University of Bath

Learn French at the Foreign Languages Centre

Find out about our courses and how to enrol on the right one for you.

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Develop your language and intercultural skills

Finding out more about our levels and enrolment dates

We offer six levels in French, from Beginner to Advanced.

Beginner

You should enrol on this course if you have a basic knowledge of French. This level is not suitable for those who have never studied French before. If you are a complete beginner, contact us.

At the end of this course, you will:

  • have had an introduction to the language (pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar)

  • be confident in talking about every day topics, such as: greetings, nationalities and countries, numbers, shopping, accommodation, travel and directions, everyday life, leisure, house and home

  • have learnt about the culture of the countries where French is spoken

Elementary

You should enrol on this course if you have studied French at Beginners level in the past and would like to review what you have learnt.

At the end of this course, you will be able:

  • to take part in a basic factual conversation on predictable topics

  • to understand basic written texts

  • to write short texts about everyday topics

Lower intermediate

You should enrol on this course if you have completed the Beginners level with us. Alternatively, you can join this course if you have a GCSE or are at A1 level in the CEFR.

At the end of this course, you will be able:

  • to express opinions and engage in conversation on a number of non-abstract topics

  • to understand basic written texts on familiar matters

  • to write short texts related to common topic areas

Intermediate

You should enrol on this course if you have completed the Lower Intermediate level with us. Alternatively, you can join this course if you have an AS level or are at A2 level in the CEFR.

At the end of this course, you will be able:

  • to express opinions and engage in spoken activities related to a wide range of topics

  • to understand relatively long and complex written text

  • to produce relatively elaborate text with a good level of accuracy

Upper intermediate

You should enrol on this course if you have completed the Intermediate level with us. Alternatively, you can join this course if you have an A level or are at B1 in the CEFR.

At the end of this course you will be able:

  • to express yourself fluently in French

  • to understand complex spoken or written French with ease, including different registers

  • to use the language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes

Advanced

You should enrol on this course if you have completed the Upper Intermediate level with us. Alternatively, you should be proficient in French: you might have lived in a French speaking country, for instance, or be at B2/C1 in the CEFR.

If you attend this course you will be able to practise French on a weekly basis by working with complex written materials (including advanced grammar and idioms), often of an abstract nature, and to engage in a variety of speaking and listening activities.

Enrolment

The Summer Term will start on 8 May and enrolments are open now. To enrol, you should select from the appropriate link for you below:

Summer Term

New students are welcome at the beginning of each term, so you can join a course even if you have not studied with us before, provided you are at the right level.

Independent Language Learning

Our students can access independent language learning resources including films, books, and online resources to help you build your knowledge and language skills from the Language Learning Zone.