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Culture & Society

Culture & Society Courses are great for those with Intermediate to Mastery level French (B1 and above) who wish to develop their language skills and broaden their knowledge of French culture. Choose your topic: Art, Literature or Society.

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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Contemporary Literature
Fluent to Expert (B2 to C1)
Tue | 6.30pm – 8.30pm
30 hours over 15 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£297 early booking discount)
  • Learn to enjoy reading and discussing contemporary literature.

For those who wish to perfect their knowledge of French literature and language.

Tutor: Christiane Di Matteo has four masters degrees: Language Engineering, French as a Foreign Language, English and Literary Translation.

Aims: At the end of the course, students will have read different novels in French and practised aspects of the French language.

Teaching approach: The course will combine reading of literary documents and oral presentations by students.

Course materials: The teacher will mainly use:

  • “Le liseur du 6 h 27”, Jean-Paul Didierlaurent

Student’s involvement: Students will be asked to read passages from books every week and will give regular oral presentations on subjects of their choice.

05 Sep - 12 Dec 2017
Study of London Exhibitions
Intermediate to Expert (B1 to C1)
Thu | 1.30pm – 4.30pm
30 hours over 10 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£297 early booking discount)

Polish your linguistic skills and enhance your appreciation of art.

For those with an interest in art and the history of art.

Tutor: The tutor has a degree in History of Art and Museology from the Ecole du Louvre, as well as a degree from the Courtauld Institute. She researches and catalogues French national collections, and has many years’ experience in teaching French as a foreign language.

Aims: You will develop your knowledge of art history: of artists and their works, of iconography, of patrons and collectors, of the techniques used in the artists’ works, of laboratory analysis and restoration techniques, and finally of the actual exhibition of these works (how such exhibitions are conceived, developed, displayed and catalogued).
You will develop your communication and debating skills and improve your listening comprehension using authentic documents.
Trips, research, conversations and debates – all of these activities will allow you to approach the world of art in an active and dynamic way.

Teaching approach:
Visits to five exhibitions chosen by students
Dialogue and discussion on the exhibition spaces
More extensive study of a subject of your choice relating to each of these exhibitions
Oral presentation of your study and coordination of the ensuing discussion
Sharing ideas on the topic being studied
Development of vocabulary and grammar in context

Course materials: The course will be based on visits to London exhibitions, the study of the artworks themselves, exhibition catalogues, presentation videos by experts and critical articles.

The course will aim to consolidate learners’ written and spoken French (specialised vocabulary, accent and syntax, discriminating between registers of language); to improve students’ listening comprehension; and to facilitate quick and fluent speaking.
Student’s involvement: The students will choose which exhibitions we visit. They will select the subjects that they would like to study in more depth and then present in their fortnightly communication – the topics which they wish to discuss in class. Students should allow for the cost of entry into exhibitions, though this will be reduced through use of membership cards.

12 Jan - 16 Mar 2017
04 May - 06 July 2017
SUMMER COURSE:
15 hours over 5 weeks
20 July - 17 Aug 2017
£165 (no early booking discount)
12 Oct - 14 Dec 2017
Contemporary Literature
Fluent (B2)
Wed | 1.30pm – 3.30pm
30 hours over 15 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£297 early booking discount)

Learn to enjoy reading and discussing contemporary literature.

For those wishing to expand their knowledge of classical and contemporary French literature.

Tutor: Marie-Laure Balistreri is a literature expert (with a Master’s in Language and Literature) and a researcher who specialises in French literature.

Aims: This course offers an exploration of styles, themes (ideas) and diverse literary approaches.

Teaching approach: The course will be based on individual reading of the chosen novels and on active discussion of each, following a study plan which will be given at the start of the course.

Course materials for 2017: The teacher will mainly use nineteenth- and twentieth-century novels.

