French, Arts and Culture

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Evening French language courses at the UAL Language Centre in London. Learn French and explore French arts and culture, with classes ranging from beginner level to intermediate level.

Your French classes will expose you to authentic language through listening and reading activities with an emphasis on functional and practical uses. The classes focus on speaking, pronunciation and written communication.

Over the course of the French language programme, you will explore a variety of interesting topics such as architecture, design, fashion and society, at the same time as improving your ability to interact in French.

The weekly evening classes take place at our High Holborn location, three minutes' walk from Holborn station in central London. Classes are from 6pm and 8.30pm one evening a week.

See the different course details sections below for the course overview, full syllabus and outcomes by level.

French dates and fees

Term Two Beginner Part One - New Tuesday class (January - March 2018)

Term 2 Dates Price Booking and availability
Beginner Part 1

Tuesday 30 January 2018

Tuesday 6 February 2018

Tuesday 13 February 2018

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Tuesday 27 February 2018

Tuesday 6 March 2018

Tuesday 13 March 2018

Tuesday 20 March 2018

£210

This course is now fully booked and we are no longer taking bookings.

Please complete our online enqury form for information

about new classes starting in May.

 

 

Term Two Beginner Part One Wednesday class (January - March 2018)

Term 2  Dates Price Booking and availability
Beginner Part 1

Wednesday 31 January 2018

Wednesday 7 February 2018

Wednesday 14 February 2018

Wednesday 21 February 2018

Wednesday 28 February 2018

Wednesday 7 March 2018

Wednesday 14 March 2018

Wednesday 21 March 2018

£210

This course is now fully booked and we are no longer taking bookings.

Please complete our online enqury form for information

about new classes starting in May.

 

Term Two Beginner Part Two - Continuation (January - March 2018)

Please note: French Beginner Part 2 is ideal for students who have completed French Beginner Part One (false beginners) or students who have a little prior knowledge of French. If you are not sure of your level, try our useful self-assessment questionnaire.

Term 2 Dates Price Booking and availability
Beginner Part 2

Wednesday 31 January 2018

Wednesday 7 February 2018

Wednesday 14 February 2018

Wednesday 21 February 2018

Wednesday 28 February 2018

Wednesday 7 March 2018

Wednesday 14 March 2018

Wednesday 21 March 2018

£210

This course is now fully booked and we are no longer taking bookings.

Please complete our online enqury form for information

about new classes starting in May.

 

 

 

 

French Beginner Part One course details

Course Details and Objectives

Our evening language courses are built around an arts and culture context. You will explore a variety of topics including architecture, cuisine, culture, design, fashion, society and more.

Over the 8 weeks of the French Beginner Part One course, you will:

  • get an introduction to asking and answering simple questions on familiar topics start to explore less familiar topics
  • learn functional language and vocabulary related to food, the city, travelling, professions, leisure and your home
  • learn the days of the week, numbers, countries, nationalities, colours and more
  • work on your interactional, listening and speaking skills through dialogues, role plays and pair/groupwork
  • gain confidence in using the language to talk about yourself, your family and your immediate surroundings, as well as the topics outlined in the syllabus
  • learn basic verb forms, tenses, and articles
  • learn about different aspects of French and francophone arts and culture 

There is a focus on oral communication and pronunciation as well as using language for functional and practical purposes.

You will be able to take part in Social Programme events which will be announced on a termly basis, in line with the topics in the syllabus and your chosen language of study.
 
To assess your level, take our French Beginner self-assessment questionnaire and find out which level you are at.

French Beginner Part One Syllabus and Details

Week no.

Session topic

Language content

Arts and culture content*

1

Introduction to Language, Arts and Culture

Greetings and introductions
The alphabet and numbers
Spelling and pronunciation

Nationalities

Overview of LAC French
Quiz on French Art and Design

2

Cuisine and Culture

Food and groceries
Articles
Ordering food and levels of formality

Regional Cuisine

The History of the Baguette

The Effect of the Columbian Exchange on French Cuisine

3

Art and Politics

Jobs and professions
Asking for and giving personal information

Conjugation of 1st group verbs

Art, Propaganda and War

Graffiti

Cartoons and Satire

4

Urban Spaces

Places in the city
Countries and prepositions of place
Contractions in articles

The Changing Cityscape
Urbanisation
The Haussmann’s Renovation of Paris

5

Movement and Time

Review: greetings, numbers, conjugation

Construction: il y a

Travel experiences
Hobbies and interests

Cinema Through the Ages

Music and Dance

Travel and Photography

 

6

Modernism

Activities in a city
The near future and negative form

Numbers from 70 to 99

‘La Défense’ in Paris

Les HLMs, Le Corbusier and Brutalism

‘Les Banlieues’ in France

7

Fashion and Society

Colours
Describing clothes
Expressing opinion
‘-Er’ verbs related to fashion

Aesthetics and Generation

Clothing and Politics

French Sub-Cultures and Caricatures 

8

Design and Architecture

Describing your home

Stating your preferences

Rooms and activities at home

The Evolution of Parisian Architecture

Architecture and Versailles

French Architectural Styles

 

*Note: these are some of the possible topics you will cover and they may differ according to student needs and interests

French Beginner Part Two course details

Course overview and objectives

Our evening language courses are built around an arts and culture context. You will explore a variety of topics including architecture, cuisine, culture, design, fashion, society and more.

French Beginner Part Two is ideal for false beginners or students who have already our taken our French Beginner Part One course. To assess your level, take our French Beginner self-assessment questionnaire and find out which level to book.

Over the 8 weeks of the French Beginner Part Two course, you will:

  • Gain confidence in asking and answering more complex questions.
  • Deepen your vocabulary related to personality, daily routine and other topics in the syllabus.
  • Be able to give more detailed descriptions.
  • Focus on functional language skills as well as arts and culture related language.
  • Deepen your knowledge of the structures of the French language.
  • Continue to work on your interactional, listening and speaking skills.
  • Work on understanding more complex structures such as the use of adverbs and imperatives and being given the opportunity to use them yourself.

There is a focus of the programme on speaking and pronunciation as well as using language for functional and practical purposes.

You will be able to take part in Social Programme events which will be announced on a termly basis, in line with the topics in the syllabus and your chosen language of study. 

French Beginner Part Two Course Details

Week no.

Session topic

Language content

Arts and culture content*

1

Introduction to Language, Arts and Culture

Talking about likes and dislikes - use of definite article (le, la, les)

Your daily routine

Present simple regular verbs (-er, -ir, -re)
The daily lives of famous actors and artists

2

Cuisine and Culture

Food vocabulary

 

The imperative with all three verb types

Traditional French/Francophone dishes and their recipes

3

Art and Politics

Years (e.g 1999)

Personality adjectives

 

Physical descriptions

French and Francophone presidents

Graffiti paintings and slogans

4

Urban Spaces

Buying a bus/train ticket

Location of cities

(north, south, east and west)

Main cities in France and their monuments

5

Movement and Time

Review: present simple verbs 

(use of present simple with present continuous meaning)

Prepositions of movement

French New Wave Cinema

 

6

Modernism

Direct object pronouns

Stating preferences and opinions

The French Avant-Garde

7

Fashion and Society

Describing clothes: adjectives

Expressions/adverbs of time: 

Actuellement, aujourd’hui, avant, dans le passé

French Fashion Through the Ages

8

Design and Architecture

 

Describing buildings: 

building vocabulary and adjectives of shape and size

 

French Architecture Through the Ages 

*Note: these are some of the possible topics you will cover and they may differ according to student needs and interests