UNSW Institute of Languages

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French

French is a romantic language spoken in a range of countries including Quebec, Luxembourg, France and more.

UNSW Institute of Languages offers French classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced students. Learn in a fun environment and feel confident speaking to locals when traveling.

Duration Average class size Levels Fee
10 weeks 12 students Beginner to Advanced AUD$390

Key Benefits

  • Learn to speak, read and write French as you progress through the course levels.
  • Communicate more confidently when travelling to French speaking countries.
  • Understand and communicate better with French speaking friends or family.
  • Improve your current or future employment opportunities with the addition of a foreign language skill.
  • Small class sizes allow for high levels of interaction between students and the teacher.
  • Highly qualified and experienced teachers and advanced classroom technology create an ideal learning environment.

The textbook for these courses is available from UNSW Bookshop on UNSW main campus, Abbey’s Bookshop (131 York St, Sydney). View the textbook prices available at UNSW Bookshop. Please note that if a language course is cancelled, UNSW Bookshop will only consider a refund for a textbook bought at UNSW Bookshop if the book has not sustained any damage or been written in.

Please note: This course outline is a guide only. Content may be adjusted by the teacher to meet the needs of the students in the class.

Course Level Guides

This course (10 weeks) is for learners who have very little or no previous knowledge of the language.

Text Book: Alter Ego + 1, livre de l’élève - Hachette (Dossier 0 and 1)

This level covers the following topics:

  • Communicating in the classroom
  • The alphabet and spelling names
  • Numbers 0 to 100
  • Greetings and farewells
  • Nationalities and introducing people
  • Asking for and giving personal information
  • Making polite requests
  • Basic shopping interactions
  • likes and dislikes / interests and dreams
  • French geography and culture

Language/grammar points include:

  • Grammatical Gender-Nationalities: australien (m) australienne (f)
  • Definite and indefinite articles: le, la, les - un, une, des
  • Possessive adjectives: mon, ma, mes… votre, vos
  • Interrogative adjective : quel…
  • Verbs être and avoir
  • Present tense regular -er verbs
  • Months and Days
  • Negation : ne…pas

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

  • have an understanding of the basics of the language
  • be able to communicate in a limited way on some practical everyday matters.

This course (10 weeks) is for learners who have some basic knowledge of the language.

Text Book: Alter Ego +1, livre de l’élève - Hachette (Dossier 2 and Dossier 3, leçon 2)

This level covers the following topics:

  • Numbers beyond 100
  • Describing places and geographic location
  • Researching and reserving accommodation
  • Giving thanks and responses
  • Organising travel and reading travel itineraries
  • Talking about travel activities
  • Nationalities - Stating yours and asking others
  • Talking about the weather
  • Professions
  • Describing yourself and others
  • French culture: Paris

Language/grammar points include:

  • Definite and indefinite articles: le, la, les - un, une, des
  • Prepositionsfor location + contracted articles (dans, sur, en face de/en face du, a côté de/a côté du…)
  • Likes and dislikes (aimer, adorer, détester + noun)
  • Closed questions: est-ce que…
  • Present tense regular -er, -re, -ir verbs
  • Demonstratives : ce, ces
  • Masculine/Feminine/Plural of adjectives
  • Tonic pronouns: moi, toi ...

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

be able to communicate in a simple way with an increasing range of vocabulary and language functions.

This course (10 weeks) is for learners who may have studied the language some years ago and are familiar with its basic language functions.

Text Book: Alter Ego +1, livre de l’élève - Hachette (Dossier 3, leçon 3 to Dossier 5, leçon 1.

This level covers the following topics:

  • Family and family events
  • Congratulating and receiving praise
  • Telling the time
  • Expressing obligation
  • Daily routine and habits
  • Invitations and appointments
  • Giving instructions
  • Future plans and past events
  • Surveys
  • Talking about traditions and customs
  • French culture: traditions and household management

Language/grammar points include:

  • Possessive adjectives : mon, ma, mes… votre, vos
  • Present tense of irregular verbs : dire, devoir, pouvoir, vouloir
  • Present tense of reflexive verbs : se lever, se doucher, se maquiller…
  • Adverbs to express frequency: d’habitude, en général, souvent…
  • Imperative mood
  • Near future : verb aller + infinitive
  • Expression for time : chaque jour, tous les jours, d’abord
  • Perfect tense
  • Structures to make questions
  • Present tense of regular and irregular-ir verbs: finir, choisir, dormer
  • Chez + tonic pronoun

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

  • have awareness of some grammatical structures
  • be able to use and understand them in simplified contexts.

This course (10 weeks) is for learners who may have studied the language some years ago and are familiar with its basic language functions.

