French beginners: module 1

Course Dates: 14/09/20 - 30/11/20
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Online

Learn French on this lively course for beginners, taught in French with the emphasis on developing your speaking and listening skills.

Note: The fees includes all teaching materials.

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 enable you to communicate in French in everyday situations. It will strengthen your knowledge and introduce new structures and vocabulary gradually. You will build up your confidence in all four skills with the emphasis on speaking and listening.

This is a live online face-to-face 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?

Topics: Personal identity, family, profession. Decribe your basic routine and leisure activities. Order drinks and snack. Ask for direction. Describe where you live. Likes and dislikes

Grammar: present tense, positive, negative and interrogative forms, nouns, adjectives, demonstratives, possessives, articles.

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

- talk about yourself and ask others about themselves (name, nationality, job, family)

- tell the time

- describe broadly your routine and leisure activities

- Ask and understand directions

- describe where you live

- Order drinks and snacks

- Use être and avoir confidently

- Use some forms of ER verbs accuretly

Please note that the above outcomes are flexible as the pace of the lessons will depend on the achievements of the group of students.

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

Beginners' course: no knowledge of the French language is required.

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
You will also need to be able to respond to simple instructions and explanations, as well as read course documents, in English. You will need to be at ease with the use of numbers for daily activities (e.g. using money, telling the time, using the 24 hour clock, reading timetables). It would also be helpful if you had some knowledge of basic grammar terminology such as: a verb, a noun and conjugation.

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

The course is based on the communicative approach:

- active students’ interaction
- emphasis on speaking and listening skills
- pair and group work
- role plays
- use of realia, pictures and authentic material
- use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate

Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework as and when required.

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

Based on City Lit course material (handbook + online material), all details will be given during the first lesson.

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

French 1: module 2. Please enrol as soon as possible as places cannot be guaranteed.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 21/03/2020)
This is a good place to study and to gain new skills. The environment is good and the place is welcoming and friendly. Everyone I've met is so keen on learning and developing themselves.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 30/11/2019)
It will expand your horizons. You will get the opportunity to know more about your potential.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 22/11/2019)
I wouldn’t recommend this course. It’s very slow paced. No homework.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 08/07/2019)
Très bien
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 07/04/2019)
This is the perfect course for someone starting completely from scratch, or returning to French after a long break (like me) having learnt at school originally. The atmosphere is relaxed, the pace of learning is spot on and the encouragement for everyone to participate is always at the heart of every lesson. Thoroughly enjoyable and I'm looking forward to the next module
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Review by Mark Copsey / (Posted on 18/03/2019)
I would definitely recommend it
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Review by Maria Contos / (Posted on 17/12/2018)
Good course for beginners with a friendly tutor who wants you to learn in a fun way.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 11/12/2018)
You should have some knowledge of the French language and be prepared to do the homework. It's a great course and you will learn not only to speak French, but also understand it.
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Review by a satisfied student / (Posted on 09/12/2018)
Well structured course with lots of interactive exercises. The teaching must be the best I have ever experienced on an adult language course.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
The class was not a complete beginners class. I have absolute no French but many in the class had houses in France, learnt it at school and had knowledge of the language.
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Review by Adnan R / (Posted on 02/12/2018)
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.

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Course Code: LF112

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Mon, eve, 14 Sep - 30 Nov '20

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £199.00
Concession: £121.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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