Centre for Continuing Education

French Conversation Course: Une Pause-Cafe par Jour

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.


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


  1. have improved their conversational skills.
  2. have developed their vocabulary to be able to discuss the latest news.
  3. have improved their listening and reading comprehension skills.
  4. be able to use nuance and express their ideas with clarity.
  5. have consolidated and expanded their knowledge of language, society and culture.
  6. have developed confidence in using complex syntactic and grammatical structures.


It will cover the latest news to provide an insight on current affairs and trends in France. The content will be varied and include topics such as literature, culture, politics, science, new technologies, arts, cinema and 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

Assumes students have a proficiency level. Participants must 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.

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. Try our Language Proficiency Calculator to work out which language level is right for you.

What others say.

  • This course is stimulating, enjoyable as well as rigorous. The classes are well-prepared, offering a wide variety of interesting topics and activities. The tutor is excellent – very professional and encouraging. I particularly like this 5-day format as I am unfortunately unable to attend courses offered on a weekly basis over several weeks.

  • An excellent teacher: positive, helpful and entertaining. The lessons were full of variety and interest and everyone had plenty of opportunities to practice their spoken French.

  • This course was outstanding. There was a perfect mix of activities each day, all interesting and enjoyable. The articles we read provided an excellent base for discussion, and some revision of selected grammar points further enhanced our confidence. Our fluency increased as the week progressed, which is one of the many benefits of an intensive course over five consecutive days.

  • I feel that I have gained a lot from the intensive course, to be able to attend each day reinforces ones knowledge in vocabulary, grammar and in general communication. The group dynamic seemed to assist us all to be more confident and proficient in French. It was a very happy & satisfying week.

  • A fabulous teacher. Their conversation classes are always varied, stimulating and informative. I cant praise them enough.