French

Learn French — Courses in London & Online

French remains one of the most popular languages in the world spoken by more than 220 million people across the globe. French is one of the official languages in several countries including Canada, Belgium and Senegal.

If you are already fluent in speaking English, learning French can be fairly easy due to the sheer number of words derived from the French vocabulary. For example, did you know that approximately 3 out of every 10 English words are thought to have French origins? These include 'souvenir', 'bouquet' and 'omelette'.

We offer courses for all levels. Whether you are a beginner, a tad rusty or already fluent and want to enjoy French conversation or you want to improve your knowledge with an advanced course. Browse from our range of courses below and choose a time that suits you. Read our blog to discover the benefits of learning French and get tips on how to learn French easily at City Lit.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between in-person and online learning.

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you.

Browse our French language courses below and enrol today!

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  1. French taster
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 25 Jul 2024 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Yolande Mallet De Chauny
    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
  2. French 4: à lire sur la plage
    Course start date:  Mon 29 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Pierre Porcheron
    Vous aimez lire en francais et vous voulez découvrir des romans légers à lire en vacances. Venez les découvrir dans ce cours animé et interactif. C'est aussi une excellente introduction si vous ne lisez pas déjà de romans français.



    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
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  3. French beginners intensive: module 1
    Course start date:  Mon 29 Jul 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Yolande Mallet De Chauny
    Learn to speak French on this intensive, self-contained class for complete beginners.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  4. Return to French (elementary)
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Aug 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Yolande Mallet De Chauny
    Come and join this lively interactive course to refresh your elementary French. After attending this course you will be able join a level 2 course in September.



    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 £99.00 Concession £64.00
  5. French 5 taster: littérature française contemporaine
    Course start date:  Wed 4 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Lecture et discussions sur des oeuvres françaises à travers les siècles, ainsi qu'un aperçu historique et biographique d'écrivains français et francophones.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  6. French beginners: taster
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Sep 2024 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Valerie Jézéquel
    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
  7. French 2 upper: taster
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Sep 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Valerie Jézéquel
    Come and discover what a lower intermediate French class feels like.



    This course is suitable if you have studied French for 2-3 years recently or have done a GCSE some time ago.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  8. French 2: jump into year 2 upper
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Yolande Mallet De Chauny
    This intensive course is suitable if you have studied French for about two years in the past but are not sure whether you are ready to join our third year course, 'French 2 upper' course. You will revise the main points of the second year in this one-week revision course and feel ready for 'French 2 upper: module 1' starting soon.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £219.00
  9. French DALF C1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Pierre Porcheron
    Ce cours de niveau avancé vous prépare pour les examens en juin 2025 au 'Diplôme approfondi en langue française' (DALF), niveau C1. Vous pouvez arranger un interview. Pour cela, contacter languages : languages@citylit.ac.uk







    Les frais d'examens ne sont pas inclus dans le prix. Possibilité de paiement en plusieurs versements.











    Voici les dates des trimestres:







    Term 1: 17/09/2024-03/12/2024







    Term 2: 14/01/2025-08/04/2025







    Term 3: 29/04/2025- 10/06/2025.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £869.00 Senior fee £869.00 Concession £565.00
  10. French 3 upper: taster
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Sep 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Pascale Vuittenez
    Come and discover what an upper intermediate French class feels like.



    This course is suitable if you have studied French for 4-5 years recently or have done an A-level some time ago.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  11. French 5: littérature française contemporaine
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Lecture et discussions sur des oeuvres françaises à travers les siècles, ainsi qu'un aperçu historique et biographique d'écrivains français et francophones.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £168.00
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  12. French 3 upper: module 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 23 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Isabelle Fontan
    Develop and improve your upper intermediate French on this communicative course. The emphasis will be on developing your speaking and listening skills and on acquiring a greater understanding of French grammar and fluency.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £142.00
  13. French 2 upper: module 1
    Course start date:  Mon 23 Sep 2024 (and 10 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Pascale Vuittenez
    Come and join this lively interactive intermediate French course. The course will give you a greater understand understing of French and of the French speaking world. Suitable if you have completed a French 2 lower course or if you have recently studied French for 2 years.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
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  14. French 5: faits d'actualité
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 23 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Masa Uzelac
    Venez approfondir vos connaissances de la France et des institutions françaises et débattre de divers sujets d'actualité. Une approche créative et animée pour développer vos connaissances linguistiques et culturelles.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £142.00
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