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For those wishing to start - or brush up - from the very beginning in French, our New Year Beginners French course in Ringwood starts on 11th January, taking place at 2:15pm every Friday. Places are strictly limited, so reserve yours now.

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 our other classes to help you decide the right level for you:

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

Please see below a snapshot of what we will be looking at in our Improvers French class in Ringwood this Autumn (3:30-4:30pm every Friday at Greyfriars Centre).

This class is designed to bridge the gap between our Beginners Plus and Intermediate courses, but its syllabus is a bit more freeform than those of these other two classes. As a result, there is more flexibility for students to suggest other topics (eg, specific areas of weakness, roleplays or general French conversational practice) that they would like to work on as we progress through the programme.

Most of the topics will be introduced by listening to a typical French conversation. Some of these conversations are available to listen to on the Roleplays page of this site. Just click on the blue links below to listen to them.

Need more advice as to whether this is the right class for you? Don't hesitate to email, or call me on the number below.

# Name of topic Relevant vocab Grammar covered (verbs in green; tenses in red)
1 Juliette va à Poitiers
  • Family
  • Leisure time
  • Pouvoir and vouloir in the present
  • Using on as an alternative to nous
  • Possessive adjectives (my/your/his/her... etc)
2 Un dîner au restaurant
  • Meals
  • Food
  • Prendre and boire in the present
  • Emphatic pronouns (moi, toi etc).
3 Mes vacances avec les cousins
  • Family
  • Adverbs of frequency    
  • Possessive adjectives
  • Lire and écrire in the present
4 Panique dans l’autobus
  • Means of transport
  • Imperfect

5 Christian consulte un médecin
  • Human body
  • Health
  • Reflexive verbs (se lever, se dépêcher, se reposer...)
6 Se diriger en ville
  • Itineraries
  • Monuments
  • Irregular -er verbs in the present
  • Using venir de + infinitive
7 Quoi de neuf ?
  • Life events
  • Regions
  • Passé composé (Perfect tense): -er verbs
8 Grand-père a disparu!
  • Shops
  • Buying things
  • Passé composé: -re verbs
9 Week-end à l’hôtel
  • Making reservations
  • Speaking on the phone
  • Passé composé: -ir verbs
10 Dans le train
  • Travelling by train
  • Passé composé: using être as the helper
11 À la découverte de Lyon
  • Travelling by car
  • Opposites
  • Futur simple (simple future)
  • Using y
12 La recherche d’un emploi
  • Applying for jobs
  • Adverts
  • Computing
  • Conditionnel présent (conditional present)

NEW YEAR FRENCH COURSE

NEW REFRESHER/INTERMEDIATE COURSE STARTS JANUARY 2019

Get your French back up to scratch this New Year with our new Intermediate French course in Ringwood. Places are strictly limited, so RESERVE YOURS NOW.

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 (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 our other classes to help you decide the right level for you:

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

Taking place from 5:15-6:15pm on Fridays at Greyfriars Centre in Ringwood, our Advanced French 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 our other (lower-level) classes to help you decide the right level for you:

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

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

This Advanced CONVERSATION class is currently SOLD OUT, so please try our other class, taking place at 10:30-11:45am.

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 thème d'actualité, using a newpsaper article, radio broadcast or TV report as a basis. We could talk about anything, 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 our other classes to help you decide the right level for you:

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

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 thème d'actualité, using a newpsaper article, radio broadcast or TV report as a basis. We could talk about anything, 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 our other classes to help you decide the right level for you:

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

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