Centre for Continuing Education

French Course 301 (Level 9)

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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 A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)


The aim of this course is to consolidate and improve upon the knowledge gained in previous courses in relation to the development of speaking, oral comprehension, and 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 language skills.


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

  1. Describe their preferred housing requirements.
  2. Talk about their home and describe renovations.
  3. Look for accommodation.
  4. Describe unusual home habitats.
  5. Look for a roommate.
  6. Talk about relationship.
  7. Express rules.


This course covers the following topics:

  • 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 their relationship with flatmates
  • Time markers: depuis/ il y a
  • Past tenses (passé composé vs imperfect) 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 A2 level students, those who have completed all levels of French up to 204 or who have completed 195 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 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 5 days prior to commencement.

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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.

  • I feel so much more confident with the French language now. The tutor has been wonderfully patient, encouraging, warm and amusing. The group has been a great mix of younger and older, multi-lingual and enthusiastic plodders.

  • I think our teacher (who is native French) is patient, youthful and fun whilst being very professional. Outstanding over four classes. I think the tutor helped keep the class together.