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Join us to learn French with the experts!

At a glance

  • Live online course
  • Various levels
  • 2 hours a week
  • Timetabled 18:00 - 20:00
  • 20 weeks: October to March
  • Fees from £220 to £410
  • Imperial College Attendance Certificate (T&Cs apply)
  • Book from 15 August
Booking link

Learning a new language is one of the most rewarding activities you can do. Not only does it open up new possibilities for travel and employment, but it can lead to new insights into cultures from all over the world.

Learning a language is enjoyable too, with new friendships formed at our classes bringing together people from a wide variety of backgrounds with a shared interest in the language you are studying.

With our expert tutors on hand to guide you, you will soon find yourself developing new language skills that will open up a world of possibilities.

French Evening Classes Timetable
MondaysTuesdaysWednesdaysThursdays
 18:00 - 20:00  18:00 - 20:00 -- 18:00 - 20:00
French Near Beginners
Emilie Hauzay
Online course
French Beginners [NOW FULL]
Emilie Hauzay
Online course
  French Beginners
Silva De Benedictis
Online course
French Higher Intermediate [NOW FULL]
Silva De Benedictis
Online course
French Intermediate [NOW FULL]
Andrietta Brenk
Online course
  French Intermediate
Alinta Sara
Online course
  French Advanced
Helene Butz
Online course
  French Higher Intermediate
Bertrand Jacquier
Online course
Italian classes timetable

Level assessment

Please see the course descriptions for information on level assessment for our French courses. Unless you are a complete Beginner and have no knowledge of French please complete the level assessment.

Course delivery

This is a live-taught online course which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time. To take part in the course you will need a suitably equipped and internet-enabled device. Please find full details and instructions below under 'Course delivery'.

Attendance certificate

Those who attend at least 80% of the course sessions will receive an attendance certificate from Imperial College London upon completion of the course.

French course descriptions

Beginners

THE TUESDAY COURSE IS NOW FULL AND WE ARE NEARING FULL CAPACITY ON THE THURSDAY COURSEFrench image

This 20-week Beginners course, which focuses on the spoken language, aims to equip students with the skills needed for everyday situations in a French-speaking environment. Students will, for example, learn how to introduce themselves and others, describe their country and daily activities, shop for and order food and drink, make travel arrangements, ask questions, make simple descriptions and will acquire a good basic vocabulary.

The Beginners course will include the basic elements of French grammar, for instance: conjugation of most common verbs in the present tense and their use together with nouns, articles, adjectives and prepositions in simple sentences. The future and perfect tenses will also be introduced.

Throughout the course the approach is a communicative one, the activities proposed are playful, varied and efficient in helping the students to practise and consolidate what they have learned.

Near Beginners

French imageThis 20-week Near Beginners course aims to extend and consolidate the language skills of students who have followed a Beginners course at Imperial College or elsewhere, enabling them to communicate in French with greater confidence.

Students will revise key lexical and grammatical topics studied at Beginners level. They will learn how to talk about themselves and family in greater detail, to describe their home, work environment, interests and to express opinions and preferences in a more sophisticated way, making comparisons and suggestions and using present, future, past (perfect) and conditional tenses. Students will also be introduced to life and culture in France.

By the end of the course, students should have reached the A1+ standard on the Common European Framework global scale and self-assessment grid allowing them to join the French credit programme at the Intermediate Level.

Even if you only have very basic knowledge of French, please access the following page to complete an online level assessment test before proceeding with enrolment: https://frenchcourses.org.uk/choose-your-level/
Do not hesitate to contact the Assistant French Coordinator, Dr Codreanu, t.codreanu@imperial.ac.uk, who will provide further guidance concerning your level.

Intermediate

BOTH THE TUESDAY AND THURSDAY CLASSES ARE NOW FULLFrench image

This 20-week Intermediate course is designed for students who have reached a basic conversational level in French (GCSE / O’ Level standard or equivalent: A1+ standard (CEFR) but feel rusty.

This course aims to help the students acquire a wider range of vocabulary and more complex grammatical structures so that they can feel at ease in most everyday situations and learn more of the culture and customs of the French-speaking countries.

