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FRENCH IN THE SPRINGTIME! NEW BEGINNERS COURSE STARTING MAY 2017

Get ready for your vacances en France this summer with our new Beginners French course, which started on Friday 5th May. There are now just THREE SPACES LEFT!.

Our Beginners Plus French classes are for you if:

  • you are an absolute beginner in the language; or
  • although you may have studied the language at school many years ago, you would not now feel confident introducing yourself to, and having a basic conversation with, a French-speaker.

Check out the Small group lessons FAQ and the criteria for the Intermediate and Advanced classes to help you decide.

Need more advice? Don't hesitate to give me a call on the number below.

Vacances annuelles

Please note that there will be no lesson on 7th or 28th July due to annual leave.

SUMMER FRENCH COURSE! NEW REFRESHER/INTERMEDIATE COURSE STARTS 9th JUNE

Get your French back up to scratch this summer with our new Intermediate French course, starting at 5:00pm on Friday 9th June. Places are strictly limited, and there are now just TWO SPACES LEFT!

If however you would prefer a lesson a little earlier in the afternoon, there are still spaces left on our other Intermediate course which started a week earlier and takes place at 3:30pm every Friday.

Vacances annuelles

Please note that there will be no lesson on 7th or 28th July due to annual leave.

Our Intermediate French classes are for you if most of the following apply:

  • you can introduce yourself to, and have a basic conversation with, a French-speaker.
  • you are familiar with the three key verbs (avoirêtre and aller) in the present tense.
  • you have some familiarity (even if this is minimal) with how to form basic past and future tenses.
  • you're happy translating basic vocabulary such as treenephewto watch and bicycle.

...but might struggle with some or all of the following:

  • distinguishing between the imperfect and the passé composé when talking about events in the past.
  • using direct and indirect object pronouns: I like themshe's talking to him...etc.
  • using more advanced (but nevertheless common) vocabulary such as réseaulumièredémarrer and réussir.

You will, towards the end of the intermediate course, be able to start putting reasonably sophisticated sentences together. So we will devote the last two sessions of the course to improving your conversational skills, including:

  • expressing your opinion, and your likes and dislikes;
  • useful words and phrases to avoid awkward silences and "buy yourself a bit of time" while you're thinking of the rest of your sentence.
Check out the Small group lessons FAQ and the criteria for the Beginners Plus and Advanced classes to help you decide.

Need more advice? Don't hesitate to give me a call on the number below.

SUMMER FRENCH COURSE! NEW REFRESHER/INTERMEDIATE COURSE STARTS 26th MAY

Get your French back up to scratch this summer with our new Intermediate French course, starting at 3:30pm on Friday 2nd June. Places are strictly limited, and there are now just THREE SPACES LEFT!

If however you would prefer a lesson a little earlier in the afternoon, there are still spaces left on our other Intermediate course which started a week later and takes place at 5:00pm every Friday.

Vacances annuelles

Please note that there will be no lesson on 7th or 28th July due to annual leave.

Our Intermediate French classes are for you if most of the following apply:

  • you can introduce yourself to, and have a basic conversation with, a French-speaker.
  • you are familiar with the three key verbs (avoirêtre and aller) in the present tense.
  • you have some familiarity (even if this is minimal) with how to form basic past and future tenses.
  • you're happy translating basic vocabulary such as treenephewto watch and bicycle.

...but might struggle with some or all of the following:

  • distinguishing between the imperfect and the passé composé when talking about events in the past.
  • using direct and indirect object pronouns: I like themshe's talking to him...etc.
  • using more advanced (but nevertheless common) vocabulary such as réseaulumièredémarrer and réussir.

You will, towards the end of the intermediate course, be able to start putting reasonably sophisticated sentences together. So we will devote the last two sessions of the course to improving your conversational skills, including:

  • expressing your opinion, and your likes and dislikes;
  • useful words and phrases to avoid awkward silences and "buy yourself a bit of time" while you're thinking of the rest of your sentence.
Check out the Small group lessons FAQ and the criteria for the Beginners Plus and Advanced classes to help you decide.

Need more advice? Don't hesitate to give me a call on the number below.

SUMMER FRENCH COURSE! NEW UPPER INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED COURSE STARTS 21st JULY

Got a reasonable background in French but not practised it for a while? Regain the old magie this summer with our new Advanced French course, starting at 2:15pm on Friday 21st July. Places are strictly limited, and there are now just 4 SPACES LEFT.

Alternatively, if you would like un peu plus de conversation, try one of our Advanced Conversation classes in Ringwood.

Vacances annuelles

Please note that there will be no lesson on 28th July due to annual leave.

Our French advanced classes are for you if most of the following apply:

  • you can speak fluently (if not perfectly) to a French-speaker about yourself, your family, and your likes and dislikes.
  • you can use the present, past and future tenses effectively.
  • you have a good working knowledge of direct and indirect object pronouns: I like them, she's talking to him...etc.
  • your vocabulary is reasonably extensive and so you know the French for words such as to disappoint, carpet, heritage and manager.

