French

There are over 270 million French speakers worldwide. Whether you’re interested in travelling and communicating in one of the 29 countries that has French as its official language, or enjoying French cinema without needing the sub-titles, French is one of the most useful and beautiful languages to learn today.

  • 10 weeks

  • All levels

Language support

Our small class sizes allow for high levels of interaction between students and the teacher.

Select your level

Manage freely your lust for learning with our 6 levels of progression. 

Affordable price

Gain new knowledge and expand your skills for the modest price of AUD $395.

Feel at home anywhere with languages

We invite you to spend a few hours every week in France with us, to learn the language of Balzac, Truffaut, Coco Chanel, and Mbappé.

UNSW Global courses are designed to create opportunities for real-life communication practice and connect you with other people who share your interests.

 

Did you know?

  • Instead of ‘being on Cloud 9,’ the French ‘live on love and fresh water,’ or as they would say it, ‘Vivre d’amour et d’eau fraîche.’
  • French is the only language besides English that is spoken on all the continents.

Why study French with us?

  • Learn to speak, read and write in French

  • Communicate confidently when travelling to French speaking countries

  • Understand and communicate better with French speaking friends or family

  • Improve your current or future employment opportunities

  • Learn from highly qualified teachers in a fun environment

Levels and duration

There are six levels. Each level consists of either 20 weeks of study or 2 x 10-week terms.

Beginners (Level 1)

Module A

Who is this for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those with very little or no previous knowledge of the language.

What topics does it cover?

  • Communicating in the classroom
  • The alphabet and spelling names
  • Numbers 0 to 100
  • Greetings and farewells
  • Nationalities and introducing people
  • Asking for and giving personal information
  • Making polite requests
  • Basic shopping interactions
  • Likes and dislikes
  • Interests and dreams
  • French geography and culture

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Grammatical gender-nationalities: australien (m) australienne (f)
  • Definite and indefinite articles: le, la, les - un, une, des
  • Possessive adjectives: mon, ma, mes, votre, vos
  • Interrogative adjective : quel
  • Verbs être and avoir
  • Present tense regular -er verbs
  • Months and days
  • Negation : ne… pas

What textbook do I need?

Alter Ego + 1, Livre de l’élève - Hachette (Dossier 0 and 1)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will a basic understanding of the French language.


Module B

Who is this for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those with some basic knowledge of the language.

What topics does it cover?

  • Numbers beyond 100
  • Describing places and geographic location
  • Researching and reserving accommodation
  • Giving thanks and responses
  • Organising travel and reading travel itineraries
  • Talking about travel activities
  • Nationalities - stating yours and asking others
  • Talking about the weather
  • Professions
  • Describing yourself and others
  • French culture: Paris

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Definite and indefinite articles: le, la, les - un, une, des
  • Prepositions for location and contracted articles (dans, sur, en face de/en face du, a côté de/a côté du…)
  • Likes and dislikes (aimer, adorer, détester and noun)
  • Closed questions: est-ce que…
  • Present tense regular -er, -re, -ir verbs
  • Demonstratives : ce, ces
  • Masculine/feminine/plural adjectives
  • Tonic pronouns: moi, toi

What textbook do I need?

Alter Ego + 1, Livre de l’élève - Hachette
(Dossier 2 and Dossier 3, Leçon 2)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will be able to communicate in a simple way with an increasing range of vocabulary and language functions.

Elementary (Level 2)

Module A

Who is this course for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those who may have studied the language some years ago and are familiar with its basics.

What topics does it cover?

  • Family and family events
  • Congratulating and receiving praise
  • Telling the time
  • Expressing obligation
  • Daily routines and habits
  • Invitations and appointments
  • Giving instructions
  • Future plans and past events
  • Surveys
  • Talking about traditions and customs
  • French culture: traditions and household management

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Possessive adjectives : mon, ma, mes… votre, vos
  • Present tense of irregular verbs : dire, devoir, pouvoir, vouloir
  • Present tense of reflexive verbs : se lever, se doucher, se maquiller…
  • Adverbs to express frequency: d’habitude, en général, souvent…
  • Imperative mood
  • Near future: verb aller + infinitive
  • Expression for time: chaque jour, tous les jours, d’abord
  • Perfect tense
  • Structures to make questions
  • Present tense of regular and irregular-ir verbs: finir, choisir, dormer

Chez + tonic pronoun

What textbook do I need?

Alter Ego +1, Livre de l’élève - Hachette (Dossier 3, leçon 3 to Dossier 5, leçon 1

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will have awareness of grammatical structures and be able to use and understand them in simplified contexts.


Module B

Who is this course for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those who may have studied the language some years ago and are familiar with its basics.

What topics does it cover?

