Course Dates: 11/03/20 - 25/03/20
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Versailles ! Le château, la cour, les carrosses, les perruques, les épées et bien d'autres choses évoquées par ce nom mystique. Venez en découvrir les secrets….


What is the course about?

In these 3 sessions, we will look at how Versailles castle, its gardens and outbuildings were built from a modest hunting lodge to its "grandeur", how it was to live there and and how Versailles became the symbol of of absolute monarchism.

What will we cover?

- From 1682 to 1789 Versailles was the permanent residence of the French Kings and their court. We will look at how the castle was built, modified and extended to accommodate the successive royal families and their numerous followers.
- The castle with its magnificant " Galerie des Glaces" and the King's bedroom became the centre of unmatched power. Following Louis XIV, we will also discover how he was entertained (music, theatre…).
- We will also analyse how Versailles became the symbol of the French monarchy and its "grandeur" and how it has continued until these days, hosting major events of the successive Republics such as "le Traité de Versailles".

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

- speak about the history of Versailles in more detail
- understand the symbolic importance of Versailles to France
- analyse the impact of Versailles in European history.

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

You should have an advanced level of French (level 4 or 5), as the class will be delivered in French.
Some additional documents will be available in English. You do not need to be an accomplished historian to enjoy the course.
Active participation is expected.
It is also essential that you have knowledge of more complex grammar terminology such as: the subjunctive, the conditional, direct and indirect speech, pronouns
It is also essential that you have knowledge of more complex grammar terminology such as: the subjunctive, the conditional, direct and indirect speech, pronouns
For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self-assessment chart, using the link at the top of this page. You can also find the chart at the start of the languages section in our course guide.
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?

This is a lecture, and is therefore tutor-led. You will also learn by reading some bullet chronological key points, looking at pictures of buildings and characters, watching movies, listening to songs.

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


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

Any French 4 or 5 course appropriate to your level - see our self-assessment chart, on our website or in the prospectus. For further advice, please contact the Languages Department.

Tutor Biographies
Frédéric Fournier

Frederic was born in a small village in Provence and goes back there every summer to meet his family and friends. However, aged 20, he moved to Paris and feels a bit like a "parisien". In Paris he followed courses at the Sorbonne University studiying " les humanités " ( Philosophy, psychologie and linguistic) and worked for some years as a journalist. He didn't like that job having to compromise too often with editorial and corporate lines. Frederic went on delivering courses and teaching material in refugees camps in south east Asia. There he discovered in education the human touch he missed in journalism. Back in Europe he took several teaching positions first in France then in London involving French as a foreign language and French for business with Westmister, City and Birkbeck Universities. His teaching is focused around his students' needs. For the last ten years Frederic has been delivering lectures and workshops at citylit around historical and cultural subjects such as " Versailles, Le métro de Paris, la Révolution Francaise, Napoléon, la colonisation et la décolonisation, Ch. De Gaulle ( The stateman, not the airport ) and others.

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: LFW70

Wed, day, 11 Mar - 25 Mar '20

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £59.00
Concession: £59.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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