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Each term you can choose from four course types:

  • Once a week: one level over 12 weeks. You need to find one free slot in your busy week.
  • 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). Th emost immersive choice.
  • Saturdays: one level in 12 weeks but at a more liesurely pace.

There is no VAT on our fees and a course book with accompanying CD and access to our online resources 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: £309

Class times:

Afternoons 1.30 pm to 3.45 pm
Evenings 6.15 pm to 8.30 pm 

Course dates:

Autumn
16 September to 24 October 2019
28 October to 5 December 2019

Winter
13 January to 20 February 2020
24 February to 2 April 2020

Spring
20 April to 28 May 2020*  
1 June to 09 July 2020

* There are no classes on Monday 25th May. Instead they take place on the following Friday: 29th May.

2 week Intensive courses

Duration: 2 weeks

Days: Monday to Friday

Course fee: £309

Class times:
Mornings: 10.00 am to 12.45 pm
or
Afternoons: 2.00 pm to 4.45 pm*

*depending on level and number of students

Course dates:

Autumn
16 September to 27 September 2019
30 September to 11 October 2019
14 October to 25 October 2019
28 October to 8 November 2019
11 November to 22 November 2019
25 November to 6 December 2019

End of Term special – Complete one level in 1 week!
9 December to 12 December 2019
10.00 am to 1.00 pm & 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Winter
13 January to 24 January 2020
27 January to 7 February 2020
10 February to 21 February 2020
24 February to 6 March 2020
9 March to 20 March 2020
23 March to 3 April 2020

Spring
20 April to 1 May 2020
5 May to 15 May 2020*
18 May to 29 May 2020*
1 June to 12 June 2020
15 June to 26 June 2020
29 June to 10 July 2020

* There will be no classes on Friday 8th May and Monday 25th 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 days & class times vary depending on level and enrolments

Course fee: £309

Class times:

Mornings 10.00 am to 12.15 pm
Afternoons 1.30 pm to 3.45 pm
Evenings 6.15 pm to 8.30 pm

Course dates:

Autumn
16 September to 6 December 2019

Winter
13 January to 3 April 2020

Spring
20 April to 10 July 2020*

* There are no classes on Monday 25th May. Instead they take place on the following Friday: 29th May.

Saturday morning courses

Longer classes for a more leisurely pace

Duration: 12 weeks

Course fee:
£359 Autumn and Winter sessions
£339 Spring session

Class times:
Mornings 10.00 am to 12:45 pm
Mornings 10.00am to 1:00pm (no class 9th and 23rd May)

Course dates:

Autumn 21 September to 7 December 2019

Winter 18 January to 4 April 2020

Spring 25 April to 11 July 2020 **

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

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During the Autumn Session, our advanced level students will read the novel La Naissance du Jour, by Colette.

 

Colette began writing La Naissance du Jour (Break of Day) in her early fifties, at Saint-Tropez on the Côte d'Azur, where she had bought a small house after the breakup of her second marriage. The novel's theme--the renunciation of love and the return to an independent existence supported and enriched by the beauty and peace of nature--grows out of Colette's own period of self-assessment in the middle of her life. A collection of subtle reflections about love and life, it is among her most thoughtful and stylistically bold works.

Simone de Beauvoir called Colette "the only great woman writer in France”.

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“It may well be that, for some, Colette's Break of Day will appear to be a slightly precious treatise on the themes of nature and love. For others, it may well be a source of strength, a poetic, that is to say a rhythmical, response to the difficulties of growing old and dying, written by a woman who grew old and who died with comparable dignity and grace."   Elaine Marks, The New York Times


“Break of Day (1928) is one of the most significant achievements of her more than 50 books. This is Colette at her best. Break of Day is a billet doux to the joys of a simple life. ”  Lisa Allardice, The Guardian

 

 

 

 

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