French: Intermediate - Part 1


This 10-week course is pitched at level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), and completion of the course meets some of the level requirements. To help develop your fluency in the language, the course will focus primarily on speaking and listening skills, but will also include practice in reading and writing. You will have plenty of opportunities to practise the target language through hands-on class activities such as discussions and role-plays.

Programme details

Course starts: 26 Sept 2023

The weekly course schedule below is intended to give an indication of the main topic(s) likely to be covered in each session. Please note that these may sometimes change according to the tutor’s discretion to reflect the interests of course participants.

Week 1: Shopping and your neighbourhood

Week 2: Community life

Week 3: Family, friends, and memories

Week 4: The world of work

Week 5: The future of work

Week 6: Being a responsible citizen

Week 7: The Francophone world

Week 8: Culture club (films, music, literature)

Week 9: Grammar focus

Week 10: Winter traditions and celebrations

Key grammar points:

* The subjunctive mood (present): how to form it? when to use it?

* Compounding past and imperfect tenses: how to form them? when to use which?

* Complex sentences: how to create them?

* The comparative and superlative degrees

* Adjectives and word order: before or after the noun?

* The past in the past verb form: pluperfect

Key functions:

* Giving a piece of advice

* Expressing your opinion

* Comparing two things

* Narrating events

* Making suggestions


Students who attend a minimum of 70% of classes will receive a Certificate of Attendance.


Description Costs
Course Fee £251.00


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit, you are a full-time student in the UK or a student on a low income, you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees. Please see the below link for full details:

Concessionary fees for short courses


Dr Coralie Schneider

Coralie is an experienced teacher and holds both a PGCE (French with Spanish) and a PhD in Linguistics. She has also taught French in secondary schools, at the University of Oxford and at the Alliance Française of Oxford. A native of Paris and a keen traveller, she enjoys sharing her knowledge of French language varieties and cultures with students of all ages and levels.

Course aims

To help you to practise and consolidate the language required to express yourself with a degree of fluency and spontaneity in some situations regularly encountered at work, educational settings, leisure centres and while travelling abroad.

Course objectives:

  • To develop the learners’ language skills to be able to deal with a range of situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • To consolidate reading comprehension skills to enable learners to understand a range of texts written in everyday and job-related language.
  • To equip learners with the vocabulary and grammatical structures required to write straightforward, connected texts on some topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
  • To increase the learners’ intercultural awareness and understanding of some of the differences and similarities in social and everyday practices between their own and the target culture.

Teaching methods

You will learn through a communicative teaching approach with the emphasis on actively engaging in classroom activities in the target language. These are likely to include role-plays, pair- and small group-work, and conversational practice conducted in a supportive, collaborative and informal learning environment.

The course has been structured to help you primarily to improve your speaking and listening skills and to deepen your intercultural awareness of a range of practices and frames of understanding in the target culture. You will also learn and practise new grammatical structures in a communicative context and will be encouraged to develop your reading and writing skills in your own time.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • exploit language to deal with a range of situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the target language is spoken;
  • understand the main points of clear standard speech on a range of familiar matters regularly encountered at work, educational settings and leisure centres;
  • read and understand a range of simple texts which include job-related language, descriptions of events, reasons or opinions;
  • write straightforward connected texts on familiar topics or matters of personal interest.

Assessment methods

You will be set optional assignments to consolidate your learning and to allow you to progress at your own pace.


Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please complete an enrolment form (Word) or enrolment form (Pdf).

Level and demands

Selection criteria

Our public programme is open access, and most of our adult language classes are mixed ability. To benefit from this course, participants will have done one of the following:

  • gained a GCSE (Grade A/A*) in French, or
  • achieved A2 Level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in French.