Improve your French through Films!

This course develops challenging aspects of the French language. It provides a good mix of activities, both in terms of speaking and listening, aimed at developing your vocabulary and your understanding of rapidly spoken French.

This is based on the integration of video material (films) to help you get to grips with slang and less formal aspects of the language. We normally spend 3 sessions over one film.

The first session involves watching the film (with English subtitles), which is followed by a discussion about the general themes explored in the movie, as well as an exploration of the film’s background (directors, script-writers, actors). ATTENTION: the first session usually starts earlier (typically at 7.30pm) to allow time for discussion after watching the film!

Then two other sessions include the study of extracts, with carefully designed exercises (I try to tackle the actual problems faced by the students in the group, making this quite a personal experience), followed by a discussion of very specific points made by the film.

Interested in joining Lise’s Cinéclasse? Why not contact Lise today to check if this is the right level for you? >>> Free 30 minutes assessment of your present level!

Gift vouchers are also available if you would like to offer  someone a special gift that will last them for 10 weeks! Contact Lise for more information 🙂 or buy your own here.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT CLASSES FILL UP QUICKLY:

BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!

  • The fees include documents used in class, as well as a selection of tea/coffee/herbal teas.
  • Minimum number of students: 4
  • Maximum number of students: 8

For more information and for a free assessment of your level to determine if this is the right group for you, contact Lise at lise@edilang.com or on (0131) 667 3999.


 

Absolute Beginners

This group is suitable for people with no prior knowledge of French.

Do you go to France on a regular basis? Or have you always wanted to learn French, but always thought it would be too hard? This is the course for you: in a small group, with a friendly atmosphere, Lise will teach you what you need to know to start talking!

You can expect to learn basic conversational French, with a specific emphasis on pronunciation.

By the end of the course, you will be able to operate at very basic level, which should enable you to cope with most ‘tourist’ situations.

Contact Lise today to check if this is the right class for you: Free 30 minutes assessment of your present level!

 

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT CLASSES FILL UP QUICKLY:

BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!

  • The fees include documents used in class, as well as a selection of tea/coffee/herbal teas.
  • Minimum number of students: 4
  • Maximum number of students: 8

For more information and for a free assessment of your level to determine if this is the right group for you, contact Lise at lise@edilang.com or on (0131) 667 3999.

Post-Beginner/Refresher French evening class

  • Tuesdays, 6-7.30pm – £115 for 10 weeks (15 hours)
  • Wednesdays, 10-11.30am – £115 for 10 weeks (15 hours)

This group is suitable for people who have studied French at school a long time ago or in evening classes, and who want to refresh their basic knowledge.


Primarily an activity-based course, with elements to allow the students to become more autonomous. By the end of the course, the students will be able to operate at basic level in every day tourist situations. We will also work on tenses (past, conditional) which will enable you to develop actual conversational skills.

Interested in joining one of Lise’s Post-Beginner/Refresher French conversation group? Why not contact Lise today for a chat? Free assessment of your level to check whether this is the right group for you.

Gift vouchers are also available if you would like to offer  someone a special gift that will last them for 10 weeks! Contact Lise for more information 🙂 or buy your own here.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT CLASSES FILL UP QUICKLY:

BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!

  • Classes start in January 2015 and will last for 10 weeks, until the end of March.
  • The fees include documents used in class, as well as a selection of tea/coffee/herbal teas.
  • Minimum number of students: 4
  • Maximum number of students: 8

For more information and for a free assessment of your level to determine if this is the right group for you, contact Lise at lise@edilang.com or on (0131) 667 3999.

Lise is a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists

Private Tuition

On occasion, we are asked to tutor people individually. There are a number of reasons why you may require private tuition: maybe you lack confidence and would like to brush up with individual lessons before facing a roomful of people. Or maybe you would like to organise classes for family or friends. Whatever your reason, please do give us a call: we will find the right solution for you… And it may not be as expensive as you’d expect!
This may be beneficial for a range of reasons:

» Maybe you need to gain confidence first before joining a group.

» You may be a couple, who would enjoy doing something together, at your  own pace.

» You may not fit into any of the traditional categories because you have specific needs, whether professional (specialist vocabulary) or academic (grammar), or because of learning difficulties, and need individual attention.

» Maybe you are a group of friends, looking for something interesting to do together, around a coffee or a nice cup of tea.

» Or you may have a schedule that does not allow you to attend classes on a regular basis – for instance if you travel a lot, or if you work off-shore.