Text Book: Alter Ego + 1, livre de l’élève - Hachette (Dossier 5, leçon2 to Dossier 6, leçon 3).

This level covers the following topics:

  • Phone calls
  • Talking about past events
  • Understanding and writing a biography
  • Describing yourself and others physically
  • The seasons and the weather
  • Locating and describing a place
  • Talk about outdoors activities
  • Talk about future projects
  • Talk about cultural activities
  • French culture: songs and singers

Language/grammar points include:

  • Recent past : verb venir de + infinitive
  • Imperative of irregular verbs and reflexive verbs : Aies, Sois, Lève-toi
  • Perfect tense with the auxiliary être
  • C’est/Il est + adjective
  • The seasons
  • Colours (singular and plural)
  • Expressions with avoir
  • Prepositions : au centre de, dans, en...
  • The place of the adjectives
  • The pronoun y
  • Future tense

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

be able to communicate in and understand the language on many practical everyday matters.

Please note that this level consists of 20 weeks which are divided into two 10-week modules (A and B). Modules A & B may be taken in any order and are offered on alternating terms. Both modules should be completed before progression to the next level.

Module A

Text Book: Alter Ego + 1, livre de l’élève - Hachette (Dossier 7, leçon1 to Dossier 8, leçon 2)

This level covers the following topics:

  • Food
  • Outfits and clothes
  • Presents
  • Internet shopping
  • Products
  • Shopping
  • Restaurants
  • French culture: inventions and creators

Language/grammar points include:

  • Vocabulary: food
  • The articles - definite, le, la, les - undefinite: un, une, des - partitive : du, de la, des
  • Negative quantity : Pas de
  • Vocabulary: clothes, shapes, colours
  • Colours (singular and plural)
  • Personal Direct Pronouns: le, la, l’ , les
  • Give advice : impératif, il faut+ verbe, vous pouvez+ verbe…
  • Vocabulary of the internet and computers
  • Personal Indirect Pronouns : lui, leur
  • Relative Pronouns: qui, que
  • Adjectives ending in -able
  • The quantities : 100 grammes, un pot de…, une tablette de …
  • The pronoun en
  • The place of the adjectives

Module B

Text Book: Alter Ego + 1, livre de l’élève - Hachette (Dossier 8, leçon 2 to dossier 9, leçon 3).

This level covers the following topics:

  • Memories
  • Old and new situations
  • Accommodation
  • Transformations
  • Indicate the function of a room
  • Narratives
  • Relationships with people
  • Express rules
  • French Culture: Traditional houses and Cultural venues

Language/grammar points include:

  • The imperfect tense
  • The comparison: plus ... que, moins...que
  • Terms related to the city and the country
  • Terms related to the house
  • Action verbs to describe evolutions
  • Time expressions: depuis, il y a, pendant
  • Personal Direct and Indirect pronouns
  • Il faut + infinitive / Devoir + infinitive
  • Imperative

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this level (20 weeks), participants will:

  • be able to converse reasonably fluently with native speakers
  • discuss some personal, social and current issues using appropriate structures.

Cultural awareness will be further developed. Language learning skills and how to approach authentic material will be developed.

This level (20 weeks) is for learners who have a good command of the language and its main grammatical structures. It covers two separate modules (4A and 4B) which are taught over two separate terms.

Modules A & B may be taken in any order and are offered on alternating terms. Both modules should be completed before progression to the next level.

Module A

Text Book: Alter Ego + 2, livre de l’élève - Hachette (Dossier 1 to Dossier 2, leçon 2)

This level covers the following topics:

  • Friendship
  • Personality and character
  • Neighbourhoods
  • Talking about change
  • Love
  • Describing one’s academic background
  • Talking about professional training and experience
  • Professional conduct
  • Talking about professional activities

Language/grammar points include:

  • Relative Pronouns : qui, que, où, à qui
  • Structures to give a definition
  • C’est + infinitive, c’est quand + clause, c’est + noun+ relative clause
  • Perfect tense with être and agreement with part participle
  • Indirect speech in present tense
  • Structure of comparison
  • Imperfect/Present perfect
  • Past participles
  • Temporal markers (2) : il y a, depuis, pendant, dans
  • Pluperfect tense
  • Adverbs in -ment : place and formation
  • Temporal markers (3): pour + duration, en + processing time

Module B

Text Book: Alter Ego +2, livre de l’élève - Hachette (Dossier 2, leçon 3 to  Dossier 4, leçon 1)

This level covers the following topics:

  • Preparing for an interview
  • Talking about a country and its inhabitants
  • Stereotypes
  • Changing life
  • Cultural differences
  • Comparative study
  • Living environments
  • Intervening in a blog

Language/grammar points include:

  • Structure to express advice: Imperative tense, Devoir + infinitive, Si + present tense
  • Il faut que + subjonctive
  • Subjonctive to express necessity
  • Relative pronouns : où, dont
  • Demonstrative pronouns : celui, celle, ceux, celles
  • Inverted question
  • Indefinite pronouns and adverbs : quelque chose, quelque part, tout…
  • The superlative : le plus + adjective, le moins de+ noun, la meilleure …
  • Ce qui, ce que to enhance an element of the sentence
  • Interrogative pronouns: lequel, laquelle, etc
  • Possessive pronouns: le mien, la mienne, le nôtre, etc.
  • ‘Si + imperfect’ to make a suggestion

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this level (20 weeks), participants will:

  • be able to converse with native speakers
  • follow debates and discuss current issues using more complex and linguistically accurate structures.

Cultural awareness will be further developed within a global context. Language learning skills and how to approach authentic material will be further enhanced.

Please note that this level consists of 20 weeks which are divided into two 10-week modules (A and B). Modules A & B may be taken in any order and are offered on alternating terms. Both modules should be completed before progression to the next level.

Module A

Text Book: Alter Ego +2, livre de l’élève - Hachette (Dossier 4, leçon 2 to Dossier 5, leçon 3)

This level covers the following topics:

  • Newspapers and TV
  • Understanding events in the media
  • Cinema and film reviews
  • Sports
  • Talking about one’s leisure and associative life
  • Tourist information
  • Booking and getting information about tours, programs, itineraries

Language/grammar points include:

  • Nominalization
  • The gender of nouns
  • C’est … que , c’est … qui to enhance an element of the sentence
  • Past tenses : imperfect, present perfect, pluperfect
  • The passive voice
  • The past participle agreement with the direct object: elle nous a aidés
  • Place of the adverbs in compounded tenses
  • Place of the adjectives (3)
  • Personal pronouns after à and de
  • Pronouns y and en for places
  • Indirect pronouns y, en
  • The gerundive: en chantant, en marchant, en prenant…

Module B

Alter Ego + 2, livre de l’élève - Hachette (Dossier 6, leçon1 to Dossier 7, leçon 2)

Language/grammar points include:

  • Souhaiter que + subjunctive , espérer que + indicative, j’aimerais +infinitive
  • Conditionnal : je pourrais, tu devrais…
  • Pour que + subjunctive, pour + infinitive, afin de + infinitive, afin que+ subjunctive
  • Si clause : si + imperfect, present conditionnal
  • Connectors of cause and results : parce que, car, grâce à, en conséquence, donc …
  • Relative pronoun ‘où’ for time
  • En + duration
  • Avant de + infinitive, après + past infinitive
  • Indirect speech in the past
  • Sequence of tenses

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this level (20 weeks), participants will:

  • be able to use most forms of the language in a social or professional environment.

Cultural awareness will be further developed within a global context. Language learning skills and how to approach authentic material will be further enhanced.

This level (20 weeks) is for speakers who are able to use the language with a high degree of fluency and accuracy.

Module A

Text Book: Alter Ego + 2, livre de l’élève - Hachette (Dossier 6, leçon1 to Dossier 7, leçon 2)

This level covers the following topics:

  • Hypothetical situations
  • Regrets and remorse
  • Understanding a manifesto
  • Talking about your readings
  • Arguments

Language/grammar points include:

  • Past conditional: Si+ plus que parfait, conditionnel passé
  • The recent past and the near future in the past
  • Regret: regretter de + infinintive; j’aurais voulu que + subjunctive
  • Necessity + subjunctive (2) : Il faut que, il est nécessaire que, etc
  • Indicative or subjunctive in completive clauses
  • Temporal linking words : à partir de, dès, dès que, depuis, depuis que, jusqu’à ce que
  • Double pronouns
  • Structures to express consequences : favoriser, aggraver, empêcher etc
  • Imperfect vs Past conditionnal to express reproach

Module B

Authentic materials chosen by teachers and students will be used at this level.

Learning Outcomes

This open-ended course will help students achieve a proficient (or native-like) use of the language. The main emphasis will be on conversation and group discussions with the extensive use of authentic materials.

We recommend that you refer to the Level Guide to select the most suitable level. If you need further help selecting a level, please contact our Enquiries staff on 9385 0555 or enquiries@unswglobal.unsw.edu.au

Please note that it is not always possible to transfer into a different level after enrolling.

If there isn’t a class to suit you, please join the waiting list and we will notify you when it is available.

Term 2 Evening Courses

Level 1A
Thursday 3 May – Thursday 5 July 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 1B
Tuesday 1 May – Tuesday 3 July 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 2A
Thursday 3 May – Thursday 5 July 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 2B
Wednesday 2 May – Wednesday 4 July 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 5B
Wednesday 2 May – Wednesday 4 July 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 6A
Monday 30 April – Monday 9 July 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390

Term 2 Saturday Courses

Level 1B
Saturday 5 May – Saturday 7 July 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
9:30pm - 11:30pm UNSW Main Campus - Blockhouse (Building G6) AUD $390

Languages - FAQs

A course is one term of tuition. Each term is 10 weeks in duration.

We offer 6 levels of progression, which are divided into modules A and B. These are: Beginners (1A & 1B), Elementary (2A & 2B), Lower Intermediate (3A & 3B), Intermediate (4A & 4B), Upper Intermediate (5A & 5B), and Advanced (6A & 6B). Level 6B is an open-ended level that can continue indefinitely – some level 6 classes have been running for over 20 years!

The levels offered for each language vary from term to term and language to language. We are able to offer most levels for more popular languages, while levels for other languages are usually more limited. Check under the Dates and Fees tab the language you want to study to find out which levels are currently available.

Yes, you can. Some students may only want to enrol in one 10 week term.

Course books are chosen by language teachers. Check under the Level Guide tab of each language for more information.

Teachers follow the course books but often also provide additional materials for students.

No. We strongly encourage you to purchase their own course books. Course books can be bought from UNSW bookshop (UNSW main campus, building E15), Abbey’s Bookshop (131 York St, Sydney) or online. Please note that if a language course is cancelled, UNSW Bookshop will only consider a refund for a textbook bought at UNSW Bookshop if the book has not sustained any damage or been written in.

We prefer to employ teachers who are native speakers. All teachers will either be native speakers or have spent considerable time in a country in which the language is spoken.

Our teachers have at least one teaching qualification and teaching experience.

Classes have an average of 10-12 students, with 18 being the maximum number.

The minimum age for our students is 18. There is no maximum age.

Our language courses do not have formal exams or tests, but revision is conducted through a range of other methods depending on the class and the teacher.

You should self-assess their language level before enrolling in a course by considering the number of hours they have spent studying the language prior to the course and their experience of the language (check information under the Level Guide tab for further details). For further assistance, please contact Student Enquiries on 9385 0555 or enquiries@unswglobal.unsw.edu.au

Once payment has been made, you will receive a payment acknowledgement email and payment receipt. Please refer to the course dates, times and location details shown under the Dates and Fees tab in order to avoid missing the course start date. If we have to cancel a class due to insufficient enrolments you will be sent a class cancellation email 1 to 2 days before the class was due to begin.

Yes. Students who have applied for a course that is cancelled will receive a refund which may take up to 3 weeks to process. We often contact you first to see if you would like to transfer into another level before we officially withdraw your application and process your refund. For further information, please refer to our Conditions of Enrolment..

Yes. Online applications close at the end of week 3 of each term. However, it’s always best to apply as early as possible as we cancel classes that do not receive enough applications.

Most of our courses focus on speaking and listening and the essential grammar and vocabulary required to improved verbal and aural fluency. Courses focus less on writing and reading.

There is street parking on Day Avenue and streets just west of Anzac Parade. Restricted campus parking is also available in the UNSW car park on the corner of Day Ave and Anzac Parade.

The Summer short courses run in January and offer languages at Introduction level (1A and sometimes 1B). 20 hours of tuition are offered over 8 evenings (Mon-Thurs) so that a student can complete a whole level in less than 2 weeks.

2018 term timetable

Part-time Evening

Note that evening classes are offered one evening per week. Check the Dates & Fees tab for the evening each course is offered for the upcoming term.

Session Start Date Finish Date
Term 1 5 Feb (Mon) - 8 Feb (Thurs) 16 April (Mon)
Term 2 30 Apr (Mon) – 3 May (Thurs) 9 July (Mon)
Term 3 23 July (Mon) – 26 July (Thurs) 27 September (Thurs)
Term 4 8 Oct (Mon) – 11 Oct (Thurs) 13 December (Thurs)

Part-time Saturday

Note that Saturday classes are offered one morning per week. Check the Dates and Fees tab for the list of courses offered for the upcoming term.

Session Start Date Finish Date
Term 1 3 Feb 14 April
Term 2 5 May 7 July
Term 3 28 July 29 September
Term 4 13 October 15 December

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  1. Please read our How to Apply section.
  2. Please study our Application Checklist and have all documents ready.
  3. Please note our Conditions of Enrolment for Modern Languages programs.
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