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  1. French 5: Flaubert : une vie, une oeuvre
    Course start date:  Wed 29 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Pierre Porcheron
    Flaubert est le contemporain de Baudelaire et, comme l’auteur de « Les Fleurs du mal », il occupe une position charnière dans la littérature du XIXème siècle. À la fois contesté pour des raisons morales et admiré pour sa force littéraire de son temps, il apparaît aujourd'hui comme l'un des plus grands romanciers de son siècle, avec en particulier « Madame Bovary », roman qui fonde le bovarysme, puis « L'Éducation sentimentale ». Il se place entre le roman psychologique de Stendhal et le mouvement naturaliste de Zola et Maupassant, ces derniers considérant Flaubert comme leur maître. Lui-même fortement marqué par l'œuvre d’Honoré de Balzac dont il reprendra les thèmes sous une forme très personnelle - « L'Éducation sentimentale » est une autre version de « Le Lys dans la vallée » et « Madame Bovary » s'inspire de « La Femme de trente ans » - il s'inscrit dans sa lignée du roman réaliste. Il est aussi très préoccupé d'esthétisme, d'où son long travail d'élaboration pour chaque œuvre : il teste ses textes en les soumettant à la fameuse épreuve du « gueuloir », qui consiste à les lire à pleine voix, parfois pendant des heures. On a également souvent souligné la volonté de Flaubert de s'opposer à l'esthétique du roman-feuilleton, en écrivant un « roman de la lenteur ». Enfin, son regard ironique et pessimiste sur l'humanité fait de lui un grand moraliste. Son « Dictionnaire des idées reçues » donne un aperçu de ce talent.







    This course is designed for both advanced French learners as well as native speakers of French.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £64.00
  2. French 4/5: Les élections européennes : quels en sont les enjeux?
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Frédéric Fournier
    Du 6 au 9 Juin 2024 les électeurs des 27 pays membres de l’Union Européennes sont appelés aux urnes pour le renouvellement du parlement Européen, comme ils le sont tous les 5 ans depuis 1979. Le Royaume-Uni ayant quitté l’Union Europénne ne participera pas á ces élections. Toutefois les résidents Européens au Royaume-Uni voteront dans leurs ambassades et consulats et les Francais voteront á Londres, Ashford, Belfast, Brighton, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Leeds et Manchester.







    Élus par quotas et par pays, avec un mode proportionnel, les 705 parlementaires Européens représentent une trés large diversité d’opinions politiques. Depuis 1979 une grande alliance composée de libéraux du centre droit et de sociaux démocrate a dominé le parlement mais cela pourrait changer cette année.







    Va t-on assister á une arrivée en masse des partis eurosceptiques et a une poussée de l’extreme droite ? Quelle sera la prochaine coalition ? Est-ce que le parlement poursuivra ses politiques environnementales ambitieuses ? Est-ce que la nouvelle majorité poursuivra son soutien á l’Ukraine ?







    This course is designed for both advanced French learners as well as native speakers of French.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £31.00 Concession £25.00
  3. French 2 upper: focus on listening
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Jun 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Valerie Jézéquel
    This skills-based course is for lower intermediate learners of French and aims to train you on strategies you can apply to listen more effectively to spoken French in a variety of different contexts. You will also look at elements of French pronunciation to give you a better idea of how French is spoken.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  4. French 2 lower: focus on present and future tenses
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Isabelle Fontan
    Come and consolidate your knowledge of the present and the future tenses on this lively interactive Saturday workshop. Taught in French.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  5. French beginners: focus on listening
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Valerie Jézéquel
    This skills-based course is for beginner learners of French and aims to train you on strategies you can apply to listen more effectively to spoken French in a variety of different contexts. You will also look at elements of French pronunciation to give you a better idea of how French is spoken.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  6. French 1/2: sing to improve your French
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Trista Selous
    Summer and the holidays are coming! Let’s sing in French to celebrate.







    Sing your way to better French pronunciation, grammar and cultural knowledge with this fun workshop based on simple songs that French speakers learn as children. Suitable if you have recently started studying French or have an equivalent knowledge of the language.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  7. French 4/5: la Côte d'Azur, plus qu'une belle côte
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Julie Ricci
    Tout le monde connait la Côte d’Azur, la ‘French Riviera’, la Promenade des Anglais, Monaco, Cannes… tout le monde. Mais est-ce vraiment tout ce que cette magnifique région a à offrir ? Bien sûr que non. Ceux qui habitent dans le département des Alpes-Maritimes y trouvent une richesse et une beauté que les touristes ne connaissent pas forcément et qui va au-delà des festivals, des palaces et du glamour. Si découvrir les facettes moins connues de ce département du sud-est de la Fance vous intéresse, inscrivez-vous !







    Please note that this course will take place face to face.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  8. Introduction to the DALF certificate
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Henriette Harlall
    Would you like to improve your French and possibly gain an internationally recognised qualification at both academic and professional levels? Revise, practise and also gain an insight into the DALF courses starting next September. An advanced, post A-level command of the language is required.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
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  9. French 3/4: Revise and consolidate
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Henriette Harlall
    Come and refresh your French language skills. Ideal to revise and consolidate your upper intermediate French. It is also a good course to do if you intend to enrol on French Delf B2.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £139.00
  10. French 4/5: Comment les Jeux Olympiques vont changer Paris
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Frédéric Fournier
    Les Jeux Olympiques de Paris du 26 Juillet au 11 Aout seront l’événement sportif de l’année.



    Depuis 10 ans, Paris se prépare à accueillir ces vingt-troisièmes Olympiades. De grands chantiers ont été lancés, de nouvelles lignes de métro ont été ouvertes et la Seine sera transformée en une gigantesque piscine !



    Mais s’il n’y avait pas déjà des critiques, nous ne serions pas en France… Paris va-t-elle se transformer en un énorme Air B & B ? Les bouquinistes, chassés durant les jeux, reviendront-ils et Paris conservera-t-elle le caractère que nous lui connaissons ?



    Les Jeux Olympiques de 1900 avaient profondément changé la capitale. Certains disent que Paris 2024 sera l’équivalent d’un nouveau baron Haussmann. Nous verrons tout cela ensemble.











    This course is designed for both advanced French learners as well as native speakers of French.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £31.00 Concession £25.00
  11. French 3 upper: la Guyane française
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Isabelle Fontan
    A fantastic opportunity to discover and/or find out more about la Guyane française, the only French speaking country in South America. This workshop will be delivered in French and is ideal for learners wishing to improve their understanding of spoken French. Suitable if you are currently attending a French 3 upper course at the City Lit or have an equivalent knowledge.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00
  12. French 3/4: improve your pronunciation
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Wellbeing Centre

    Tutors:  Pierre Porcheron
    Having difficulties pronouncing your French ‘r’s and ‘u’s? Practise some difficult sounds on this lively course and impress your French friends!
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  13. French beginners: Olympic Games kit
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 16 Jun 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Yolande Mallet De Chauny
    Make the most of your stay in France during the Olympic games with this short, intensive course. This holiday kit will provide you with all the language you need to communicate and have a friendly chat with the locals!
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  14. French beginners taster
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stefano D’Egidio
    Get a flavour of French and its basic sentence structure. Learn some useful phrases and some pronunciation guidelines. A fascinating introduction for complete beginners and those who might like to take it further.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
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