French, Arts and Culture

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Evening French language courses at the UAL Language Centre in London. Learn French and explore French arts and culture, with classes ranging from beginner level to intermediate level.

Your French classes will expose you to authentic language through listening and reading activities with an emphasis on functional uses. The classes focus on speaking, pronunciation and written communication.

During the eight-week French language course, you will explore a variety of interesting topics such as architecture, design, fashion and society, at the same time as improving your ability to interact in French.

The weekly evening classes take place at our High Holborn location, just three minutes' walk from Holborn station in central London. Classes are from 6pm and 8.30pm one evening a week. The price per eight-week course is £210 and this includes all learning materials.

See the course detail sections below for the course overview, full syllabus and outcomes by level.

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French Beginner dates and fees

Term Three Beginner Part One Tuesday class (May - June 2018)

Time: 6.00 - 8.30pm 

Dates: Tuesday 8 May 2018 - Tuesday 26 June 2018 (8 weeks)

Course price: £210

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Term Three Beginner Part Two - Wednesday (May - June 2018)

Time: 6.00 - 8.30pm

Dates: Wednesday 9 May 2018 - Wednesday 27 June 2018 (8 weeks)

Course price: £210

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If you are not sure of which level to book, you can use the self-assessment questionnaire to find out which beginner level you are.

French Beginner Part One course details

Course Details and Objectives

Our French 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:

  • get an introduction to asking and answering simple questions on familiar topics start to 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 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 oral communication and pronunciation as well as using language for functional and practical purposes.

You will be able to take part in Social Programme events which will be announced on a termly basis, in line with the topics in the syllabus and your chosen language of study.
The course price is £210, and this includes all learning material.
 

French Beginner Part One Syllabus and Details

Week Number and Session Topic

Language Content and Arts and Culture content*

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 LAC French
Quiz on French Art and Design

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

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

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

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

6. Modernism

Language Content:

Activities in a city
The near future and 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

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 

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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*Note: these are some of the possible topics arts and culture topics you will cover and they may differ according to student needs and interests

French Beginner Part Two course details

Course overview and objectives

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.

French Beginner Part Two is ideal for false beginners or students who have already our taken our French Beginner Part One course. To assess your level, take our French Beginner self-assessment questionnaire and find out which level to book before you book your course.

Over the 8 weeks of the French Beginner Part Two course, you will:

  • Gain confidence in asking and answering more complex questions.
  • Deepen your vocabulary related to personality, daily routine and other topics in the syllabus.
  • Be able to give more detailed descriptions.
  • Focus on functional language skills as well as arts and culture related language.
  • Deepen your knowledge of the structures of the French language.
  • Continue to work on your interactional, listening and speaking skills.
  • Work on understanding more complex structures such as the use of adverbs and imperatives and being given the opportunity to use them yourself.

There is a focus of the programme on speaking and pronunciation as well as using language for functional and practical purposes.

You will be able to take part in Social Programme events which will be announced on a termly basis, in line with the topics in the syllabus and your chosen language of study. 

Book your French Beginner Part Two course.

Course Details

 

Week No. and Session Topic

Language Content and Arts and Culture Content*

1. Introduction to Language, Arts and Culture

Language Content:
Talking about likes and dislikes - use of definite article (le, la, les)
Your daily routine
Present simple regular verbs (-er, -ir, -re)

Arts and Culture Content:
The daily lives of famous actors and artists

2. Cuisine and Culture

Language Content:
Food vocabulary
The imperative with all three verb types

Arts and Culture Content:
Traditional French/francophone dishes and their recipes

3. Art and Politics

Language Content:
Years (e.g 1999)
Personality adjectives
Physical descriptions

Arts and Culture Content:
French and francophone presidents
Graffiti paintings and slogans

4. Urban Spaces

Language Content:
Buying a bus/train ticket
Location of cities
(north, south, east and west)

Arts and Culture Content:
Main cities in France and their monuments

5. Movement and Time

Language Content:
Review: present simple verbs
(use of present simple with present continuous meaning)
Prepositions of movement

Arts and Culture Content:
French New Wave Cinema

6. Modernism

Language Content:
Direct object pronouns
Stating preferences and opinions

Arts and Culture Content:
The French avant-garde

7. Fashion and Society

Language Content:
Describing clothes: adjectives
Expressions/adverbs of time:
Actuellement, aujourd’hui, avant, dans le passé

Arts and Culture Content:
French fashion through the ages

8. Design and Architecture

 

Language Content:
Describing buildings:
building vocabulary and adjectives of shape and size

Arts and Culture Content:
French architecture through the ages

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*Note: these are some of the possible topics you will cover and they may differ according to student needs and interests