Coffee Break French

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Course Outline
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Coffee Break French Seasons 1-2
Level: Beginners / False beginners through to Intermediate
Presenter: Presented by teacher Mark and student Anna
Number of episodes: 80 lessons of 15-20 minutes each
Links: Purchase MembershipStep by Step Guide | Subscribe in iTunes | RSS | Kindle
Broadcast schedule: Archive: broadcast between October 2007 and May 2010
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Coffee Break French Season 3
Level: Intermediate to advanced
Presenter: Presented by teacher Mark with native speakers
Number of episodes: 40 free lessons of 10-15 minutes; 40 extended lessons of 20-30 minutes (members)
Links: Purchase MembershipLesson LibrarySubscribe in iTunesRSS
Broadcast schedule October 2010 – September 2011

Coffee Break French is our flagship French language course. The first 80 lessons of the course (seasons 1 and 2) are aimed at beginners, and by following these two seasons in 15-20 minute lessons learners will develop a thorough grounding in the language. Join hundreds of thousands of French learners from all around the world and learn French with our course. Teacher Mark brings his experience of teaching the language to each show, and listeners can learn alongside student Anna. We offer free lessons through our step-by-step guide, or via iTunes.

For more experienced learners, Season 3 offers an excellent way to develop your language skills further. Teacher Mark is joined by three characters: Katie, Alf and Veronica, who are studying the language in Nice, France. The three characters are writing weekly diaries about their experiences in Nice and native speakers read the excerpts on our shows. Mark will guide learners through the language, developing confidence in a wide range of vocabulary and grammar.

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Just want the lesson notes and transcripts?

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Coffee Break French lessons guides are available on the Kindle. These comprehensive lesson guides feature all the vocabulary and dialogue transcripts from each audio lesson along with detailed explanations of any difficult grammatical concepts and new language covered in each lesson. To find out more about Coffee break French on the Kindle, click here.

Members’ materials: Season 1 (lessons 1-40) and Season 2 (lessons 41-80)

While it is possible to learn a significant amount of French from our free audio materials, the full Coffee Break French course is made up of a variety of support materials forming Season Passes. Each Season Pass can include different types of support materials:

  • Lesson guides: printable lesson guides in pdf format which explain the words and phrases covered in each lesson, provide transcripts of any dialogues and list bonus vocabulary. You can download sample lesson guides for lesson 1 and lesson 2.
  • Enhanced podcasts: perhaps you are a visual learner and you’d like to be able to see the words and phrases as you listen. The enhanced podcasts provide synchronised ‘flashcards’ which can be viewed on iPods, iPhones, iTunes and QuickTime Player on both Macs and PCs. Download a sample enhanced podcast for lesson 1 here. Please note that you require iTunes or QuickTime Player to view the enhanced podcast.
  • Bonus listening materials: every single lesson of Coffee Break French comes with an extra podcast which provides further practice of the language covered in the main lesson. Normally lasting around 8-10 minutes, this additional listening material helps you to consolidate the words and phrases you’ve learned in each lesson and in later episodes it provides an excellent method of checking your understanding through an interactive translation test. You can download a sample of the bonus listening materials for lesson 1 here.
  • Abridged versions: with Coffee Break French we present each episode with an introduction and ending, often providing news about developments among the Radio Lingua learning community. If you prefer, you can use the abridged version of the materials which skip straight to the learning content.
  • Wordlists: sometimes you simply need a handy list of words and phrases to help you practise when you’re away from your computer or iPod. We provide alphabetical lists of the vocabulary covered in groups of lessons, eg. lessons 1-5, 6-10, etc. in English-French and French-English versions. We also provide a ‘dictionary’ of all the phrases from the entire level, eg. lessons 1-40, an excellent reference for learners. All word lists are in pdf format and are easily printable.
  • Exercises: when learning a language it’s important to check your understanding. Our worksheet pack provides a range of exercises which test your understanding. Full answers are provided.
  • No ads: in some areas our podcasts feature carefully chosen adverts which we feel are appropriate for an educational podcast. The premium versions of our materials never carry adverts.

