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At the Institut français

Do you want your pupils to discover France?
The Institut français welcomes you in the heart of South Kensington, cette petite France, to make you and your pupils discover the best of French culture and language. Come and watch a French film in our recently refurbished cinema, and snoop around the resources of the biggest and most beautiful French library overseas.
Don’t wait any longer to offer your pupils a real linguistic and cultural experience.

We offer 3 options to suit your needs, interests and timetable:

School Screenings

Bring your class to watch a celebrated French film from our general programme at Ciné Lumière – £5 per student, free for teachers.

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Set French Days

Immerse your pupils in French culture for a full day with linguistic or cultural activity in the morning and a school screening in the afternoon. There are several dates and themes to choose from – £6 per student, free for teachers

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Upcoming Set French Days

French Days à la Carte

Not available on Mondays
For those who want it all and the flexibility to choose their date and film, the French Day à la Carte includes an interactive library visit or a language activity on the film and a school screening – £10 per student, free for teachers, minimum 30 pupils

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Wed 25 Apr – 12.30-14.40pm | Ages 12-18 | £5 per student, free for teachers

Texts by Marivaux, Production by Clément Hervieu-Léger
Do not miss this occasion to make your students practice their French while (re)discovering Marivaux’s Le Petit-Maître Corrigé played by the actors of the renowned Académie de la Comédie-Française on the big screen.
Educational resources in French and in English will be available.
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DRAWING (FOR) EUROPE – Exhibition and workshops
Thu 3 May – 10.30-12.00 | Ages 8-10 | £5 per student, free for teachers

Image Credits: Axel Scheffler
This exciting workshop with London-based, German-born-illustrator and leading figure of children’s literature, Axel Scheffler will be the occasion for your pupils to discuss and draw their views on Europe. What does it represent? How do you see its future?
You can also bring your pupils visit the exhibition (for free) followed by a workshop with our Library team (£3/pupil) on other dates.
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AU COEUR DE MAI 68 – Exhibition and workshops
From Tue 15 May to Fir 18 May – 10.00-1.00pm | GCSE to A-Level | free or £3 per student, free for teachers

Image Credits: Philippe Gras
May 2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of the events of May 68. On this occasion, the association of the Friends of Philippe Gras and les Films des quatre Planètes, along with the support of the French Institute, present an original exhibition which will be open to the general public for the first time.
The exhibition consists of some forty photographs taken during the events by photographer Philippe Gras. It differs from all the familiar records which are marked at once by an empathetic and distant gaze that focuses in on individual moments.
The following visits and activities are available for school classes and are suitable
for GSCE level/4ème année and upwards:
– Access to the exhibition, 45 minutes, free of charge
– Access to the exhibition and accompanying presentation on the events of May 1968, 90 minutes, £3 per student
Booking: from Tuesday May 15th to Friday May 18th, from 10am to 1pm.
Preparatory work in class on the subject will facilitate exchanges with students during the presentation, around questions such as: What is May 68 and what impact did this have on students at the time/what did this represent for students? Are the values that were defended during May 68 still relevant today?
Full details of the exhibition are available on request @ For more details and bookings please contact us @