French, Arts and Culture

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

During this course you will be exposed 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 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 the language.

The weekly classes take place at our High Holborn location, 3 minutes' walk from Holborn station in central London. Classes are from 6pm and 8.30pm 1 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 1DatesPriceBooking and availability
French Beginner Part 1

Tuesday 17 October 2017

Tuesday 24 October 2017

Tuesday 31 October 2017

Tuesday 7 November 2017

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Tuesday 28 November 2017

Tuesday 5 December 2017

£210

Please note, this course is now fully booked.

We'll be running more courses from 29 January 2018.

Please sign up for updates here.

French Pre-intermediate Part 1

Tuesday 17 October 2017

Tuesday 24 October 2017

Tuesday 31 October 2017

Tuesday 7 November 2017

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Tuesday 28 November 2017

Tuesday 5 December 2017

£210 

Please note, this course is now fully booked.

We'll be running more courses from 29 January 2018.

Please sign up for updates here.


French Beginner Part 1

Wednesday 18 October 2017

Wednesday 25 October 2017

Wednesday 1 November 2017

Wednesday 8 November 2017

Wednesday 15 November 2017

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Wednesday 29 November 2017

Wednesday 6 December 2017

£210  

Please note, this course is now fully booked.

We'll be running more courses from 29 January 2018.

Please sign up for updates here.


French Beginner Part One course details

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.
 

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 Pre-intermediate Part One 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.

Over the 8 weeks of the French Pre-Intermediate Part One course, you will:

  • learn how to describe people, places and personality in more detail
  • describe flavours, textures, appearance, material and shapes
  • explore different aspects of French and francophone arts and culture
  • use functional language pertinent to television, design, fashion and the urban surroundings
  • work on improving your spoken communication and interaction; this is achieved through listening, speaking, pair and group work and role-plays.
  • deepen your knowledge of tenses, reflexive verbs and conjugation
  • be given the opportunity to use the language you learn in class, in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

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 we will announce on a termly basis in line with your syllabus themes and chosen language of study.

Download the Can-do Statements for French, Arts and Culture, pre-intermediate level:

Course details

Week no.Session topicLanguage content
Arts and culture content*
1Introduction to Language, Arts and Culture

Greetings
Talking about celebrities
Describing appearance and personality (adjectives)

Overview of French Language, Arts and Culture 
Quiz on French Art and Design
2Cuisine and Culture

Describing local specialities
Describing tastes / flavours / textures
Designing a menu

Regional Cuisine
The History of the baguette

3Art and Politics

Vocabulary about TV 

Art, Propaganda and War
Graffiti
Cartoons and Satire

4Urban Spaces

Places in the city
Buildings in the city (+ listening exercise)
Vocabulary about the city 

The Changing Cityscape
Urbanisation
The Haussmann’s Renovation of Paris
5Movement and Time

Habits
Conjugation 1st group – present tense
Reflexive verbs
Prepositions: à / vers / de… à / Jusqu’à 

Cinema Through the Ages
Music and Dance
Travel and Photography

6Modernism

Prepositions of place + country
Qu’est-ce qu’il y a à + infinitive à

Tourism: finding out about local activities 

‘La Défense’ in Paris
Les HLMs, Le Corbusier & Brutalism
‘Les Banlieues’ in France 

7Fashion and SocietyClothes: vocabulary/describing clothes/functional language in a shop 

Aesthetics and Generation
Clothing and Politics
French Sub-Cultures and Caricatures  

8Design and Architecture

Materials / Shapes
Planning the perfect city
The future simple
Review  

The Evolution of Parisian Architecture
Architecture and Versailles
French Architectural Styles 

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