– “Les essais”, Montaigne
– “Son excellence Eugène Rougon” E. Zola
– “L’homme qui plantait des arbres + Que ma joie demeure”, J.Giono        – “Le dit de Tian-Yi”, F.Cheng

13 Sep - 13 Dec 2017
Contemporary Literature
Fluent to Expert (B2 to C1)
Thu | 10.00am to 1.00pm
30 hours over 10 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£297 early booking discount)

For those wishing to gain insight into French society while perfecting their linguistic skills.

Tutor: Christiane Di Matteo has four masters degrees: Language Engineering, French as a Foreign Language, English and Literary Translation.

Aims: To discuss various books (mostly contemporary ) & to work on different  linguistic points.

Teaching approach: Analysis and commentary of Francophone novels  & improvement of vocabulary & grammar.

Course materials : 

Oct – Dec 2017: “La gloire de mon père”, Marcel Pagnol (Poche)

Oct – Dec 2017: “La grammaire est une chanson douce”, Erik Orsenna  (Poche)

Jan – Mar 2018: “Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran”, Schmitt, Eric-Emmanuel (Scolaire)

Jan – Mar 2018: “Le Gone Du Chaâba”, Begag, Azouz (Poche)

Mar – June 2018: “Le Bal”, Némirovsky, Irène (Essai – broché)

Mar – June 2018: “Entre les murs” Bégaudeau, (Folio)

Student’s involvement: Students will be asked to take part in discussions and express their point of view in a relaxed and interactive environment.

12 Oct - 14 Dec 2017
Language and French Society
Fluent to Expert (B2 to C1)
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£297 early booking)

Improve your language skills & discuss current cultural and social issues.

For those wishing to gain insight into French society while perfecting their linguistic skills.

Tutor: Brigitte Coudino (Monday) / Joelle Miguet (Friday)

Aims: To discuss various themes (news, politics, culture, education, work, leisure, etc.) to better understand the different faces of contemporary society and improve linguistic skills (spoken production and listening comprehension).

Teaching approach: Analysis and commentary of authentic audio and written materials, presentations and discussions, guided reading of literary texts.

Course materials: Press articles, surveys, excerpts from radio, TV, films, books, adverts, songs, etc.

Student’s involvement: Students will be asked to take part in discussions and express their point of view in a relaxed and interactive environment.

Mon | 1.30pm – 3.30pm
30 hours over 15 weeks
11 Sep - 11 Dec 2017
Fri | 9.30am – 12.30pm
30 hours over 10 weeks
13 Oct - 15 Dec 2017
SUMMER COURSE
10 hours over 5 weeks
8 May - 05 June 2017
12 June - 10 July 2017
17 July - 14 Aug 2017
£110 (no early booking discount)
Contemporary Literature
Expert to Mastery (C1 to C2)
Thu | 1.30pm – 3.30pm
30 hours over 15 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£297 early booking discount)

Learn to enjoy reading and discussing contemporary literature.

For those who wish to broaden their knowledge of French through studying literary works.

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

Aims: To discover different contemporary French authors.

Teaching approach: Students will be asked to read and prepare about fifty pages before each lesson, so that certain passages can be read, analysed and discussed in class.

Course material for September 2017:
– “La passante du Sans-Souci”, Joseph Kessel (Folio)
– “Noces de Charbon”, Sophie Chauveau (Collection Babel Poche)
– “Palafox”, Eric Chevillard (les Editions de Minuit Collection double)
Student must have the book for the first lesson.
SUMMER COURSE
10 hours over 5 weeks
11 May - 08 June 2017
15 June - 13 July 2017
20 July - 17 Aug 2017
£110 (no early booking discount)
14 Sep - 14 Dec 2017
Language and French Society
Expert to Mastery (C1 to C2)
30 hours over 10 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£297 early booking discount)

Improve your language skills & discuss current cultural and social issues.

For those wishing to gain insight into French society while perfecting their linguistic skills.

Tutor: Christiane Di Matteo has four masters degrees: Language Engineering, French as a Foreign Language, English and Literary Translation.

