WHO FOR ?

ADVANCED LEARNERS

Students with already B2 level. They have reached a satisfying fluency in speaking, listening, reading and writing French. They need to consolidate this fluency by leveling up their ideas’ complexity and enduring a training on unfamiliar subjects like science, politics, art, social and economic systems or whatever fields students are interested in.

FRENCH MASTERY

Students with C1 level. They have reached a degree of fluency allowing them to express themselves with spontaneity and a good enough mastery on most subjects. They need to bring their skills to the bilingual level by constructing a final picture of the entire French grammatical system, perfecting the musicality of their french, thinking and expressing on very specialized matters of interest, learning amounts of idioms and French expressions, etc.

LITERATURE AND PHILOSOPHY LOVERS

Beside the Classic French teaching, students with B2 or C1 levels who would like to perfect their French by specifically reading, analyzing, writing and talking about classical literature and philosophy are very welcome. Passionate by these two disciplines and a writer himself, Gil would be very happy to share a collective study with students.

OBJECTIVES OF THE ADVANCED AND MASTERY LEVELS

General objectives of the Advanced level :

Speak with spontaneity without searching too much for words. Use French with ease for social or professional relations. Express ideas with precision and in interaction with interlocutors’ ideas.
Understand a long discourse even if not clearly structured or if articulations are only implicit. Understand radio, television, films without much effort.
Write clear and well structured text and develop own point of view. Write about complex subjects in a letter, an essay, a report, while underlying important points. Adapt style to the receiver.
Read and understand long and complex factual texts or text of literature value. Appreciate style differences. Understand specialized articles and long technical instructions even when not related to one’s realm of competencies.
Master complex sentences’ structures to express complex ideas. Subjonctive and intermodal training.
A relaxed, fun, but also studious atmosphere to learn French.

General objectives of the Mastery level :

Participate without any effort in any private or professional conversation. Feel comfortable with idiomatic expressions and familiar ways to speak. Can express shades of meaning.
Understand oral language without any difficulty whether it be in direct conditions or in the medias or when one speak rapidly.
Write a fluid, clear and stylistically adapted text. Write letters, reports or complex articles with a clear construction allowing the reader to catch the important points. Summarize and critic professional writings or books written in french and of literature value.
Read without any effort all kind of text, abstract or complex, whether it be technical manual, specialized articles or literature.
See and master the complete architecture of French to the point where grammar is nothing but the most wonderful tool to express thoughts.
A relaxed, fun, but also studious atmosphere to learn french.

Detailed content of the Advanced and Mastery levels :

The content presented here has an indicative value and can be adapted to each student’s needs. New units can be easily created according to students’ fields of interest. Note also that the learning process is structured by the French grammatical architecture build-up tailored for Advanced and Mastery learners, while, inversely, the pratical exercises are specifically tailored to boost and support the grammatical architecture build-up.

Advanced level :

C1.1 Advanced level

  • Choose a field of human knowledge
  • Find statistical charts on the subject
  • Find and read articles related to these statistics
  • Think in French and present the charts
  • Think in French and present the articles
  • Find and underline main points for audience
  • Present/develop/summarize
  • Quid of the sources? Truthful?
  • Find contradicting documents
  • Oppose the two points of view, develop
  • Express point of view / Contradict yourself
  • Do statistical charts yourself, etc.

C1.2 Advanced level

  • Choose scientific subject, general public articles
  • What is the scientific problem?
  • History of the problem
  • History of scientific beliefs on the matter
  • History of the solutions
  • Todays discovery on the matter
  • Contradiction between past and present views
  • How point of view modification helped to solve?
  • Future promises of the discovery
  • Extend to other human fields of knowledge
  • Communications between disciplines
  • Summarize/conclude, etc.

C1.3 Advanced level

  • Find philosophical text of French philosopher
  • Read and think in French
  • What is the problem ? Present/develop/summarize
  • Discuss, express opinions about the ideas
  • Why was it important at time of writing?
  • Why is it important today?
  • How the problem has changed today?
  • Short biography of the philosopher
  • Compare with other philosophers’ ideas
  • Why Philosophy is important today?
  • Compare with Literature and journalism
  • Relation between Philosophy and Politics, etc.

C1.4 Advanced level

  • Find a written and video recorded political speech
  • Read aloud
  • Tell your feelings
  • Describe political « mise-en-scène »
  • Main idea of the speech? Relevant or not?
  • Historical context of the speech
  • Effect of the speech on audience
  • Description of body communication
  • Rethorical figures analysis
  • Why political speeches are important today?
  • Biography of politician
  • Write your own political speech, etc.

C1.5 Advanced level

  • Choose greatest or worst idea Humans ever had
  • When did they have it?
  • Historical context
  • Collective or individual idea?
  • Evolution of the idea through time
  • How did it help or harm Humanity?
  • Idea in today’s time
  • Relation to diverse human fields of activity
  • Application of this idea in these fields
  • How would you modify this idea?
  • Write a letter to the inventor(s), dead or alive
  • Develop your idea’s contribution, etc.

