French (Pre-Intermediate)

Key information

Start date: April 2022

Attendance dates:

April 2022: 26
May 2022: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31
June 2022: 07, 14

Time commitment: 1hr 30 min per week


Distance learning

Contact details:


Our French (Pre-Intermediate) evening language classes are open to adult learners, aged 18 and over, and are taught by skilled and experienced tutors.

From October 2021 to June 2022 classes will be taught online via Zoom.

Classes are delivered over three terms and you can join at the beginning of each term:

  • Autumn term (October – December)
  • Winter term (January – March)
  • Spring term (April – June).

The winter and spring terms are a continuation of the autumn term. Please note that If you are a complete beginner, you should not join mid-way through the year, but instead wait and join in the autumn term when the complete beginner courses start. To complete a full level, you need to attend all three consecutive terms.

Nevertheless, you can join the class at the beginning of any term. To ensure that you enrol on the right course if joining us in January or April, please check your language level with our tutors at one of our open evenings.

Course details

Please note, the syllabus may vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

Topics include:

  • Express an opinion, motivation and preferences
  • Express emotions and difficulties
  • Talk about past actions
  • Describe an accommodation
  • Talk about health issues


  • Present perfect tense: j’ai travaillé, je suis allé(e)
  • Indirect object pronouns: moi, lui, eux
  • Pronoun: Y
  • Comparing: plus, moins, autant que
  •  Imperative: prends, prenons, prenez

Topics include:

  • Describe situations in the past
  • Ask question about life journey
  • Talk about future
  • Talk about conditions and consequences


  • Imperfect: quand j’étais petit
  • Indefinite adjectives and pronouns: chaque, plusieurs
  • Personal pronoun: on
  • Subordinate clause: quand
  • Opposition perfect tense/imperfect: quand je suis arrivée, il téléphonait
  • Relative pronouns: qui, que, où
  • Etre en train de + infinitif

Topics include:

  • Express certainty
  • Talk about the weather
  • Ask for a favour
  • Ask for an authorisation
  • Refuse and accept


  • Future tense: j’irai
  • Si clause + future: si je peux je viendrai
  • Modal verbs: vouloir, devoir, pouvoir (want, must, can)
  • Prepositions: à Paris, en France
  • Interrogative words: quel, pourquoi, où, combien

Reading list

Version Originale 2: Livre de l'eleve + CD + DVD, Monique Denyer, Agustin Garmendia and Marie-Laure Lions-Olivieri, ISBN: 978-8484435631.

Autumn1 - 3
Winter4 - 6
Spring6 - 8

We do not recommend you buy the course book before starting the course, in case the tutor changes the course book 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 book to purchase.


Classes run 7pm – 8:30pm on Tuesday evenings, with eight classes per term.

Class size

Approximately 12 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.

    Entry requirements

    All applicants should be aged 18 and over.

    TermRequired experience
    AutumnNo prior knowledge is required.
    WinterYou should have a basic knowledge of French. You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in the autumn term of our French (Pre-Intermediate) course.
    SpringYou should have a basic knowledge of French. You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in the autumn and winter terms of our French (Pre-Intermediate) course.

    Fees and funding

    Price per person:

    £150 for one term


    £150 for one term

    Current Surrey degree student/staff

    £270 for two terms

    Public (10% discount)

    £255 for two terms

    Current Surrey degree student/staff (15% discount)

    £382 for three terms

    Public (15% discount)

    £360 for three terms

    Current Surrey degree student/staff (20% discount)

    Savings apply when you book multiple terms at the same time.

    Additional costs

    Books: approximately £25 - £40 (for three terms).

    How to apply

    Bookings are made via our online store. We advise early enrolment to secure a place.

    Register your interest

    Terms and conditions

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