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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 26 May 2019
28 May 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: £355

Class times: Mornings 10.00 am to 1.00 pm 

Course dates:

Autumn
22 September to 8 December 2018

Winter
19 January to 6 April 2019

Spring
27 April to 13 July 2019 ***

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

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During the Winter Session, our advanced level students will read the novel Chanson douce, by Leila Slimani (Prix Goncourt 2016).

 

The book begins: “The baby is dead.” The grimness of the opening section is quickly relieved by description of a French middle-class couple, Myriam and Paul, who are trying to balance the pressures and time constraints of their respective careers while raising their two young children. They decide to hire a nanny and quickly choose Louise. 

Louise is quiet, polite, she sings to their children, cleans the family's chic Parisian apartment, stays late without complaint and can host enviable birthday parties. Before long the couple are boasting that they’ve found the perfect nanny. But as the couple and Louise become more dependent on each other, cracks begin to emerge in their perfectly crafted ideal. As jealousy, resentment and suspicion increase, Myriam and Paul's idyllic tableau is shattered...

“ This tense, deftly written novel about a perfect nanny’s transition into a monster will take your breath away”. The Guardian

“ This clever, eerie novel will leave some readers reeling. Who did commit an act of unspeakable horror? Who is the real victim? That it leaves the reader on a suspended chord is why it is a worthy winner of the Prix Goncourt”.  The Scotsman

“ Slimani's novel is a psychological thriller that will have readers on the edge of their seats and it certainly doesn't disappoint. I’d put money on Lullaby being the smartest thriller you’ll read all year, not to mention an urgent commentary on class, race, gender, and the politics of mothering”.  Independent

“ Chanson douce n'est pas un thriller, plutôt une fable tragique. Comme dans son premier roman,  Leïla Slimani exclut toute sentimentalité. Elle nous tient en haleine, maîtrisant cette Chanson douce qui glisse inéluctablement de la comptine pour bien dormir à l'âpre description de scène de crime “Télérama

 

 

 

 

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