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This enjoyable and well-rated weekend course, now in its 28th year, is run under the aegis of the Anglo-French Medical Society.


I set up this course in 1992 in Liverpool, with the expert help of friends and colleagues from the French Department at the University – Malcolm Carroll, Carol Chapman and Tony Greenan. 


Its aim was – and still is – to provide language skills and confidence for dealing with medical practice and learning in French. It’s invaluable for students planning electives or placements, for doctors aiming to work in French-speaking countries or for Médecins sans Frontières – and for anyone who just wants to broaden their experience of medicine and/or French. It works well for all levels of French, from O-Level/GCSE in the distant past to near-bilingual.


Teaching is in small groups (6-8) of mixed students and doctors who have comparable language skills (assessed by a simple questionnaire). It’s a residential course that runs from Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime, and is now held in the beautiful and easily accessible (by Eurostar) city of Lille.  Feedback is consistently very good for the teaching, networking, ambience, accommodation and food (all included), value for money (students are subsidised) and above all, fun.

Next year’s course will run from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 April 2020. I hope to see you there! Here’s the link to the course.