GENERAL FRENCH- Upper-Intermediate Programme

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

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.

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Changing career: talking about a change/ understanding a CV or a biography
  • Talking about past event/achievements
  • Reporting a past conversation
  • Expressing regrets
  • Making choices
  • Imagining a different past
  • Ecology
  • Understanding a manifesto
  • Encouraging actions
  • Taking sides/ expressing an opinion
  • Literature: telling a story, talking about a book
  • Expressing opinions and feelings
  • Talking about differences
  • Advising/ suggesting
  • Gender equality
  • Expressing annoyance/ impatience
  • Understanding/ writing a petition/ a formal letter
  • Commenting on the latest events/ news
  • Expressing indignation/ protesting/ complaining/ blaming
  • Expressing uncertainty
  • Internet generation/ new technologies
  • Warning someone
  • Describing an object/ a way of communication
  • Understanding an ad/ answering an ad
  • Colloquial expressions/ French sayings
  • Different registers/ French slang
  • Genuine spoken French
  • Expressing feelings and sensations
  • Writing a text message
  • Debating: politics, recycling, the environment, new technologies, social issues, consumerism and the media.

Cultural content:

  • Business etiquette
  • Songs in French
  • French poetry/ literature
  • Gender equality
  • French explorers
  • Main cultural events in France: Fête de la musique, la Nuit Blanche,

le Printemps des poètes, les journées du patrimoine.

  • French cinema (films, directors, actors and Cannes Festival))
  • Political life in France.

Skills Work:

  • Lots of speaking/debating
  • Lots of listening
  • Understanding different accents
  • Producing various styles of written and spoken French


  • Indirect pronouns “y” and “en” (revision)
  • Expressing time connection: structures “avant de + infinitive” & “après + past infinitive“
  • Past reported speech
  • Hypothesizing about past events with the structures “ si + pluperfect”/ past conditional
  • Expressing a regret using “ regretter de” + past infinitive/ “j’aurais amé/ voulu” + infinitive
  • Subjunctive to express a necessity
  • Subjunctive vc indicative
  • Time connectors
  • Double pronouns order
  • Expressing an opinion, doubt, will, feeling, probability, possibility
  • Expressing a contrast (ex: par contre, alors que, d’un côté, de l’autre côté etc)
  • Expressing a cause/ consequence
  • Present participle
  • « Pour »+ past infinitive
  • Past conditional
  • Expressing a concession (ex : « bien que » + subjunctive)
  • Expressing an opposition (ex : cependant, pourtant)
  • Expressing a judgement by using the subjunctive
  • Impersonal forms + subjunctive/ infinitive
  • Interrogative pronouns
  • Complex relative pronouns (ex: avec eux, pour lesquels etc)
  • Possessive pronouns.

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

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