Aims: To discuss various themes (news, politics, culture, education, work, leisure, etc.) to better understand the different faces of contemporary society and improve linguistic skills (spoken production and listening comprehension).

Teaching approach: Analysis and commentary of authentic audio and written materials, presentations and discussions, guided reading of literary texts.

Course materials for Oct / December 2017 :

Tuesday and Thursday from 1.30pm to 4.30pm
– “Alabama Song” (biog), Gilles Leroy
– “Corniche Kennedy” (Marseille) ou autre MdK, Maylis de Kerangal  – “Le testament français”. Goncourt 2015 (Ac Fr), Andreï Makine

Tuesday from 10 to 1pm
– “Le Collier rouge”, J.C RUFIN

Student’s involvement: Students will be asked to take part in discussions and express their point of view in a relaxed and interactive environment.

Tue | 10.00am– 1.00pm
10 Oct - 12 Dec 2017
Thu | 1.30pm – 4.30pm
12 Oct - 14 Dec 2017
Tue | 1.30pm – 4.30pm
10 Oct - 12 Dec 2017
Language and Current Affairs
Expert to Mastery (C1 to C2)
Tue | 7.00pm – 9.00pm
30 hours over 15 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£297 early booking discount)

For those who have a good grasp of French and wish to broaden or keep up their knowledge of the language through studying and discussing the news and its portrayal in the written press and broadcast media.

Tutor: Isabelle Ayma has a good knowledge of socio-cultural differences, teaching French as a Foreign Language and lots of enthusiasm to help students get to know Francophone culture.

Aims: You will develop your communication and debating skills and you will improve your listening skills with the help of authentic documents. Conversations, debates and activities will be used to tackle the news actively and dynamically.

Teaching approach:
The student will present a topic of interest (economics, politics, culture, society, health, etc.) for a few minutes and other members of the group will participate through questions, quizes, etc.

Review of the written and oral language through its use in different contexts.

Development of vocabulary and grammar in context (interactive exercises: e.g. front pages of newspapers, newspaper headlines, piecing together articles)

Sharing thoughts on the topic. Discussions on French and international news.

Course materials: We will use authentic documents, newspaper articles, magazines, radio and television clips and blogs. This will consolidate the learner’s written and oral language (correcting accent and syntax, differentiating between language registers, grammar, word games) and facilitate fast and fluent speaking.

Student’s involvement: Students will be asked to do some research on topics of their choice at home to be able to give an interactive presentation on an article every week.

17 Jan - 02 May 2017
SUMMER COURSE
15 hours over 5 weeks
Tue | 1.30pm - 4.30pm
13 June - 11 July 2017
18 July - 15 Aug 2017
£165 (no early booking discount)
SUMMER COURSE
10 hours over 5 weeks
Tue | 7.00pm - 9.00pm
09 May - 06 June 2017
13 June - 11 July 2017
18 July - 22 Aug 2017
£110 (no early booking discount)
05 Sep - 12 Dec 2017
Language and Current Affairs
Fluent to Mastery (B2 to C2)
Sat | 10.00am – 1.00pm
30 hours over 10 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£297 early booking discount)

For those who have already mastered the French language and wish to deepen and broaden their knowledge of current affairs as they are presented in the news.

Tutor: Catherine Gaitte is specialised in teaching French as a foreign language and has extensive knowledge of French and British media.

Aims: To develop your communication, debating skills and to improve your listening comprehension using authentic documents. Through conversation and debates, you will approach current affairs in an interactive and dynamic way.

Teaching approach:

Revision of written and spoken language
Vocabulary and grammar in context
Exchanging ideas on varied topics
Diverse activities to develop skills
Discussion of French and international news

Course materials: The course will be based on authentic documents, from newspaper articles, to online magazines, documentaries, and extracts from radio and tv programmes.