By the end of the course students should have reached approximately the A2 standard on the Common European Framework.

Please access the following page to complete an online level assessment test before proceeding with enrolment: https://frenchcourses.org.uk/choose-your-level/
Do not hesitate to contact the Assistant French Coordinator, Dr Codreanu, t.codreanu@imperial.ac.uk, who will provide further guidance concerning your level.

Higher Intermediate

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** THE MONDAY COURSE IS NOW FULL HOWEVER THERE IS STILL AVAILABILITY ON THE THURSDAY COURSE **

This 20-week Higher Intermediate course is intended for students who have reached A/S Level or equivalent: A2/B1 standard (CEFR) and acquired a good knowledge of basic French grammar.

The course aims to provide a background to French studies with an emphasis on communication. Students will also be encouraged to extend their knowledge of grammar and improve their writing skills.

Please access the following page to complete an online level assessment test before proceeding with enrolment: https://frenchcourses.org.uk/choose-your-level/
Do not hesitate to contact the Assistant French Coordinator, Dr Codreanu, t.codreanu@imperial.ac.uk, who will provide further guidance concerning your level.

Advanced

French imageStudents should have reached A Level or equivalent (B1/B2 standard - CEFR) before starting this 20-week Advanced course which aims to develop all four language skills with particular emphasis on the development of oral proficiency.

The course includes a study of current affairs as reflected in the media and students will be encouraged to read the French press regularly or watch news bulletins and documentaries and they will be invited to make regular presentations of news items to the class. The course also covers some aspects of French culture, such as literature, cinema and music that will be discussed in class.

A number of advanced grammatical structures will be revised according to the requirements of the class. Students will be encouraged to produce occasional written work.

Please access the following page to complete an online level assessment test before proceeding with enrolment: https://frenchcourses.org.uk/choose-your-level/
Do not hesitate to contact the Assistant French Coordinator, Dr Codreanu, t.codreanu@imperial.ac.uk, who will provide further guidance concerning your level.

Course Information

Course Materials

Students are advised not to buy any course books before the start of the course. Progress through the course and textbook will depend on the group dynamics of the class. 

French Beginners

Students are expected to cover units 1-6 of the book.

Students will also find the following resources useful:

Grammar Support: French Grammar Revision - Mille et un points, by Neil Creighton, Nelson Thornes; New Ed edition (2 May 2000), ISBN-13: 978-0174444602

French Near Beginners

  • Edito A1, Didier (2017), date of publication: 14/03/2017, ISBN: 9782278083640

Students will also find the following resources useful:

Grammar Support: French Grammar Revision - Mille et un points, by Neil Creighton, Nelson Thornes; New Ed edition (2 May 2000), ISBN-13: 978-0174444602

French Intermediate

  • Edito A2 by M. Abou-Samra, C. Braud, M. Brunelle, E. Heu, M. Perrard, C. Pinson,  Didier Edition 2016. ISBN : 9782278083190

Students may also find the following online resources useful:

French Higher Intermediate

  • Edito niveau B1 (Didier, 2018) - Livre + DVD. ISBN : 97822780877 [Please note this is the new edition with the red cover]

Articles from the French press, news items and documentaries will complement the topics studied in class.

Students may find the following online resources useful:

French Advanced

There is no course book.

Students will find the following online resources useful:

Level advice

Choosing the right language level is very important and we aim to make the process of deciding which is the right course level for you as simple as possible.

If you are a complete beginner you should, of course, enrol on a Beginner's Course.

If you have some experience in the language you wish to study please first review our course descriptions to try to identify the course level which should be most suitable for you. Especially if you are out of practice in a language, or have been out of formal education for a while, please be reasonably sure and realistic about your level of proficiency prior to proceeding with enrolment.

Even if you know you have only a basic knowledge of French, please use the Level Check Website to complete an online assessment of your French language level before proceeding with enrolment.

Please contact the Assistant French Coordinator, Dr Codreanu, t.codreanu@imperial.ac.uk if you require further assistance concerning your level.

