Annual course | French | Communication-focused

Total duration: 12 monthsLanguage: French
Total hours: 156h + 12 tutorialsCourse type: Communication-focused
Timetable: Mon & Wed | Tue & ThuLevels: A1-B2
Class duration:
1h 30′ per session
3h a week
Starting date: 11-01-2021
Total duration: 12 months
Total hours: 156h + 12 tutorials
Timetable: Mon & Wed | Tue & Thu
Class duration: 3 hours a week
Language: French
Course type: Communication-focused
Levels: A1-B2
Starting date: 11-01-2021

You may have studied French in the past, but you still aren’t comfortable speaking the language and don’t understand what you hear in conversations or videos.  Or alternatively, you have zero knowledge of French, and would like to start learning it.

Whether you’ve never had the fluency you’d like or because you’ve lost it, we challenge you to reach the level of ease that your communication skills are missing in one year.  Or if you’re starting from scratch, we can help you to achieve a solid grounding in this period of time.

You’ll learn everyday French that will be useful to you in social, academic and professional environments, allow you to travel with ease and broaden the opportunities personally available to you.

You’ll gain the confidence and familiarity to converse with native speakers without embarrassment and understand different accents.

Don’t miss out on anything our globalised world has to offer you.  Make sure your language skills make the grade.

Our communication-focused French course consists of lessons taught on our platform that are primarily based around practising speaking and listening skills.  They are supplemented by learning resources posted in the pupils’ area on our website, including extra material upon request to help you focus on specific areas.

In addition to online classes, students will be able to enjoy personal tutorial sessions with any of our teachers to revise or practise the particular skills or topics that they need support with.  Each student can book a maximum of 12 sessions lasting 15 minutes each over the duration of the course, and can use up to 2 sessions at once to have a half-hour tutorial if they wish.  Students who would like to have more than 12 tutorials per year can purchase extra sessions in blocks of 10.

We offer you the flexibility to change group or level over the 12 months of the course as you progress and reach the goals set out at the beginning of your study.  Your teacher will monitor your personal improvement to situate you in the best class according to your individual capacity and needs at all times, giving you the best service and attention possible.

Teachers will use a variety of digital materials that help students to perfect their communication skills in a fun and direct way, developing fluency, pronunciation, general understanding and knowledge of vocabulary.

Oral expression: students will participate in discussions and debates on a number of culturally significant topics in class, prepare presentations and do speaking activities that challenge them to improve their self-expression in French and become more confident communicators.
Listening comprehension: we use both formal and informal recordings and videos on current affairs and appealing topics that are appropriate to each level in order to increase pupils’ exposure to all types of spoken French and practise the grammar and vocabulary suitable for their ability.
Grammar and vocabulary: our teachers will separate grammar into manageable points that students can understand without difficulty or monotony, saving most practice exercises for homework. Vocabulary will be seen in readings and heard in listenings, aided by lists for each topic, and is always explained using definitions and examples.  Students will then put this vocabulary into practice by doing energetic and entertaining activities or playing interactive games.
Reading comprehension: pupils will work on reading for gist in class and for homework, as well as their ability to comprehend written texts completely and discuss the themes they have read about.  Readings will be on interesting cultural subjects and contemporary issues that widen their general knowledge and expose them to key vocabulary and grammar.
Written expression: We demonstrate in class how to write different kinds of functional texts that students may need to write in everyday life using a clear and consistent style that native French speakers can understand.  We provide a selection of writing models for pupils to structure their work around, and will set these tasks for homework.

Throughout the course, three tests will be carried out:

  • An initial level test, (including an oral assessment)  which will help us to place you in the class best suited to your current level.
  • A follow-up test, which will be taken partway through the course in order to check that you have absorbed the material studied so far.
  • A final test, which will evaluate how you have assimilated all the content and if you have reached the level set out by the course.

Each level is designed to cover the linguistic needs essential to achieve the proposed objectives.

VOCABULARY:

  • The alphabet
  • Numbers
  • Names & first names
  • Age
  • Address, phone number
  • Countries & nationalities
  • Professions
  • Civil status
  • Hobbies
  • Close family
  • Personal items
  • Object description, colours, shapes & sizes
  • Dates (days, months, years, seasons)
  • Time
  • Places
  • Weather & climate
  • Prices

COMMUNICATION SKILLS:

  • Greet someone and say goodbye.
  • Ask, understand and give information (give news to someone, ask the time, date, a price, etc.).
  • Situate in space.
  • Introduce themselves and others.
  • Situate in time.
  • Spell a name and an address.
  • Understand and give instructions, indications (place an order).
  • Present something to someone.
  • Designate someone or something.
  • Ask for a service.
  • Describe themselves, another person, an object or a place.
  • Express quantity, give the price of an object.
  • Accept or refuse.
  • Manage money.

VOCABULARY:

  • Family members
  • Physical description
  • Places: bars & restaurants, shops, bank, post office, hotel, etc.
  • Hobbies: sports, shows, trips, etc.
  • Transport: car, metro, bus, train, etc.
  • Daily life: work, shopping, daily activities and actions, etc.
  • Home: rooms of the house, decoration, furniture, etc.
  • Food, meals, cooking, recipes, etc.
  • Animals & pets
  • Countries, cities, landscapes
  • The weather
  • Payment & money

COMMUNICATION SKILLS:

  • Call out, greet someone and say goodbye.
  • Ask for and give news.
  • Welcome someone.
  • Congratulate someone.
  • Ask, follow and give simple instructions (ask or explain an itinerary using the indicative, imperative & infinitive tenses).
  • Give an order or forbid something.
  • Ask someone to do or not to do something: place an order (a meal, food, etc.), make a reservation (a ticket), cancel.
  • Carry out simple transactions (buy, sell, carry out a bank transaction).
  • Ask for, give and understand information.
  • Give thanks.
  • Describe past activities and personal experiences.
  • Describe daily occupations and habits.
  • Talk about the future: express a forecast, explain your objectives.
  • Give and (partially) justify an opinion.
  • (Partially) express their tastes or preferences and justify them.
  • Introduce someone.
  • Situate in time (express the time of an action, the frequency).
  • Situate in space (indicate a direction, situate a place, an object, a person).
  • Express feelings.
  • Describe a person, familiar objects, a neighbourhood, monument, place, animals or pets, and compare them.
  • Ask for payment.
  • Ask or suggest something to someone (help, service, activity) and make the necessary arrangements, organise a meeting.
  • Accept or refuse something (help, a service, proposal, suggestion, appointment).
  • Invite, answer an invitation.
  • Apologise, accept an apology.
  • Ask to repeat or clarify.

VOCABULARY:

  • Daily life & habits
  • Family & relationships
  • Leisure & hobbies, shopping
  • Transport, trips, travel
  • People: physical & psychological descriptions
  • Express feelings
  • Health
  • Places & landscapes: in the city, in the countryside, etc.
  • Events: encounters, meetings, incidents, accidents, natural phenomena, etc.
  • Business & trade: types of companies and jobs, human resources, CV and job interviews, etc.
  • School: system, training, etc.
  • The media: television programmes, newspapers, internet, hot topics
  • Culture: films, literature, painting, shows, etc.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS:

  • Describe and introduce a person: physical description, physical state, character, background.
  • Describe a place.
  • Describe an object.
  • Describe a natural phenomenon or event.
  • Make a comparison.
  • Explain a social reality.
  • Tell someone about an event, experience, dream, story, the plot of a film or a book.
  • Report speech.
  • Situate events in time (origin, moment, duration).
  • Situate in space (object, person, place).
  • Express and describe feelings and reactions.
  • Express their tastes (not in detail).
  • Make a complaint.
  • Talk about the past, present and future.
  • Express a desire, make a wish.
  • Request a service, advice or an authorization.
  • Give advice, authorize, forbid.
  • Express an intention, talk about their objectives.
  • Express a condition.
  • Express certainty.
  • Express possibility.
  • Make hypotheses.
  • Express an opinion (agreement, disagreement, doubt, etc.), a judgement.
  • Explain the reasons for their opinions, objectives, actions.
  • Insist on something, highlight something.

VOCABULARY:

  • News & social realities
  • Politics, religion, history
  • Education
  • Ecology
  • Law & justice
  • Economy, business, marketing
  • Fashion
  • Health & the medical system
  • Specialised vocabulary from a specific professional field or a speciality
  • Culture: cinema, literature, the arts, etc.
  • Lexical enrichment: polysemy, synonyms, antonyms, etc.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS:

  • Present an abstract thought or comment.
  • Approve or disapprove.
  • Justify their point of view, make a concession, mark an opposition.
  • Highlight, insist, demonstrate.
  • Exhibit and analyse.
  • Make hypotheses and express probability.
  • Present the advantages and disadvantages of a subject.
  • Consolidate a debate, clarify points.
  • Begin or continue a conversation, end it, invite someone to join it.
  • Say that you understand or ask for specifications.
  • Reformulate an idea.
  • Present others’ opinions.
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