Centre for Continuing Education

French Course 104 (Level 4)

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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 work covered from in French courses 101 to 103 (or equivalent). Your skills will be further developed through various class activities that will teach you how to use your language skills. This course focuses on topics such as survey questionnaires, French rituals and phone conversations. 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:

  • talk about past events
  • complete a simple survey questionnaire
  • engage in a simple phone conversation
  • give advice
  • describe a person’s physique.


This course covers the following topics:

  • understanding a questionnaire
  • talking about past events
  • participating in a market research activity
  • talking about French rituals
  • calling/answering the phone
  • the imperative mood for asking advice
  • past tense (passé composé) to talk about past events
  • describing a person physically
  • giving information related to someone
  • asking questions (written and oral skills)
  • verbs -yer/-ir at present tense
  • the reflexive verbs: present and past
  • the pronoun on (1)
  • immediate past and near future
  • vocabulary for topics:
    • annual celebrations in France
    • travel
    • social media
    • people magazines
  • phonetic: questions, working on specific sounds and spelling of sounds.

Intended audience

Suitable for A1 level students, those who have completed all levels of French up to 103 or who have completed 70 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 4: Leçon 3 and Dossier 5 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.

  • The tutor has been fabulous and has a great way of making students feel comfortable and encouraging everyone to have a go. I have been looking forward to my weekly French class immensely and certainly feel like I am progressing!

  • I was very satisfied with my tutor who was very accommodating and I found the teaching methods useful and ideal. A great experience and I look forward to continuing.

  • An excellent tutor who encourages you and creates an enjoyable learning environment.

  • An excellent tutor who was funny, patient, very kind – and I learned a lot. Great for a conversation course.

  • Class size was just right so that we all had a good opportunity to participate.

  • As in all language learning experiences, the instructor is what makes all the difference. Our tutor was an excellent French teacher, making the classes very entertaining and we learnt a lot. The material used (on top of the prescribed texts) were also very useful.

What others say.

  • A very good teacher who balances grammar, speaking, and listening skills,and shares their knowledge and experience of French culture. I really enjoyed the course. Thank you.
  • Class size was just right so that we all had a good opportunity to participate.
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