French Proficiency (Level 7)

You have reached the full level B2 on the ELP self-assessment grid and/or completed the Post-advanced course.

Key information

  • Course: Thursdays 6-8pm
    Delivery: On-campus (face-to-face)
    Timeline: Starts 14 October 2021 – Ends 24 March 2022
    Lengths: 20 weeks (60 learning hours)
    Fees: £240 (payable in two termly instalments)
  • Course: Thursdays 6-8pm
    Delivery: Online
    Timeline: Starts 14 October 2021 – Ends 24 March 2022
    Lengths: 20 weeks (60 learning hours)
    Fees:  £240 (payable in two termly instalments)

These courses will be taught in a small group. Online courses have a minimum 8 and maximum 12 students; while On-campus courses have a minimum of 8 and maximum of 14 students. Course fee includes all tuition, access to VLE (virtual learning environment), handouts and any tests/exams, but not a textbook.

Courses started online will remain online throughout.

Please note that courses taught On-campus could be moved online if the Covid-19 situation prevents face-to-face teaching, and for as long as it is required. This decision will be made by the Government and/or the University of Leicester to guarantee the safety of students and staff.

Terms run from October to December and from January to March. The full course comprises 60 learning hours. Lessons are two hours long and take place once a week. When enrolling you are committing to the full 20 weeks. There is the option to pay for the full course in one payment or two instalments. You are welcome to join in the second term of a course if you have previous knowledge and experience of the language.  

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Entry level

You have reached the level B2 in full or completed the former Proficiency level 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 you level please contact us or come along to one of our drop-in sessions.

Course content

This is an advanced course on which you will develop a range of linguistic skills in the context of current issues in contemporary France. The topics we focus on are urban life, French media, the use of new technologies and France in Europe and the world.
As well as consolidating your grammar, you will develop specific language skills including:

  • Presentation and discussion in French of topics of current affairs
  • Writing using different registers
  • Understanding French news and fiction
  • Interview techniques in French
  • Developing an argument
  • Summarising a text
  • Translating and interpreting
  • Narrative techniques

Our approach

This course is taught in French. Our programme aims to develop the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as cultural awareness. It provides a good balance between understanding the culture, vocabulary and grammar structures of the French language and enhancing communication and interaction. It supports comprehensive and productive skills in speech and writing through authentic based activities and guided practice in the use of French language. Students will be encouraged to seek opportunities to learn and practise the four 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.


The French Proficiency level is the highest level we offer however on occasion if there is enough interest we do run a Conversational course.  If this is something you would be interested in please register your interest by emailing us.