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French Language Courses

Learn French with our French language courses, which are delivered using a proven learning method. Our French lessons will give you the confidence to write and speak French from day one. You will learn French with a continued sense of progression and achievement.

  • Learn to speak and write in French
  • Experienced and qualified teachers
  • Choose a course that suits you
Paris, France

Learn French your way


Learn from anywhere in the world

Class size: average 6, maximum 10

10-week & conversation courses

Taught by qualified French teachers


Located in central London

Class size: average 6, maximum 12

10-week courses available

Taught by qualified French teachers


Located in central Brighton

Class size: average 6, maximum 12

10-week courses available

Taught by qualified French teachers


Located in central Cambridge

Class size: average 6, maximum 12

10-week courses available

Taught by qualified French teachers


Located in central Edinburgh

Class size: average 6, maximum 12

11-week courses available

Taught by qualified French teachers


Located in central Leeds

Class size: average 6, maximum 12

10-week courses available

Taught by qualified French teachers


Located in central Manchester

Class size: average 6, maximum 12

10-week courses available

Taught by qualified French teachers

Private Classes

Learn anywhere in the world

Face-to-face and online classes

Corporate and professional lessons

For individuals and companies

About our French courses


General Courses

  20 hours in total
  1h 50 min / 2 hour classes
  1 lesson per week (6:00-7:50pm or 6:30-8:30pm)
  Start dates: Every month
  10-week or 11-week courses
  In-person or online French lessons

Conversation Courses

  8 hours in total
  1 hour classes
  2 classes per week (8:00-9:00am or 5:00-6:00pm)
  Start dates: Every month
  4-week conversational courses
  Live online French classes

Learning French with Cactus

Cactus group French language courses will help you learn through small group classes. Native-speaking, experienced and qualified French teachers use the communicative approach. Students will be focusing on developing speaking and listening French skills. Your writing and reading French skills will be stimulated as well.

You will engage in pair-work and group-work during the course. This will support you to maximise your opportunities to use French during class time.

Cactus also offers you the opportunity to keep up the momentum by progressing through the levels. Lessons are offered from Beginners (A1) through to Advanced (C1).

How to Learn French

If you are looking to learn French, Cactus is the place to start. With Cactus you can study face-to-face or online with the help of a native-speaking teacher.

There are many levels but if you have no knowledge you can join our beginners lessons. Teachers will be able to support you on your language journey.

The first step is to understand if you prefer to join an online group language class or prefer to attend a face-to-face course.

French Classes Levels

Are you a beginner? You can choose our French lessons for beginners. Basic French lessons designed to learn the basics. If you are not at beginner levels you can study French from elementary through to proficient. At lower level such as elementary French you will cover the basics. A great option if you have basic knowledge.

At mid levels as intermediate and upper-intermediate French, you will gain a solid understanding. If you are looking to progress to a higher level it’s the perfect option. You must have completed A2 or B1 level (CEFR levels) to attend these levels.

At advanced and proficient French level you will be able to express yourself fluently. Enhance your French pronunciation and conversation skills. Your knowledge of the language will reach a new height.

You can take our level test and check the course content before taking a French class with Cactus.

Conversational French Classes

Are you looking to improve your French conversation skills? Join our online French conversation classes. You will be practicing your pronunciation and a range of topics so you can become fluent in French.

Learn new French phrases, greetings and vocabulary whilst improving your French speaking skills. Get more confident at speaking French with our affordable online French conversation practice.

Meet our French teachers

Our experienced native-speaking French teachers are carefully assessed. Teachers can guide you to speak the language from the very beginning. Find out more about a few of our French teachers.


Originally from:Mexico
Teaching experience:8+ Years
Years with Cactus:1+ Years
Education:BSc and MSc degree in Architecture


Originally from:Manchester
Teaching experience:7 years
Years with Cactus:7 years
Education:MA in International Business Management
Katryn Brooks, French Teacher


Originally from:Paris, France
Teaching experience:40 years
Years with Cactus:2 years
Education:MA in Japanese Language, Civilisation and Linguistics

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How to book with Cactus

Select language

Simply select which language you would like to learn and from the box below and click lets go.

Take level test

This is a quick test to help you find the right course for your current level of knowledge.

Book your course

Use our simple online booking system to select your course.

Frequently asked questions

What will I learn?

Our Course Outlines give an overview of the content and learning framework of Cactus courses. Includes themes, grammar and vocabulary you can typically expect to cover. These are intended as a guide only. Language teachers may at times adapt the course content to suit the specific level, aims and interests of the class.

How do I know what level I am?

Are you unsure where to start or progress to? Then take our level test and read our level descriptions for guidance.

Do I receive a qualification or certificate?

At the end of your course you receive a certificate of participation. You will be able to be download it from your MyCactus account. This confirms the language and level of course you have taken. Our course levels are based on two internationally recognised systems. You will have a universally accepted reference for your studies. (Important: Please note that you must complete the end of course questionnaire sent to you to be able to get your certificate! You will receive the course questionnaire by e-mail at the end of your course.)

Do I need a course book?

You will need a course book to attend your course. Course books are not included in the course fees. We recommend that you buy your own course book separately before your course starts. We will let you know which course book you will require and advise where you can purchase this. Please note that a course book often covers more than one level. So if you progress to the next course, you may not necessarily need to buy a new book. Again, we will advise you of this at the time. The course book is chosen by our teachers and academic team. This is based on which book is most suitable for the level of the class whilst offering the most communicative approach.

Still have questions?

Start Learning French

French is one of the most important languages in the world and popular with Cactus learners. Spoken by 220 million people across the world, from France to Canada to many African countries. Learning it will enhance your travel experiences and enable you to indulge in the French culture. French is in high-demand in the professional world, increasingly so in Africa.

With so many learning options available ranging it is often difficult to know where to start. From French intensive classes to online lessons there are many options. It’s important to assess which type of language course or combination is the most appropriate for you.

You should also take into account different aspects when learning the language. Studying standardised French will enable you to speak with people from everywhere. Attending French speaking lessons will help develop your conversation skills. You will improve your vocabulary, accent and pronunciation in French.

The easiest way to learn French is to speak it from day one. You can learn it faster by full immersion. You will study in a classroom environment and practise everything in the real world

So what are the best ways to start learning French?

Why Learn French?

French is the second most widely learnt foreign language in the world. Spoken in France and consistently ranked the most popular overseas destination for people in Britain. It is also the official language of Canada, a few European countries as well as in over twenty African countries. It is easy to see why knowledge of French is such an asset.

Why do you want to learn French? It could be so you can travel and immerse in its rich culture of fine food, haute couture and great authors. It could be to improve your career prospects. Whatever the reason why you want to take a French language course, our classes will help you connect with French speakers.

There are many benefits of learning French. Not only you will be able to communicate with native speakers you will also be able to immerse in the culture. You will also enhance your business French skills for work purposes. Ultimately, you can move abroad to a French-speaking country.

French is a romance language so will be handy when learning other Romance languages. It will help you learn faster other languages such as Spanish or Italian.

Learning French will equip you with the skills you need to get by, have a conversation or become proficient.

Beginners French Lessons

Are you a beginner? If so, we have a comprehensive range of French language lessons for beginners. Whether you are a complete beginner or a false beginner. Find out which level to choose and what to expect with our beginner level language learner page.

Other French Course Options

For those who prefer individual tuition we offer one-to-one French classes. More information on our Private French Classes division. Cactus also offers French language holidays in France and other countries.

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