Continuing Education

General Information

Throughout the year, the Department of French offers a range of language courses at various levels : beginners, elementary, independent and advanced.

Our courses are graded in level according to the CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages developed by the Council of Europe and to its global scale of 6 levels of proficiency.

In order to choose a course at the right level of proficiency, we recommend that you use the self-assessment grid (75kB).

If you are interested, please complete a registration form (356kB)  and return it to the Department of French with the appropriate fee in form of a cheque / bank draft payable to the Department of French, UCC.

For information regarding registration and payment, please contact Ms Eileen Casey:

Email: e.casey@ucc.ie

Tel: +353 (0)21 490 2702

For information regarding courses and levels, please contact Ms Margot Spencer:

Email: m.spencer@ucc.ie

Tel: +353 (0) 490 3227

Please note that our courses are recreational, do not lead to any specific qualification and are subject to a minimum of 10 participants.In the event of a class not forming, all participants will be notified and fees refunded. Students must ENROLL BEFORE attending classes.

                     

Levels

COURSE LEVELS‌

In order to choose a course at the right level of proficiency, we recommend that you use the CEFR self-assessment grid.

1 - BEGINNERS  & FALSE BEGINNERS (CEFR Level A1- / A1)

For people who are at beginner’s stage and for people who learnt a little French a long time ago and wish to refresh their skills and / or who have some words but cannot really speak. The course aims at consolidating a good beginner’s level and at bringing students towards an Elementary level (A2)

2 -  ELEMENTARY  (CEFR Level A1+ / A2)

 For people who have done some French before and who can express themselves but who need to acquire more essential grammar and conversation practice. The course aims at consolidating a good elementary level and at bringing students towards an intermediate level (B1).

3 - INDEPENDENT (CEFR Level B1)

For people who have already acquired good elementary skills. Students joining this level should be able to speak about themselves, to speak about what they did (last weekend, over the summer), what they plan to do (next weekend, next year) and communicate in every day situations, although these will be revised. Further development and practice will improve fluency and broaden speaking, listening, reading and writing. The course aims at bringing students towards level B2.

4 - ADVANCED (CEFR Level B2+)

For people with already good confidence, good ability and who wish to build up their four skills – reading, writing, understanding and speaking. This course aims at consolidating complex French structures and expanding advanced practice (CEFR towards level C1+)

Autumn term

COURSES FOR AUTUMN 2018

The Department of French is offering the following language courses starting Tuesday 18 September 2018 for 10 weeks

Please note that registration and payment are due by Thursday 06th September 2018

 

Course type General French General French General French General French
Level Beginners - CEFR A-/A1 Elementary - CEFR A1+/A2 Independent - CEFR B1 Advanced - CEFR B2+
Course objective introduction to basic French interaction / production of simple phrases / asking and answering simple questions

development and consolidation of the basic language skills needed to 'survive' during a trip to French speaking countries

developmement of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Consolidation of grammar and acquisition of new vocabulary

advanced development of language skills, grammar and vocabulary. Broadening of knowledge of French culture
Duration 10 weeks [x1h30] 10 weeks [x1h30]

10 weeks [x1h30]

10 weeks [x1h30]
Time Tuesday 6-7.30pm Tuesday 7.30-9pm Wednesday 6-7.30pm Wednesday 7.30-9pm
Venue tbc tbc tb7 tbc
Fee per term €150* €150* €150* €150*

 

•    To assess your level, see the self-assessment grid (75kB) of the Council of Europe.

•    Please complete a Registration form (359kB) and return it to Eileen Casey, Department of French, O’Rahilly Building, UCC, before Thursday 06th September 2017 with the appropriate fee in form of a cheque / bank draft payable to the Department of French, UCC.

•    *Concession fee : € 120 available for Full time UCC staff/students, OAP, people on social benefit (Relevant ID may be requested).

•    If you require any further information please contact: e.casey@ucc.ie or m.spencer@ucc.ie  

Spring term

 COURSES FOR SPRING 2019

continuation of Autumn 2018 courses /  Courses will start 15th January 2019

 

Course type General French General French General French General French
Level Beginners - CEFR A-/A1 Elementary - CEFR A1+/A2 Independent - CEFR B1 Advanced - CEFR B2+
Course objective Introduction to basic French interaction / production of simple phrases / asking and answering simple questions

Development and consolidation of the basic language skills needed to 'survive' during a trip to French speaking countries

Developmement of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Consolidation of grammar and acquisition of new vocabulary

Advanced development of language skills, grammar and vocabulary. Broadening of knowledge of French culture
Duration 10 weeks [x1h30] 10 weeks [x1h30]

10 weeks [x1h30]

10 weeks [x1h30]
Time Tuesday 6-7.30pm Tuesday 7.30-9pm Wednesday 6-7.30pm Wednesday 7.30-9pm
Venue tbc tbc tbc tbc
Fee per term €150* €150* €150* €150*

 

•    To assess your level, see the self-assessment grid of the Council of Europe.

•    Please complete a Registration form and return it to Eileen Casey, Department of French, O’Rahilly Building, UCC, before 11th January 2018 with the appropriate fee in form of a cheque / bank draft payable to the Department of French, UCC.

•    *Concession fee : € 120 available for Full time UCC staff/students, OAP, people on social benefit (Relevant ID may be requested).

•    If you require any further information please contact: ecasey@ucc.ie or m.spencer@ucc.ie  

Summer courses

Summer courses 2019

Closing date for receipt of applications tbc

Course type

Everyday French

French for Holidays

Conversational French

Level false beginnerCEFR A1 lower intermediateCEFR A2 intermediate CEFR B1
Course objectives to introduce basic language skills

to brush up and consolidate language skills needed to communicate efficiently during a trip to a French speaking country.

to improve confidence and fluency in using the language

 

to practice and develop speaking and listening skills

Duration

4 weeks (16hrs)

Tuesday & Thursday

4 weeks (16hrs)

Tuesday & Thursday

2 weeks (8hrs)

Monday to Thursday

Time 6-8pm 6-8pm 1-2pm
Starting Date  tbc  tbc  tbc
Venue tbc tbc tbc
Fee

€150*

€150*

€100*

 

•    To assess your level, see the self-assessment grid of the Council of Europe.

•    Please complete a registration form and return it to Eileen Casey, Department of French, O’Rahilly Building, UCC, before tbc with the appropriate fee in form of a cheque / postal order / money order /  bank draft payable to the Department of French, UCC.

•    *Concession fee: € 120/80 available for Full time UCC staff/students, OAP, people on social benefit (Relevant ID may be requested).

•    If you require any further information please contact:

m.spencer@ucc.ie (courses and levels)

ecasey@ucc.ie (registration and payment)

Department of French

Room 1.22 Block A, First Floor, O'Rahilly Building, University College Cork

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