Centre for Continuing Education

French Course 404 (Level 16)

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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 B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

This course covers more complex areas of speech relating to clarity, accuracy and checking you’ve been understood. Your ability will be furthered by covering the grammatical themes of adverbial phrases, utilisation of pronouns, sensibility to different levels of language: formal versus conversational, use of slang in context.

The grammatical component of this course is based on the difficulties you encounter in your expression as well as grammatical points stemming from the introductory resource, such as the complex sentences to express hypothesis, opposition, consequences and causes.


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

  • utilise your improved listening, reading, speaking and writing skills
  • with confidence, use some of the learning as well as authentic materials freely provided by the Internet
  • exchange and discuss your own interests with peers
  • identify and grasp some of current trends of linguistic, cultural, social and political life in Francophone countries
  • rectify some grammatical and pronunciation points
  • discuss customs and traditions, regional characteristics and elements of contemporary important issues, such as the concepts of ‘la diversité’ and ‘le vivre ensemble’.


This course covers the following topics:

  • eléments du patrimoine: Fêtes et traditions, amis, famille, relations. icones, symboles, stéréotypes, préjugés, clichés
  • la France administrative: L’Hexagone et les régions, les départements, le monde rural et le monde urbain: le hameau, le village, la ville , la cité, la rue et les centres commerciaux
  • la France contemporaine: Le monde économique, politique, artistique, écologiste, quotidienne
  • et bien entendu les crises: les syndicats, le chomage, l’exil, le communautarisme, les crises identitaires, les sans-papiers.

Intended audience

Suitable for B1 level students, those who have completed all levels of French up to 403 or those who have completed 370 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 3 B1 Livre d’Eleve & CD-ROM by Sylvie Pons et al, ISBN 9782011558145.

Alter Ego Plus 3 B1 Cahier d’Activites Book & Audio CD by Sylvie Pons et al, ISBN 9782011558152.

Based on Dossier 3 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.

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