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 (January - March 2018)

Term 2 DatesPriceBooking 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

 

 

 

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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.

Term 2 DatesPriceBooking 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

 

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Term Two Pre-Intermediate Part Two - Continuation (January - March 2018)

Please note: French Pre-intermediate Part Two is ideal for students who have completed French Pre-intermediate Part One, or students have an pre-intermediate level of French.

Term 2 DatesPriceBooking and availability

Pre-intermediate

Part 2

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

 

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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

French Pre-intermediate 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 Pre-intermediate Part Two is for continuing students who have already taken our French Pre-intermediate Part One course or who have a good pre-intermediate knowlege of French and wish to expand upon this within an arts and culture context. If you are unsure of your level, please contact us.

Over the 8 weeks of the French Pre-intermediate Part Two course, you will:

  • Explore different themes related to the arts and culture of France and the francophone world
  • Learn how to talk about your inspirations and aspirations
  • Describe flavours, textures, appearance, material and shapes in more detail
  • Explore different aspects of French and francophone arts and culture
  • Use functional language pertinent to cinema, design, fashion and cuisine
  • Work on improving your spoken communication and interaction; this is achieved through listening, speaking, pair and group work and roleplays.
  • Deepen your knowledge of past, present and future structures, question forms, masculine and feminine forms and possessive pronouns.
  • 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:

French Pre-intermediate Part Two Course details:

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

Revision of Part One:
Vocabulary 
Functional language
Grammar


Overview of French, Arts and Culture

2Cuisine and Culture

Review food vocabulary
Regional cuisines Quiz:
Question forms and answers
Functional language:
Complaining about food

Spotlight on a region: 
Alzace: its food, drink, 
history and influences



3Art and Politics

Famous people in French politics

Le passé composé
Write a biography

French political slogans

4Urban Spaces

Revision of le passé compose

Reading: Blek Le Rat
Prepare a presentation about 
an artist that inspires you

French street artists
5Movement and Time

Holiday activities, 
destinations and modes of transport
Listening and speaking
Le future proche
Interview a partner about your holiday plans

Les regions de la France

6Modernism

French films:
Vocabulary, listening and discussion
Masculine and feminine in nouns and adjective

Le cinéastes de la Nouvelle Vague

7Fashion and Society

Review of clothes 
Describing clothes in detail
Masculine and feminine in colours

The 1920s in French Fashion 
Fashion ‘faux-pas’ in France

8Design and Architecture

Describing the interior: 
vocabulary and pronunciation
Possessive pronouns
La chambre de Louis XIV

French Baroque architecture

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