French

Enrolment for Hilary term Intensive Beginners' courses will open on 15 February 2024

Language Level Evaluation pages will also reopen on 15 February. These will be a shortened version of the test to help differentiate beginners between Stage 1 Part 1 and Stage 1 Part 2, for those who are unsure about which class to join. The full Language Level assessments for Trinity Term will open again at a later date. Please join our mailing list to be kept up to date with course availability and enrolment dates.

Enrolment on Part 2

If you have studied the language before, you are welcome to enrol on Part 2 of the course, without having taken Part 1. Please complete a Language Level Evaluation before you enrol, so that our tutors can advise you of the most appropriate Part for you to join.
 
Only complete beginners must start with Stage 1 Part 1.

 

Intensive Course Timetable: Hilary Term 2024

For Learners without an Oxford University SSO, or who are not members of the University, enrolment information can be found here. 

 

  Course Pathway Mode of delivery Stage* Part Duration Day and time of classes Date of first class Date of final class

ENROL

General  ONLINE 1 1 3 weeks (HT24 Weeks 8-10) Monday and Thursday 17:30 to 19:00 Monday 4 March Thursday 21 March
ENROL General ONLINE 1 1 3 weeks (HT24 Weeks 8-10) Monday and Wednesday 19:00 to 20:30 Monday 4 March Wednesday 20 March
ENROL General ONLINE 1 2 3 weeks (HT24 Weeks 8-10) Tuesday and Thursday 17:30 to 19:00 Tuesday 5 March Thursday 21 March

 

  • Enrolment will close at 12 noon on Thursday of Week 7 of term (29 February 2024).
  • To ensure that we have time to set you up with access to our Virtual Learning Environment (Canvas), please make sure you have enrolled and paid no later than five working days before your course starts. 

  • MT = Michaelmas Term (October - December); HT = Hilary Term (January - March); TT = Trinity Term (April-June)

  • * For General and Academic courses, a Stage is made up of three Parts, usually Part 1 is Michaelmas term, Part 2 is Hilary term and Part 3 is Trinity term. However, in some instances we will run another Part 1 in Hilary or Trinity term due to popularity. Please check the timetable carefully. Please note, complete beginners (Stage 1) cannot join Parts 2 or 3 if they have not completed Part 1. Joining the intensive course provides a great opportunity to join the term-time Part 3 course in Trinity term on the beginners' course.

Course Timetable: Hilary Term 2024

For Learners without an Oxford University SSO, or who are not members of the University, enrolment information can be found here. 

  Course Pathway Mode of delivery Stage* Part Duration Day and time of classes Date of first class Date of final class
ENROLMENT CLOSED Academic IN PERSON 1 2 6 weeks (HT24 Weeks 2-7) Thursday 11:00 to 12:30 Thursday 25 January Thursday 29 February
ENROLMENT CLOSED General ONLINE 1 1 6 weeks (HT24 Weeks 2-7) Monday 10:00 to 11:30 Monday 22 January Monday 26 February
ENROLMENT CLOSED General ONLINE 1 1 6 weeks (HT24 Weeks 2-7) Thursday 17:30 to 19:00 Thursday 25 January Thursday 29 February
ENROLMENT CLOSED General  IN PERSON 1 2 6 weeks (HT24 Weeks 2-7) Wednesday 12:00 to 13:30 Wednesday 24 January Wednesday 28 February
ENROLMENT CLOSED General ONLINE 1 2 6 weeks (HT24 Weeks 2-7) Wednesday 12:00 to 13:30 Wednesday 24 January Wednesday 28 February
ENROLMENT CLOSED General ONLINE 1 2 6 weeks (HT24 Weeks 2-7) Thursday 17:30 to 19:00 Thursday 25 January Thursday 29 February
ENROLMENT CLOSED General  ONLINE 2 2 6 weeks (HT24 Weeks 2-7) Monday 17:30 to 19:00 Monday 22 January Monday 26 February
ENROLMENT CLOSED General  IN PERSON 2 2 6 weeks (HT24 Weeks 2-7) Wednesday 15:00 to 16:30 Wednesday 24 January Wednesday 28 February
ENROLMENT CLOSED General  IN PERSON 2 2 6 weeks (HT24 Weeks 2-7) Thursday 10:30 to 12:00 Thursday 25 January Thursday 29 February
ENROLMENT CLOSED General  IN PERSON 3 2 6 weeks (HT24 Weeks 2-7) Wednesday 14:00 to 15:30 Wednesday 24 January Wednesday 28 February
ENROLMENT CLOSED General ONLINE 4 2 6 weeks (HT24 Weeks 2-7) Tuesday 12:30 to 14:00 Tuesday 23 January Tuesday 27 February
ENROLMENT CLOSED General IN PERSON 4 2 6 weeks (HT24 Weeks 2-7) Wednesday 12:00 to 13:30 Wednesday 24 January Wednesday 28 February
ENROLMENT CLOSED General ONLINE 5 2 6 weeks (HT24 Weeks 2-7) Monday 12:00 to 13:30 Monday 22 January Monday 26 February
ENROLMENT CLOSED General IN PERSON 5 2 6 weeks (HT24 Weeks 2-7) Monday 16:00 to 17:30 Monday 22 January Monday 26 February
ENROLMENT CLOSED General IN PERSON 6 2 6 weeks (HT24 Weeks 2-7) Monday 17:30 to 19:00 Monday 22 January Monday 26 February
ENROLMENT CLOSED General ONLINE 6 2 6 weeks (HT24 Weeks 2-7) Wednesday 15:30 to 17:00 Wednesday 24 January Wednesday 28 February
ENROLMENT CLOSED General  IN PERSON 6 2 6 weeks (HT24 Weeks 2-7) Thursday 12:00 to 13:30 Thursday 25 January Thursday 29 February
ENROLMENT CLOSED General ONLINE 7 2 6 weeks (HT24 Weeks 2-7) Friday 09:00 to 10:30 Friday 26 January Friday 1 March
ENROLMENT CLOSED General IN PERSON 7 2 6 weeks (HT24 Weeks 2-7) Friday 12:00 to 13:30 Friday 26 January Friday 1 March
ENROLMENT CLOSED Fast Track  IN PERSON 1+2   22 weeks (MT23 2-8, HT24 1-8, TT24 1-7) Thursday 12:00 to 14:00 Thursday 19 October Thursday 6 June
ENROLMENT CLOSED Fast Track  IN PERSON 2+3   22 weeks (MT23 2-8, HT24 1-8, TT24 1-7) Wednesday 17:00 to 19:00 Wednesday 18 October Wednesday 5 June
ENROLMENT CLOSED Fast Track IN PERSON 3+4   22 weeks (MT23 2-8, HT24 1-8, TT24 1-7) Tuesday 17:00 to 19:00 Tuesday 17 October Tuesday 4 June
ENROLMENT CLOSED Fast Track IN PERSON 3+4   22 weeks (MT23 2-8, HT24 1-8, TT24 1-7) Wednesday 17:00 to 19:00 Wednesday 18 October Wednesday 5 June
ENROLMENT CLOSED Fast Track ONLINE 4+5   22 weeks (MT23 2-8, HT24 1-8, TT24 1-7) Thursday 17:00 to 19:00 Thursday 19 October Thursday 6 June
ENROLMENT CLOSED Fast Track  IN PERSON 5+6   15 weeks (HT24 1-8, TT24 1-7) Thursday 17:00 to 19:00 Thursday 18 January Thursday 6 June

