Improve your French through Films!

This French course is aimed at people in Edinburgh with a good grasp of the language (from intermediate or B1). 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.
The integration of video material (films) allows you to get to grips with slang and less formal aspects of the language. We normally spend 3 sessions over a single film. 

The first session involves watching the film (usually with English subtitles), followed by a discussion about the general themes explored in the movie. We also explore 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 further sessions include the study of extracts, with carefully designed exercises, followed by a discussion of the issues explored in the film – and beyond!

Interested in finding out more about the Cinéclasse? Why not contact Lise today to check if this is the right level for you? >>> Free 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 🙂


  • 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 or on (0131) 667 3999.


Private tuition 1

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: classes cost £15 per adult (based on a group of 4+)!

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 or on (0131) 667 3999.

Advanced French PM : Summary 9

Malgré la neige, nous avons encore une fois vaillamment eu cours! Pour ceux qui n’avaient pas pu venir, nous avons diffusé (!!) le cours – si vous désirez le revoir, je vous communiquerai les mots de passe pour y avoir accès… Read More…

Refresher French : Summary 9

In spite of the snow, we managed to have a class and even got it broadcast over the internet. You may still watch it again: I am emailing the password etc separately! —> French Classes TV
We started by practising times. Then, we used the questions you had prepared to initiate some conversation. After that we discussed the Imperfect, using the document I had emailed you (please read through the text again and make sure you know what it means – we’ll look over it next week again)

Devoirs / Homework
– Read the times below and make sure you know them
– Re-read the text I gave you (“Telling a story”)
– Using the “formation” of the imperfect sheet I gave you, please do the usual “system” with the questions in the first column on the game “quand vous étiez plus jeune” (read the question out, translate into English, answer it and then change the question into the “tu” form)

Advanced French Tuesdays AM – Summary 9

Cette semaine, nous avons commencé par revoir le vocabulaire de la semaine dernière, puis vous nous avez fait deviner toute une galerie de personnages… Read More…

Elementary French Video : week 8

Videos for Week 8: Elementary French — the conditional Read More…

Intermediate French: Summary 8

Cette semaine, malgré la neige, nous avons eu notre cours de français. Nous avons commencé par une revue du vocabulaire de la semaine précédente, puis on a parlé des émissions de télévision que vous aimez. On n’a pas eu le temps de parler des émissions que vous détestez, donc nous le ferons la semaine prochaine! Sinon, on a rapidement révisé la formation du futur. Read More…

Advanced French PM : Summary 8

Malgré la neige, nous avons vaillamment eu cours! On a commencé par le vocabulaire de la semaine précédente, puis nous avons parlé de bande dessinée avec les albums que j’avais prêtés. On continuera un petit peu la semaine prochaine, et on fera aussi un peu de grammaire!

– Vocabulaire !
– Parler de la bande dessinée que je vous ai donnée si vous ne l’avez pas fait la semaine dernière.
– Grammaire: livre exercices 11.6 et 11.7 p. 205


une palissade
le haut débit
un feu de joie
une émission
une armure

Advanced French Tuesdays AM – Summary 8

Cette semaine, nous avons parlé de l’endroit où vous aimeriez habiter si vous n’habitiez pas à Edimbourg…

– Trouver un personnage pour le jeu “devinez qui je suis” (on n’a pas eu le temps de le faire la semaine dernière)
– Le vocabulaire
РOn parlera aussi de bandes dessin̩es la semaine prochaine


une botte en caoutchouc
être copains comme cochons
une tombe
un prêtre /// un ministre
une pièce /// un morceau
Ça en vaut la peine
un paquebot
un chantier naval

Advanced French Tuesdays AM – Summary 7

Cette semaine, nous n’avions pas de vocabulaire, mais nous avons commencé par l’exercice de grammaire, avant de parler de l’extrait de film que je vous avais donné à regarder sur l’internet. On n’a pas eu le temps de parler de l’endroit où vous aimeriez habiter, mais on pourra le faire mardi prochain!

– Pas de vocabulaire encore cette semaine
– Trouver un personnage pour le jeu “devinez qui je suis”
– L’endroit où vous aimeriez habiter