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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 £230 to £420
  • Imperial College attendance certificate (T&Cs apply)
  • Book from 2 August
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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.

Online French Adult Education Courses
MondaysTuesdaysWednesdaysThursdays
18:00 - 20:00 18:00 - 20:00 18:00 - 20:00 18:00 - 20:00
French Near Beginners (Group A)
Emilie Hauzay
Online course [NOW FULL]
French Near Beginners (Group B)
Alinta Sara
Online course
French Intermediate
Andrietta Brenk
Online course
French Intermediate
Alinta Sara
Online course
  French Advanced
Helene Butz
Online course
  French Higher Intermediate
Silva De Benedictis
Online course

Course delivery

  • Online courses are taught live-taught via the internet, 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. 

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

Near Beginners

French imageNear Beginners: You have some experience of speaking French, but at a basic level, perhaps having completed a beginners course in French.

This 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.

Course Text

  • Céline Braud, Edito A1 (Paris: Didier 2017) ISBN: 9782278083640

Please do not buy the course book until after the first session of your course.

Intermediate

French imageIntermediate: You have reached a basic conversational level in French, perhaps equivalent to a grade C or above in GCSE or equivalent: A1+ standard (CEFR), or you have completed Near Beginners French, or you have experience in speaking basic conversational French but feel rusty.

This course aims to help you acquire a wider range of vocabulary and more complex grammatical structures so that you 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 you should have reached approximately the A2 standard on the Common European Framework.

Course Text

  • Céline Braud, Edito A2 (Paris: Didier 2016) ISBN: 9782278083190

Please do not buy the course book until after the first session of your course.

Higher Intermediate

French imageHigher Intermediate: For those who have reached A/S Level or equivalent to A2/B1 standard on the Common European Framework and have acquired a good knowledge of basic French grammar.

On this course we aim to provide a background to French studies with an emphasis on communication. You will also be encouraged to extend your knowledge of grammar and improve your reading and writing skills.

Course Text

  • Didier, Edito niveau B1 (Paris: Didier, 2018) Book and DVD - ISBN: 97822780877

Please do not buy the course book until after the first session of your course.

Advanced

French imageAdvanced: You should have reached a good A Level French standard, or equivalent (B1/B2 standard - CEFR) to start this course.

Advanced French 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 you will be encouraged to read the French press regularly or watch news bulletins and documentaries and you will be invited to make regular presentations on 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 and you will be encouraged to produce occasional written work.

Course Text

At Advanced level we do not use a set course text. Instead we will use topical material from newspapers, magazines and television.

Course Information

Course Delivery: Live Online Taught courses

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.

Level advice

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

If you are a complete beginner you should enrol on a Beginners Course.

If you have some experience in the language you wish to study please first read the course descriptions to try to identify the course level which should be most suitable for you. If you are out of practice in a language, or have been out of formal education for a while, please be realistic about your level of proficiency before enroling.

You might find the French Level Check Website useful to help you decide your French language level before enroling.

You can also contact Tatiana Codreanu, t.codreanu@imperial.ac.uk (Assistant French Coordinator) who will help guide you the correct language level for French.

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
 40  20  £420    (Early Bird Rate: £380*)
£250    (Early Bird Rate: £230*) £330    (Early Bird Rate: £300*) 
* 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 eligible for Internal Associate rates

Internal Rate

  • Current Imperial College students and staff (including Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors)
  • Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
  • People enrolling under our Friends & Family scheme
  • Staff of the English Chamber Orchestra and staff of the UKCP

Associate Rate

  • Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
  • Austrian Cultural Forum staff
  • City & Guilds College Association members
  • Friends and Patrons of the English Chamber Orchestra
  • Harrods staff
  • Historic Royal Palaces staff
  • Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
  • Members of the Friends of Imperial College
  • Members of the Kennel Club
  • Members of the London Zoological Society
  • Members of the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Natural History Museum staff
  • National Health Service (NHS) employees
  • Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
  • Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
  • Royal Geographical Society staff
  • Science Museum staff
  • Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
  • Students (non-Imperial College)
  • Teachers and other staff of UK schools
  • Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
  • Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
  • Victoria and Albert Museum staff

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 Terms and Conditions [pdf] before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer termSummer School
 40  20 18 Oct - 18 Dec 2021 (9 weeks)*  PLUS 10 Jan - 26 Mar 2022 (11 weeks) n/a n/a
* Followed by the Christmas break

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 2nd August 2021

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, or advice on the most appropriate level you should join, should be sent to 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