Centre for Continuing Education

French Course 404 (Level 16)

French. Learn French with us.

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 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 will be based on the difficulties students encounter in their expression as well as grammatical points stemming from the introductory resource, such as the complex sentences to express hypothesis, opposition, consequences, and causes.


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

  • utilise their 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 their 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 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

To follow.

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.

  • The venue was the best and most convenient. The course was excellent and the blog was the best teaching tool I’ve ever used.

French Course 404 (Level 16)

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - French”}</p><h2 id="