French, Arts and Culture Language Course
Evening French language courses at UAL Language Centre in London. Learn French and explore French arts and culture, with classes starting at beginner level.
Why choose French, Arts and Culture?
Your French, Arts and Culture course will expose you to authentic language through listening and reading activities with an emphasis on functional uses. The classes focus on speaking, pronunciation, reading and written communication.
Our French evening 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, at the same time as improving your ability to communicate in French.
Fees, location and time
The 8-week course fee is £198. This includes all learning materials.
Your classes will be at UAL Language Centre, 272 High Holborn WC1V 7EY, just a 3-5 minute walk from Holborn or Chancery Lane stations in central London.
French, Arts and Culture Beginner Part 1
You can choose to take your French Beginner Part 1 course on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Tuesday, 15 October 2019
Wednesday, 16 October 2019
Class times are from 6pm to 8pm, 1 evening a week.
Our classes all start at beginner level, and we also offer other levels at different times during the year for some courses.
After studying Beginner Part 1 for 8 weeks, students would progress to Beginner Part 2 which lasts for 8 weeks, then can take Beginner Part 3 for another 8 weeks.
The next level after Beginner is Elementary, followed by Pre-intermediate, then Intermediate or above.
If you are not sure what your level is, please read the CEFR Level Descriptors for Languages (PDF 81KB)
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Please contact us by emailing LAC@arts.ac.uk.
Terms and conditions
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About our Languages, Arts and Culture courses
Syllabus and course details
The arts and culture part of your course includes some of the topics you will study. They may differ according to student needs and interests.
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:
- be introduced to asking and answering simple questions on familiar topics as well as 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 and 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 speaking and pronunciation skills as well as using language for practical purposes.
Week 1: Introduction to Language, Arts and Culture
Language content: Greetings and introductions; the alphabet and numbers; spelling and pronunciation; nationalities
Arts and Culture content: Overview of French Language, Arts and Culture; quiz on French Art and Design
Week 2: Cuisine and Culture
Language content: Food and groceries; articles; ordering food and levels of formality
Arts and Culture content: Regional cuisine; the history of the baguette; the effect of the Columbian Exchange on French cuisine
Week 3: Art and Politics
Language Content: Jobs and Professions; asking for and giving personal information; conjugation of 1st group verbs
Arts and Culture Content: Art, propaganda and war; graffiti; cartoons and satire
Week 4: Urban Spaces
Language Content: Places in the city; countries and prepositions of place; contractions in articles
Arts and Culture Content: The changing cityscape; urbanisation; the Haussmann’s renovation of Paris
Week 5: Movement and Time
Language Content: Review: greetings, numbers, conjugation; construction: il y a' travel experiences; hobbies and interests
Arts and Culture Content: Cinema through the ages; music and dance; travel and photography
Week 6: Modernism
Language Content: Activities in a city; the near future negative form; numbers from 70 to 99
Arts and Culture Content: La Défense’ in Paris; Les HLMs, Le Corbusier and Brutalism; ‘Les Banlieues’ in France
Week 7: Fashion and Society
Language Content: Colours; describing clothes; expressing opinion; ‘-er’ verbs related to fashion
Arts and Culture Content: Aesthetics and generation; clothing and politics; French sub-cultures and caricatures
Week 8: Design and Architecture
Language Content: Describing your home; stating your preferences; rooms and activities at home
Arts and Culture Content: The evolution of Parisian architecture; architecture and Versailles; French architectural styles
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