Course Overview


French Level 12 is a Pre-Intermediate French course for students who have been studying French for a while. French Level 12 requires that you have previously studied French Level 11 or a course of at least 132 class hours. If you’re unsure of your level, then take our quick French language level test here or check our levels chart.

Our French language classes take place at our school in Covent Garden with a qualified, experienced teacher and fellow students. Evening language classes at IH London are dynamic and interactive as the emphasis is on spoken communication, which is achieved through lots of group work and role-plays. At the same time, there is systematic work on grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, so that you can improve on all aspects of the language. Your teacher speaks in the target language throughout, so that you can refine your comprehension and listening skills. 


Course Content


Communicative aims

  • Talking about experience in life
  • Providing biographical information and situating events in time. 
  • Expressing the manner and intensity of events and highlighting their exceptional nature. 
  • Discussing chronological order and expressing dissatisfaction. 


Linguistic aims

  • Le passé composé et l’imparfait  (used for ongoing past actions). 
  • Temporal indicators “il y a” (ago) and “depuis” (since/for). 
  • Expressions of duration with “pendant” (during), “de… à” (from… to), “en” (in/within). 
  • Adverbs ending in “-ment” (similar to “-ly” in English). 
  • Intensity adverbs “très” (very), “trop” (too), and “beaucoup” (a lot). 
  • Exclamatory forms: “Quel” + noun (What a), “Comme” + phrase (How), “Qu’est-ce que” + phrase (What). 
  • “Trop de” + noun (too much/many of). 
  • Anteriority and posteriority: “avant” + noun (before), “avant de” + infinitive (before doing), “après” + noun (after). 
  • Adverbs ending in “-ment” (similar to “-ly” in English) 
  • Negation: “ne pas encore” (not yet), “ne plus” (no longer)
  • Vocabulary:
    • Sports, adapted sports, community involvement, and associations. 
    • Air travel, famous landmarks, and cuisine. 
    • Time markers, emotions, sensations, media, and communication. 


Students should already have some knowledge of ‘passé compose’ and ‘imparfait’ and the difference between them, as well as the present conditional, before taking this course.


Socio-cultural aspects: 

  • Influential sports figures, Olympics and Paralympics, popular sports in France, iconic locations, and notable chefs or culinary figures. 



Inspire: Livre de l’élève 2 + audio/video + Parcours digital

Unit 5


Coursebooks are to be purchased after the first lesson and are required for the course.  Books will be available to purchase from reception on the day of your second lesson.


Course Information


  • Average class size: 8 (maximum 15)
  • Students must be 18+ years old
  • Existing language ability: 132 class hours of previous French language study required
  • Classes will take place at our school in Covent Garden (16 Stukeley Street, Holborn, London WC2B 5LQ) 


Class Schedule


  • The classes are 2 hours per week
  • The course runs for 6 weeks
  • The course takes place on weekday evenings 18:30 – 20:30
  • The possible study options for this course are as follows:


Thursdays: 11th January – 15th February 2024

Mondays: 19th February – 25th March 2024

Tuesdays: 9th April – 14th May 2024

Wednesdays: 22nd May – 26th June 2024

Thursdays: 4th July – 15th August 2024*

Wednesdays: 21st August – 25th September 2024

Tuesdays: 1st October – 5th November 2024

Thursdays: 14th November – 19th December 2024


*There is a week’s break in the course from 29th July – 2nd August 2024. The course will, however, still consist of 6 lessons spread out over 7 weeks.


This language course includes:


  • Access to our online platform to download lesson summaries, notes and resources
  • Support and advice from French language teachers
  • French language study tips


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