Beginners, Improvers and Intermediate French classes Salisbury

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For those wishing to start - or brush up - from the very beginning in French, our New Year Beginners Plus French course in Salisbury starts on 16th January, taking place at 2:15pm every Wednesday at Wilton Community Centre (Room 4). The centre is just opposite the lovely Italianate church - map here.

Spaces in the class are strictly limited to a maximum of 8 students, so secure 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 course in Salisbury, starting on 16th January and taking place at 3:30pm every Wednesday at Wilton Community Centre (Room 4). The centre is just opposite the lovely Italianate church - map here.

This class is designed to bridge the gap between our Beginners Plus and Intermediate (both also in Salisbury) 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)

Please see below a snapshot of what we will be looking at in our Intermediate French course in Salisbury, starting on 16th January and taking place at 4:45-5:45pm every Wednesday at Wilton Community Centre (Room 4). The centre is just opposite the lovely Italianate church - map here.

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 Beginners and Improvers French classes (also in Salisbury) to help you decide.

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

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