- Start date:
- To be confirmed
Our French (Beginners) evening language classes are open to adult learners, aged 18 and over, and are taught by skilled and experienced tutors.
From October 2022 to May 2023 classes will be taught in person. Classes are delivered over two terms and you can join at the beginning of each term. Please note that Term 2 is a continuation of Term 1. If you are a complete beginner, you should not join mid-way through the year, but instead wait and join in the autumn when the complete beginner courses start. To complete a full level, you need to attend the two consecutive terms.
To ensure that you enrol on the right course please check your language level with our tutors at one of our open evenings. Alternatively, you can email us to arrange a telephone consultation.
Please see our homepage for term times.
Please note, the syllabus may vary according to class progress and availability of materials.
- Introducing yourself and family
- Asking and answering basic questions
- Name of nationalities, languages, studies and jobs
- Saying where you live and describing your town
- Likes and dislikes
- Talking about friends and family
- Telling the time
- Describing your daily routine
- Shopping and describing items
- Talking about the weather
- Describing food
- Ordering in a restaurant
- Recent events in the past
- Regular verbs in present tense: j’habite, tu habites... (I live, you live)
- Some irregular verbs in present tense: Je suis, tu es... (I am, you are…)
- The negative of the verb: ne... pas [not]
- Articles: le, la, l’ / un, une (the / a)
- Il y a: there is, there are
- More regular and irregular verbs in present tense: faire, aller and sortir
- Possessive adjectives: my, your, his/her, your, their [mon/ma/mes ; ton/ta/tes ; son/sa/ses ; notre/nos ; votre/vos ; leur/leurs]
- Moi aussi/moi non plus/pas moi/moi si
- Demonstrative adjectives: ce, cet, cette, ces [this/that, these/those]
- Gender and number of colour adjectives
- The near future tense: je vais manger (I will eat)
- Present perfect tense: J’ai travaillé (I have worked/I worked), j’ai dormi (I have slept/I slept)
- Irregular past participles: j’ai dit (I said), j’ai écrit (I wrote)
- Expressing periods of time: pendant, depuis, il y a (during, for/since, ago)
Version Originale 1: Student's Book + CD + DVD (Bilingual edition), Monique Denyer, Agustin Garmendia and Marie-Laure Lions-Olivieri, ISBN: 978-0850482300.
Version Originale 1 - Workbook (English edition), Marie-Laure Lions Olivieri, Michael Magne, ISBN: 978-8484436942.
We do not recommend you buy the course books before starting the course, in case the tutor changes the course books or you need to transfer to a different level. Our tutor will bring copies for the first class and will let you know which course books to purchase.
Classes run 7pm – 8:30pm on Tuesday evenings, with 12 classes per term.
Approximately 18 students.
At the end of each term, we will issue you with a certificate of attendance if you have been to a minimum of 75% of your classes.
Facilities and software
All evening language students have access to our Language Study Area, which is based in the Library and Learning Centre on campus and has lots of self-study resources for language-learning. Read the language study area access details (PDF) for more information.
All applicants should be aged 18 and over.
|1||No prior knowledge is required.|
|2||You should have a very basic knowledge of French. You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Term 1 of our French (Beginners) course.|
Fees and funding
Fees are to be confirmed
How to apply
Please register your interest for details of our next course.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations and our terms and conditions. You are also confirming you have read and understood the evening language classes privacy notice.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the commencement of the course. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read the full disclaimer.
Course location and contact details
Campus locationStag Hill
Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught.
- Phone: +44 (0)1483 684047
University of Surrey
Surrey GU2 7XH