Introducing

The Coffee Break French Masterclass

Take your first steps to becoming a
Master of the French language today!

  • Six monthly modules covering the areas of French you need to know
  • Multimedia lessons presented by expert teachers and native speakers
  • Exercises, challenges and checklists
  • Practise with the Masterclass community in our forums

How does it work?

We've been listening carefully to the comments of the Coffee Break French community and we've built this brand new course to address your needs. With our regular, friendly lessons which fit your lifestyle we'll help you build your knowledge and develop your range of expression with the Coffee Break French Masterclass.

The course is structured in six modules, each module lasting one month. Over the course of the month we'll make available lessons and activities to help you plan your learning and build on what you've learned previously. If you can spend just 20 minutes on your learning two or three times a week, the Masterclass is perfect for you.

The Masterclass fits your schedule: you'll be able to start whenever it suits you. You'll not be overwhelmed from day 1: your first lesson in your first module starts when you're ready to start.

  • Regular audio lessons

    The Masterclass is built around our regular audio lessons, and in each module there will be five main lessons. As usual, the audio lessons are presented by our expert teachers joined by native speakers, and in addition to learning content and original dialogues, you’ll also benefit from our translation challenges and worked examples.

  • Exercises and challenges

    We’ve also developed a set of exercises and challenges for each module which will help you consolidate the language you learn in the lessons. Some of the exercises are based around translations between English and French, and our challenges will involve you putting your language skills to the test with some writing practice.

  • Join the community

    Our private members’ forum will allow you to share your learning with the Masterclass community. You can ask a question about a particular aspect of the module lessons, or try out your language skills and get feedback from the community. The forum is not open to the public, so you can be safe in the knowledge that you’re working with a dedicated group of fellow language learners.

Course outline - Masterclass Season 1

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Who is the Masterclass for?

We’ve developed the Masterclass specifically for learners who are at an intermediate level. If you’ve already completed Seasons 1 and 2 of Coffee Break French, then it will be the perfect way to develop your range of expression and build on what you’ve previously learned. The materials covered in each lesson will also be perfect if you’re currently working on Season 3. If you’ve already completed Season 4 we’re sure that you will still find lots of useful materials in the Masterclass to help you consolidate what you’ve already learned. However, some students of Season 4 have found that the Masterclass materials may be a bit too easy.

How do I access the Masterclass?

It’s a bit different from our other courses because this is a monthly membership, running for 6 months. Since it’s an online course you’ll be able to access the audio and video material which is streamed on the website. Please note that there will not be a podcast feed for audio or video elements of the Masterclass. However, it is possible to download the audio and video episodes to your computer or device as they become available.

How does the membership work?

The Masterclass is a monthly recurring membership: you’ll have access to the materials for as long as you continue to make monthly payments. If you decide the Masterclass is no longer for you, you’ll be able to keep any content you have downloaded during your membership. However, you will no longer have access to the online content or the interactive forum. You can cancel at any time. Please note, however, that if you cancel after Module 3, you can’t start again at a later date at Module 4.

How much does the Masterclass cost?

The Masterclass costs £33 GBP (including VAT) per month for UK subscribers. The price will vary slightly for other EU customers based on the current VAT rates of EU states. The approximate price per month in USD will be approximately $42.00. The exact rate will be calculated at time of purchase and repayment and based on the exchange rates of the payment processor. For the Masterclass we will be using Stripe payments. On signup, the first payment will be taken. Subsequent payments will be made for the next five months automatically every 30 days unless the customer cancels.

Hear from previous Masterclass students

This is a terrific program. I can work at my own pace, am always learning something new, I enjoy being connected with a community of learners, and I profit from the feedback. The content is logical and sequential. Each lesson builds upon and reinforces the last. The video reviews and checklists are very helpful as are the quizzes.

