Centre for Continuing Education

French Course 103 (Level 3)

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COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses both online and in-person. Please check the delivery format for each class before you enrol.

Please note that course materials for all classes (excluding prescribed textbooks) are shared electronically within 48 hours of a course starting. Printing is not available.

Level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

This course will expand on the topics covered in French 101 and 102 (or equivalent). Your skills will be further developed through various class activities. This course focuses on topics such as hobbies, jobs and family. Grammatical and phonological elements are introduced as you work on your French speaking, oral comprehension, reading and writing skills.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • define a person’s characteristics and personality traits
  • talk about your family
  • listen to a formal announcement (wedding, birth…) and react appropriately
  • engage in a simple discussion asking how others are
  • attend a doctor’s appointment and describe what’s wrong
  • state the time of day and day of the week
  • talk about your daily routine
  • make arrangements to meet friends
  • invite someone to an event.


This course covers the following topics:

  • discuss tastes, activities and interests
  • discuss your profession
  • discuss your family and their activities
  • describe a person: character traits
  • suggest, invite, accept or refuse an invitation
  • arrange a meeting
  • give basic instructions
  • avoir mal à + parts of the body
  • adjectives: masculine/feminine/plural
  • possessive adjectives
  • tonic pronouns
  • tell the time
  • speak about your daily routine, your usual activities and your schedule
  • express an obligation
  • arrange a meeting
  • arrange going out
  • modality verbs + infinitive verb: devoir/il faut/pouvoir/vouloir
  • the imperative mood
  • near future tense
  • expressions of time and frequency
  • vocabulary for topics:
    • the Internet and media
    • socialising
    • daily routine
    • housework
  • phonetic: pronunciation of the time, nasal sound, the past, working on specific sounds and spellings of sounds.

Intended audience

Suitable for A1 level students, those who have completed all levels of French up to 102 or who have completed 45 hours of recent face-to-face tuition.

Delivery style

Delivered as a series of interactive workshops where active participation is encouraged. Each session is conducted in a friendly and relaxed classroom setting.

Prescribed text

Alter Ego Plus 1 A1 Livre d’Eleve & CD-ROM by Annie Berthet, ISBN 9782011558107.

Alter Ego Plus 1 A1 Cahier d’Activites & Audio CD by Annie Berthet, ISBN 9782011558114.

Based on Dossier 3: Leçon 2 and Dossier 4: Leçon 2 of the above text. The text is used for activities and forms the basis for consolidation and practice between meetings.

Textbooks should only be purchased after confirmation is received from us. This usually occurs up to five days prior to commencement.

Suggested textbook suppliers


Language Book Centre

Take your enrolment confirmation and a copy of this page to the Language Book Centre to receive a 10% discount off the price of the recommended text.

Please note that in some cases, our suggested supplier may not stock your prescribed text. Please check stock availability prior to signing up for any membership.

Please note

Selected courses that teach spoken language may include use of language immersion (course instruction in the selected language) as part of the training strategy.


Language courses are offered in four terms each year during January, April, July and October.

Apply for the language repeat discount.

What others say.

  • Our tutor was very knowledgeable and a good teacher who challenged us to a high level of achievement. I thoroughly enjoyed this course.

  • I really enjoyed the tutors teaching style and the cultural notes on France.

  • The tutor is the best instructor I had for French (or any language) that I can recall. They are enthusiastic and bring out the best in the class.

  • A fantastic tutor, creating a fun, lively and comfortable environment to learn. I thoroughly enjoyed this semester and I am looking forward to the next one!

French Course 103 (Level 3)

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What others say.

  • The teacher was excellent! Presented the lessons in an engaging and encouraging manner which I found beneficial and enjoyable. I will be enrolling for the next term.
  • A delightful experience. The tutor's audio and homework activities further consolidated learning.
  • Our tutor was very knowledgeable and a good teacher who challenged us to a high level of achievement. I thoroughly enjoyed this course.
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