Learn French

Classroom-based groups

Learn French at our centre in Marlow with a professional teacher in a small, interactive group. Ideal if you often holiday in France or have property in France.

We run small groups of up to eight people of similar ability, guaranteeing good progress. Generally, we run group French courses from beginner up to advanced levels. Our group language courses consist of a weekly 90-minute class that runs in conjunction with the school terms:

  • September to December
  • January to March
  • April to July

Our general group courses follow a timetable. However, you also have the option to set up a private group with family and friends where you can set your own day and time.

See the latest groups with available levels and days and times, below. We publish a new group timetable in good time before the start of each term. Please feel free to register your interest at any time – it’s never too soon or too late.

Timetables and prices

French group courses in Marlow
Spring term 2024
Elementary + Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
Start date10 January 202410 January 202409 January 202409 January 202411 January 202409 January 2024
End date27 March 202427 March 202426 March 202426 March 202428 March 202426 March 2024
Course length16.5 hours16.5 hours16.5 hours16.5 hours16.5 hours16.5 hours
inc VAT

*The cost for groups includes course materials and/or a textbook.

Course content

Our group courses incorporate all the elements of the language: speaking, listening, reading and writing. The course will focus on building your conversational skills as well as developing your listening skills, knowledge of grammar and cultural understanding with the help of a course book.

We also offer one-to-one or one-to-two tuition if you prefer a more intensive and personalised approach.

Unsure of your level?

Read our guide to language proficiency levels to get an idea of your proficiency level.

This guide explains the progressive levels of proficiency. To better understand your own proficiency level, get in touch with us to arrange either a free consultation or a more in-depth initial assessment.

Free consultation

Book a free consultation. The consultation will take about 30 minutes. Our language consultant will recommend the appropriate course for you based on your learning history, discuss your objectives and goals, and answer any questions you may have.

Initial assessment

Or you can opt for a more in-depth initial assessment. In a no-obligation initial 60-minute assessment – charged at £40 – you can meet your teacher, ask questions and get an impression of our teaching methods. The language teacher will assess your level of ability and help you define your learning goals so that we can recommend a language programme that will work for you. If you’re a complete beginner, the assessment will also set some realistic learning objectives and you can get a feel for what language learning is all about.

Trial class

There’s no obligation to book a course once you’ve had your initial assessment. If you decide to go ahead the first lesson takes the form of a free trial class. You don’t commit to a course at this stage. You get to meet your teacher and fellow students and ascertain whether the level is suitable. If you wish to continue for the rest of the term after the trial lesson, we will then ask you for full payment of £283 for the 11-week term for courses (incl textbook/course materials).

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Enquiry form

Meet the teachers: Jean-Michel

Meet the teachers: Sophie

I have over 10 years of experience as a French teacher and joined the MLC in 2013. Previously I worked as a teaching assistant in Peru and helped children at primary and secondary levels to learn English and French. I have always had a passion for languages and for discovering different cultures. I speak fluent English, Spanish and learned Arabic for 5 years. I studied Ibero-American civilisation at the Sorbonne university in Paris where I obtained a degree. I teach French to all levels, in the private and corporate sectors. I love teaching, there is nothing more fulfilling than seeing how fast your students progress and achieve excellent results. Teaching and personal interaction in one-to-one or small groups are of great value to me! I am very enthusiastic, passionate, funny, creative and sociable. I am a nature lover and love photography in my spare time. I am looking forward to pursuing this amazing experience with you if you are willing to immerse yourself in a French journey with me.

Meet the teachers: Vanessa

Foreign languages are something I have grown up with – I spoke German before I spoke English, graduated in French and Spanish from Bristol University and moved into a career in international finance. After a period living in Lyon, France with my family we returned to the UK. I passed my CELTA English Teacher’s qualification and have been teaching French as well as English as a Foreign Language at the MLC since September 2018. My youngest student is nine and my oldest is 100!

I love helping people learn languages. Everyone learns differently and it’s so important to find out what works for them – it’s not just about grammar, verbs and sentences, it’s also about rhythm, sounds, trying things out and not being afraid to get things wrong. It’s about finding out why someone wants to learn and then helping them achieve their goal, whether it is converting a barn in France, making themselves understood in a foreign culture, interacting with business colleagues, or being more confident to look after children in a UK family. And it should be fun, a class where students look forward to coming, meeting others or concentrating on improving their own skills. If I can achieve that then it makes my day! Merci and thank you!