Centre for Continuing Education

French Conversation Course: Parlons francais ce weekend!

French. Learn French with us.

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.


Suitable for advanced students who wish to stay in touch with language and culture in constant evolution and engage in lively discussions on current topics in a conversation-style, convivial and relaxed atmosphere. Venez parler français en toute confiance!


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

  • utilise your improved conversational skills
  • use your improved vocabulary to discuss the latest news
  • listen, read and comprehend the language
  • use nuance and express your ideas with clarity
  • consolidate and expand your knowledge of language, society and culture
  • use complex syntactic and grammatical structures with confidence.


Content covers the latest news, providing an insight on current affairs and trends. Content will be varied and include topics such as:

  • literature
  • culture
  • politics
  • science
  • new technologies
  • arts
  • cinema
  • gastronomy.

Some grammatical points will be studied if needed by the students to appreciate the material studied in class. Phonetic and intonation exercises will also be included.

Intended audience

This course assume you are proficient in the language. You should also be keen to engage in discussions on a variety of topics.

Delivery style

You will be guided through a variety of complex texts and video excerpts and will engage in lively discussions on specialised topics in a relaxed atmosphere.


A course booklet which includes all texts and exercises.

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.


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

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

What others say.

  • An excellent teacher who is always well prepared and draws the whole class into the discussion.

  • The atmosphere was very relaxed and the teacher encouraged interaction between the students. The written materials and exercises were excellent. It was fun, there were plenty of opportunities to speak and I learned new things about French politics, grammar and pronunciation. Brilliant teacher! Highly recommended for intermediate and advanced French speakers.

  • The structure and variety of the course was excellent. Even in a seven hour day I was always engaged and never bored. I was surprised that I found myself thinking in French after the first and second day.

  • Well prepared and well delivered. The teacher worked very hard to assist students who had different levels of understanding of the language.

  • The intensive weekend course was very successful, there was a mixture of group work in each facet, grammaire, conversation et phon�tiques. The discussions were always lively with much humour and friendly debate. I feel that I gained a great deal from these two days.

  • The tutor gives this course the very high standard it delivers.

  • The tutor provided stimulating topics as a basis for a wide variety of speaking and listening activities. There were whole class discussions, pair work, small group work as well as opportunities for creativity in a relaxed and supportive environment.

  • This tutor’s classes are always varied and interesting. The best teacher I’ve had in years and years of learning French. We learn a lot and we have fun doing it!

  • This course has a superb teacher. The classes are wonderfully prepared and delivered with a high level of professionalism in a warm, friendly, encouraging manner. I try to get to as many of these courses as I can manage, as my French has improved considerably since I began attending them.

  • Great course with a great teacher who is enthusiastic and manages to infect the class with the same level of enthusiasm. I enjoyed this course enormously.

  • Once again the tutor achieved that rare combination – we learn a lot and we really enjoy ourselves doing so. More of the same please.

  • Our tutor had an exceptional gift for teaching. Our course involved long days of concentration which was made effortless with varied games and exercises to keep us constantly engaged. I’m looking forward to my next opportunity to be part of this class.

  • The presenter was an excellent teacher and we always remained stimulated and engaged for the two days. The group was enthusiastic and mixed extremely well.

  • An extremely great language teacher. They select very good excercises and balances functional use with grammar.

What others say.

  • Most enjoyable and stimulating course.
  • Once again it was a fabulous weekend, stimulating, thoughtful, and lots of fun. There were only women this time however our different views and life experiences made the course fulfilling. Most importantly, I feel that the tutor enjoyed the weekend as much as we did! Thank you.
  • Excellent course and tutor.
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