Edmundsbury Court Estate Tenants & Residents Association
Edmundsbury Community Hall, 171 Ferndale Road, London SW9 8FQ
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Mon-Sun: 9am-10pm

French

Courses take place on Friday lunchtimes in central Brixton.

  • 12-week courses which progress smoothly from one to the next
  • Between 6-20 students
  • Great facilities – high-speed wi-fi, free tea and coffee facilities
  • Free online learning platform – access class notes, materials and extra resources wherever you are

 

Experienced French teacher

Pierre is a qualified translator (DipTrans IoLET) and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (MCIL). He is also a teacher specialising in adult education. He teaches on a regular basis at City Lit in Covent Garden, from beginners' to advanced grammar classes. This experience has enabled him to develop his  "inclusion" and "differentiation" skills, which is all about communicating in a relaxed and informal way while offering tailored activities based on individual abilities and progress.

 

Practical, communicative learning

You will start using the language from the very start of your course through role play, games and problem-solving activities with content tailored to your needs.

You also work on grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, enabling you to use French independently in a wide range of situations.

Course Content

Complete beginners 

Module 1

Generalities

  • Language of the classroom 
  • Hellos and goodbyes
  • Identifying the letters of the alphabet and spelling own name & surname
  • Differentiating between informal and formal levels of language (tu & vous)
  • Counting from 1 to 100
  • Saying how you are and asking how someone is (ça va?)
  • Verbs "être" & "avoir"

Introducing and talking about yourself 

  • Give your name and ask someone for their name 
  • Say what you do for a living
  • Say where you live
  • Say your nationality
  • Identify various countries and nationalities
  • Say your marital and family status
  • Identify and give details about family members

Daily routine

  • Days / months / seasons
  • ask for and give the time
  • Talk about what you do every day (frequency)
  • Locate and say more about where you live
  • Order a snack and a beverage
  • Buy a simple food item over the counter
  • Identify and conjugate regular verbs (1st and 2nd group) in -ER (habiter / acheter / manger) and -IR (finir / grandir / bâtir)
  • Identify and conjugate common irregular verbs (3rd group) (prendre / vendre / partir / aller / vivre)

Cultural aspects

  • Key dates on the French calendar
  • Geography and regions of France 
  • Daily life in France and other European French-speaking countries (Belgique, Luxembourg, Suisse Romande

Course Content

Intermediate level

Module 1

The course outline below may vary depending on the overall level of class participants. A simple initial assessment will allow to define a subsequent course outline more clearly.

About holidays

 

"À propos de vacances"

  • asking questions and interviewing each other 
  • Give and understand information about holidays & travels
  • Recap on the present tense
  • Recap on the perfect tense
  • Questions & question words

What did you do yesterday?

"Qu'est-ce que vous avez fait hier ?" 

  • Recounting a series of events
  • Following a spoken or written account of an event
  • Further work on the perfect tense (questions and negation)
  • Reflexive verbs

Free time

 

"Temps libre"

  • Interacting in a social context
  • Informal and formal levels of language
  • Direct and indirect object pronouns
  • Position of pronouns  
  • "Y" and "EN"

In the past

 

"Dans le passé"

  • Talking about situations in the past
  • Expressing opinions
  • Expressing agreement and disagreement
  • The imperfect tense

Who and where?

 

"Qui et où ?"

  • Talking about age, weight, appearance...
  • Understanding descriptions of people and places
  • Making comparisons 
  • Stating preferences and interests
  • Recap on adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • modal verbs: "devoir", "pouvoir", "savoir" and "vouloir"

Register your interest



  • Classes are 6-20 students
  • Each term is 12 weeks
  • No classes on bank holidays
  • Courses are £90 per term
  • Unwaged £30
  • Content may vary
  • Minimum class size 6 people