also aiming to lift the taboo on “dirty French” through a better understanding of French humour in literature or in video materials from French comedians and film extracts.

Course materials: No specific manual will be required for this course but several reference books will be recommended. Extracts from relevant literature will be studied as well as Internet, audio/video materials during classes and discussed by the group.

Student’s involvement: Students will be asked to participate actively during classes creating their own dialogues or working in pairs for sketches and role-plays, listening to the language used in films, translating short texts, transcribing texts from one register to another. As self-study students will be asked to research language subjects from literature, stand-up comedians or films for presentation in class, to prepare role-plays and compile glossaries.

SUMMER COURSE
Tue | 4.00pm - 6.00pm
09 May - 15 Aug 2017
SUMMER COURSE
Fri | 10.00am - 12.00pm
12 May - 18 Aug 2017
Fashion in French
Elementary to Intermediate (A2 to B1)
Wed | 2.00pm - 4.00pm
30 hours over 15 weeks
Up to 15 students
£330 (£297 early booking discount)

For students who have reached A1 Level and would like to carry on up to the level A2-B1 whilst speaking about fashion for professional or personal purposes.

Tutor: Brigitte Coudino is a graduate of Sciences Po and has been a teacher for several years.

Aims: Learn key French grammar and French fashion terminology for talking about fashion. The course covers the themes of fashion schools, stylism and textile design such as:

 – your studies and training in fashion
– changes in fashion, seasonal trends…
– clothes: describing them and how to wear them
– a designer’s inspirations
– accessories
– the catwalk
– a shop
–  board of trends
At the same time you will improve the grammatical skills required to express your ideas.
The course will focus also on the main designers in France from the 20s to today, on foreign designers and on the different ‘savoir-faire’ in Haute Couture and crafts related to fashion.
Course materials: you will need to buy the book ‘Parlons Mode’  A2-B1 Cle International
SUMMER COURSE
10 May - 16 Aug 2017
06 Sep - 13 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 (£297 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.

18 Apr - 27 Jun 2017 (No class on 09 May)
10 Oct - 12 Dec 2017
Persuative Writing
Fluent to C1 (B2 to C2)
Wed | 1.30pm - 4.30pm
30 hours over 10 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£297 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.
29 Mar - 07 Jun 2017
11 Oct - 13 Dec 2017
French and European politics & institutions
Upper Intermediate to Mastery (B1+ to C2)
30 hours over 15 weeks
Mon | 10.00am - 12.00pm
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£297 early booking discount)

Develop your French skills through politics. This course is particularly tailored for students with a background in history, politics, philosophy, law, sociology and economy, or for anyone wishing to enhance their knowledge and interest in this area.

Tutor: Bertrand Jacquier

Aims: This course of French and European politics and institutions is aimed to develop writing and oral skills through diverse teaching materials, including but not limited to speeches, political cartoons, audio recording, newspapers and academic papers. The emphasis will be on methodology as well. Written and oral tasks will correspond to DELF/DALF requirements for students wishing to take an exam. The course will enable students to learn and practice to build their skills to develop an argument in order to convince.

Teaching approach: Students will be tasked to review teaching materials, vocabulary and grammar rules covered in class. Homework will include written assignments and oral presentations.

Themes:

– French political system

– Far-right in France through a party: Front National

– National stereotypes

– Presidential elections of 2017

– French Revolution

– History of the French Republic and “L’affaire Dreyfus”

– History of European Union

04 Sep - 11 Dec 2017
French and drama
Intermediate to Fluent (B1 to B2)
Wed | 6.00pm - 9.00pm
30 hours over 10 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£297 early booking discount)

Develop your French communication skills through theatre.

Drama is an effective way of helping students to learn languages. This course will provide an active, stimulating, fun and creative environment in order to develop the student’s language learning potential.

Activities can include role-play, drama games, improvisation, group discussion and individual or pair work.

A short play will performed at the end of the course.

 

11 Oct - 13 Dec 2017