Your Tutor

All tutors on our language programmes are native speakers with a great deal of experience in teaching languages to beginners and the more advanced. Tutor contact details are provided in the programme pack which will be emailed to you just prior to the start of term.

Contact details for questions relating to your tutor's background or teaching qualifications: Dr Tatiana Codreanu (Assistant French Coordinator), t.codreanu@imperial.ac.uk

Course Delivery

All our online courses are taught live which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time. To take part in the course you must be able to attend the online session at the time stated for the course description.

All times stated are British Standard Time.

To take part you will need a computer, or laptop, or tablet computer, connected to the Internet. The device you use will also need to have a camera, microphone and speakers. Most devices now have these built in, but if not you might have to buy them from a computer shop and to connect them to your device.

Microsoft Teams

This course will use Teams as its online delivery method. Teams is easy to use. You will need to log into your existing Teams account or, alternatively, please create a free account hereNear the date of your first online session you will be sent an email with a Teams web link that will allow you to access the course. All you need do is click on the course link in the email and you will be asked to enter your name. This is the name that will be seen by your tutor and other students in the class. Once you have entered your name you might be asked to enter a password to enter the class. The password will be included in the email sent to you. Once you enter the password you will either be taken directly into the class, or asked to wait in a virtual waiting room until the tutor is ready to let you into the class.

All courses lasting two hours have a 10 minute break in the middle.  For one hour courses there is no break.

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
 40  20  £410    (Early Bird Rate: £370*)
£240    (Early Bird Rate: £220*) £320    (Early Bird Rate: £290*) 
* The Early Bird rate is available for enrolments made before the end of 30 September for courses starting in October only  |   All fee rates quoted are for the whole 2-term course.


Rate Categories and Discounts

Standard Rate

  • Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.

Internal Rate

  • Applies to current Imperial College students and staff (incl. Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors).
  • Current Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) staff, current CLCC PhD students, Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students, and students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme should email evening eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk before completing the online enrolment form.

Associate Rate

  • Students (non-Imperial College)
  • Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
  • City & Guilds College Association members
  • Members of the Friends of Imperial College
  • Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
  • Friends of the South London Botanical Institute
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
  • Harrods staff
  • Historic Royal Palaces staff
  • Natural History Museum staff
  • Science Museum staff
  • Victoria and Albert Museum staff
  • Royal Geographical Society staff
  • Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
  • Santander Bank staff (Imperial College Walkway branch only)
  • Austrian Cultural Forum staff
  • Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
  • Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
  • Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
  • Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
  • Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Members of the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started. For non-language courses this is subject entirely to agreement by the tutor. For language courses it is subject to agreement by the language Coordinator conducting level assessment. If you want to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on, particularly in language courses.

Applicable terms & conditions

Please read the  before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer termSummer School
 40  20 19 Oct - 18 Dec 2020 (9 weeks)*  PLUS 11 Jan - 26 Mar 2021 (11 weeks) n/a n/a
* Followed by the Christmas break

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 15 August

Enrolment and payment run through the Imperial College eStore. Please click on the blue booking link on the relevant course page noting below instructions:

  • Our rate categories are explained on the course page and your applicable rate category must be selected on the eStore
  • First-time eStore users please create an account by entering an email address and password. These credentials should also be used for future bookings. Imperial College users please note the eStore is not a single-signon College system
  • The booking process involves entering payment details after your course choice and applicant details are collected via an in-built questionnnaire
  • The following email notifications are sent:
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Is sent instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • This is a receipt for your payment and includes payment date, order number and course title
  • Confirmation of your place on your chosen course will follow later
2. Enrolment confirmation Is sent within 10 working daysPlease treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Re-confirms your course choice
  • Shows your course's term dates
  • Confirms the day and time of your course
3. Programme information Is usually sent on Friday late afternoon the week before term starts
  • Contains joining instructions for your course, incl. tutor contact details
If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756

Any Questions?

  • Questions regarding the content and teaching of your course should be sent to Dr Tatiana Codreanu (Assistant French Coordinator) at t.codreanu@imperial.ac.uk
  • Questions about your enrolment and payment should be sent to the Programme Administrator, eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk