French Course Materials

French Language Course Materials

The online, 10-week and 5-week Cactus French courses are structured around a French language course book. The Cactus teachers will use the course book activities and exercises in class, and may also use the course book to set homework. The course book will be used approximately 60% of the time, with the other 40% made up of activities and tasks sourced by the teacher from additional resources. Your teacher will use their own materials, practice activities from other books, and ‘authentic materials’ from newspapers, magazines, the internet, video, radio, and podcasts. On this page you can check which course book you need to purchase for your level. We also offer our top tips on how to make the most of your course book.

Level Book ISBN
Beginner 1 Totem 1, A1 (Units 0 – 2) 9782011560483
Beginner 2 Totem 1, A1 (Units 3 – 4) 9782011560483
Beginner 3 Totem 1, A1 (Units 5 – 6) 9782011560483
Elementary 1 Totem 2, A2 (p.12 – p.41) 978-2011560551
Elementary 2 Totem 2, A2 (p.42 – p.73) 978-2011560551
Elementary 3 Totem 2, A2 (p.74 – End of Book) 978-2011560551
Intermediate 1 Totem 3, B1 (p.11 – p.53) 978-2014015522
Intermediate 2 Totem 3, B1 (p.54 – p.95) 978-2014015522
Intermediate 3 Totem 3, B1 (p.95 – End of Book) 978-2014015522
Upper Intermediate Lower Version Originale 4 (Units 1-4)* 9788484435693
Upper Intermediate Higher Version Originale 4 (Units 5-10)* 9788484435693
Advanced Teacher’s Own Materials N/A
Proficient Teacher’s Own Materials N/A

*These units will be taught over two course intakes. This means students should take two courses of Upper Intermediate Lower and two courses of Upper Intermediate Higher.

Where to Buy your Book

Cactus works with the European Book Shop in central London to ensure that all the course books we use are available for our students to purchase. There is a 10% discount with the European Book Shop for Cactus students. You may also find your course book on Amazon.

How to Book your Course

If you haven’t yet booked your French evening course, check our offers page for our latest discounts, and book your course here.

Helpful Course Information

Free French Level Test
French Course Outline
Language Course Questions
Free Online French Resources
Cactus Teacher Profiles

For more information on any of our courses, or just general advice on language learning, please call us on 01273 830 960 or contact us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Language Holidays Abroad

Cactus also offers French language holidays all over the world, including in France, Canada, the Caribbean, Reunion Island, and Switzerland.


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