...but might struggle with some or all of the following:

  • using more complex tenses such as the pluperfect and the conditional past, even though you may have come across them at some point in the past.
  • knowing when, and how, to use the subjunctive, and how to get around it if you don't want to use it.
  • knowing where to put pronouns such as lui, leur, y and en, especially when using tenses other than the present.
  • understanding an article in a French current affairs magazine such as Le Point.
  • following a documentary on a French TV station such as TV5 Monde.

As you can now already speak reasonably fluently, there is more opportunity in our Advanced classes for us to have general conversations. You will notice, therefore, that the formal/grammatical lessons are interspersed with lessons where we have a general, not-too-serious and hopefully enjoyable debate around a particular theme.

The aim of these debates is to build up your confidence in speaking and listening to French and to broaden the vocabulary you use, and they are designed to replicate as far as possible the real-life discussions you could have with French people.

 

Check out the Small group lessons FAQ and the criteria for the Beginners Plus and Intermediate classes to help you decide.

Need more advice? Don't hesitate to call me on the number below.

Taking place from 09:00-10:15am on Fridays at Greyfriars Centre in Ringwood, our Advanced French CONVERSATION 1 class is for you if most of the following apply:

  • you can speak fluently (if not perfectly) to a French-speaker about yourself, your family, and your likes and dislikes.
  • you can use the present, past and future tenses effectively.
  • you have a good working knowledge of direct and indirect object pronouns: I like them, she's talking to him...etc.
  • your vocabulary is reasonably extensive and so you know the French for words such as to disappoint, carpet, heritage and manager.

...but might struggle with some or all of the following:

  • using more complex tenses such as the pluperfect and the conditional past, even though you may have come across them at some point in the past.
  • knowing when, and how, to use the subjunctive, and how to get around it if you don't want to use it.
  • knowing where to put pronouns such as lui, leur, y and en, especially when using tenses other than the present.
  • understanding an article in a French current affairs magazine such as Le Point.
  • following a documentary on a French TV station such as TV5 Monde.

As you can now already speak reasonably fluently, the objective each week is to have a general, not-too-serious and hopefully enjoyable debate around a particular thè d'actualité, using a newpsaper article, radio broadcast or TV report as a basis. We could talk about anything - from le Brexit to les paradis fiscaux. And suggestions from students are always welcome!

Although the majority of the students on this course have already completed our Advanced LANGUAGE course, this is not a prequisite so if you fulfil more or less the criteria above and would like to join a class where the focus is more on la conversation, you would be more than welcome.

The aim of these debates is to build up your confidence in speaking and listening to French and to broaden the vocabulary you use, and they are designed to replicate as far as possible the real-life discussions you could have with French people. Additionally, a number of grammatical issues tend to crop up during our discussions and guidance will be provided on these on an "ad hoc" basis.

 

Check out the Small group lessons FAQ and the criteria for the Beginners Plus and Intermediate classes to help you decide.

Need more advice? Don't hesitate to call me on the number below.

Both our Advanced CONVERSATION classes are limited to a maximum of 8 students, so if you cannot book the class(es) you wish below, why not try our other class, taking place at 10:30-11:45am?

Taking place from 10:30-11:45am on Fridays at Greyfriars Centre in Ringwood, our Advanced French CONVERSATION 2 class is for you if most of the following apply:

  • you can speak fluently (if not perfectly) to a French-speaker about yourself, your family, and your likes and dislikes.
  • you can use the present, past and future tenses effectively.
  • you have a good working knowledge of direct and indirect object pronouns: I like them, she's talking to him...etc.
  • your vocabulary is reasonably extensive and so you know the French for words such as to disappoint, carpet, heritage and manager.

...but might struggle with some or all of the following:

  • using more complex tenses such as the pluperfect and the conditional past, even though you may have come across them at some point in the past.
  • knowing when, and how, to use the subjunctive, and how to get around it if you don't want to use it.
  • knowing where to put pronouns such as lui, leur, y and en, especially when using tenses other than the present.
  • understanding an article in a French current affairs magazine such as Le Point.
  • following a documentary on a French TV station such as TV5 Monde.

As you can now already speak reasonably fluently, the objective each week is to have a general, not-too-serious and hopefully enjoyable debate around a particular thè d'actualité, using a newpsaper article, radio broadcast or TV report as a basis. We could talk about anything - from le Brexit to les paradis fiscaux. And suggestions from students are always welcome!

Although the majority of the students on this course have already completed our Advanced LANGUAGE course, this is not a prequisite so if you fulfil more or less the criteria above and would like to join a class where the focus is more on la conversation, you would be more than welcome.

The aim of these debates is to build up your confidence in speaking and listening to French and to broaden the vocabulary you use, and they are designed to replicate as far as possible the real-life discussions you could have with French people. Additionally, a number of grammatical issues tend to crop up during our discussions and guidance will be provided on these on an "ad hoc" basis.

 

Check out the Small group lessons FAQ and the criteria for the Beginners Plus and Intermediate classes to help you decide.

Need more advice? Don't hesitate to call me on the number below.

Both our Advanced CONVERSATION classes are limited to a maximum of 8 students, so if you cannot book the class(es) you wish below, why not try our other class, taking place at 09:00-10:15am?

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