French for French house owners or tenants

Stone house in a vineyardDo you own a house/ apartment in France? Do you want to buy a house there? Then this course is for you! Learn how to communicate in day-to-day situations, as well as in specific situations (dealing with paperwork, calling a plumber etc).

What will we cover?

The sample syllabus below is designed to provide you with a good idea of what you might cover over a typical course. It is flexible rather than prescriptive, in that it would be adapted to your specific level, aims and interests.

A language cannot be learnt in isolation, and therefore you will also work on your command of general language skills. As part of this, you will take a systematic approach to grammar, vocabulary development, and skills work.

The topics/vocabulary or grammar won’t necessarily be studied in this order.

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Looking for a place: understanding/ writing an ad
  • Estate agencies, filling in a form
  • Avoiding the traps
  • Mortgage
  • Moving house/ flat
  • Buying a property: the law, the process, the paperwork
  • Property taxes
  • Renting a place: the law, the procedure, paperwork
  • Compulsory diagnostic surveys
  • Utilities
  • Waste disposal
  • Telephone registration & installation
  • Internet
  • Television
  • Household insurance
  • Renting/ refurbishing: who pays what?
  • When things go wrong: complaining, what to do and how?
  • Carrez law
  • The solicitor: role
  • The bailiff: role
  • Finding a building company
  • Renting: rent increase

P.S. This course’s aim is to give you the necessary vocabulary and grammar you will need to buy/ rent a place in France. I will do my best to help you and provide you with accurate information but please bear in mind I am not an estate agent or solicitor! : )

Material: teacher’s own material, selected texts & newspaper articles, real life documents, comic strips, online material, PP slides.

All the lessons are truly tailor made courses and customisable. I will listen to you and adapt and modify them where and when appropriate. 

To discuss your needs or course content, please contact me.