Languages at Leicester

French conversational advance and above

You have reached an advanced, or higher, level (B2, C1 or C2) in French and you would like to practise the language through interactive activities such as conversation practice, role-playing, debates and negotiations. The main idea of a conversational course is to promote communication, pronunciation, vocabulary development and group discussion skills while focusing on current events and cultural topics in contemporary French and the Francophone world.

Key information

  • Course: Tuesdays 6.00pm - 8.00pm
    Delivery: On-campus (face-to-face)
    Timeline: Starts 7 May 2024 - ends 26 June 2024
    Length: 8 weeks
    Fees: £112

This course will be taught in a small group. It requires a minimum of 7 and it can have up to a maximum of 12 students. The course fee includes all tuition, access to Blackboard, handouts and any tests/exams, but not a textbook.

The full course comprises 20 learning hours. Lessons are two hours long and take place once a week.

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Entry level

You have reached the level B2 (or above) or you have enough knowledge to be on track with the group. You can use the ELP self-assessment grid to judge how competent you are in the language. Alternatively, if you require help to assess your level please contact us or come along to one of our drop-in sessions.

Course content

You will develop specific oral language skills including:

  • Using more complex sentence structures
  • Increasing your vocabulary
  • Improving your expressiveness and communication skills in French
  • Consolidating your speaking, conversational and listening skills through interactive exercises such as debates, oral presentations and peer discussions.

This course is ideal for learners who have done the advanced/proficient levels with us and don't want to stop their engagement with the language.


The tutor will advise of any textbooks required at the start of the course.

Our approach

This course takes entirely in French. It aims to develop communication skills: listening and speaking, through interactive activities such as conversations, role-play, debates, oral presentations and negotiations, as well as cultural awareness. It provides a good balance between understanding both the French language and the cultures of the Francophone World enhancing communication and interaction. It supports comprehensive and productive skills through authentic based activities and guided practice in the use of the language. Students will be encouraged to actively participate in class, as well as practise their communication skills outside the classroom taking advantage of learning resources provided by tutors and the programme. Group numbers are limited to 12 students and planned to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on progress.

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