French, Arts and Culture

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Nikolai Garcia

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

During this 8-week 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 where relevant, on written communication.

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

As part of our partnership with the British Museum, you will have the opportunity to attend a unique lecture and gain admission to an evening exhibition – a new and exciting cultural experience.

To complement the topic taught in week two (Cuisine and Culture) you are also invited to the International Food Festival, arranged in collaboration with the University’s Social Programme. The event will happen once per term in addition to your lessons and is a great opportunity for you to socialise with classmates and other students at the Language Centre. 

Classes take place at our High Holborn building, three minutes walk from Holborn underground station in central London. They take place one evening per week between 6pm and 8:30pm. 

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In partnership with
The British Museum

Dates and Fees

Fee: £225

LevelWeeknightDatesTime
French BeginnerTuesdays31 January - 21 March 2017 6pm - 8:30pm
French BeginnerWednesdays1 February - 22 March 20176pm - 8:30pm
French Pre-IntermediateWednesdays1 February - 22 March 2017 6pm - 8:30pm
French IntermediateTuesdays31 January - 21 March 20176pm - 8:30pm

International Food Festival: Thursday 2 February 2017, from 7pm onwards.

British Museum Exhibition: Friday 10 February 2017, from 5pm - 7:30pm.

April 2017 start dates:
Starts week commencing 18 April 2017
Ends week commencing 9 June 2017

Beginner course overview

Over the 8 weeks of the French Beginner course, you will be introduced to asking and answering simple questions on familiar topics as well as functional language and vocabulary related to food, the city, travelling, professions, leisure and your home.
 
You will work towards improving your interactional, listening and speaking skills, learn to recognise familiar words and phrases concerning you, your family, your immediate surroundings, and the topics outlined above. When reading and listening, you will work on understanding common names, words and simple sentences, as well as being given the opportunity to use them yourself.
 
There is a focus of the programme on oral communication and pronunciation as well as using language for functional and practical purposes. 

Beginner course details

LessonLanguage ContentArts & Culture Content
Introduction

Greetings & introductions
The alphabet & numbers
Spelling & pronunciation
Nationalities

Overview of LAC French
Quiz on French Art and Design
Cuisine and CultureFood & groceries
Articles
Ordering food & levels of formality

Regional Cuisine
The History of the Baguette
The Effect of the Columbian Exchange on French Cuisine

Art and Politics

Jobs & Professions
Asking for & giving personal information
Conjugation of 1st group verbs

Art, propaganda & War
Graffiti
Cartoons & Satire

Urban SpacesPlaces in the city
Countries & prepositions of place
Contractions in articles
The Changing Cityscape
Urbanisation
The Haussmann’s Renovation of Paris
Movement and Time

Review: greetings, numbers, conjugation
Construction: il y a
Travel experiences
Hobbies and interests

Cinema Through the Ages
Music & Dance
Travel & Photography

Modernism

Activities in a city
The near future & negative form
Numbers from 70 to 99

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

Fashion and SocietyColours
Describing clothes
Expressing opinion
‘-Er’ verbs related to fashion 

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

Design and Architecture

Describing your home
Stating your preferences
Rooms & activities at home

The Evolution of Parisian Architecture
Architecture & Versailles
French Architectural Styles

Pre-intermediate course overview

Over the 8 weeks of the French Pre-Intermediate course, you will learn how to express your opinion and preferences, characterise a person, talk about yourself in detail, use functional language pertinent to television design, fashion and the urban surroundings.
 
Emphasis is on spoken communication and interaction; this is achieved through pair and group work and role-plays. Some of the key language points you can expect to be exposed to at French Pre-Intermediate level are: tenses, reflexive verbs, conjugation, comparatives and superlatives.
 
There is a focus of the programme on oral communication and pronunciation as well as using language for functional and practical purposes. 

Pre-intermediate course details

LesoonLanguage ContentArts & Culture Content
Introduction

Greetings
Talking about celebrities
Describing appearance and personality (adjectives)

Overview of LAC French
Quiz on French Art and Design
Cuisine and Culture

Describing local specialities
Describing tastes / flavours / textures
Comparatives and superlatives

Regional Cuisine
The History of the Baguette
The Effect of the Columbian Exchange on French Cuisine

Art and Politics

Vocabulary about TV 

Art, propaganda & War
Graffiti
Cartoons & Satire

Urban 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
Movement and Time

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

Cinema Through the Ages
Music & Dance
Travel & Photography

Modernism

Prépositions 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 

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

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

Design and Architecture

Materials / Shapes
Planning the perfect city
The future simple
Review  

The Evolution of Parisian Architecture
Architecture & Versailles
French Architectural Styles 

Intermediate course overview

Over the 8 weeks of the French Intermediate course, you will examine, in some depth, how to describe your experiences and ambitions as well as how to improve your ability to discuss designing and making processes. You will practice expressing your opinions and supporting them with reasons, as well as telling personal anecdotes, describing the plot of a film/music piece and giving your reactions to it.
 
The listening component of the course will include exposure to authentic radio or TV programmes on current art trends or topics of personal or professional interest. You will also explore descriptions of events and processes and practise them yourself orally.
 
There is a focus of the programme on oral communication and pronunciation as well as using language for functional and practical purposes. 

 

Intermediate course details

LessonLanguage ContentArts & Culture Content
Introduction

Introduction & Greetings
Introducing oneself and friends and family through discussion about Francophone works of art
Verbs of likes & dislikes
Present conditional and Pronouns

Overview of LAC French
Quiz on French, Art and Culture

Cuisine and Culture

Recipes: various ways of giving instructions
Adapting own recipes to tastes of others
Imperative
"il faut" + infinitive

Samples of recipes from the Francophone world and their history
Recipes presented in audio-visual format

Art and Politics

"Littérature engagée": literature / political statement
Indirect speech
Present subjunctive (introduction)
Relative pronouns

Poetry and songs from Francophonie

Urban Spaces

The Environment: Sustainable Cities
Conditional present
Subjunctive present (part 2)

The Francophonie’s Initiative for Sustainable Cities
Movement and Time

Music styles
Pronominal verbs
Interrogative sentences (advanced)

Music interviews : La chanson française

The Modern City

The City & Photography
Imperfect and past perfect indicative
Present and past conditional 

Photography techniques
Robert Doisneau

Fashion and SocietySpeaking and enquiring about clothes, fabrics, cuts and colours
Past participle
Possessive, demonstrative adjectives and pronouns 

Tablecloths
In a workshop: making of a watch

Design and Architecture

Graphic design
Present participle & gerund

Graphic design Web design