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Adult Courses 2016-2017

Starting Monday 3rd October 2016.

For intermediates:
Tuesdays 11.00am - 12.30pm - Intermediate year 1
This course is not suitable for complete beginners but would suit learners who can make basic sentences and would like to develop their range of vocabulary and grammar in order to progress towards more fluent conversation.
Wednesdays 7.30pm - 9.00pm - Intermediate year 3
This is a step up from the intermediate Course above. The emphasis is on speaking and listening for a more fluent conversation and understanding of spoken French.

For improvers:
Mondays 1.00pm - 2.30pm - Improvers year 1
Thursdays 1.00pm - 2.30 pm - Improvers year 1
This course helps students become more creative when speaking.

Advanced Conversation
Thursdays 11.00am - 12.30pm
This course is for students with a good knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. The emphasis is on speaking, listening and reading but fluency is not required to attend the course.

All courses are 30 weeks long.
Fees are payable each 10 week term £120.
Courses take place at Fairkytes Arts centre in Hornchurch

There are NO exams.
No pressure either, just enjoyable interactive learning in a relaxed atmosphere.

To discuss the classes and arrange a free first class, call Valérie on 01708 221487 or email

Valerie Nicholls

Valerie Nicholls graduated from a French University in the late 80s. Her degree covers French, English and Spanish, grammar, linguistics, literature and civilisation.
A few years later she set up Am Stram Gram while studying for a Montessori Diploma which she obtained in 1996. The Montessori approach was to shape her teaching style. In the realisation that the child-centred, multi-sensorial approach of the Montessori philosophy could easily be applied to teaching languages, Valerie started to adapt Montessori principles to her teaching and developed her own teaching method.
Am Stram Gram offers fun and exciting French tuition for 3 to 5 year olds in preschools and nurseries.
Valerie also writes articles for leading UK and international parenting and educational magazines.