  • Phone calls
  • Talking about past events
  • Understanding and writing a biography
  • Describing yourself and others physically
  • Seasons and weather
  • Locating and describing a place
  • Talking about outdoors activities
  • Talking about future projects
  • Talking about cultural activities
  • French culture: songs and singers

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Recent past: verb venir de + infinitive
  • Imperative of irregular verbs and reflexive verbs: Aies, Sois, Lève-toi
  • Perfect tense with the auxiliary être
  • C’est/Il est + adjective
  • The seasons
  • Colours (singular and plural)
  • Expressions with avoir
  • Prepositions: au centre de, dans, en...
  • The place of the adjectives
  • The pronoun y
  • Future tense

What textbook do I need?

Textbook: Alter Ego + 1, Livre de l’élève - Hachette
(Dossier 5, Leçon2 to Dossier 6, Leçon 3)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will be able to communicate in and understand the language on practical everyday matters.

Lower Intermediate (Level 3)

Module A

Who is this for?

This course (20 weeks) is for those who have a good basic knowledge of the language.

Lower Intermediate 3A and 3B are 10 weeks each and may be taken in any order.

What topics does it cover?

  • Food
  • Outfits and clothes
  • Presents
  • Internet shopping
  • Products
  • Shopping
  • Restaurants
  • French culture: inventions and creators

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • Vocabulary: food
  • The articles: definite, le, la, les - undefinite: un, une, des - partitif : du, de la, des
  • Negative quantity: Pas de
  • Vocabulary: clothes, shapes, colours
  • Colours (singular and plural)
  • Personal direct pronouns: le, la, l’ , les
  • Give advice : impératif, il faut + verbe, vous pouvez + verbe…
  • Vocabulary of the internet and computers
  • Personal indirect pronouns : lui, leur
  • Relative pronouns: qui, que
  • Adjectives ending in -able
  • The quantities: 100 grammes, un pot de…, une tablette de …
  • The pronoun en
  • The place of the adjectives

What textbook do I need for this level?

Alter Ego + 1, Livre de l’élève - Hachette (Dossier 7, Leçon 1 to Dossier 8, leçon 2)


Module B

What topics does it cover?

  • Memories
  • Old and new situations
  • Accommodation
  • Transformations
  • Indicate the function of a room
  • Narratives
  • Relationships with people
  • Express rules
  • French culture: traditional houses and cultural venues

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • Imperfect tense
  • Comparison: plus ... que, moins...que
  • Terms related to city and country
  • Terms related to house
  • Action verbs to describe evolutions
  • Time expressions: depuis, il y a, pendant
  • Personal direct and indirect pronouns
  • Il faut + infinitif/devoir + infinitif
  • Imperative

What textbook do I need for this level?

Alter Ego + 1, Livre de l’élève - Hachette (Dossier 8, Leçon 2 to Dossier 9, Leçon 3)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of this level, students will develop a deeper cultural awareness and be able to converse reasonably fluently with native speakers and discuss personal, social and current issues using appropriate structures.

Intermediate (Level 4)

Module A

Who is this for?

This level (20 weeks) is for those who have a good command of the language and its main grammatical structures.

Intermediate 4A and 4B are 10 weeks each and may be taken in any order.

What topics are covered?

  • Friendship
  • Personality and character
  • Neighbourhoods
  • Talking about change
  • Love
  • Describing one’s academic background
  • Talking about professional training and experience
  • Professional conduct

Talking about professional activities

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Relative pronouns : qui, que, où, à qui
  • Structures to give a definition
  • C’est + infinitive, c’est quand + clause, c’est + noun + relative clause
  • Perfect tense with être and agreement with past participle
  • Indirect speech in present tense
  • Structure of comparison
  • Imperfect/present perfect
  • Past participles
  • Temporal markers (2) : il y a, depuis, pendant, dans
  • Pluperfect tense
  • Adverbs in -ment : place and formation
  • Temporal markers (3): pour + duration, en + processing time

What textbook do I need for this level?

Alter Ego + 2, Livre de l’élève - Hachette (Dossier 1 to Dossier 2, leçon 2)


Module B

What topics does it cover?

  • Preparing for an interview
  • Talking about a country and its inhabitants
  • Stereotypes
  • Changing life
  • Cultural differences
  • Comparative study
  • Living environments
  • Intervening in a blog

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Structure to express advice: imperative tense, Devoir + infinitive, Si + present tense
  • Il faut que + subjonctif
  • Subjunctive to express necessity
  • Relative pronouns : où, dont
  • Demonstrative pronouns : celui, celle, ceux, celles
  • Inverted questions
  • Indefinite pronouns and adverbs : quelque chose, quelque part, tout…
  • The superlative : le plus + adjective, le moins de + noun, la meilleure …
  • Ce qui, ce que to enhance an element of the sentence
  • Interrogative pronouns: lequel, laquelle, etc
  • Possessive pronouns: le mien, la mienne, le nôtre, etc.
  • ‘Si + imperfect’ to make a suggestion

What textbook do I need for this level?