 

  • Enrolment for Hilary term courses will close at 12 noon on Wednesday of Week 1 of term (17 January 2024).
  • To ensure that we have time to set you up with access to our Virtual Learning Environment (Canvas), please make sure you have enrolled and paid no later than five working days before your course starts. 

  • MT = Michaelmas Term (October - December); HT = Hilary Term (January - March); TT = Trinity Term (April-June)

  • *For General and Academic courses, a Stage is made up of three Parts, usually Part 1 is Michaelmas term, Part 2 is Hilary term and Part 3 is Trinity term. However, in some instances we will run another Part 1 or 2 in Hilary or Trinity term due to popularity, please check the timetable carefully. Please note, complete beginners (Stage 1) cannot join Parts 2 or 3 if they have not completed Part 1.

Waiting lists, funding, enrolment and mode of delivery

 

If the course on which you would like to enrol is fully booked, please check the timetable to see if the same course is being offered at a different time (many of our courses have several iterations, each with a different day/time for the ‘class'). In addition, we operate a first-come, first-served waiting list, simply click on the Join the Waiting List button alongside the course of your choice and we will email you if a space becomes available. 

 

If you need to learn a language to support your studies, you can ask your college, department or faculty to sponsor you via our Priority Funding scheme. You'll need to seek permission from your tutor/supervisor, obtain the email address of the financial signatory in your college/department/faculty, and fill in the Priority Funding Application Form via the link below.

Priority Funding is not available for Fast Track courses. See our course handbook for more information.

PRIORITY FUNDING WEBPAGE

 

Payment for the full year must be made by the student upon enrolment for a Fast Track course in Michaelmas term. Some colleges/departments may consider refunding students a proportion of the Fast Track course fee on completion of the course and assessments at the end of Trinity term. Please contact your college/department to find out more about their policy before you enrol. A form to record any agreement between a student and their college/department is available for students to download below. It should not be returned to the Language Centre.

Fast Track Reimbursement Form

 

 

For Learners with an Oxford University SSO (Single Sign-On) simply click on the enrol button next to the class that you wish to join. 

For Learners without an Oxford University SSO, or who are not members of the University, once enrolment opens, please email admin@lang.ox.ac.uk with the following details:

  • Full name
  • Email address and phone number
  • The name of the course you wish to study (including Stage and Part)
  • The start date and time of the course
  • Your connection to Oxford University, if any (to determine course fee)

We will then provisionally enrol you onto the course and send you a link to the Oxford University Online Store for payment. Once payment is received we will confirm your place on the course. Please note that we will be unable to assist you until enrolment has opened, so please do not send us your enrolment details in advance.

What happens after I enrol?

