Frequently Asked Questions

Is the tutor qualified?

Yes, Jo has a BA Hons degree (2:1) in French Literature and Art History from Oxford Brookes University as well as a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) from Trinity College, Oxford University. Her interest in Languages also led her to achieve a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

What topics are covered during the group course?

These will differ according to your course level. For example, total beginners will need to know how to introduce themselves, understand the alphabet, numbers, days of the week, how to tell the time, as well as being able to understand and reply to simple instructions. At intermediate level, a typical role play may focus on eating out, shopping, describing family, asking for directions, or coping in an emergency. Advanced level conversation groups will enjoy the challenge of discussing topical, social or cultural issues with a focus on grammatical elements if desired.

How many students will be in the group?

No more than 6 students per group. This will allow your tutor to give you lots of support and formative feedback throughout the lessons and help you to make progress.

How long are the lessons?

One hour for online courses. One hour and 15 mins for courses at Lytham Hall. Refreshments will be provided free of change during a 10 minute break in the middle of the session.

Will I need to buy a course book?

No, your tutor will provide materials each week for you to keep. Dictionaries will also be available. Your tutor will recommend good course books for your level but they are not needed during the sessions. For online courses, materials will be sent by email.

How do I enrol?

Contact Jo Carroll to check course availability, agree your course level and discuss your preferred method of payment.

What other courses or one to one sessions can you provide?

  • GCSE/A Level exam revision
  • Holiday French
  • Business French
  • Starting a new life in France

What are the payment terms and conditions for group courses?

Jo requests that full payment is made at least one week prior to the course start date either by bank transfer or cheque. Acknowledgment will then be sent. If, after payment has been made and before the start date you realise that you cannot commit to the 6 weeks due to unforseen circumstances, then a full refund is possible. Alternatively you can transfer your booking to a future 6 week course. Unfortunately refunds for individual sessions missed are not possible once the course has begun, given the following considerations:-

  • the cost of the course materials produced
  • the preparation time undertaken in advance