If you are learning French with no specific need or objective, we recommend you opt for our French for general purposes classes, which will help you develop your communication skills in French in a wide range of topics. Of course, lessons will take into account your personal interests and topics you wish to speak about.
About The Classes
- greet someone
- ask for personal information
- speak about yourself
- ask for a price
- speak about places
- book an hotel
- plan an itinerary
- speak about professions
- speak about centres of interest
- speak about family
- ask the time
- speak about habits and activities
- give an advice
- speak about travels
- speak about the weather
- speak about leisure
- write a postcard
- speak about food and tastes
- describe clothes and colours
- ask for sizes
- buy in a shop
- describe an object
- prepare a shopping list
- order in a restaurant
- speak about memories
- describe accommodations
- describe someone's qualities and defects
- report a conversation
- speak about relationships
- tell how you met someone
- tell a past experience
- find a work
- apply for a job
- give advice and warning
- speak about countries and peoples
- speak about cultural differences
- understand comparative studies
- justify a choice
- suggest or encourage to do something
- give your opinion about a TV program etc.
- understand events reported in the news
- speak about a film and its producer
- speak about community life and activities
- book and plan your holiday
- speak about wishes and expectations
- express a goal or objective
- imagine a situation and make a hypothesis
- disagree with someone
- speak about a book and summarise a story
- understand a biography
- report an event
- express a regret
- give arguments
- blame someone or something
- describe persons (mind, behaviour etc.)
- express feelings
- ask for detailed information
- speak about consumption habits
- negotiate and discuss a price
- speak about learning styles and memory
- tell your experience
- enroll in a class or a school
- give/ask for information by mail, email
- analyse a situation
- understand an article from a newspaper
- give an opinion about an event in the media
- ask for precisions in writting an orally
- express support
- express intentions
- express duration
- speak about cultural preferences
- give your impressions
- participate to a debate
- take/keep the floor and interrupt someone
- speak about the environment
- speak about your energy preferences
- express prohibitions
- speak about the justice
- write an administrative document
- express doubts
- give a demonstration
- speak about your travels
- solve a problem on the phone
- speak about identity and origins
- speak about adoption
- give your opinion about national stereotypes
- get information about medical treatments
- describe symptoms
- speak about drugs
- speak about the body, the mind and feelings
- compare beauty criteria among countries
- speak about migration of peoples
- give your opinion about free circulation of people
- give your opinion about urban areas
- compare new and old towns and cities
- rent or share a flat in a big city
- give your opinion about living conditions
- speak about the protection of the architectural heritage
- comment on your working place
- apply for a job
- prepare a job interview and ask for a promotion
- debate on well-being and working conditions
- speak about work in your country and abroad
- speak about an artwork
- comment and give your opinion about museums and exhibitions
- express your opinion about food and flavours
- speak about food marketing
- convince someone and promote something
- use different registers in speaking and writing
- argue the importance of something
- speak about safeguarding the environment
- argue about alternative politics
I am flexible!
Please let me know your availabilities when contacting me by using the form at the bottom of this page.
I am based in Ealing and can travel to west and central London. Lessons can take place either at yours, at your place of work, or in any public place of your choice.
Duration & Frequency
Each lesson is a minimum of 1.5 hours but can last as long as you wish. Students usually opt for one class per week but there can be as many as you wish depending on your objectives.
I teach a wide range of students and adapt the content of all lessons to their goals.
Individuals: any adult including senior citizens willing to learn French, no matter what your goal or skill is, and because it is never too late to start learning a new language.
Couples/families/friends: learning with your partner, your bother(s) or sister(s), your friend(s) or anybody else can be great fun, especially if you are learning French for the same reasons. I teach to groups up to 4 persons.
The communicative activities that we do during the class aim at developing your fluency in French. Homework consists in exercises to do at home and on your own to strenghen what you have discovered and practised with me. They aim at developing your accuracy in French. It is essential to dedicate some time to do them.
For general French, the course will be based either on the coursebook Alter Ego+ (Hachette FLE) or on the coursebook Totem (Hachette FLE).
Even though many activities and games will be developed by myself and/or inspired from other books - especially if you have specific goals - following a textbook by adapting its content presents lots of advantages for students.
You may also consider buying a dictionary. To choose a good dictionary, make sure that it contains examples of use for each entry and for each definition (if there are many definitions for one single entry).
I also recommend that you buy a bilingual French-English English-French dictionary as you will need both. There exists some great apps for mobiles and tablets as well that I can recommend for you.
If you don't know your level in French, don't worry: the first class will be the chance to assess it. But you may already know your level if you have already attended a French class or sit a French test. To get an idea of your level, you can try my test (click here).
I currently teach general French up to level B2. If you are not yet familiar with the six levels of the CEFR system (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), opposite is a scale to give you a rough idea.
Level A1 - Beginner (about 60 hours of classroom teaching)
Level A2 - Elementary (about 160 hours of teaching), equivalent to French GCSE
Level B1 - Intermediate (about 360 hours of teaching), equivalent to French AS/A2
Level B2 - Upper-Intermediate (about 560 hours of teaching), equivalent to French A Level
Level C1 - Advanced
Level C2 - Mastery
Each time you reach a new level in my course, you will be given a pretty certificate to acknowledge your language skills in French.
On demand, you can also be given a certificate to confirm your current level in French and/or state the number of hours you have been studying with me.
Group of 2: £20/hour per person
Group of 3: £15/hour per person
Group of 4 : £12.50/hour per person