French Advanced Conversation

Location Parkside Community College

Day Tuesday

Start Date 24 April 2018

Time 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Weeks 10 weeks

Price £125 (£82 concession)

Brief Description

By the end of the course you will have gained a good knowledge on a variety of chosen subjects and can enter unprepared into conversation about familiar topics. The course will help you to talk with more confidence and exchange information on different aspects (culture, politics, current affairs, etc.). A variety of class activities will be used including games, listening to audio clips, French songs and viewing of French films. The course is best suited to those students who have completed a minimum of 3 years study of French or who visit a French speaking country regularly.
Homework is on a voluntary basis and mostly aims at looking up information and/or vocabulary to prepare for a topic which will be discussed during the lesson afterwards. The students must bear in mind that language practice is the finality of the course: although most students decide to attend a French course by love of French culture, it is not compulsory to have an exhaustive knowledge of it, and you are welcome to suggest topics to be covered in addition to the planned aims of the course.

Previous Experience and Knowledge Needed?

The course is suitable for students who have already studied French for at least 3 years, or have completed the Improvers course and have a good understanding of the structure and basic grammar of the language or visit a French speaking country regularly.  Students should have a sufficient vocabulary to describe people, places and situations and be able to express their opinions with simple sentences.
They should also have an adequate knowledge of prepositions, personal pronouns and the indicative verbs (present, past and future). However, there will be some brief recaps of this basic grammar throughout the course.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the 30 week course (3 terms) you will have the opportunity to:
• Cope alone in a French-speaking country for essential tourist matters.
• Speak and exchange ideas spontaneously and clearly, if not fluently, about any familiar matter.
• Understand the main points of a conversation between native speakers regardless of the delivery of speech, but provided there aren’t too many people speaking at a time.
• Be more familiar with the different registers of language, without necessarily being able to actually master them all.

About Your Tutor:

Amelie Chappaz is a native French speaker and a fully qualified French teacher. She is really passionate about the French language and even more so about sharing it and inspiring others. She teaches children, young people and adults, as well as bilingual children. She also runs in-company language sessions for professionals. She understands that everybody has different goals and a different way of learning a language and adapts accordingly.

Extra costs on the course for example text book, materials or equipment:

The course does not include any additional materials for you to buy. Any possible extra activities for the course will be agreed upon with the whole class and will not be compulsory.

For the first session you will need to bring:

You will probably want to make your own notes, so bring along a notebook or folder and something to write with.

On completion of this course, what might your next steps be?

Your tutor will advise you as to the next step. The Learn and Train office is able to give course information or search for alternative courses for you.


  • For full course information:
  • We are able to accept bookings over the phone, please have your credit/debit card to hand.
  • Places on any courses are only secure upon receipt of the FULL payment.
  • Loyal Learners receive 5% discount towards the cost of any course in the 2017/18 academic year, to qualify for the discount full payment must be received before the enrolment deadline. For full terms and conditions contact the office.
  • Postal enrolments with fees are welcome (please DO NOT send cash), make cheques payable to Parkside Federation Academies.
  • Enrolments via email MUST NOT contain card payment details.
  • Enrolments are welcome throughout the year.
  • Courses with fewer than the relevant number of learners may have the option of continuing on payment of supplementary fees or the length of the course reducing.
  • Upon enrolment you will receive learner information about college support and signposts to policies and regulations. If you do not have an email address please pick up a copy of the terms and conditions from the Adult Learn & Train office.


  • Fees are payable in full when you enrol. We accept all major debit and *credit cards (*we do not accept American Express), cheques (made payable to Parkside Federation Academies), or cash (in person).
  • Please note should you choose to withdraw from the course you will still be liable to pay any outstanding instalments.
  • Refunds will only be paid in full when a class is closed at the discretion of the College, or if you cancel your enrolment at least two weeks before the course starts. If you decide to cancel less than two weeks before the course starts you will receive a 50% refund. Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund if a course has already started.
  • Concessionary fees are available if you: are in receipt of the “Guaranteed Credit” element of the Pension Credit / have an income equivalent to the Government low income threshold, are in receipt of a means tested benefit or who are unemployed. Proof must be shown at enrolment, otherwise the full fee will be charged.

Learner Information:

  • If you have supplied your email address, you will receive a confirmation email following your enrolment. If you have not received this, please contact the Adult Learn & Train team on 01223 712340 or If the course is cancelled, we will contact you to offer an alternative or a full refund.
  • Free Parking is available in the evening at all centres on a first come first serve basis. During the day spaces are extremely limited in the car park – street parking is available a short walk away. If you require accessible parking please contact the centre concerned to reserve a space.
  • All college premises are strictly NO SMOKING sites, any learners wishing to smoke are asked to do so away from the immediate vicinity of the college.
  • In the event of severe weather conditions that result in school closure: please check the website or tune into local radio for up-to-date information.

Some courses are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency

Equalities and Diversity Statement: We are fully committed to equality of opportunity and welcome enrolments from everyone.

We positively encourage all learners with any concerns about specific needs which might affect their learning to discuss their requirements with us in confidence. We believe that everyone is entitled to learn in an environment that is free from discriminatory behaviour so that we build a community based on mutual trust and respect.

We will ensure that resources and equipment are accessible to all and make reasonable adjustments to ensure that all learners can access activities.

Safeguarding Statement: Arrangements have been made to make sure that you are safe in this centre. If you feel you are not safe for any reason, for example through verbal or physical abuse or you have been discriminated against, please tell your tutor or the centre manager, who will investigate to ensure your safety.

Adult Learn and Train reserve the right to withdraw tuition and exam entries in the event of verbal, physical or intimidating behaviour to other learners, tutor or staff.

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