Kickstart your French with our fun, fast-paced course for improvers, taught by a native French speaker

The focus of this course is building your confidence and fluency, enabling you to communicate with ease in French without worrying about the odd mistake. You will develop your vocabulary by using and manipulating the French language in a wide variety of scenarios presented by your tutor.

Working with a small group of like-minded peers, you will practise reading and writing, speaking and listening. Numbers are capped in order to ensure individual attention from your tutor.

Hampton Court House is a bilingual school renowned for our commitment to the French language and culture. We were the first school in Britain to be recognised with Institut Français status by the French Government.

DELF qualification

If you wish, you have the opportunity to sit the DELF (Diplôme d'études en langue Française) exam at A1 (introductory) or A2 (improver) levels. DELF is a qualification created by the French Ministry of Education and is recognised around the world.


This course is designed especially for those who have distant memories of studying some French at school. We aim to have you communicating in French with confidence. If you already have an intermediate/advanced level of French, and want to take your skills to a higher level of fluency, try our Accelerate your French course.

The Côte d'Azur

The Côte d'Azur


  • A fast-paced, systematic, and (most importantly) fun French course designed specifically for adults – suitable for those wanting to brush up very rusty French from school or travels from years ago.

  • You will build your fluency and confidence throughout the course through a variety of oral and written scenarios. You will also learn grammar and vocabulary that will help you use and manipulate the French language.

  • Taught by a native-speaking French teacher Clarisse Gheur. Clarisse was born and educated in Belgium. Graduating university with an MA in Romance Philology, she then obtained a teaching degree in French and in French as a foreign language. Having then taught French in a secondary school in Brussels, Clarisse decided to seek experience and adventure overseas.

  • The course employs the same systematic language teaching approach as we use with our children at Hampton Court House. There is also the opportunity to gain the internationally renowned DELF qualification, if you wish.


Meet your tutor

Clarisse Gheur

Clarisse has taught French and Humanities at Hampton Court House for ten years. She is currently the Head of Humanities, and her French teaching has encompassed the Lower, Middle and Upper Years, as well as the Sixth Form (though not all at once!). Following her degree studies, Clarisse spent time living in Yucatan, Mexico while teaching at the Alliance Française.

Clarisse is a fluent Spanish speaker and is hugely fascinated by other cultures. She loves reading, running and travelling and is also a keen piano player.


Reserve your place

Quickly develop your French language skills

  • This course runs on Thursday evenings from 7.00pm to 8.30 pm, starting on 19 September, with a two week break at half term

  • Course Fee: £175 – covers the whole term’s lessons and refreshments, served at 6.30 pm each week before class

  • Numbers are capped in order to ensure personal attention from the tutor, so we recommend reserving a place soon

  • The first class is a taster session; if you decide that the course is not for you, we offer a full no-quibble refund