French 4: conversation

Course Dates: 22/04/21 - 08/07/21
Time: 12:25 - 13:25
Location: Online

Débats et conversations sur des sujets d'actualité avec l'aide de journaux et de la télévision.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

This course aims to give you the opportunity to communicate in a French environment. You will increase your fluency and improve your accuracy and comprehension in an informal and friendly atmosphere.

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?

French in everyday situations whether for social, leisure or work purposes with relevant grammatical practice when appropriate.

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

- socialise and be understood in a variety of situations
- solve problems, make complaints
- understand and make comments on articles in French newspapers
- understand and speak about French TV programmes such as short news broadcasts.

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

Students should have studied French for at least 5 years recently or have an equivalent knowledge of the language.

It is also essential that you have knowledge of more complex grammar terminology (e.g. the subjunctive, the conditional, the active and passive forms, pronouns).

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

Our courses are characterised by spoken interaction and communication. Typical activities include pair work, group work, role plays and games. A range of resources will be used to support your learning including presentations, hand-outs, and audio-visual material. For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self assessment chart at the start of the languages section of our course guide or at

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

All the material will be provided by the tutor.

If a course book is recommended please try: Grant and Cutler - (020 7734 2012) and The European Bookshop - (020 7734 5259).

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

French 4 or 5 courses according to level. If in doubt, please ask you tutor or contact Languages on


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The teacher is great but the class is oversubscribed. It only lasts one hour per session. you need a good understanding of spoken French to start.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 12/03/2020)
Brilliant if you have the right language level.
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Review by Beverley Johnston / (Posted on 12/03/2020)
A very enjoyable course
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 29/06/2019)
It is stimulating and thought-provoking. If you do your homework you will be rewarded with more knowledge & understanding.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 20/06/2019)
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 20/06/2019)
You have to have a good level of French as it is quite advanced but always very informative and interesting. The teacher is very good and helpful.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 20/06/2019)
The tutor is excellent and very cultured. He makes the lessons fun.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 29/03/2019)
Very interesting and demanding texts are used to promote conversation
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 15/03/2019)
An excellent course
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 02/12/2018)
I enjoyed this course very much
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Review by Howie / (Posted on 11/07/2015)
Tutor Biographies
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.

Book your place

Course Code: LF433

Thu, day, 22 Apr - 08 Jul '21

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £103.00
Concession: £79.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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