Our Intermediate 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 (avoir, être 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 tree, nephew, to 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 them, she's talking to him...etc.
  • using more advanced (but nevertheless common) vocabulary such as réseau, lumière, démarrer 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 Advanced Conversation class to help you decide.

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

Taking place at 10:30-12:00pm on Wednesdays at Kinson Community Centre in Bournemouth, our Advanced French CONVERSATION classes (£15 Pay-As-You-Go or £130 for a block of 10 consecutive lessons) 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, 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!

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, students tend to ask for help on a number of grammatical issues during our discussions, and so guidance is provided on these on an "ad hoc" basis.


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