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French Courses Winchester

French Beginner

French Beginner Course
Wednesdays (7-8.30pm)
The Winchester Rooms.
for complete beginners (A1)

French Intermediate

French Intermediate Course.
Tuesdays (7-8.30pm)
The Winchester Rooms.
Level: B1

French Higher-Int

French Higher-Intermediate Course.
Mondays (7-8.30pm)
The Winchester Rooms.
Level: B2

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April courses start week commencing 19th. 12-week course: £175

We are tentatively offering face to face courses, with Covid safe measures and fewer students in class.


A1 : Beginner – no previous experience of learning French, a complete beginner’s course.
A1.2 : Beginner 2 – have studied a little French before, can conjugate basic verbs in the present tense, form simple sentences and know vocabulary for everyday situations.
A2 : Pre-Intermediate– can conjugate verbs in the present tense, have seen past and future tenses and know enough vocabulary to form sentences and hold a simple conversation
B1 : Intermediate – can conjugate verbs in the past, present and future tenses and can hold a conversation in French.
B1 +: Higher Intermediate – can communicate about a variety of topics well in French.

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    *Course Content– typical areas of focus are:

    Beginner Download example syllabus
    Topics: Introductions. jobs, family, food & drink, time/day/month, daily routine & free time, directions, hotel, transport.
    Grammar: Regular and irregular verbs (er, ir & re) negation, possessive adjective, introduction to reflexive verbs.
    Beginner 2 Download example syllabus
    Topics: Free time, places in town, passé de bonnes vacances, shopping; clothes & prices, weather, health.
    Grammar: Revision of verbs in present tense; passé composé; imparfait; pronouns; imperative; articles; prepositions of place.
    Pre-intermediate Download example syllabus
    Topics: Holidays, describing people and places, travelling – planning a trip, getting around the town, shopping: banks & travel agents.
    Grammar: Revision of verbs in past and present, perfect tense, On peut + infinitive, future tense. Review question formation.
    Intermediate Download example syllabus
    Topics: French objects and current affairs, cars, tourism, science, technology, environment.
    Grammar: Revision of imperfect and future tenses, conditional and subjonctif, cause and effect, adverbs.
    Higher-Intermediate Download example syllabus
    Topics: French topical articles and discussion topics (au courant)
    Grammar: Emerging vocabulary and grammar addressed and revised/taught when necessary.

    *Please note, course content will vary depending on course teacher and course book content.
    No refunds are given for classes not attended once a course has begun (Courses can be cancelled and refunded up to 5 days before their start)


    French Teachers

    Christine Nicklin

    My passion in life is to travel and experience the language and culture of as many countries as possible. Originally from the US, I studied languages at university and then enjoyed a career in business. I have lived in Switzerland, Belgium and other countries in Europe and the Far East before achieving a teaching qualification. I taught French and Spanish in primary and secondary schools for 12 years before moving to adult education. I love teaching languages and helping my students to grow in confidence in speaking and listening so that they can get the most out of travel or work abroad. I like to use ideas from teaching young people to bring a sense of fun and humour to my lessons. Learning languages should be an enjoyable and relaxed experience. I use authentic resources from France and Francophone countries (music, videos, texts) to help
    immerse you in the language, and we will cover many cultural topics to entice you to visit the country.

    Karen Caws

    I have been a teacher since 2000, but started teaching languages when I took a CELTA course and moved to France in 2009. I stayed 4 years, learnt French and taught lots of English! I fell in love with the French language and the culture. Since moving back to Southampton, I have started completed a DELTA teaching qualification and started teaching French. I love helping people on their journey to speaking French. I see language learning as a lifelong journey that you can dip in and out of and learn through a variety of methods throughout life, although an organised class is a great place to start!

    Mathieu Castano

    I was brought up in a loving bilingual family in Provence, Southern France, so from a young age I have been used to switching from one language to another. Growing up in a multicultural environment has had a major influence in my life and the love of both cultures has been an advantage from a young age. Now it’s my turn to share my passion for this cultural mix!
    I understand that learning and communicating in two different languages is not always easy, after a successful baccalauréat I made the journey across the channel to study at Canterbury University and truly discovered the British way of life. I liked it so much that 20 years later I’m still here, now living in beautiful Hampshire.

    I was involved in the production of French multimedia educational material for nearly 10 years and was part of a Bafta winning team. I loved working closely with teachers and educational experts, bringing to life dynamic and modern French resources (Discovery Education/Espresso for Schools). As a father of two young children and husband to my supportive wife Rosie, I juggle with trying to bring them up in a bilingual environment. I try to apply all the learning techniques and strategies I’ve learned along the way. My moto is to keep it fun, relevant and imaginative, and of course, there’s nothing like a trip over the channel to re-enforce the cultural heritage we share.