Student’s involvement: Students will stay informed about current affairs. They will research topics, give presentations and share ideas in a relaxed class atmosphere.

25 Mar - 10 Jun 2017
17 June - 19 Aug 2017
14 Oct - 16 Dec 2017
Geopolitics in news
Fluent to Mastery (B2 to C2)
Wed | 7.00pm – 9.00pm
30 hours over 15 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£297 early booking discount)

For those wishing to gain insight into geopolitics in the news in French while perfecting their linguistic skills

Tutor: The tutor has many years’ experience in teaching French as a foreign language.

Aims: A broad course covering a wide variety of geopolitical topics. The emphasis of this class will be on debate and discussion, using a variety of media channels as base for discussions including written press, TV and radio. You will also be given the opportunity to present individually and write if you wish to do so.

Teaching approach: Students will be offered the chance to choose topics that are of interest to them and we will approach these in turn, complementing discussions with additional materials as required. This course is a fantastic opportunity to discuss current affairs that are of interest to you, with care taken to utilise the relevant expressions for each topic and precise grammar.

Suggested topics listed below :
– The current state of Europe
– Impact of migration
– Is there a future to Schengen?
– Transatlantic and Trans-pacific Agreements
– Maritime claims
– Pollution & differing energy policies
– Acquisition of massive land abroad
– COP 21 & G 20

18 Jan - 3 May 2017
SUMMER COURSE
20 hours over 10 weeks
10 May - 12 July 2017
£220 (no early booking discount)
SUMMER COURSE
10 hours over 5 weeks
19 July - 16 Aug 2017
£110 (no early booking discount)
06 Sep - 13 Dec 2017
French Cultural Icons
Fluent to Expert (B2 to C1)
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£297 early booking discount)

Do you know L’Abbé Pierre, Belmondo, Coco Chanel, Catherine Deneuve, Coluche, la dictée, Perrier, la Cocotte-minute, Canard Enchaîné, les grandes écoles,  ‘Métro, boulot, Dodo’, la 2CV, Sempé, la pétanque, la rentrée, le Tiercé, Victor Hugo?

  • Improve your communication with French people
  • Join in everyday conversation in France with confidence
  • Understand the underlying cultural message of your French counterparts

Aims: Enrich your cultural knowledge through reading, speaking and watching documentaries and film excerpts.

Tutor: With more than twenty years of teaching experience Cécile has had the opportunity to teach a wide range of courses both in Higher and Continuing education. After her graduation in translation (Master’s degree), she specialised in Teaching French as a Foreign language in France. She went on to further study teaching and learning and holds a Master’s degree in Higher and Professional Education (London).

Teaching approach: You will read and watch materials related to iconic symbols (celebrities, gastronomy, institutions, daily life and language). You will discuss icons with the support of quotes, opinions and questions.

Course material: Written materials, films and documentaries’ excerpts.

Student’s involvement: You will be encouraged to read and research the cultural symbols and related vocabulary studied in class, give presentations and take part in discussions.

Tue | 10.00am - 1.00pm
30 hours over 10 weeks
28 Mar - 06 Jun 2017
10 Oct - 12 Dec 2017
Tue | 1.00pm - 3.00pm
30 hours over 15 weeks
05 Sep - 12 Dec 2017
French & Cinema
Fluent (B2)
Thu | 7.00pm - 9.00pm
30 hours over 15 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£330 (£297 early booking discount)

September to December 2017:

– “Le Cochon de Gaza” , Sylvain Estibal, 2011
– “Une bouteille à la mer” , Thierry Binisti, 2012
– “Les Femmes du 6e étage”, Philippe Le Guay, 2011
– “Tous les soleils”, Philippe Claudel, 2011
– “Neuilly, sa mère, Gabriel Julien-Laferrière, 2009
– “Persepolis”, Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi, 2007
– “L’esquive”, Abdellatif Kechiche, 2004

 

 

 

19 Jan - 04 May 2017
07 Sep - 14 Dec 2017