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Coffee Break French Season 3

An intermediate French course from the Coffee Break Academy

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If you're already comfortable with the basics of French and want to develop your vocabulary and understanding of grammar further, this intermediate course from the Coffee Break Academy is for you.

An outline of the course

Coffee Break French Season 3 focuses on language development through a fictional story involving three characters who happen to be learning French in a language school in Nice on the Côte d'Azur. There's Katie, an American student who is currently spending a year travelling, working and learning in different European countries; Veronica is a forty-something Australian entrepreneur who is taking advantage of an extended business trip to the south of France to improve her language skills; and Alf, a retired teacher from the Home Counties. 

As part of their weekly homework, our three characters have to keep a diary of their time spent in France, so over the forty lessons of the course you'll be following their adventures in Nice and the surrounding area. In each episode you'll listen to a native speaker read Katie, Veronica or Alf's diary entry (which, of course, has been corrected by Mme Soulabaille, their teacher!) and your teacher, Mark, will talk about some of the language covered in the passages.

The language used in the diary entries provides you with many opportunities to build your own understanding, increase your vocabulary and become familiar with complex grammatical structures.


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The Coffee Break French Team
The Coffee Break French Team

The Coffee Break French team includes language teachers, native speakers and host learners, making your experience learning a language fun and enjoyable. You can be sure every course has been carefully written by experienced teachers to ensure you progress steadily through the lessons.


Class Outline


  Lesson 1 - Getting to know Alf, Katie and Veronica
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  Lesson 2 - All about Katie
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  Lesson 3 - All about Alf
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  Lesson 4 - All about Veronica
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  Lesson 5 - Alf's plans for Menton
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  Lesson 6 - Focus on the Future Tense
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  Lesson 7 - Katie recounts her trip to Nice
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  Lesson 8 - Part 2 of Katie's eventful trip to Nice
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  Lesson 9 - Veronica's diary about her daughter and learning French
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  Lesson 10 - Katie's found a job
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  Lesson 11 - Alf's life as retiree
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  Lesson 12 - Veronica's daily routine and plans for Italy
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  Lesson 13 - Katie's future hopes and plans
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  Lesson 14 - Veronica recounts her Italian trip
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  Lesson 15 - Alf's cookery plans
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  Lesson 16 - Focus on the subjunctive
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  Lesson 17 - Katie's plans for Cannes
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  Lesson 18 - Katie tells all about Cannes
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  Lesson 19 - Veronica in Monaco
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  Lesson 20 - A review of Lesson 1-19
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  Lesson 21 - Alf talks about pétanque
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  Lesson 22 - Veronica's party report
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  Lesson 23 - Alf's cookery class
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  Lesson 24 - All about Alf's interests
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  Lesson 25 - Veronica's concerns for the future
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  Lesson 26 - Alf's party plans
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  Lesson 27 - Katie and Jerôme
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  Lesson 28 - Katie's plans with Jerôme
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  Lesson 29 - Veronica talks about Alf's party
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  Lesson 30 - Alf's house
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  Lesson 31 -Katie's plans for summer
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  Lesson 32 - More of Katie's plans
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  Lesson 33 - Translation and dictation
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  Lesson 34 - Translation and dictation
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  Lesson 35 - Translation and dictation
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  Lesson 39 - Translation and dictation
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  Lesson 40 - Translation and dictation
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Each lesson contains:

Main audio episode

The diary entries of Katie, Veronica and Alf are presented and Mark talks through one or two of the main language points included. This main audio episode is the best way to introduce yourself to the featured text: it's read slowly, and Mark mentions one or two aspects of the language, helping you understand the content. 

Language Study audio episode

Once you've listened to the main episode and had your first taste of the diary entry, you can study the text in more depth by using our Language Study episode. In this episode, Mark analyses the whole text, explaining all aspects of the grammar and vocabulary used. In addition, further examples are provided and your understanding will be tested with some translations. The Language Study episode also includes a version of the diary entry read at a normal speaking speed, helping you to increase your ability to understand authentic French.

Lesson notes

We've provided a full transcript of all the texts and explanations of the grammar covered in each text. There are additional examples of the phrases and expressions and a special focus on particular grammar points which come up in the texts. The lesson notes will help you make more solid progress with your learning.

Frequently Asked Questions


How long do I have access to the course?
This is a lifetime access course: you pay once and you'll have access to the course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
Can I download the materials for offline use?
You can download the lesson guides and store them on your device for handy reference. You can also download the audio files so that you can listen on the go.
What's the difference between the course and the free audio I can find on iTunes?
You can indeed find Coffee Break French audio lessons on iTunes, but this course provides much more! The free audio is only the "main audio lesson" as described above. This course adds the extended Language Study version, along with a full transcript of the French texts and lesson notes with explanations of the language covered. In addition, some of our free audio lessons contain advertising, but the Coffee Break French Premium lessons never contain advertising.
Is there a free trial?
Absolutely! You'll see on the course curriculum above that the materials for lesson 1 are available to preview. Simply click on the "Preview" button for each of these lessons and you can get a feel for what is involved. We can also send you our Course Curriculum document which outlines the grammar topics and vocabulary areas covered in each lesson. Just pop your name and email address in the box below and we'll email you a copy straight away.
 

There are several aspects of the members' version that I find extremely useful. Reinforcing the grammar within the context of the narrative further clarifies the earlier lessons in Season 2. Repeating the narrative several times means that I was able to concentrate on the portions that were not clear the first time they were presented. Using different male and female speakers and slightly different accents helps me further enhance my listening skills. Having the lesson notes also provides another visual reinforcement of the lesson.

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