Seasons 1 and 2 Premium Products:

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Level 1 Platinum Pass: £57 GBP (+ 20% VAT for EU customers)

This bundle pack covers lessons 1-40 and each lesson contains the following materials:

  • 15-20 minute enhanced audio lesson which includes flashcards for iPhone/iPod Touch and other iPod models
  • printable lesson guide which outlines all the words and phrases covered in the lesson, additional vocabulary and notes
  • bonus listening material – 8-10 minutes of extra listening which helps to consolidate the language covered in the main lesson
  • Platinum content for level 1 which includes wordlists, review exercises and key
  • all materials available in our one-click download through iTunes

Choose this option if you’re planning a visit to a French-speaking country and want to learn how to communicate in French in a variety of travel situations including making friends, eating and drinking, accommodation, shopping, tourism, and more. Proceed to our store now and purchase Coffee Break French 1 or if you already have a Radio Lingua membership, access your Control Panel to add this Pass to your membership.

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Level 2 Complete Platinum Pass: £89 GBP (+ 20% VAT for EU customers)

This bundle pack covers lessons 41-80 and each lesson contains the following materials:

  • 15-20 minute enhanced audio lesson which includes flashcards for iPhone/iPod Touch and other iPod models
  • printable lesson guide which outlines all the words and phrases covered in the lesson, additional vocabulary and notes
  • bonus listening material – 8-10 minutes of extra listening which helps to consolidate the language covered in the main lesson
  • all materials available in our one-click download through iTunes
  • Platinum content for level 2 which includes wordlists, review exercises and key

Level 2 materials will help you learn much more of the language, and you’ll be able to “say what you want”, in addition to learning the words and phrases included in level 1. You’ll learn how to speak about the past and the future, and you’ll become confident in describing people and things. Proceed to our store now and purchase Coffee Break French 2 or if you already have a Radio Lingua membership, access your Control Panel to add this Pass to your membership.

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The Complete course – levels 1 and 2 bundle £104 GBP (+20% VAT for EU customers)

This bundle pack covers lessons 1-80 and each lesson contains the following materials:

  • 15-20 minute enhanced audio lesson which includes flashcards for iPhone/iPod Touch and other iPod models
  • printable lesson guide which outlines all the words and phrases covered in the lesson, additional vocabulary and notes
  • bonus listening material – 8-10 minutes of extra listening which helps to consolidate the language covered in the main lesson
  • all materials available in our one-click download through iTunes
  • In addition this pack features the Platinum content for lessons 1-40 and 41-80 which includes wordlists and review exercises.

Choose this option if you’re serious about learning French and want to make a real difference to your experience visiting the country. Lessons 1-40 will introduce you gradually to the words and phrases you need to know and will provide the opportunity for you to become more familiar with the language through authentic conversations. Lessons 41-80 will help you understand the language much more by teaching you the patterns and the grammar in a very straightforward way. You’ll learn how to speak about the past and the future, and you’ll become confident in describing people and things. Proceed to our store now and purchase Coffee Break French 1+2 or access your Control Panel to add this Pass to your membership.

Members’ materials: Season 3 (lessons 301-340)

The Season Pass for our third season of Coffee Break French features a different range of materials:

  • Lesson guides: printable lesson guides in pdf format which explain the words and phrases covered in each lesson, provide transcripts of any dialogues and list bonus vocabulary. You can download sample lesson guide in pdf format for lesson 1 here. Please note that this guide only includes 4 pages of the full 8-page document.
  • Lesson guides: ePub versions for use on iOS devices including iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. The ePub versions may also be used on other devices which can handle ePub files, but please note that the audio elements of the ePubs we produce are guaranteed only to work on iOS devices. You can download a sample lesson guide in ePub format for lesson 301 here. If you need help transferring the ePub to your iOS device, please have a look at this video guide.
  • Extended version of the main lesson: the free version of our Season 3 materials covers only a few language points enabling you to get the gist of the text included. However, our extended version (members only) provides a line-by-line analysis of the texts and covers all the language points you need to make full use of the text. These extended versions last 25-30 minutes, compared to the free version of the lesson which normally lasts 10-15 minutes.
  • No ads: in some areas our podcasts feature carefully chosen adverts which we feel are appropriate for an educational podcast. The premium versions of our materials never carry adverts.

Season 3 Premium Products:

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Season 3A Pass: £37 GBP (+ 20% VAT for EU customers)

This bundle pack covers the first twenty lessons of season 3 (301-320) and each lesson contains the following materials:

  • 25-30 minute extended version of each lesson
  • printable lesson guide in pdf format
  • ePub lesson guide including audio clips for iOS devices
  • all materials available in our one-click download through iTunes.

