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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: £305

Class times:

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

Course dates:

Autumn
17 September to 25 October 2018
29 October to 6 December 2018

Winter
14 January to 21 February 2019
25 February to 4 April 2019 *

Spring
23 April to 30 May 2019*  
3 June to 11 July 2019

* There are no classes on Mondays 22nd April, 6th May and 27th May. Instead they take place on the following Fridays: 26th April,10th May and 31st May.

2 week Intensive courses

Duration: 2 weeks

Days: Monday to Friday

Course fee: £305

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
17 September to 28 September 2018
1 October to 12 October 2018
15 October to 26 October 2018
29 October to 9 November 2018
12 November to 23 November 2018
26 November to 7 December 2018

End of Term special – Complete one level in 1 week!
10 December to 13 December 2018
10.00 am to 1.00 pm & 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Winter
14 January to 25 January 2019
28 January to 8 February 2019
11 February to 22 February 2019
25 February to 8 March 2019
11 March to 22 March 2019
25 March to 5 April 2019

Spring
22 April to 3 May 2019*
6 May to 17 May 2019*
20 May to 31 May 2019*
3 June to 14 June 2019
17 June to 29 June 2019
1 July to 12 July 2019

* There will be no classes on Monday 22nd April, Monday 6th May and Monday 27th 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: £305

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
17 September to 7 December 2017

Winter
14 January to 5 April 2019*

Spring
23 April to 12 July 2019*

* There are no classes on Mondays 22nd April, 6th May and 27th May. Instead they take place on the following Fridays: 26th April, 10th May and 31st May.

Saturday morning courses

Longer classes for a more leisurely pace

Duration: 12 weeks

Course fee: £335

Class times:
Mornings 10.00 am to 1.00 pm (no class 4th and 25th May)

Course dates:

Spring
27 April to 13 July 2019 ***

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

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During the Spring Session, our advanced level students will read the novel La Peau de César, by René Barjavel .

 

René Barjavel was a French author who remains most known for his science-fiction works. His writing has often been described as poetic and sometimes philosophical. La Nuit des Temps (The Ice People) is his best-known work today.

In La Peau de César (1985), which our level 5 students will be reading during this Spring session, we discover a very different aspect of his work with a more classical detective intrigue.

An anonymous letter is sent to the police : "This evening, the conspirators will really kill Caesar". Inspector Julien Mary is in charge and will try to find out who the sender of this strange letter is while a theatre company led by reknown actor Faucon, who inspired as much loathing as devotion, is about to play the first night of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in Nimes arenas, on a warm Summer night.

Not knowing whether to take this letter seriously or not, and aware of the debacle a cancellation of the play would cause, Mary decides to have a couple of his men dressed up as theatrical extras and to watch the stage himself. The detective springs into action and plunges himself into the tension-filled atmosphere of the theatrical troupe.

This tension between the world of theatre, where the show must go on whatever happens, and the priorities of police work add up to create a suspense until the very end of the novel. There is also plenty of humour in this book where Britain's most famous playwright blows a tempest in France’s most famous arena !

 

 

 

 

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