Caroline Evans
Masterclass Student

I have really enjoyed Masterclass so far. It has helped to stay focused on my study of the French language. It's format allows for different skills i.e. Listening, reading and writing. I particularly value the video and checklist at the end of the module which is really useful for a quick recap of the main points without going through the entire module.

Lesley Lamb
Masterclass Student

I like the in depth analysis of the different topics, the use of audio, video, and written material and the opportunity to enjoy the input of other French learners, as well as receiving expert feedback. All of which makes for a comprehensive and enjoyable learning experience, which is nothing less than what I have come to expect from Coffee Break French.

Michael Maher
Masterclass Student

I really enjoy the timing of the modules being delivered. It makes it easy to choose when to complete them to fit in with everyone's busy lives. Not too much but just enough to have regular practice.

Jackie Morris
Masterclass Student

I felt I was not ready to join CBF Masterclass with my beginning level of French and was a bit intimidated. However, I was eager to learn and give it a try anyway and am very happy I did. I have learned so much in these few months from the course, the Masterclass team as well as the other members. The course is at a doable pace, the content is relevent, and I enjoy listening to the spoken French. I'm anxious to see where the following months lead me!

Barbara Wallraff
Masterclass Student

After completing CBF seasons 3 and 4 I decided to give the CBF Masterclass a try and have not regretted it. I find it amazingly enjoyable. The lessons are so well structured and presented and, in my opinion, would suit learners of French on any level from beginners to more advanced. The modules, being targeted on one certain aspect of language, allow one to concentrate and get to grips with the presented theme. At the same time there is excellent opportunity to glean a multitude of extra vocabulary and idioms from the spoken paragraphs. Here the fact that Mark and native French speakers present the paragraphs, read both at normal and also slower speed, gives the perfect opportunity for fine tuning one’s aural comprehension. These I find invaluable, also with respect to the fact that there is a progression in each module which utilises themes presented in earlier modules thus re-enforcing the learning experience. The forums and exercises I really do enjoy as they not only allow for consolidation but in addition the contributions from the other equally eager participants are most helpful and the fact that there are corrections, if we wish, is yet another bonus of enjoyment and learning.

Aileen Murdoch-Larsen
Masterclass Student

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6 Comments

  • Sue Porter

    Reply Reply July 9, 2016

    Living in Brittany for around 10 years, I am fluent in very bad french which makes it very hard to put the effort in to learn to speak properly. For some years I have been considering applying for French Nationality and since the disaster of Brexit, I am now absolutely sure that I want to do this. It has spurred me into making that effort with the language. The proceedure with its masses of form filling will be smoother if I took a course and could produce evidence of this, eg. a certificate that is internationally recognised. Do you have any plans for this at the end of your Masterclass? Thankyou, Sue P.

    • radiolingua

      Reply Reply July 21, 2016

      Hi Sue,

      Apologies for the late reply. While we do produce certificates at the end of each module, and we can confirm that studies with the Masterclass represent a certain number of hours of study, we’re not sure if these certificates would be recognised for the purposes you’re thinking of. It’s likely that a local private language school would be better placed to provide such a certificate. Sorry if that’s not the answer you’re looking for. Bonne continuation!

  • Robert Lee

    Reply Reply July 27, 2016

    I can see how you pay your monthly subscription and get a set of lessons for that month, but what happens at the end of the 6 months? Do you then lose access to the website?

    • radiolingua

      Reply Reply July 28, 2016

      Good question, Robert. All the audio, video materials and the lesson notes can be downloaded throughout your access. At the end of the six months you keep them, assuming you’ve downloaded them, but you will no longer be able to access the Masterclass forums at that point. Hope that answers your question.

  • Jacqueline Haines

    Reply Reply July 31, 2016

    My husband would like to take this course as well. Will we need two subscriptions or can we work as a family with just one?

    • radiolingua

      Reply Reply August 3, 2016

      Hi Jacqueline. You’ll be fine to use just one subscription to the Coffee Break French Masterclass which you can both use. We hope this helps. Bonne continuation!

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