Bernard Clavel: une vie, une œuvre

Course Dates: 01/06/22 - 29/06/22
Time: 14:45 - 16:15
Location: Online
Venez découvrir cet écrivain français. Auteur prolifique, autodidacte, il est très connu des Français pour ses grandes sagas historiques. Sa représentation réaliste de la nature et de l'humain, son engagement contre la violence et la guerre lui ont valu de nombreuses récompenses. Il fait partie des auteurs français contemporains à connaitre!
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £48.00

Course Code: LFW60

Wed, day, 01 Jun - 29 Jun '22

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This lively course will introduce you to the life, political engagement and work of the French writer Bernard Clavel (1923-2010). We will read and discuss excerpts from his work.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

An introduction to Bernard Clavell's work.
With a particular emphasis on reading, speaking and vocabulary building, you will also increase your confidence in using the language.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Show knowledge of some of Bernard Clavel's work;
Contribute to a discussion around Bernard Clavel's work;
Demonstrate increased confidence in reading and speaking French.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course will be delivered entirely in French, so you should have studied French to our level 4 or 5. Active participation is expected.

For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self assessment chart at

It is also essential that you have knowledge of more complex grammar terminology such as: the past tenses, the future tense, the subjunctive, the conditional, pronouns.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will discuss and analyse texts in pair and group work. Reading outside the class is encouraged but not necessary to participate in classroom discussion as we will do close readings of excerpts in class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?


When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Any level 4 or 5 course. Please consult your tutor or contact Languages on

Pierre Porcheron Tutor Website

Pierre studied towards a "Licence de Langue, Littérature et Civilisations anglo-saxonne" at Grenoble University in the early 1980s. He moved to Paris in 1986 where he worked in the field of Corporate and Financial Communication, first as an editor-in-chief for a specialised publishing company, and later as an executive in charge of Corporate and Financial Communication for a large national financial institution. In the early 1990s, he gave it all up and moved to the UK (an ambition since I was a teenager) and started teaching French in a private language school, then as a secondary school classroom teacher. He then went on to study and in 2010, he gained the Dip Trans IoLET (the Chartered Institute of Linguists Diploma in Translation). In 2013, he decided to resume his teaching career, albeit choosing to do so in the Life Long Learning sector. Pierre believes that learning and teaching a foreign language is (but not limited to) about having fun, expanding personal communication skills, seeing and understanding things from a different cultural perspective.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.