Centre for Continuing Education

French Conversation Course: Litterature et actualites

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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.

Consolidate and expand your knowledge of in a stimulating and interactive way. You will read and discuss a novel from renown author Patrick Modiano, the 2014 Nobel Prize winner in Literature. There will be lively discussions in a convivial and relaxed atmosphere on a wide range of current topics presented in the news bulletins. Revision of advanced grammar will be at the request of the group.


  • Novel by Patrick Modiano, L’horizon.
  • Grammatical revisions : as requested by the group.
  • Student oral presentations of current topics presented in the news bulletins on SBS.

Suitable for

Thos who have completed about 400 hours of recent face to face tuition and an interest in literature, culture, politics, current affairs and grammar, able to understand the main content of complex texts and participate in discussions on specialised subjects.


  1. have improved conversational skills
  2. have improved listening and reading comprehension skills
  3. have broaden vocabulary knowledge
  4. feel more confident using complex grammatical structures
  5. have broaden knowledge of culture, literature, politics and current affairs.

Prescribed text

L’horizon by Patrick Modiano, Editions Gallimard, Collection Folio, 2010, ISBN 978-2-07-044337-6

Recommended Textbook Suppliers

We recommend that you visit one of the following three online suppliers and search for Le château de ma mère through their catalogues:

The Book Depository

Textbooks should only be purchased after confirmation is received from us. This usually occurs up to 5 days prior to commencement.

Suggested Textbook Suppliers

The Co-op Bookshop

Become a member and get up to 50% off everything – online, on your tablet or mobile, or in over 60 stores.

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 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.


  • Expert trainer
  • Small class size (~20 max)
  • Central location

Language courses are offered in four terms each year, approximately in January, April, July and October.

What others say.

  • A very professional teacher. Sets a high standard and expects a high standard. Makes for a satisfying course.