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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 Winter Session, our level 5g students will read the novel D’après une Histoire Vraie , by Delphine de Vigan.

Delphine de Vigan is a contemporary French writer whose breakthrough work No et moi (2007) won several prices and was translated into twenty languages.  This novel is still being read & studied by many students in English schools today.

In 2011, her novel Rien ne s'oppose à la nuit (Nothing holds back the night) won several French literary prizes, including the prix du roman Fnac and the Prix Renaudot des lycéens.

In 2015, she won the Prix Renaudot and Prix Goncourt des Lycéens with D’après une Histoire Vraie, a chilling novel about an obsessive female relationship that keeps readers intrigued until the very end.

The narrator is a writer named Delphine; she lives in Paris with her two teenage children, is in a relationship with a well-known journalist, and has recently achieved success with an autobiographical novel about her family, resulting in strained relationships with relatives who did not welcome the exposure.

Overwhelmed by the huge success of her latest novel, exhausted and unable to begin writing her next book, Delphine meets L., a woman who fascinates her; a woman with smooth hair and perfect nails, and a gift for saying the right thing. Delphine finds herself irresistibly drawn to her and L. becomes more and more involved in Delphine's life until she patiently takes control and turns it upside down: slowly, surely, insidiously…

SOME REVIEWS

 “De Vigan’s story offers an unashamedly intellectual yet gripping exploration both of intense female friendship, and of our relationship to our own narratives. The question of who has the power – or the right – to tell someone’s story is not one that is easily resolved.”
The Guardian

“The novel casts a spell of enchantment: there's always some new anxiety or fear to make the mind wonder – just what the hell is going on? ... Just don't peek ahead! The very last word will make you rethink everything you've just read. Utterly brilliant” –  Spectator

Based on a True Story hit the exact right note: frighteningly honest, precise and thrilling” –  Observer

If Simone de Beauvoir had written Single White Female with nods to Marguerite Duras, the result might be something like this latest Gallic grip-lit sensation” –  Joanna Briscoe, Guardian

 

 

 

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