Conversation and Grammar

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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 for beginners
Beginners (A1+ to A2-)
Mon | 6.30pm to 8.30pm
30 hours over 15 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£343 (£308 early booking discount)

This course is intended for near-beginners in French.

It allows them to practice their oral skills at a level with which they are comfortable and to gain more fluency and more confidence in using the language in a variety of basic day-to-day situations.

 

Wed | 6.30pm - 8.30pm
07 Jan - 15 Apr 2019
Summer course
10 hours over 5 weeks
01 May - 29 May 2019
05 June - 03 July 2019
10 July - 07 August 2019
£115 (no early booking discount)
11 Sep - 18 Dec 2019
Conversation: Boost your oral skills
Intermediate (B1)
Thu | 6.30pm - 8.30pm
30 hours over 15 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£343 (£308 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.

10 Jan - 18 Apr 2019
Summer course
10 hours over 5 weeks
02 May - 30 May 2019
06 June - 03 July 2019
11 July - 08 Aug 2019
£115 (no early booking discount)
12 Sep - 19 Dec 2019
Conversation – Get Fluent
Upper Intermediate to Fluent (B1+ to B2)
Thu | 1.30pm – 3.30pm
30 hours over 15 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£343 (£308 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.

10 Jan - 18 Apr 2019
Summer course
10 hours over 5 weeks
02 May - 30 May 2019
06 June - 03 July 2019
11 July - 08 Aug 2019
£115 (no early booking discount)
12 Sep - 19 Dec 2019
Conversation
Fluent to Expert (B2 to C1)
30 hours over 15 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£343 (£308 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
08 Jan - 16 Apr 2019
10 Sep - 17 Dec 2019
Thu | 7.00pm – 9.00pm
10 Jan - 18 Apr 2019
12 Sep - 19 Dec 2019
Summer course
Tue | 1.00pm – 3.00pm
10 hours over 5 weeks
30 Apr - 28 May 2019
04 June - 02 July 2019
09 July - 06 Aug 2019
£115 (no early booking discount)
Summer course
Thu | 7.00pm – 9.00pm
10 hours over 5 weeks
02 May - 30 May 2019
06 June - 04 July 2019
11 July - 08 Aug 2019
£115 (no early booking discount)
Conversation & Grammar
Upper Intermediate to Fluent (B1 to B2)
30 hours over 10 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£343 (£308 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
15 Jan - 19 Mar 2019
26 Mar - 04 Jun 2019
18 June - 20 Aug 2019
15 Oct - 17 Dec 2019
Wed | 1.30pm - 4.30pm
16 Jan - 18 Mar 2019
27 Mar - 05 Jun 2019
19 June - 21 Aug 2019
16 Oct - 18 Dec 2019
Conversation and grammar
Elementary to Intermediate (A2 to B1-)
30 hours over 10 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£335 (£301.50 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.

Mon | 1.00pm - 4.00pm
14 Jan - 18 Mar 2019
25 Mar - 10 Jun 2019
17 Jun - 19 Aug 2019
14 Oct - 16 Dec 2019
GRAMMAR
Fluent (B2)
Thu | 7.00pm - 9.00pm
30 hours over 15 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£343 (£308 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.

 

10 Jan - 18 April 2019
12 Sep - 19 Dec 2019
Summer course
20 hours over 10 weeks
2 May - 4 July 2019
£230 (no early booking discount)
Improve your French through theatre
Elementary to Intermediate (A2 to B1)
Mon & Wed | 7.00pm - 8.30pm
30 hours over 10 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£343 (£308 early booking discount)

Practise your French oral skills!  join us and discover classical and modern theatre plays and express your talent.

Public: A2 / B1 / B2 / C1

Tutor: Bachelor in theatre

Aims: To discover and discuss various classical and modern French plays and to work on different linguistic points. You will learn how to express yourself with words and body language, as well as to understand the key French body gestures.

Teaching approach: Analysis, commentary of French plays, improvement of oral skills.

Student’s involvement: Students will be asked to take part in analysis and act some piece of plays in a relaxed and funny environment.

14 Jan - 20 Mar 2019
NEW – CROSS CULTURAL TRAINING: LIVING AND WORKING IN FRANCE
Fluent to Master (B2 to C2)
Wed | 6.30pm to 8.30pm
30 hours over 15 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£343 (£308 early booking discount)

Ensure a successful move to France by acquiring cultural understanding and improving your language skills.

Aims: By the end of this cours, in the following domains, by the end of this course, you will be able to:

–          General/Daily life:

o   Differentiate between tu or vous in various contexts (at work, when meeting new people, at the gym etc.)

o   Understand and use some typical French gestures

o   Become familiar with administrative procedures in France

o   Be aware of Health and Safety regulations

o   Become familiar with the French customs of holiday making (faire le pont, juilletiste/aoûtiens etc.)

o   French people’s attitude to buying

o   Understand the French media (their readership, their political trend etc.)

–          At work:

o   Understand how French people interact in the workplace

o   Write professional emails in a French manner

o   Behave and interact in a meeting

o   Understand French attitude to team work

o   Become familiar with a French management style

o   Take part in a French appraisal

o   Understand the various legal status of French companies

o   The different training options in France

Teaching approach: Mini-lectures, discussions and interactive / participatory

Course materials for 2019: Some resources provided by the tutor (you may be asked to buy a book in the first class).

Summer course
10 hours over 5 weeks
01 May - 29 May 2019
05 June - 3 July 2019
£115 (no early booking discount)
11 Sep - 18 Dec 2019