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At a glance

  • Evening Class
  • Timetabled 18:00 - 20:00
  • 20 weeks: October to March
  • 2 hours taught time per week
  • Various levels
  • Fees from £210 to £395
  • Location: Imperial College, South Kensington Campus
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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.

French Evening Classes Timetable
MondaysTuesdaysWednesdaysThursdays
 18:00 - 20:00  18:00 - 20:00 -- 18:00 - 20:00
French Beginners
Andrietta Brenk
SALC 7 (TBC)
French Beginners
Emilie Hauzay
CLCC 313 Lab 2 (TBC)
  French Beginners
Silva De Benedictis
CLCC 316 (TBC)
French Near Beginners
Kevin Despierre
SALC 9 (TBC)
French Near Beginners
Alinta Sara
SALC 2 (TBC)
  French Intermediate
Alinta Sara
CLCC S309 (TBC)
French Higher Intermediate
Silva De Benedictis
Elec Eng 407 A (TBC)
French Intermediate
Andrietta Brenk
SALC 5 (TBC)
   
  French Advanced
Helene Butz
SALC 9 (TBC)
   
Italian classes timetable

French course descriptions

Beginners

French imageThis 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 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. 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.

Students will first revise and deepen the themes introduced in the early units of the Beginners course book and will then concentrate on the latter units of the book. They will learn how to talk about themselves in greater detail, to describe their home, work environment and interests and to express opinions in a more sophisticated way, making comparisons and suggestions and using present, future, past (perfect and imperfect) and conditional tenses.Students will also be introduced to life and culture in France and read authentic material from the French press.

Intermediate

French imageThis 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.

Higher Intermediate

French imageThis 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.

Advanced

French imageStudents should have reached A Level or equivalent (B1/B2 standard - CEFR) before starting this 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.

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

Revision of units 1-6 in the following book before the course concentrates on the latter units of the book.

  • French 1 by Dounia Bissar, Helen Phillips and Cécile Tschirhart, Palgrave Macmillan, Third edition, 2016 - ISBN-13: 978-1137579195.

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

  • Le Nouvel Edito B1 (Editions Didier 2012/ ISBN: 978-2-07269-9) and accompanying CD and DVD, together with a variety of worksheets and backup material as required

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.

Contact details for course-level advice: Ms Sibylle Moulin (French Coordinator), 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.

Contact details for questions relating to your tutor's background or teaching qualifications: Ms Sibylle Moulin (French Coordinator), s.moulin@imperial.ac.uk

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
 40  20  £395    (Early Bird Rate: £360*) £230    (Early Bird Rate: £210*)
£305    (Early Bird Rate: £280*) 
* The Early Bird rate is available for enrolments made before 30 September for courses starting in October   |   All fee rates quoted are for the whole course.
Term dates 1

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 Friends of Imperial College 
  • 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

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started, subject entirely to agreement by the tutor delivering the course. 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 Evening Classes & Lunchtime Learning terms and conditions [pdf] before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer term
 40  20 14 Oct - 12 Dec 2019 (9 weeks)* 6 Jan - 19 Mar 2020 (11 weeks) n/a
* Followed by the Christmas break

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 1 August

Enrolment & payment are through the Imperial College eStore. Please use above booking link noting below instructions:

  • Our rate categories are explained on this page and your applicable 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 will be sent
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • Confirms your payment, date of payment and order number
  • Should not be treated as a course-enrolment receipt and therefore does not show your course however these details are sent to us via the system
2. Enrolment confirmation Sent in due course but likely not before the end of September. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Confirms your course choice
  • Shows the programme your course is part of as well as the 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

Although no credits are offered for this very part-time course, an attendance certificate is presented to students who attend at least 80% (16) of the taught classroom sessions. Eligible students receive their certificate by email after the end of the course.

Any Questions?

Contact details for questions regarding the content and teaching of our French courses: Ms Sibylle Moulin (French Coordinator), s.moulin@imperial.ac.uk