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Instructor-led course

Provided by: Language Centre

This course has 4 scheduled runs. To book a place, please choose your preferred date:

October 2020

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CULP: French Advanced


The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

At an advanced level, the focus shifts slightly towards reading and writing whilst still offering plenty an opportunity for oral communication. The syllabus is more topical and the contents feature many a cultural, historical, political and current affairs theme. While the grammar is analysed within a context, explicit grammar instruction becomes an integral part of the course.

One of the aims of the advanced level courses is also presentation skills as the courses aim to cater to the academic needs (i.e. research, conferences) of the students.

More detailed information is available on our website.

NB: Advanced courses are official, award-bearing University qualifications.

Please also note that the certificates and transcripts are usually issued in July.

Target audience
  • University staff and students
  • Further details regarding Language Centre eligibility criteria are available

CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference): B2

Topics covered
  • Cultural, historical, political and current affairs themes

By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Listening/Speaking: contribute effectively to meetings and seminars within own area of work or keep up a casual conversation with a good degree of fluency, coping with abstract expressions.
  • Reading: read quickly enough to cope with an academic course, to read the media for information or to understand non-standard correspondence.
  • Writing: prepare/draft professional correspondence, take reasonably accurate notes in meetings or write an essay demonstrating the ability to communicate.
  • Communicate fluently whilst maintaining a high degree of grammatical accuracy;
  • Apply their language skills effectively in a broad variety of contexts including academic ones;
  • Use relevant language registers and acquire an understanding of the main aspects of the historical, political, economical, cultural and linguistic situation of the countries where the language is spoken;
  • Understand current affairs and other audio/visual items from the media;
  • Conduct research in the target language;
  • Speak in public and deliver presentations in the target language;
  • Acquire necessary skills to retrieve and use multimedia online resources in the target language;
  • To empower the learners and establish them as life-long language learners.
  • To develop the language skills needed to understand and express complex ideas and opinions in real-time oral/aural situations and to improve the presentation skills in the target language;
  • To deepen the knowledge and enhance the appreciation of the cultures of the countries where the language is spoken, as well as of the varieties of the spoken language;
  • To equip learners with the necessary knowledge, learning tools and skills that will establish them as independent and successful lifelong language learners.

Presentations, practicals and online learning

System requirements
  • Raven access is required
  • Further information regarding Raven is available
  • Students Fees: £285 to be paid online. Please select ‘Concessionary’ under the course fee when you make your booking.
  • Staff Fees: £320 to be paid online. Please select ‘All charged’ under the course fee when you make your booking.
  • Links to the online store will be provided with your confirmation email.
  • Payment is required within 24 hours of your booking to secure your place.
  • Refunds available after the first lesson only.
  • Payment for the courses is made on the Online Store (CULP General Purpose courses), (Raven log in).
  • Course materials can be found on Moodle (Raven log in), once the course has started.

Fifteen taught sessions of two hours plus online learning


Once per year

Related courses
CULP: Cambridge University Language Programmes

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