Advanced French Language

for secondary schools

  • A Level French Trip : Practise oral French at a local market
  • A Level French Trip : Group tour on the Seine River
  • A Level French Trip: Preparing for French excursion

Developing both competence and confidence

Making that leap from GCSE to AS level (or its equivalent) is always a challenge; many teachers find our intensive weekend courses fit the bill brilliantly, striking the balance between avoiding too much time out of the classroom and maximising progression during your short time away.

Your advanced level students can focus on developing oral and aural skills over a long weekend in which you will see them make real improvements to their language confidence and competence with a range of practical and linguistically challenging situations.

We welcome small groups onto these intensive weekend courses; there are various travel options including minibus, Eurostar or air. We’ll be happy to discuss the different options we have available for you.

Activities

Over your weekend in Paris your AS/A2 or Highers students participate in a range of selected excursions. They’ll focus on situations during which they practise their listening and speaking skills. Their visits are preceded by preparatory study sessions led by a qualified local language teacher.

Follow-up evening sessions consolidate learning and students practise talking about their thoughts, feelings and impressions, working on using more advanced language and expressing themselves precisely and accurately.

Our 6 recommended visits all have excellent study potential. You can choose which visits you would like from the following:

  • Eiffel Tower
  • Opera Garnier
  • Musée d’Orsay
  • Stade De France
  • The Louvre
  • Fontainebleau

A typical itinerary for this course

Sample programme for a 4 day Advanced French Language course for Secondary Schools
  vendredi samedi dimanche lundi
le petit déjeuner
le matin Depart school, travel to France Study Session - Preparation for today's excursion Study Session - review of Saturday then preparation for today's excursion Depart after breakfast. Possible excursion on return trip
le déjeuner
l’après-midi Arrive in time for evening meal Stade de France, Opera Garnier (optional additional excursions) Paris sightseeing (choose from many popular excursions)  
le dîner
le soir Mon Journal, study session and French Scavenger Hunt Mon Journal, study session and French Film Night Mon Journal, study session then Crêpe Evening  

Learning outcomes

This course focuses specifically on areas identified by Ofsted. They report that students at all levels continue to require a better framework in which to develop spontaneous use of the target language, and thereby improve their standards in speaking.

Our Advanced French Language course is therefore directed at:

  • Improving confidence and accuracy in listening and speaking
  • Improving levels of achievement at A/AS Level and Scottish Highers
  • Consolidating and revising at the start of sixth form studies or as a revision course prior to exams

Travel information

Ferry Crossings

Return travel by executive coach is included in the cost of your trip. Your coach is also available for excursions once you arrive at your PGL centre, subject to EU drivers’ hours regulations.

To minimise your journey time and make the most of your time away we offer a number of Channel crossings. Dover-Calais is included as standard in the cost of our tours but alternative crossings are available on request. You can choose Dover-Dunkirk by ferry or Folkestone-Calais by Eurotunnel at no additional charge. A small supplement may apply to crossings from Portsmouth to Caen and Cherbourg. Please contact our Tour Organisers to discuss alternative Channel crossings including air and Eurostar.

Barton Hall

Barton Hall

A great location near Torquay and popular with groups of all ages. There are many blue flag beaches close by and Dartmoor is also within easy reach.

Beam House

Beam House

Near Bideford in north Devon, the surf school at Westward Ho! is close by and there are plenty of land-based activities in the centre grounds.

Boreatton Park

Boreatton Park

There are over 250 acres for you and your students to enjoy, as well as some great accommodation options and excellent facilities.

Caythorpe Court

Caythorpe Court

A fantastic countryside setting boasting 65 acres of grounds, packed full of adventure activities for your students to try out.

Dalguise

Dalguise

Located just five miles north of Dunkeld, there’s plenty to explore in and around this stunning centre, set in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.

Hillcrest

Hillcrest

A cosy welcome awaits you at this former fishing lodge near the River Wye. The small size and homely atmosphere is perfect for younger students.

Liddington

Liddington

Minutes from the M4, near Swindon, the convenient location makes it one of our most popular centres. There are some great facilities too.

Little Canada

Little Canada

A fantastic choice for watersports lovers. Set on the banks of the beautiful Wootton Creek, we have private access to the water.

Llwyn Filly

Llwyn Filly

Close to the Welsh border town of Hay-on-Wye and situated on the edge of the stunning Brecon Beacons, giving immediate access to the mountains.

Marchants Hill

Marchants Hill

Conveniently close to London but in a countryside setting, there’s plenty of adventure in the wooded grounds and beyond for your students to discover.

Osmington Bay

Osmington Bay

There’s direct access to the beach, thrilling watersports on the sea at the nearby Portland Bay, as well as a range of exhilarating adventure activities.

Tregoyd House

Tregoyd House

Enjoy canoeing the picturesque River Wye at this beautiful centre in the heart of the Black Mountains. There’s so much to explore, see and do.

Windmill Hill

Windmill Hill

Located in the scenic Sussex Downs, close to the coast and not far from London, it’s a popular destination for secondary school groups.

Winmarleigh Hall

Winmarleigh Hall

A beautiful Victorian mansion house set within 50 acres of grounds. It’s a popular location in the north west of England, near the forest of Bowland.