WHO FOR ?

COMPLETE BEGINNERS

Students who have no prior knowledge in French. They are very welcome for a journey through this beautiful language. Curiosity will meet the beauty and the richness of French language. Complete beginners are welcome for a free trial lesson.

HIGH BEGINNERS

Students who have studied French for less than 60 hours. They master basic notions and would like to move on to the A2 level. Some students may also feel they need for a refreshing from the beginning. Both are very welcome for a free trial lesson.

BEGINNING ``à LA CARTE``

Students may be above the A2 level as they can have a decent conversation in French. But they feel the need to look back at some basics before moving on. They need basic french « à la carte » like pronunciation, general structure of the french or systematization of the conjugation

OBJECTIVES OF THE BEGINNERS' LEVELS

General objectives of the Beginners’ levels :
Communicate about oneself and immediate environment in a very simple way
Understand simple spoken words and sentences about immediate environment
Use simple expressions to talk about people and familiar places
Read simple expressions and words like in very short articles
Ground the basic French architecture for the rest of your life
A relaxed, fun, but also studious atmosphere to learn French

Detailed content of the Beginners' 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 Beginners, while, inversely, the pratical exercises are specifically tailored to boost and support the grammatical architecture build-up.

Complete beginners

A1.1 Complete beginners level

A1.2 Complete beginners level

  • Talk about my house, town, country
  • Talk about family, friends, coworkers
  • Understand and give simple route
  • Write a postcard
  • Give impressions about a place
  • To come from
  • To go to
  • Talk about the weather
  • Talk about my profession
  • Characterize a person, etc.

High beginners

A1.3 Complete beginners level

  • Speak about my neighbors
  • Understand, ask for and give news about someone
  • Understand, ask for and give time
  • Receive and announce a family event
  • Express an obligation
  • Give and receive orders
  • Propose, accept, and refuse an invitation to go out
  • Schedule a meeting
  • Speak about near future plans
  • Relate and refer to recent past events, etc.

A2.1 High beginners' level

  • Ask/answer questions
  • Call someone and answer the phone
  • Give advice
  • Refer to past events
  • Understand biographical information
  • Describe someone’s physical appearance and mention similarities
  • Express sensations and perceptions
  • Situate an event in time
  • Locate a place geographically, etc.

A2.2 High beginners' level

A2.3 High beginners' level

  • Converse about a friend relation
  • Converse about professional relation
  • Describe an individual (character, qualities, flaws)
  • Speak of my neighbourhood relations
  • Tell and comment what someone said
  • Talk about changes and compare, before / after
  • Relate a meeting
  • Relate a university and/or professional experience
  • Relate best moment in life, travel
  • Talk about outdoor activities in town/nature, etc.

A2.4 High beginners' level

A2.5 High beginners' level

  • Speak about your place in society and justify choices
  • Make a suggestion, inspire dream and action
  • Understand headlines in the press
  • Give your opinion about a television program
  • Understand events reported in the media
  • Give your opinion on this reported event
  • Link this event to past or possible future event
  • Read short press articles
  • Comment press articles
  • Listen to news on the radio and comment, etc.

THE 7 SKILLS

French pronunciation

French sound system has officially 37 sounds. The Discovery level will enable students to explore their virtual french mouth and master the points of articulation of each sound. Students will then start their learning with confidence in their pronunciation. Spellings of each sound will also be studied for students learn to read french at the very beginning.

Speaking skills

Students will develop abilities to speak in a simple manner on the condition that the interlocutor be ready to repeat, reformulate and help students to say what they want to say. Students will be able to ask simple questions and talk about their personnal and immediate environment.

Reading skills

As in french lots of written letters are not pronounced, skills to decrypt and read written french will be developped through practical exercises. Spelling patterns will be identified so that in the end students be able to read very short texts like small articles, postal cards, restaurant menus or news papers advertisements.

Writing skills

Writing is an essential part of learning. More than everything at the beginning. Most of the memorization is done thanks to writing. On the collaborative whiteboard online, where lessons will be taught to students, Gil will always check that spellings are properly respected so that students take good habits at the very beginning. Students will develop abilities to write very short texts, like phone text messages, short postal cards and emails without spelling mistakes.

Listening skills

Thanks to the training of their ears in sound recognition, students will be able to understand very simple spoken words and sentences related to their immediate environment, family, friends or personal situation if people speak slowly and distinctively. Training with French songs, short dialogues, and other audio materials will get students used to the French spoken language.

Vocabulary Building

The orientation of the vocabulary building can be decided with students if they have specific needs. Abilities to talk about oneself, family, friends and people will be developed. French customs, school, work, home life, weather, seasons, time, the city, giving and receiving directions, giving opinions or advices, and talking about the present and past events are diverse directions the vocabulary building can take.

French architecture

French has 3 layers : 37 sounds and their spellings, 9 types of words (verbs, adjectives, etc.), and finally sentence components’ structures. This architecture is here to help students think the logic of French and express themselves in French. Students will start with small sentences’ structures and catch how the basic architecture of French functions.

HOW ARE THE BEGINNERS' CLASSES TAUGHT ?

The approaches

The Communicative and Action Oriented Approach is combined with the Problem-Solving method. Real life situational exercises tailored for beginners are done all along the process of learning. These exercises will naturally generate 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 best material to learn and progress for they shade light on what has to be worked on. When they will appear, Gil will gently give a sign to students for they stop and correct themselves. If students do not find the mistakes they’ve just made, the problem-solving process will begin.

Full skills development

All the skills for French will slowly be developed from the very beginning. Reading, writing, listening, pronunciation, speaking, and intellectual capacities for grammar will be ignited. Speaking and listening will have the priority for complete and high beginners.

SCHEDULE A BEGINNER CLASS WITH GIL

FREE TRIAL LESSON

Open to everyone with or without prior knowledge in French, the free trial lesson for beginners 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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