Shirley Language Tuition

French classes for adults in Shirley, Southampton

The photo shows the Intermediate class in action. Below are some of the comments the students made in their feedback:

"This last session was great!"

" the different activities. The pace is good. I need the repetition you often give because the work is challenging."

"Toutes les exercises sont excellentes"

"I like the balance of activities".

autumn term 2021 individual french and italian lessons only. no classes.
About Me
I am a recently-retired teacher of French and Italian. I have worked in several local schools and colleges, including periods as Head of Department in two of them. I have taught French and Italian from Year 7 to sixth form, including GCSE and A level. When my own children were young, I also taught adult education classes. As I really enjoyed these, and because there are far fewer of them available nowadays, I thought I would harness my enduring passion for language teaching and offer some classes locally. Do come along!

Alison Spottiswoode

Class 2 - Intermediate/post GCSE 'O' level (CEFR B1/B2)

This class caters for those who have studied French for at least 200-250 hours. You may have taken 'O' level or GCSE at school. Many of the students in the class felt rusty when they joined, but most have made good progress and now feel more confident. There is a range of abilities within the class, and new students, even if they are at the 'feeling rusty' stage, are welcome to join, and will be catered for.

The focus is on speaking and communication, but I am a firm believer that a good grasp of grammar is essential to oral fluency. There are regular written activities to consolidate learning. Most of the class time is spent on speaking activities using pair work, group work and language games. We will listen to a wide variety of French, using songs, videos and films.The idea is to have some fun as we learn!

Clearly you will be undertaking this course for your own pleasure and satisfaction, but there is no doubt that your progress will be faster if you consolidate what you have learned between lessons. For this reason homework is set each week, and most students choose to complete it, but the tone of the class is informal, and there are no consequences if the dog eats it!

In November 2020 the class began reading Joseph Joffo's autobiographical novel 'Un Sac de Billes'. The book tells the story of two young Jewish boys in France during the Second World War. We will continue with our study of the book in January and February. The book has been translated into English, so potential students thinking of joining the group are advised to get hold of a copy in English to 'catch up' with the others.
Lesson content (general)
Location and Timings
NB For this term (October - December 2020) all classes will be online. This will be reviewed in January.
Classes are held on Wednesday mornings.

Dates and Payment
Classes will be organised into 5-week blocks, and payment will be required in advance for each block. The blocks will run as follows:
Block 1: 14th October - 11th November.
Block 2: 18th November - 16th December

The cost of each block of lessons will be £45.

The classes need a minimum of 10 participants to be viable. There is a maximum of 15 students. The charge for each block of 5 lessons is £45.

To reserve your place in the class, please email  Payments are accepted in cash, by cheque or bank transfer.

Private tuitionPrivate tuition
I am also available for private language tuition in French and Italian. I have a huge amount of experience from beginner level up to Advanced level. I am happy to teach individuals or groups.