Centre for Continuing Education

French Course 203 (Level 7)

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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 aims to consolidate and build on the knowledge and skills gained in previous French levels in relation to the development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. This course focuses on topics such as housing and real estate. More complex grammatical structures and vocabulary will be introduced in order to expand your language skills.


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

  • share memories
  • compare a past situation with a current one
  • describe your preferred method of housing
  • talk about your home and describe renovations
  • look for accommodation
  • describe unusual home habitats
  • look for a roommate
  • talk about relationships
  • express house rules.


This course covers the following topics:

  • imperfect tense/present tense
  • comparing nouns and adjectives
  • describing an apartment/house
  • placing an event in time
  • looking for a place to live
  • understanding a real estate advertisement
  • understanding/asking for additional information about an accommodation and its rental contract
  • understanding a code of conduct
  • giving/understanding recommendations
  • talking about your relationship with your flatmates
  • time markers: depuis/il y a
  • past tenses (passé composé vs imparfait) and present tense to evoke changes
  • COD and COI pronouns
  • vocabulary for topics
    • housing
    • real estate
  • phonetic: past & present, rhythm and intonation, working on specific sounds.

Intended audience

Suitable for A1 level students, those who have completed all levels of French up to 202 or who have completed 145 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 8: Leçon 3 and Dossier 9 of the above text. The text is used for class 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.

  • Another great course, particularly liked the tutor who created a great learning environment. I’ll be enrolling in the next class!

What others say.

  • Another great course, particularly liked the tutor who created a great learning environment. I'll be enrolling in the next class!
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