Whatever your own circumstances may be, our individual tuition is tailor-made for you, using carefully designed material, or on occasion manuals if we feel you may respond better to a more traditional method of learning. All training material used in class is included in the fees, so there will be no nasty surprises – and the materials are yours to keep: no one will ask you to give them back at the end of the course!

After your free 30 minutes consultation, Lise will advise you as to what solution will be most suited to your individual needs, and she will devise a training plan which will be emailed or sent to you before the first lesson is arranged, so you get a chance to have your say about what you will learn!

Lise Morel has 20 years experience in language training, and knows all the tricks of the trade – you will quickly speak (and listen!), through a range of interactive techniques.

Contact Lise now to arrange your meeting!

 

  • The fees include documents used in class, as well as a selection of tea/coffee/herbal teas during the lesson.

For more information and for a free assessment of your level to determine if this is the right group for you, contact Lise at lise@edilang.com or on (0131) 557 27 34.

Lise is a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists

Intermediate 2 French (evening): Conversation & Grammar

Wednesdays 6-7.30pm – £100 for 10 weeks (15 hours)

This group is suitable for people who have already a substantial knowledge of French, but wish to improve on their fluency.

This course will focus mainly on conversational skills, and you can expect the lessons to be conducted in French (though, on occasion, I might use English to quickly explain a finer grammar point!).

Various themes will be explored, thanks to different means: articles from the internet or from the French press will help gather vocabulary that will prove extremely useful for discussion, and, although grammar will not be formally explored, we will look at those aspects that you feel less confident about.

The course will help you feel more confident whilst discussing a number of topics that come up in conversation with friends, or with colleagues.

I may integrate short film extracts in order to improve your fluency and develop more understanding of more colloquial French – but will discuss this with the group beforehand.

Interested in joining Lise’s Intermediate 2 French evening class? Why not contact Lise today to check if this is the right level for you? >>> Free 30 minutes assessment of your present level!

Gift vouchers are also available if you would like to offer  someone a special gift that will last them for 10 weeks! Contact Lise for more information 🙂 or buy your own here.

 

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT CLASSES FILL UP QUICKLY:

BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!

  • Classes start in January 2015 and will last for 10 weeks, until the end of March.
  • The fees include documents used in class, as well as a selection of tea/coffee/herbal teas.
  • Minimum number of students: 4
  • Maximum number of students: 8

For more information and for a free assessment of your level to determine if this is the right group for you, contact Lise at lise@edilang.com or on (0131) 667 3999.

Lise is a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists

Conversational French Elementary 1

Wednesdays, 10-11.30am – £100 for 10 weeks (15 hours)

You have studied French at basic level and you are ready to start talking! This is the course for you: thanks to carefully designed exercises, your communicating skills will improve.

You can expect to learn more about the past and future tenses, whilst consolidating what you have already acquired.

We will be following a specific training programme, but this does not mean this will be definite and fixed: for me, it is important to follow the group’s needs, and adapt the course to your needs, rather than to what I have planned originally!

By the end of the course, you will have increased confidence with speaking and will be able to cope well with basic conversation, and you will be able to handle short newspaper articles etc…

Contact Lise today to check if this is the right class for you: Free 30 minutes assessment of your present level!

8 SPACES LEFT {01/12/2010}

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT CLASSES FILL UP QUICKLY:

BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!

  • Classes start in January 2011.
  • The fees include documents used in class, as well as a selection of tea/coffee/herbal teas.
  • Minimum number of students: 4
  • Maximum number of students: 8

For more information and for a free assessment of your level to determine if this is the right group for you, contact Lise at lise@edilang.com or on (0131) 557 27 34.

Lise is a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists

Why learn French?

Over the next few weeks, I’ll meet a number of new  students, all keen to improve on their existing skills.

The past has shown that, inevitably the question of why they want to learn French crops up at our first meeting as [a] I am curious, and [b] well, there is no real [b] – I am just curious!

Most of the time, people get quite embarrassed, and mutter quickly something along the lines of:

“In Britain, we are very lazy and we expect everyone to speak English when we go somewhere on holidays or for business…”

I always point out that I, for one, have to disagree with this statement: I have been teaching French since 1991 in Scotland and have seen a lot of very motivated individuals, who undertake the study of French either for a short holiday or because they love France or for business related reasons…

There was never the sense, for me, that British people were particularly lazy, or that they were uninterested.

Do I think that languages should be promoted better at school? Definitely. I am also annoyed at the lack of grammar these days in the curriculum: grammar may seem evil and overrated, but I can assure you that it really helps if you want to speak in another language in a natural, fluent way. Unlike a parrot.

