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Survival Languages: French

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Course description

Taking your first steps towards learning a new language? Welcome to our Survival Language courses for beginners. Our Survival Language courses are the perfect starting point when you just know a few words or have no prior experience.

These four-week courses introduce basic grammar, essential frequent vocabulary, and key aspects of pronunciation. They provide a platform to gain basic linguistic skills for everyday life communication. There is an emphasis on speaking and listening for the gist of a short conversation, but you will also acquire relevant cultural information.

Example course structure

Week one: Greetings and introductions

In the first lesson, participants will learn how to greet and introduce yourself, exchange basic, polite and casual conversation when meeting someone in France.

Week two: In the city

The second lesson will focus on vocabulary and phrases on asking for basic directions in the city. Participants will learn about French shops, ask for prices, as well as how to get around the city with public transports. Some useful sentences to buy a bus/train ticket will be introduced.

Week three: Small talk

In the third lesson, participants will learn how to talk about themselves and give a brief description of the family and hobbies. Also, simple sentences to talk about the weather.

Week four: At the restaurant/hotel

In the last session, participants will acquire useful phrases to use in a restaurant or café to order drinks and snacks; and learn about French food. As well as, how to book a room in a hotel, and what amenities are available.

Course tutors

The course is taught by current Kingston School of Art (KSA) language lecturers.

What to bring

A basic list will be sent to you a week in advance of the course start date. All other materials are provided by Kingston School of Art (KSA).

Booking information

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The standard course fee is indicated at the top of this page. If a course has any discounted fees available (e.g. for early-bird booking, alumni or students) these will be clearly outlined on the booking website.

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Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 4066
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