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French is an official language in 29 countries around the world, and is used as a second language by about 190 million people.

Our part-time French courses focus on communication skills, with particular emphasis on developing your speaking skills. We will introduce you gradually to the new language and ensure that your speaking and reading skills develop through practice and reinforcement. We include grammar in our course as an understanding of French grammar is important to help you understand the structures of the language.

In our lessons, English is kept to a minimum to help you become accustomed to French. Our teachers will make sure that you feel at ease while still ensuring you are actively involved.

Course Fee

The course costs R7 000.


Each module runs for 10 weeks (40 hours).


Participants are required to obtain a minimum of 80% attendance on the beginner's (1A) course to qualify for a Certificate of Attendance. For all other levels, participants can choose between Certificates of Attendance or Competence, with the successful completion of tests in addition to 80% attendance as the measure of competence.

Programme Overview

We offer courses at three levels, although the higher level courses are dependent on demand:
- Level 1 (Beginner)
- Level 2 (Elementary)
- Level 3 (Pre-Intermediate)

Each level consists of two 40-hour modules. Completing the beginner’s level therefore takes 80 hours in total. Each course is based on one module, and you receive a Certificate of Attendance on completing Module A, provided you attend at least 80% of the course. Participants who write the tests in the second module and successfully complete Module B obtain a Certificate of Competence. The tests are only obligatory for those who want a competence certificate. Alternatively, those who would rather not do the tests receive a report as well as a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.

Entry Requirements

Please ensure you meet the following requirements when applying for the course: 

  • 18 years or older
  • Matric certificate or equivalent
  • Placement tests are available for applicants who have previous experience of the language. (Assessment is conducted on registration) 
Application Process

Step 1: Submit an enquiry form

Step 2: Complete the WLS Application Form

Step 3: Certify a copy of your ID. 

Step 4: Send us the completed application form and a certified copy of your ID to  

Step 5: Upon receiving confirmation of acceptance into the course with attached invoice, please send us the proof of payment to secure your seat. Note that the course must be paid upfront as we do not offer payment installments. 

Career Opportunities

If you still aren’t sure why you should learn to speak French, here are some more reasons:

  • French is the official language of 29 countries around the world.
  • French is an official language of all United Nations agencies.
  • French is the mother tongue of an estimated 110 million people.
  • About 190 million people around the world speak French as a second language.

Whether you are learning to speak French to enhance your career, for travel purposes or for personal enrichment, Wits Language School is your language school of choice.