Our small group day and evening classes are the ideal way to learn French.

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Our standard modules are 30 hours and each 12 week term you can choose to take a course as follows:

  • Once a week: one level over 12 weeks
  • Twice a week: one level in 6 weeks (and so two levels in a 12 week term if you take consecutive courses)
  • Intensive: one level in 2 weeks (and so potentially 6 levels in a 12 week term)
  • Saturdays: one level in 12 weeks

There is no VAT on our fees and a course book with accompanying CD is free. We use the five volume Alter Ego series, which takes you from complete beginner to advanced level. The book was written by Alliance Française teachers in Paris and is the ideal text for the Alliance Française method which follows the recommendations of the Common European Framework for Languages.

Twice a week courses

Duration: 6 weeks

Days: Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday
(The days depend on level and enrolments)

Course fee: £310

Class times:

Afternoons 1.30 pm to 4.00 pm
Evenings 6.15 pm to 8.45 pm 

Course dates:

Autumn
18 September to 27 October 2017
30 October to 8 December 2017

Winter
15 January to 23 February 2018
26 February to 6 April 2018 *

Spring
16 April to 26 May 2018
29 May to 6 July 2018*  

* There are no classes on Mondays 2nd April, 7th May and 28th May. Instead they take place on the following Fridays: 6th April,1th May and 1st June.

2 week Intensive courses

Duration: 2 weeks

Days: Monday to Friday

Course fee: £310

Class times:
Mornings: 10.00 am to 1.00 pm
or
Afternoons: 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Course dates:

Autumn
18 September to 29 September 2017
2 October to 13 October 2017
16 October to 27 October 2017
30 October to 10 November 2017
13 November to 24 November 2017
27 November to 8 December 2017

End of Term special – Complete one level in 1 week!
11 December to 14 December 2017
10.00 am to 1.00 pm & 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Winter
15 January to 26 January 2018
29 January to 9 February 2018
12 February to 23 February 2018
26 February to 9 March 2018
12 March to 23 March 2018
26 March to 6 April 2018 ***

Spring
16 April to 27 April 2018
30 April to 11 May 2018*
14 May to 25 May 2018
29 May to 8 June 2018*
11 June to 22 June 2018
25 June to 6 July 2018

* There will be no classes on Friday 30th March, Monday 2nd April, Monday 7thMay and Monday 28th May. The time will be made up by adding extra time to the remaining lessons.

Once a week courses

Duration: 12 weeks

Days:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
Friday: morning classes only

Course fee: £310

Class times:

Mornings 10.00 am to 12.30 pm
Afternoons 1.30 pm to 4.00 pm
Evenings 6.15 pm to 8.45 pm

Course dates:

Autumn
18 September to 8 December 2017

Winter
15 January to 6 April 2018*

Spring 16 April to 6 July 2018*

* There are no classes on Mondays 2nd April, 7th May and 28th May. Instead they take place on the following Fridays: 6th April, 11th May and 1st June.

Saturday morning courses

Longer classes for a more leisurely pace

Duration: 12 weeks

Course fee: £375 (but £325 in Spring session)

Class times: Mornings 10.00 am to 1.00 pm 

Course dates:

Autumn
23 September to 9 December 2017

Winter
20 January to 7 April 2018 **

** Because there will be no class on Saturday 31st March (Easter week-end) the time will be made up by adding 15 minutes to the other classes which therefore start at 9:45 am. 

Spring
21 April to 7 July 2018 ***

*** There will be no classes on May Bank Holiday week-ends.

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During the Autumn Session, our level 5g students will read the novel L’Ecume des Jours, by Boris Vian.

This renowned author (1920-1959) was a songwriter, trumpet-player, poet and playwright. One of France’s greatest 20th century novels, L’Ecume des Jours, was written in 1947 when he was just 27 years old.
It’s a jazz-fuelled science-fiction romance that mingles bittersweet and surrealist absurdity with a melancholic meditation on the frailty of life. It is the story of Colin, a wealthy young dandy, and Chloe, his newly wedded wife, in which death takes the form of a water lily and a piano mixes cocktails in a surreal and darkly funny, tender but grave, and fascinatingly unforgettable love story…


The book which is a classic of French Literature has been the basis for three feature films and an opera.

Quite what it all means is anyone’s guess – but this is a mad, moving, beautiful novel." - David Evans, Independent on Sunday


“Your heart will be broken. You will be confused and confounded. You will laugh aloud. And at least for a time, however hard you try; your own world will refuse to be what you think it is”.  (LA Times)


…the airy, iridescent fantasies and thoughts that float free of our workaday lives, forming, perhaps, an alternative narrative, a different life story running parallel to the duller one below”. (The Guardian)

 

 

 

 

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