Read below for our course overview and view our French course details.
Learn French in Melbourne
French is our most popular language at Lyceum. As a result we have always been able to offer a full range of French classes across our two centres.
After English, French is the world’s most commonly taught second language. It is spoken by over 120 million people in 54 countries around the world - in many African countries, in Quebec and Louisiana in North America, in Switzerland, Belgium and New Caledonia.
Because English and French are related to one another, you will find many similarities between the two languages, which will assist you to learn very quickly.
Beginner and Elementary French Courses
In Lyceum classes, French is taught using the communicative method. Our primary concern in class is to enable you to practise the spoken language as frequently as possible. The objective is to equip you to handle practical everyday situations. It will only take 60 hours of tuition (Beginner and Elementary) in our small class environment, to enable you to manage a variety of social situations:
- Social interaction
- Planning outings
- Getting about town
- Shopping and other transactions, such as the bank and post office
- Booking accommodation and talking about the home
Our beginner and elementary levels will give you a good basis if you wish to travel to a French-speaking country or plan to use French with your family and friends here in Melbourne. The city has a large population of French speakers, which affords you great opportunities to practice the language and learn about the culture.
Each term at Lyceum corresponds to 15 hours of adult tuition, or twelve to eighteen months at high school. If you have studied French in the past, our French course outline can give you a good indication of which level would be right for you, and we are always happy to give you personal advice on the right course.
Higher Level French Courses
After completing the elementary level, you will continue with our thematic based courses which cover all levels from pre-intermediate to advanced. Classes will be centred around a wide range of cultural or current topics and you will be introduced to new grammatical structures in connection with the topic that is discussed in class. This will enable you to gain an in-depth knowledge of the grammar, have a rich vocabulary, and be able to speak fluently with native speakers about a great variety of subjects. From pre-intermediate onwards, students stay in each class for at least two terms or for as long as they need, before they go up to the next level.
French Culture in Melbourne
As part of your course, our teachers will give you lots of advice on French events and festivals happening in Melbourne such as the French Film Festival or the Paris to Provence Festival. You will also get lots of information on French radio and television programmes and newspapers available in Melbourne so that you can practise the listening and reading skills that you learn in class.
In class you will pool information about the best Melbourne French restaurants, French food stores, bookshops and French clubs to help you further immerse yourself in the culture. With Lyceum's help, classes often plan outings together at the end of term. How about dinner in a French bistro or a night at the Melbourne French Theatre?