Choose this option if you’re already comfortable with the basics of French and you want to increase your knowledge and build your range of vocabulary and your understanding of grammar. Proceed to our store now and purchase Coffee Break French 3 or if you already have a Radio Lingua membership, access your Control Panel to add this Pass to your membership.

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Season 3 Complete Pass: £64 GBP (+ 20% VAT for EU customers)

This bundle pack covers forty lessons (301-340) and each lesson contains the following materials:

  • 25-30 minute extended version of each lesson
  • printable lesson guide in pdf format
  • ePub lesson guide including audio clips for iOS devices
  • all materials available in our one-click download through iTunes.

Choose this option if you’re already comfortable with the basics of French and you want to increase your knowledge and build your range of vocabulary and your understanding of grammar. Proceed to our store now and purchase Coffee Break French 3 or if you already have a Radio Lingua membership, access your Control Panel to add this Pass to your membership.

See the full range of Coffee Break French products

If you’d like to choose which elements of the premium materials you require, you can view our full range of Coffee Break French memberships here. Prices start at £27 for Season 1 or 2 bronze memberships (the pdf lesson guides only), and you can also purchase our Coffee Break French Express series offering additional listening materials at just £4.50.

Listeners’ testimonials

Don’t take our word for it – read what Coffee Break French listeners have to say about the show. All reviews are taken from iTunes UK and US. If you’ve been watching the series, perhaps you would consider writing a review in iTunes yourself.

Like its sister podcast, Coffee Break Spanish, this French version proves to be another hit for Radio Lingua and rightfully so! The enhanced podcasts are really helpful and all the extra bonus materials really enhance the learning experience. Mark paces his lessons well, audio quality of the podcast is excellent, he keeps things clear and simple and his voice is quite soothing. Anna is great too and I do like the concept of someone else learning with you. All in all a very well-rounded podcast. It takes the pressure off being in a real class because it can be quite daunting for some especially when learning a foreign language. I get to learn French in the comforts of my own home at my own pace before attending courses or on holiday in a French-speaking country. deaddisco, iTunes UK, October 07

I tried a couple of other French podcasts before this one but found that they moved too fast for me or expected my learning ability to be intermediate plus. I haven’t studied French since GCSEs (10 years ago), and so my knowledge was very basic. CBF’s pace gave me the confidence to build up my skills and the lessons are all really applicable to the real world. Hanabat, iTunes UK, July 08

A fun and thorough way to learn. I started Coffee Break French as an absolute beginner, albeit for a few random holiday phrases, and in just a few months I am surprised at how much I can say. A French friend recently complemented me on having a good range of phrases and on my excellent prounciation. All thanks to this podcast. jackregancatholicyouthworker, iTunes UK, January 09

The best language-learning tool on the market. Forget those expensive CDs and books until you’ve exhausted this podcast series. This is simply the best language-learning tool available on the market and what’s more it’s free for the basic podcast download. What have you got to lose? TheBobbites, iTunes UK, January 09

I’ve been using this series to recall my old high school French. It is not an immersion class, so that means I can listen without struggling while walking or exercising, and still focus on the concepts, vocabulary and grammar. The topics are well chosen, and beautifully presented by our two delightful hosts whose French accents are very good – another thing I’m looking for. Not too much, not too little, not too long, not too short – like a good cup of coffee, it’s just right! soozie, iTunes US, January 09

Really Awesome Podcast. I just discovered podcasts last week and have been addicted to the Coffee Break French podcast ever since. I’ve listened to 11 lessons in the past week. I love Mark and Anna. The dynamic between them both is so charming and professional and the fact that Anna is also learning makes me feel more comfortable in my difficulties learning pronunciation. They are so much fun to listen to, with those adorable Scottish accents, and their French accents are amazing. This podcast is great for beginners and the pace is perfect. SDIana, iTunes US, March 08

As an experienced teacher of EFL and an experienced learner of Spanish I am impressed by how this podcast integrates the principles of communicative language teaching with the realistic needs of beginners, especially those with time constraints. While most research show that total immersion is the most effective way to learn a language, in my experience many beginners are overwhelmed and confused by courses conducted entirely in their L2 causing them to despair and quit. albarto, iTunes US, Mar 08