Centre for Continuing Education

French Conversation Course: Pause Cafe

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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.


This conversation course is designed for advanced students who wish to stay in touch with language and culture in constant evolution, engage in lively discussions on current topics in a 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 heightened vocabulary to discuss the latest news
  • listen, read and comprehend the language
  • use nuances and express your ideas with clarity
  • consolidate and expand your knowledge of language, society and culture.


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

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

Grammatical points will be studied (if required) in order to appreciate the class material.

Intended audience

This course assumes you are proficient in the French 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 and debates on specialised topics in a relaxed atmosphere. Weekly oral presentations to the class (or in groups) will ensure the active participation of everyone enrolled.

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.

  • Organised, lively and challenging.... an excellent program in the hands of a master teacher.

  • The tutor is a professeur de francais extraordinaire! Could even be the best teacher I have ever had. I work in teaching and hold qualifications as a LOTE teacher, so I have studied teaching techniques that aim to improve students language and motivation. So for me, quite apart from the French learning I am doing, on another level I silently observe and applaud this tutor putting into practice all that the experts and research recommend, and more. I take my hat off to the creativity and variety in the lessons, the sensitivity to the needs of the students, the kindness, sense of fun and humour, and the passion for helping us learn and share about the world, completely in French – all combined to help the students of all ages cooperate and communicate closely together, to overcome any fear of making mistakes, to work and improve. After this, my second course, I walk away feeling that I have made wonderful friends, that my confidence, pronunciation, vocabulary, reading, writing, speaking, and listening have all improved, as well as my knowledge of politics, art, literature, current events and even science. My motivation to read and operate in French independently has risen dramatically. My appreciation of the beauty of the French language and culture has also been enhanced. I cannot recommend these classes highly enough. Thank you CCE for offering such a wonderful opportunity. I will definitely be re-enrolling.

  • An excellent tutor, whose skill with integration of such diverse levels of fluency and comprehension is outstanding.

  • The tutor continually surprises the class with a varied and interesting content – a master at engaging the audience. I recommend these classes without hesitation.

  • Spontaneous, creative and energetic facilitator encouraged participation and learning every step of the way. Comme toujours, jai bien appreci� le cours.

  • This time the tutor introduced the concept of a debate on current topics which enabled the students to clarify their thoughts, to use vocabulary and grammar in context and to literally think on their feet It is an excellent tool for language development!

  • Excellent tutor – prepared, engaged and motivated.

  • I continue to enjoy and to benefit enormously from the Pause Cafe course. My aural comprehension has improved greatly over the course of my three sessions as has my conversation. I find the course challenging but not daunting. Pause Cafe is taken by an excellent teacher who ensures that all students participate in class discussions. The tutor is innovative with classroom topics and never fails to encourage a robust discussion which serves to improve our vocabulary. The topics chosen are varied and the breadth of background knowledge of the topics is impressive. I have no hesitation in recommending this class to the advanced student.

  • It was another wonderful course. I feel that I have gained a lot and that my language skills have improved. I look forward to the intensive French weekend in April.

  • The presenter of this course is an outstanding teacher, not only superbly expert in the subject but full of imagination in program material and empathetic with students.

  • I loved this class. Our teacher is excellent, they are always well-prepared for the class and introduce interesting and varied topics each week. The in-class discussions are always lively and the course structure ensures that everyone’s interests and language ability level is catered to. A very beneficial class for the advanced student.

  • A superb teacher who tailors their lessons to meet the varying interest and ability levels of their students. Lessons are well thought-out, planned and creative. Their enthusiasm and energy in the classroom is boundless. They have an outstanding rapport where they relate to individuals with great ease. Merci beaucoup.

  • The tutor is excellent, always finding interesting articles for us to read, listen to, discuss and review.

  • What a great tutor – conducting the class much like the Conductor of an orchestra, where everyone has the chance to be heard! Obviously a lot of thought and preparation goes into each session.

What others say.

  • As usual, the course was excellent.
  • One of the best advanced French courses I have done in Sydney! The tutor is simply fantastic, using all the learning techniques that help students learn the language quicker.
  • Excellent course. The tutor was excellent and interesting, and organised the class well. They took the time to correct my work, which is essential for learning.
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