UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


Level 4

Prerequisite for entry

Successful completion of French syllabus level 3+ at UCL Centre for Languages & International Education or a low A Level grade (or equivalent).

Term duration

10 x 2-hour classes.

Aims and objectives

The aim of the course is to enable students who already have a good knowledge of French to acquire an advanced level. Students will be able to communicate in all situations within French speaking countries, converse with native speakers and follow debates on a wide range of issues as well as express themselves with more complex and linguistically accurate structures. Cultural awareness will be further developed and raised within European/global context. Various transferable skills will be covered.


  • express consequences
  • express probabilities and certitudes
  • make previsions
  • Expressing a wide range of opinions and reactions
  • reporting someone’s speech at the present
  • describe memories
  • describes trips abroad
  • Doubting, hoping
  • Agreeing/disagreeing, accepting/refusing

Course content

Main topics/themes to be covered:

  • New technologies
  • Travelling
  • Press and media
  • Education
  • Multicultural societies
  • Social behaviours
  • Values in life
  • Political life and commitments

Linguistic Structures/ Phonetics

Introduction to the various registers/accents.


  • Personal pronouns (all)
  • Future tenses and time indicators
  • Time and duration indicators in the past
  • Using the subjunctive to express feeling, wishes and doubts.
  • Expressing consequence in different ways (using adverbs, adjectives…)
  • Expression of concession and opposition

Learning resources


  • Course book: Le Nouveau taxi 2 (Units 7 to 9)- diffusion Hachette FLE.
  • Tutor’s material.
  • In addition there is a wide range of language learning materials for self-study in the Self-Access Centre.

Bilingual Dictionaries: Collins/Robert
Monolingual dictionary: Petit Robert

Useful websites