Expand your mind and broaden your horizons by learning French, a international language that can help you to communicate more effectively when abroad and also boost your career prospects in the current highly competitive jobs market.

There are many universities in London who offer part time evening course in French, they offer a variety of training and development options and their courses are delivered by expert practitioners. French can be taught at more than one level, from introductory to advanced, allowing you to continue your progress over a period of several terms if you wish. This also makes them suitable for beginners, post-beginners, intermediates or advanced level, regardless of your background you will have a wealth of talent and experience at your disposal.

This page is dedicated to helping anyone who is looking to enrol on a French evening class within the Greater London area. It will give you a detailed breakdown of a typical course and what you are likely to be taught as well as provide you with links to universities currently running foreign language courses.

Each of the institutions listed on this page will have a strong commitment to academic excellence and offer courses that are flexible, targeted and competitively priced.

This page that will give you

  • A detailed description of what to expect on a French language course.
  • Explain the advantages of learning French and enrolling on an evening course.
  • Give you a list of universities that run French evening classes in London.

The benefits of learning to speak French

  • Become more confident when speaking in and writing French.
  • Learn to communicate more effectively in one of the world’s most widely spoken languages.
  • Be able to enjoy your holidays more in French speaking countries.
  • Be able to socialise more with French people.
  • Gain a broader understanding of a major European culture.

Typical class structure and teaching methods

  • Classes may include games and role play to enhance a students learning.
  • Most classes consist of two hour sessions which are held once or twice a week.
  • Study and practise French in groups by speaking, reading, writing and listening.
  • Classes are aimed at teaching languages to a broad spectrum of student and adult learners.
  • Most courses are open to all, with no formal entry requirements.
  • They tend to be held on the University campus.
  • Study resources will include printed books and audio CDs, both of which support independent learning.

Areas covered on a French evening class include

  • Speaking and understanding simple French in everyday contexts.
  • Engaging in conversations, express ideas, and exchange opinions using both spoken and written French.
  • Cultural Practices such as customs, traditions, and patterns of interactions.
  • Pronunciation and accent.
  • Communication skills, telephone and email in French.
  • Industry or business specific terminology.
  • Spoken fluency.
  • Its linguistic structure, both spoken and written.
  • French narratives, films, poetry and drama.
  • Contemporary France: history, politics, literature.
  • Listening skills.
  • French phrases.

The teachers
Some universities employ native French speaker as teachers on their courses. If this is what you specifically want then ring up the university and ask them.

What to look for in a university that teaches French

  • Try to choose one with a good reputation for teaching foreign languages.
  • Visit the campus to see if it has modern learning and teaching facilities.
  • Check to see if it is well served by public transport and easily accessible by underground buses and rail services.

Its advisable to enrol for classes as early as possible. French is a popular subject and if availability is limited then applicants are treated on a first come first served basis.

Location of universities in London
If you do not have your own car then you will have to use public transport to travel to the university, its therefore important that night buses or trains run close to your place of study. When looking for a university to study at in the evening it is always a good point to research the local bus and tube timetables as well as car parking availability. The good news is that in the capital most are located close to busy bus routes and mainline or underground train stations.

Need further information
If need more information then contact the university and speak to a course coordinator who should be more than willing to answer any queries you have.

Facts about the French language

  • It is the second most studied foreign language in the world after English.
  • It is an official working language of several international bodies, including the European Union, International Monetary Fund, International Red Cross and the United Nations.
  • French as a language is native to France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada and the French Caribbean.
  • It is estimated that 129 million people can speak French in the European Union, 65 million are native speakers and 69 million are second-language speakers.


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