Modern Foreign Languages Information

Modern Foreign Languages information

BAEC offers year-long programmes and short intensive courses in French, Italian and Spanish. All courses are taught by highly experienced tutors, the majority of whom are native speakers.

Language main courses are divided in three terms, totalling 32 weeks of tuition. Each course is clearly labelled (for example - French beginners - Autumn term) and the course description states if this is a first, or follow-on course.  You should complete Autumn term before progressing to Spring term and Summer term, but you can enrol on all courses at the same time.  Most courses start in September 2023.

Language courses normally include an Initial Assessment activity in the first session and you may be offered the possibility of transferring to another course if your level is higher or lower than the advertised level of the course.

Classroom based courses

The maximum number of learners in each group is 14 to 18, depending on the size of the room. We advise you to enrol early to secure your place.

To assist us in keeping classrooms clean and clutter-free, please only bring what you need and arrive promptly, but not before the start of your session.

Only bottled water in a sealed container is allowed, please keep it in your bag when not in use.

Online courses

Some courses are taught online. Sessions are held weekly and you will be sent a link by your tutor. You will need an internet connection and a camera, as well as a valid email address. You will be provided with a BAEC email address at enrolment.

If you have limited online skills, feel unconfident or if you experience difficulties, we can help you with  instructions on joining remote meetings and support you with digital skills. Please contact the Curriculum Development Manager for further information.


Beginners to Intermediates - four year progression route

Our coordinated progression route from beginners to intermediates will enable you to acquire lasting skills and confidence in using the language.

Please use the list and descriptions below to help you choose your level and complete our MFL self-assessment questionnaire here

Year 1 – Beginners

For those who cannot speak, read or write any of the language, or can recognise and use a few familiar words and phrases, ask and answer simple questions.

Year 2 – Improvers

For those who can take part in basic exchanges relating to personal details, needs and interests; and can carry out elementary transactions in everyday situations; using a limited range of words and expressions and basic correct grammatical structures.

Year 3 – Lower intermediates

For those who can communicate using basic but broadly correct grammar and a limited range of common vocabulary; and are beginning to express the differences between past, present and future events.

Year 4 – Higher intermediates

For those who can maintain a conversation using a sound command of vocabulary and commonly used sentence structures; recognise and express the differences between past, present and future events.

Conversation and consolidation courses

These mixed ability courses enable students to practise their skills and help bridge the gap between levels. Sessions are usually one hour long. You can enrol on Conversation courses alongside a main language programme, or a stand alone course.

Higher Intermediate Consolidation, Advanced and Proficiency classes

Language learning is ongoing and continuous practice is necessary to retain fluency.

Beyond Year 4, we provide Conversational, Advanced and Proficiency classes. You may enrol on these classes year after year, they do not follow a set syllabus, objectives are set by mutual agreement with the tutor. These classes are funded mainly through learners' fees.


If you require further information, please email Philip Bedford ( or phone the Kentwood centre on 0208 659 7976 and ask to speak to Philip.