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Join us to learn French with the experts!

Information at a Glance

  • Evening Class
  • Various levels
  • Timetabled 18:00 - 20:00
  • 10 weeks: May to July
  • 4 hours weekly online taught time across 2 sessions
  • Fees from £134 to £230
  • Online course
  • BOTH COURSES ARE NOW FULL
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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.

Each course is taught online over 10 weeks consisting of two 2-hour sessions each week.

French Evening Classes Timetable

Mondays & WednesdaysMondays & ThursdaysTuesdays & Thursdays
 18:00 - 20:00  18:00 - 20:00 18:00 - 20:00
    French Beginners
Silva De Benedictis
Online course
    French Lower Intermediate
Alinta Sara and Andrietta Brenk
Online course

French course descriptions

Beginners

French imageThis is a course for absolute beginners. Focussing on the spoken language, the course 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 course includes 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.

*** THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL ***

Lower Intermediate

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This Lower 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.

*** THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL ***

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 Lower 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:

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 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.

For course-level advice please contact our French Coordinator: Ms Sibylle Moulin, s.moulin@imperial.ac.uk

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.

For any questions relating to your tutor's background or teaching qualifications please contact our French Coordinator: Ms Sibylle Moulins.moulin@imperial.ac.uk

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
40  10  £230
£134
£178
All fee rates quoted are for the whole course.
Term dates 1

Fee 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
  • NHS staff (other than Imperial NHS Trust staff)
  • 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
  • South London Botanical Institute Members
  • 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 term
 40  10 n/a n/a w/c 11 May - w/c 13 Jul 2020 (10 weeks)

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 1 March

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 before your course choice and applicant details are queried on an in-built questionnnaire which completes the process
  • The following email notifications are sent
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • Confirms payment, payment date, order number and course title
  • Should not be treated as a course-enrolment confirmation which is only sent later
2. Enrolment confirmation Sent in due course but likely not before the end of March. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Re-onfirms your course choice
  • Shows your course's term dates
  • Confirms your course' day of the week & time
3. Programme information Usually sent Friday late afternoon the week before term starts
  • Contains further course details incl. classroom location and teacher contact information
  • Provides further general programme details
If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756

Certificate of Attendance

Our adult education evening and daytime classes do not offer academic credits, but we do offer an attendance certificate to those learners who attend at least 80% of the taught online sessions. Eligible learners receive their certificate by email after the end of the course.

Any Questions?

For any questions regarding course content, delivery and materials please contact our French Coordinator: Ms Sibylle Moulin, s.moulin@imperial.ac.uk