After enrolment you will receive an automated booking email to confirm your payment. From Week 1 you will be added to the course on Canvas (Oxford University's Virtual Learning Environment). You will receive an invitation to join Canvas, please accept it and follow the instructions for your course and make sure to go through your learning pathway before your first live session with your tutor. Course materials will be available a week before each live session. Please make sure that you read the course handbook for the course you wish to take with us as this contains more detailed information. 

For Learners without an Oxford University SSO, please find useful information about Canvas in the dedicated page for external learners

 

We teach our courses through a flexible and inclusive mode of delivery. In 2023/24 we are offering courses which are either entirely online (these courses all have ‘online’ in their title) or which have the live classes held in person at the Language Centre. 

Our courses include a combination of online learning pathways, activities and feedback using the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, Canvas, and small group conversation classes every week (either online or in person).  
 
This mode of delivery enables you to: 
 
•    Work flexibly at your own pace  
•    Have access to a complete set of learning materials before each class and beyond the life of the course to master and review 
•    Get high quality generic and individual feedback 
•    Interact in small groups, which gives you an excellent opportunity to put your weekly learning into practice.  

 

For online courses, we expect all learners to have their cameras switched on to facilitate communication and conversation in the class setting. Our online classes are recorded so that you may revisit any lesson and so that tutors may give you feedback. Recordings are only accessible to those enrolled in the same class. They cannot be downloaded and are deleted at the end of each academic year.

Please refer to our course terms and conditions (clause 31) for further information.

Pathways

Choose the pathway that works best for you by viewing the key points below or consulting our pathway information pages under 'Useful Links' on the right-hand side of this page.

 

  • Focus on communication and use of all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking)
  • Term by term commitment 
  • Entry: first-come, first-served 
  • Fully funded option available with Priority funding scheme 
  • Certificates of attendance and completion available 
  • Taught in weeks 2-7 every term (part 1 in Michaelmas, part 2 in Hilary and part 3 in Trinity - except Stage 1 part 1, which may run in Hilary and Trinity as well subject to demand)
  • Number of classes per week: 1 
  • Length of class: 90 minutes
  • Learning pathway including language instruction and guided learning: 1.5 - 2 hours per week 
  • Recommended self-study and practice time: 2 hours per week 

GENERAL COURSE GUIDE

 

  • Focus primarily on reading and on learners' academic needs for the language
  • Term by term commitment 
  • Entry: first-come, first-served 
  • Fully funded option available with Priority funding scheme 
  • Certificates of attendance and completion available 
  • Taught in weeks 2-7 every term (part 1 in Michaelmas, part 2 in Hilary and part 3 in Trinity)
  • Number of classes per week: 1 
  • Length of class: 90 minutes
  • Learning pathway including language instruction and guided learning: 1.5 hours per week 
  • Recommended self-study and practice time: 2 hours per week 

ACADEMIC COURSE GUIDE

 

  • Focus: Communication and use of all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking)
  • Full-year commitment
  • Course duration: October to June (22 weeks in total)
  • When: Weeks 2-8 (Michaelmas term), Weeks 1-8 (Hilary term), Weeks 1-7 (Trinity term)
  • Number of classes per week: 1 (online or in person)
  • Length of class: 2 hours
  • Online learning pathway and private study: Up to 4 hours per week (instruction videos and guided learning activities, communicative tasks and feedback)
  • Entry: first-come, first-served
  • Student funding: Some colleges may consider offering a partial reimbursement of the Fast Track fee upon completion of the course and assessments in Trinity term
  • Fully funded (and contributory) options available from selected faculties/departments (Mathematical Institute, Material Sciences, Physics and Chemistry). See the Fast Track Course Guide for further information.
  • Certificates of attendance and completion available
  • Further information is available in the Fast Track Course Guide

FAST TRACK COURSE GUIDE

 

Whether you have been short of time or found it difficult to keep up with your course, or if you prefer learning in a more intensive and focussed manner, we run a selection of our most popular General and Academic courses during Weeks 8, 9 and 10 at the end of each term. Enrolments for these courses will normally open in Week 6 . 

  • Limited variety of Stages available, mostly beginner and advanced 

  • Term by term commitment 

  • Taught in Weeks 8, 9 and 10 every term (part 1 in Michaelmas, part 2 in Hilary and part 3 in Trinity) 

  • Number of classes per week: 2

  • Length of class: 90 minutes

  • Expected hours of self-guided study learning outside the classroom (supported by Canvas, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment): 12

  • Entry: first-come, first-served

  • Fully-funded Priority places available for students sponsored by their college/department (see Priority Funding box on this page for further information)

  • Certificates of course completion and attendance are available, please see the course handbook for conditions 

GENERAL COURSE GUIDE

 

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Oxford University 2023/24 Term Dates


  • Michaelmas 2023: Sunday 8 October (Week 1) - Saturday 2 December (Week 8)
  • Hilary 2024: Sunday 14 January (Week 1) - Saturday 9 March (Week 8)
  • Trinity 2024: Sunday 21 April (Week 1) - Saturday 15 June (Week 8)

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