C1.6 Advanced level

  • Find written, video or audio document of the greatest liar in human history
  • Describe the document, character
  • What is he doing, saying?
  • What is he meaning?
  • Why what he says or does is not what he means?
  • Relation between perception and belief
  • Underlying meaning
  • Express possibilities, doubts, certainty
  • Write speech where you induce wrong meaning
  • Say aloud your speech to audience
  • Imagine consequences of your speech, etc.

C1.7 Advanced level

  • Choose a social and economical problem in France
  • Research the subject
  • What is the problem?
  • Historical context
  • How did it appear?
  • Past solutions
  • Why it worked? Why it failed?
  • Present solutions
  • Why it works or fails?
  • Relation to international situation
  • Examples of solutions in other countries
  • Write detailed letter to Mr. French President, etc.

C1.8 Advanced level

  • Choose an aspect of French culture you like
  • Research and describe this aspect
  • Why is it specific to France?
  • How is it in other countries?
  • Compare, oppose, synthesize
  • Create a product to sell from this French aspect
  • Imagine a marketing campaign in remote country
  • Anticipate effect on audience
  • Why would it work or not?
  • Culture shock between the two countries
  • Create an audio advertisement in French
  • Record it and listen to yourself, etc.

C1.9 Advanced level

  •  Choose a poem of a French poet
  • Learn it by heart
  • Recite it with musicality and perfect pronunciation
  • What is the meaning of the poem?
  • How is it constructed?
  • Who is the poet?
  • Importance in French Literature and culture
  • Find a translation in your language
  • Read, compare the two languages’ music
  • Translate in French a poem of your language
  • How is it? Etc.

Mastery level :

C2.1 Mastery level

  • Read a book about political economy in French
  • Present it orally. Main ideas.
  • What is the actual situation?
  • Main political systems today?
  • Think at a utopian worldwide social organisation
  • What are the general lines?
  • Compare what is with what should be?
  • How to go from what is to what should be?
  • Already existing tools to implement it
  • Tools that still have to be created
  • Write a clear and well structured summary
  • Use indicative, conditional and subjonctive modes

C2.2 Mastery level

  •  Find scholarship articles about relations between humanitarian law and laws of war
  • Read, summarize, explain orally relations
  • Historical context of the relation
  • Evolution of the relation
  • Study and talk about humanitarian institutions
  • Study and talk about war institutions
  • Relation between humanitarian and war institutions
  • Relation between law as a form of language and institutions
  • France and Human Rights, etc.

C2.3 Mastery level

  • Choose a controversial ethical problem
  • Find articles, books, videos about it
  • What is the problem?
  • Explain it orally, write a short introduction
  • Arguments of diverse parties
  • Description of diverse parties
  • Interests of each one of them
  • Difference between ethics and morality
  • Then, is the problem well put?
  • If not, how to put it?
  • Develop new point of view extensively
  • Write it properly to the ethics committee

C2.4 Mastery level

  • Choose a psychological sickness
  • Research documents, study
  • Historical ways to think the problem
  • Describe symptoms
  • Describe causes
  • Describe ways to cure today
  • Relationship between psychology and sociology
  • Social problems intertwined with psychological ones?
  • Analyse social and psychic processes together
  • Make a video where you explain your findings
  • Post this video on internet

C2.5 Mastery level

  • Relationship between France and your country
  • Research, find books, audio, video
  • Present, summarize.
  • What are the general lines of your interest?
  • Dig these general lines?
  • Historical perspective between two countries
  • How Earth’s Geography shapes History?
  • Today’s relationship between two countries?
  • Is History repeating itself? Geography’s fault?
  • How could it be better?
  • Common projects between two countries?
  • Write a 10 pages document about the relation

C2.6 Mastery level

  •  Choose a novel of Louis-Ferdinand Celine
  • Read, present, summarize
  • Study the language of Celine
  • Collect more than a hundred celinian idioms
  • Study and give the meaning of them all
  • Your impressions
  • Reflect on French as a language of Literature
  • Read aloud pages of the novel
  • Reflect on the celinian language
  • Create your own idioms
  • Write a short story with these idioms
  • Publish it on internet

HOW THE ADVANCED AND MASTERY CLASSES ARE TAUGHT

The approaches

The Communicative and Action Oriented Approach is combined with the Problem-Solving method. Real-life situational exercises tailored for advanced learners are done all along the process of learning. These exercises will naturally generate from students problematics to be put and solved. Students are also welcome to say if they want to work on specific real-life-like situations more than others.

Learn from your mistakes

Mistakes are the greatest material to progress. Through a constant feedback given to students, Gil guides them through the learning process. He gently invites students to find their mistakes when they make ones. If they don’t find them, then begins the collective problem-solving method to progress.

Skills' perfection

High quality materials will be carefully chosen with students for they bring their French to the beauty of the bilingual level.

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FREE TRIAL LESSON

Open to everyone with already B2 or C1 level, the free trial lesson for advanced and mastery levels allows students to meet Gil online during one hour for free. Students can discuss with him their needs, have a free lesson and plan their French studies. Be simply welcome.
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