Anyway, here are some reasons for learning French given by my students in the past on their registration forms:

  • I’d like to be able to get by in France on my own
  • Switzerland!
  • I enjoy travelling and would hopefully like to move to France in a few years
  • I have a property in Nice
  • Plan to live in Paris for 2 months next year
  • To be able to communicate in another language in the hope that I can one day move abroad
  • To be able to speak French in France
  • Why not?
  • To have fun
  • To keep the brain occupied with something else than computers
  • I love the language
  • Rugby!
  • My interest and to assist with my work
  • For pleasure!
  • To try and maintain my level of French and also improve on it
  • I travel a lot and would like to live in a Francophone country.
  • Enjoyment: keep up skills and knowledge
  • Because one day I will be fluent
  • My girlfriend is French and I want to communicate with her family.
  • If I don’t keep practising I’ll forget it all

As you can see, there are plenty of reasons why people want to take up French or brush up on their existing skills!

Some people just do it because it’s there – their own personal Everest if you may. Others  have a specific objective in mind: property, retirement, love, sporting events…

Learning another language is difficult and can be disheartening at the best of times: a few years ago I took up Russian in preparation for a trip on the Transsiberian. I have to say this was a truly humbling experience.

As a student, you do go through ups and downs: when you finally think you are beginning to ‘get it’, something else crops up, and you’re back to square 1… The other thing that really bugged me is: you practise things in class, bits of ‘conversation’ etc… Then, you arrive in the country and… You are lost! Can’t seem to do anything right! But in the end if you keep at it, you reap some rewards: you manage to buy your own train tickets, you have a kind of conversation with other people, you get a glimpse of the country from the inside, you compliment someone on the meal they have prepared in a language they understand (well, or kind of understand, given my half-baked Russian)… Just those little things make it all worthwhile…

Anyway… all this to say that learning another language is scary, but it is in no way insurmountable. It can even prove quite a fun and enjoyable hobby, if the conditions are right and the atmosphere in class is quite relaxed and friendly!

Should you wish to meet me, to know more about what levels I am offering this term, or for some advice, don’t hesitate to contact me!

 

Elementary French Classes

This is the perfect sequel to a Beginner or Refresher course. Still more grammar extravaganza (ahem!) and conversation based on board games. We will perfect the art of talking about things past this term, and of things to come.

This evening class will bring you the confidence and the practice you need: it will have you talk in French in no time.

The informal way Lise teaches this class means that students quickly feel at ease and leave their inhibitions behind, enabling them to focus on learning through interactive and fun games and exercises.

In this course, the group will start by a quick revision of the basics (present, elementary vocabulary etc.), and will quickly move on to the past and the future tenses. Carefully selected exercises will mean that by the end of the course, everyone will feel able to talk about most subjects that interest them in French at a elementary level.

Classes are kept small in terms of size, as there is a maximum of 8 people per group. This ensures that everyone can participate in the course of the lesson and that no one can “hide”. It also helps create a friendly atmosphere, which is very conducive to learning.

Availability of the Elementary French conversation classes:

  • Evening: Tuesdays, 6-7.30pm

Grammar

Through the use of board games, the group shall improve on specific aspects of grammar that students find tricky at this level.

  • Present tense
  • Past tense :
  • perfect,
  • imperfect
  • and pluperfect
  • Introduction to the Conditional
  • Introduction to Pronouns

Fluency

The use of board games and other facilitators for learning ensure that everyone is speaking in French, almost without realising it. The activities are carefully devised to ensure that new vocabulary and more complex grammar are acquired without ever getting to be too intimidating.

Vocabulary & knowledge

Every week, students receive a short list of words and structures studied in the course of the previous week. The group’s teacher starts each lesson by going over that new French vocabulary in class with the students who explain it into French: this process enables a deeper understanding allowing the students to memorise the newly acquired structures better, seemingly effortlessly.

Interested in joining Lise’s elementary French conversation groups? Why not contact Lise today to check if this is the right level for you? >>> Free 30 minutes assessment of your present level!

Gift vouchers are also available if you would like to offer someone a special gift that will last them for 10 weeks! Contact Lise for more information 🙂

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT CLASSES FILL UP QUICKLY:

BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!

  • Classes start on week commencing 15 April 2013 and will last for 10 weeks, until the end of June 2013.
  • The fees (£110) include documents used in class, as well as a selection of tea/coffee/herbal teas.
  • Minimum number of students: 4
  • Maximum number of students: 8

For more information and for a free assessment of your level to determine if this is the right group for you, contact Lise at lise@edilang.com or on (0131) 557 27 34.

Lise is a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists