French adult learning courses

About this subjectFrance

Do you want to speak to family and friends in another language? Perhaps you are going on holiday and want to be able to order in a restaurant? Or maybe you just fancy a new challenge?

Spoken by 320 million people across the world from Europe and Africa, to Canada and the Caribbean, French is one of the world's most popular languages to learn.

Whether you want to work in Geneva, connect with family and friends in Quebec or simply order cafés et croissants in Paris, our courses will give you plenty of opportunities to practice your French and help you speak with confidence.

Our courses run over a period of weeks for a term three times a year from September to July plus short courses at the start of summer.

Enrolments open each term in March, July and November. If courses have already started you may still be able to join so please contact us.

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Course levels

We offer French courses from beginner to advanced level, in line with Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages. Each level is split into termly modules with additional short courses designed to support your learning further.

Our experienced tutors will tailor the course to ensure that every learner reaches their own language learning goals.

  • Our beginners language courses are designed to get you speaking the language from day one. You will also have the chance to practise your listening, reading and writing skills, and learn some essential grammar.
  • Brush up courses are perfect to help you revise beginner level language and re-build your confidence before continuing your language learning journey.
  • Our Intermediate language courses aim to build your language skills by introducing you to more complex grammar and vocabulary that will help you to freely discuss a range of topics.
  • Our advanced courses aim to develop your speaking skills to encourage you to apply and extend your knowledge of vocabulary and grammar in verbal communication.

French courses

All of our language courses are mapped against the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages. For 2023 to 2024, we have changed how we name our courses to better reflect the CEFR levels and help learners understand where they are in their language learning journey.

Each course spans two to three years and is arranged into termly modules. If you are unsure which level is right for you, please refer to the table here or complete our online self-assessment form below.

Our course levelsCEFR LevelNumber of hours of prior
learning you should have
had to join the first module
of this level
Beginners (Modules 1 to 3)A1 Beginner0
Beginners (Modules 4 to 6)A1 Beginner50
Beyond Beginners| (Modules 1 to 3)A2 Elementary100
Beyond Beginners (Modules 4 to 6)A2 Elementary150
Lower intermediate (Modules 1 to 3)B1 Intermediate200
Lower intermediate (Modules 4 to 6)B1 Intermediate250
Intermediate (Modules 1 to 3)B1 Intermediate300
Intermediate (Modules 4 to 6)B1 Intermediate350
Intermediate (Modules 7 to 10)B2 Upper Intermediate400
Upper intermediate (Modules 1 to 3)B2 Upper Intermediate450
Upper intermediate (Modules 4 to 6)B2 Upper Intermediate500
Upper intermediate (Modules 7 to 9)B2 Upper Intermediate550

Self assessment

Complete our languages self assessment form to help you to choose the right language level.

Self assessment form


Fees and discounts

We have a range of discounts and support with fees available, including money off your first course if you are a library member, a Surrey Heritage user, or over the age of 66.

Please note: Your tutor will also advise you of any required course books, which typically cost £15 to £30. They will also be able to recommend other optional resources that you may find useful for your learning.

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