UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


Level 5

Prerequisite for entry

Successful completion of French syllabus level 4+ at UCL Centre for Languages & International Education or a high 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 have a solid advanced knowledge in French to become as fluent as possible in the language. Students will be able to follow and participate in any discussion or debate as well as communicate in any given situation using linguistically complex and accurate structures (different types of discourses, registers etc…). Cultural awareness will be further developed. Various transferable skills will be covered.


The content of this syllabus will be similar to the content of level 4+, but students will work at an even higher level of linguistic accuracy and complexity. Ability to master all previously studied functions in appropriate spoken and written register will be enhanced.

Course Content

Main topics/themes to be covered:

As in level 4+, the content of this course will be based around a reflection on the nature of contemporary society and current affairs including an analysis of the cultural dimension. The topic may include various current issues (as appropriate, depending on students’ interests).

Linguistic Structures/ Phonetics

  • Recognising/understanding various register/accents
  • Recognising/understanding any kind of discourse.


Here again the content of this syllabus will follow that of level 4+ but at an even more complex and more accurate level.

  • All tenses
  • Structuring (logical structures, connectors)
  • Linking devices (lexical, grammatical)
  • Stylistic levels, formal registers and their usage
  • Lexical accuracy

Learning Resources


  • Course book: please wait for your tutor to confirm which book he/she will recommend.
  • Authentic material from various sources (French newspapers or magazines, recent publications, French television programs, short videos from internet, films etc…)
  • 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