- Very comprehensive course content
- 100+ guaranteed hours of material
- Detailed grammar explanations
- Unique and innovative approach
- Teachable platform
- Primarily a literacy-based course
The French Uncovered course extends on the extremely popular StoryLearning method by Olly Richards, applying a story-based teaching methodology that comprehensively covers French up to an intermediate level. The course is ideal for those who enjoy a literacy and grammar-heavy approach, but may not be as enjoyable for other types of learners.
Overall, French Uncovered is pricey but it offers great value.
Well I decided to use and briefly review this popular course recently.
French Uncovered offers over 100 hours of content from absolute beginner up to (CEFR) intermediate. It’s an impressively comprehensive French course in scope, covering pretty much every pertinent topic of French for new learners.
Olly’s taken a very unique approach to teaching based on story comprehension. The gist is that you’ll work through a simplified short story in French, covering various grammatical topics as you go, with the end result being that you’ll have read an entire story in French by the end of the course.
Not only does Olly guide you through the course, but there are also video lessons by his French tutor, Diane (Alliance Française trained).
Frank opinion: This course style will suit people who enjoy a literacy, grammar-heavy approach (it’s very thorough with its explanations), but it may not be ideal if that’s not something you enjoy.
Many learners (myself included) prefer to learn through conversation/use, which this course unfortunately lacks.
The only other aspect of French Uncovered that bothers me is the Teachable platform, but that’s a purely aesthetic issue.
Overall, French Uncovered is excellent value - a little pricey, but it’s a one-time payment ($297) rather than a recurring subscription (there’s also the option of 3 x monthly installments).
There are alternative online French courses available too worth checking out.