Alter Ego +2, Livre de l’élève - Hachette (Dossier 2, Leçon 3 to Dossier 4, Leçon 1)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of this level, students will be able to converse with native speakers and follow debates and discuss current issues using more complex and linguistically accurate structures.

Upper Intermediate (Level 5)

Module A

Who is this for?

This level (20 weeks) is for those who have a high degree of fluency and accuracy.

Upper Intermediate 5A and 5B are 10 weeks each and may be taken in any order.

What topics are covered?

  • Newspapers and TV
  • Understanding events in the media
  • Cinema and film reviews
  • Sports
  • Talking about one’s leisure and associative life
  • Tourist information
  • Booking and getting information about tours, programs, itineraries

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • Nominalization
  • The gender of nouns
  • C’est … que , c’est … qui to enhance an element of the sentence
  • Past tenses: imperfect, present perfect, pluperfect
  • The passive voice
  • The past participle agreement with the direct object: elle nous a aidés
  • Place of the adverbs in compounded tenses
  • Place of the adjectives (3)
  • Personal pronouns after à and de
  • Pronouns y and en for places
  • Indirect pronouns y, en
  • The gerundive: en chantant, en marchant, en prenant…

What textbook do I need?

Alter Ego +2, Livre de l’élève - Hachette (Dossier 4, leçon 2 to Dossier 5, leçon 3)


Module B

What topics are covered?

  • Newspapers and TV
  • Understanding events in the media
  • Cinema and film reviews
  • Sports
  • Talking about one’s leisure and associative life
  • Tourist information
  • Booking and getting information about tours, programs, itineraries

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • Souhaiter que + subjunctive , espérer que + indicative, j’aimerais + infinitive
  • Conditionnal: je pourrais, tu devrais…
  • Pour que + subjunctive, pour + infinitive, afin de + infinitive, afin que + subjunctive
  • Si clause: si + imperfect, present conditionnal
  • Connectors of cause and results: parce que, car, grâce à, en conséquence, donc …
  • Relative pronoun ‘où’ for time
  • En + duration
  • Avant de + infinitive, après + past infinitive
  • Indirect speech in the past
  • Sequence of tenses

What textbook do I need?

Alter Ego + 2, Livre de l’élève - Hachette (Dossier 6, Leçon1 to Dossier 7, Leçon 2)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of this level, students will be able to use most forms of the language in a social or professional environment.

Advanced (Level 6)

Who is this for?

This level (20 weeks) is for advanced students who have a high degree of fluency and accuracy.

What topics are covered?

  • Hypothetical situations
  • Regrets and remorse
  • Understanding a manifesto
  • Talking about your readings
  • Arguments

What’s the end goal?

This level covers:

  • Past conditional: Si+ plus que parfait, conditionnel passé
  • The recent past and the near future in the past
  • Regret: regretter de + infinitive; j’aurais voulu que + subjunctive
  • Necessity + subjunctive (2): Il faut que, il est nécessaire que, etc
  • Indicative or subjunctive in completive clauses
  • Temporal linking words: à partir de, dès, dès que, depuis, depuis que, jusqu’à ce que
  • Double pronouns
  • Structures to express consequences: favoriser, aggraver, empêcher etc
  • Imperfect vs. past conditional to express reproach

What textbook do I need for this level?

Alter Ego + 2, Livre de l’élève - Hachette (Dossier 6, Leçon1 to Dossier 7, Leçon 2)

Materials and topics for this level are especially chosen by the teacher to meet the needs and interests of the students.

What’s the end goal?

This open-ended course will help students achieve a proficient (or native-like) use of the language. The main emphasis will be on conversation and group discussions with the extensive use of authentic materials.

Courses

Evening courses

These courses run weekly from 6:30pm to 8:30pm for 10 weeks.

UNSW Staff and Students (not including students on international student visas) can request a code for a 25% discount by clicking here.

Students who are re-enrolling in Modern Language courses can request a code for a 10% discount by clicking here.

Location

UNSW Institute of Languages

223 ANZAC Parade, 

level 2/3 (West Tower, L5 building),

Kensington, NSW 2033

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Important Information

  • This course outline is a guide only. Content may be adjusted by the teacher to meet the needs of the students in the class.
  • This is a non-CRICOS registered course. International Student Visa holders are not eligible to enrol in non-CRICOS registered courses, including Modern Languages and Part-time English / Exam Preparation classes at this time.

    However, international students who are not on a student visa can enrol in these courses. Temporary Residents who want to enrol in Modern Languages or Part-time English / Exam Preparation classes can do so by contacting [email protected]

  • Please note that Commonwealth financial support is not available for Non-Award programs including Global’s Foundation programs and all language courses