Centre for Continuing Education

French Course 404 (Level 16)

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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.

Suitable for those who have completed all levels up to 403 or who have completed 370 hours of recent face to face tuition.

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

  1. Utilise their improved listening, reading, speaking and writing skills
  2. With confidence, use some of the learning as well as authentic materials freely provided by the Internet
  3. Analyse and exchange more efficiently with peers about their own interests: identify and grasp some of current trends of linguistic, cultural, social and political life in Francophone countries
  4. Rectify some grammatical and pronunciation points
  5. Discuss customs and traditions, regional characteristics, as well as 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


This course is delivered as a series of interactive workshops where active participation is encouraged.

Prescribed text

Handouts are provided in class.

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.


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