Fall in love with what many believe is the most romantic of all the Latin-derived languages; spoken in 29 countries across five continents.

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French 1


  • Sessions: 9 evening sessions
  • Dates: Tuesdays Oct 15 – Dec 10 2024
  • Times: 6-8pm
  • Enrolment fee: $420

You will cover a large amount of French in a short period of time, and learn about French and Francophone culture.

Course outline

The course is based on Units 1 to 3 (and introductory unit) of Défi 1: A French Course for English Speakers, which offers both a traditional textbook and online materials should students wish to purchase a hybrid edition of the book.

Défi 1 provides language learning to level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The Défi 1 textbook will be supplemented by other learning resources in French by your teacher, including written texts, audio, video, and other online materials. Each week, students will also be given some Traveller Abroad vocabulary. Each lesson covers topics outlined below.

  • Topic 1. In the ‘Dossier de découverte’ begin your discovery of French and Francophone culture, with a snapshot of speciality cuisines, key monuments, and artists from different regions, exploring a map of ‘la Francophonie’ (the French-speaking world).
  • Topic 2. Start Unit 1 of Défi 1, revising ‘Salutations’ and learn how to say and ask where someone is from. Read key cultural statistics about France, its geography, and its peoples. See how to spell in French and learn the French alphabet via Paris monuments from A-Z. Learn numbers from 1-20 and explore the Paris métro. Discover how to order a pizza in French.
  • Topic 3. Study key facts about life expectancy and age groups in France and other countries. Learn key professions and their masculine and feminine forms and how to say your own job title. Explore numbers, from 20 to 5 million!
  • Topic 4. Commence Unit 2 of Défi 1, with a voyage to the Zinneke Parade in Brussels. Learn more about Belgium, a key French-speaking region, hearing testimonials of Belgian residents and master the skills to fill in a ‘fiche d’identité’ (identity form).
  • Topic 5. Continue the discovery of Belgium through the lens of multiculturalism, and additionally explore ‘une Europe multiculturelle’. Read about ‘stéréotypes’ around the Francophone world. Learn the vocab for different countries in relation to gender and prepositions to accompany regions and cities in French.
  • Topic 6. Look at Morocco and Switzerland, other French-speaking regions (their sites, attractions, souvenirs, and local specialties).
  • Topic 7. Start Unit 3 of Défi 1, learning vocabulary around families and relationships. Learn to describe your family and relationships via an ‘arbre généalogique’ (family tree).
  • Topic 8. Continue learning vocab about families alongside possessive determiners to indicate familial relationships, such as ‘mon père’ (my dad), and ‘ma mère’ (my mum). Discover adjectives to describe peoples’ characteristics.
  • Topic 9. Read about former French presidents Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande and consolidate your understanding of families and relationships vocab. Learn how to describe civil statuses and their adjective endings.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course you should:

  • be able to greet people in French and ask how they are;
  • acquire the confidence to introduce yourself and say your age, profession, civil status, and nationality, plus talk about other peoples’ professions and nationalities;
  • be competent to talk about some of your likes and dislikes, asking and answering simple questions;
  • learn how to describe your family, relationships, and friends;
  • gain an appreciation of France and the French-speaking world through discovering French and Francophone culture, such as Paris, Belgium, Morocco, Switzerland, and other French-speaking regions.

Who should enrol

The course is designed for complete beginners who are interested in, and enjoy, learning about the French language and culture.