Centre for Continuing Education

French Course 103 (Level 3)

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If you want to learn to speak French, our French classes are ideal for adult learners to enjoy a practical and social experience while you learn French language and culture. Learn French the smart way with French courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

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

This course will expand on the work of French 101 and 102 (or equivalent). The skills of the participants will be further developed through various class activities. Focus is on topics such as hobbies, jobs and family. Grammatical and phonological elements are introduced as learners work on their French speaking, oral comprehension, reading and writing skills.


Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Talk about themselves, their hobbies and leisure time activities.
  2. Talk about their profession.
  3. Define a person’s character traits.
  4. Talk about their family.
  5. Understand a formal announcement (wedding, birth…) and react adequately.
  6. Engage in a simple discussion asking how others are.
  7. Attend a doctor’s appointment and describe what’s wrong.


This course covers the following topics:

  • Discuss tastes, activities and interests
  • Discuss their profession
  • Discuss their family and their activities
  • Describe a person: character traits
  • Suggest/ invite/ accept and refuse an invitation
  • Arrange a meeting
  • Give basic instructions
  • Regular verbs + noun: aimer/ adorer/ détester
  • Irregular verbs at present tense + preposition: faire, aller, dire
  • Avoir mal à + parts of the body
  • Qualifying adjectives (masculine/ feminine/ plural)
  • Possessive adjectives
  • Tonic Pronouns
  • Vocabulary for topics: “TV reality”, “hobbies”, “jobs”, “dating websites”, “family”, "body parts"
  • Phonetic: feminine/ masculine, working on specific 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

This course is 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: Lecon 2 and Dossier 4: Lecon 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 5 days prior to commencement.

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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.

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Please Note

Selected Language and Culture 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.

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!

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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.
  • 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.
  • I have had a delightful experience and emersion into the French language in this class. The teacher has provided explicit teaching of formal grammar that has been integrated with conversational drills and activities. They also provided their own additional audio and homework activities to further consolidate learning.