WHO FOR ?

THRESHOLD LEVEL

Students have solidly grounded their basics in French. The Threshold level will allow them to build extensive vocabulary around the 6 major tenses of the indicative mode and their diverse values. As an evaluation criteria, they might soon be able to travel alone in a French speaking country.

HIGH INTERMEDIATES

Students start to feel comfortable in a french speaking environment. They are able to tell short stories using the past tenses, talk about their future projects and express opinions with brief explanations. They need to express more complex ideas with more complex sentences’ structures and reach for fluency.

INTERMEDIATE ``à LA CARTE``

Students may be above B2 level, as they can have a fluent conversation in French. But they feel the need to refresh their prior knowledge before moving on to advanced levels. They need intermediate French « à la carte » like pronunciation, complex structures of french or systematization of the verbs’ conjugation system.

OBJECTIVES OF THE INTERMEDIATES' LEVELS

General objectives of the Threshold level :

Be able to talk about projects, past events and tell short stories about oneself using the narrative tenses.
Understand others’ speeches on familiar matters regularly encountered at work, school, friends circle, etc.
Produce simple texts on topics that are familiar or of personal interest using the 6 major indicative tenses.
Read short stories of literature value written with narrative tenses, with the help of a dictionnary.
Build architecture of French upon the grounded bases conquered at beginners’ levels.
A relaxed, fun, but also studious atmosphere to learn French

General objectives of the High Intermediate level :

Speak with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes interaction with native speakers joyful
Understand with ease native speakers speaking on a wide range of subjects
Write clear, detailed texts on a wide range of subjects. Explain a viewpoint giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
Read complex texts on concrete and abstract topics, including literature and technical discussions in field of specialization
Master complex sentence structures to express complex ideas using relative pronouns and conjonctions.
A relaxed, fun, but also studious atmosphere to learn French

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

Threshold level

B1.1 Threshold level

  • Watch a French movie
  • Think, write and make an oral film presentation
  • Make critical comments
  • Express appreciation
  • Talk about your passion
  • Talk about hobbies and social life
  • Select a place to visit in holiday
  • Make a reservation
  • Get information on a route/itinerary
  • Consider the future: plan your trip
  • Express wishes/hopes, etc.

B1.2 Threshold level

  • Think at a crazy project in French
  • Express purpose and goals of it
  • Write and submit the project to someone
  • Convince orally this person to implicate in it
  • Express enthousiasm and deception
  • Imagine hypothetical or unreal situation
  • Read/present/summarize a short book
  • Choose a historical character
  • Make a biography of his life
  • Tell his story in the past tenses
  • Tell your story in the past tenses, etc.

B1.3 Threshold level

  • Imagine a different past
  • Locate an important event in this story
  • Describe this decisive event as it happened
  • Talk about novels, articles, etc.
  • Express courage to act
  • Take a stand and express what you think!
  • Express regret…
  • Ask a life-saving service to someone
  • Be careful! incentives and warnings
  • Express outrage
  • Make a complaint, etc.

B1.4 Threshold level

  • Describe own past experiences
  • Say chronological causation of a decisive event
  • Say how it could have been differently if…
  • Talk about your relationship with French
  • Research about one aspect of French culture
  • Present your research orally
  • Which part of France you’d like to visit?
  • Imagine a trip to this place.
  • Write a long and detailed letter from this place
  • Specify details of a trip
  • Invite a friend to join you there, etc.

B1.5 Threshold level

  • Choose a real or fictive close relative
  • Describe this person’s character
  • Describe feelings toward him/her
  • Talk about your hopes and projects with him/her
  • Evoke regret with him/her
  • Tell common history with him/her
  • Decisive moments
  • Discuss and decide on the second life of an object
  • Link it to environmental issues
  • Talk about solutions for world problems
  • Read articles about the topic, etc.

B1.6 Threshold level

  • Listen to a French song
  • Eventually learn it by heart
  • Read a poetry in French
  • Eventually learn it by heart
  • Work on the musicality of French
  • Make a research about French singer
  • Write, talk about his/her life
  • French social life during his/her life-time
  • Express physical manners
  • Express psychological manners
  • Your feelings toward this song, etc.

B1.7 Threshold level

  • Collect professional informations
  • Summarize informations in a note
  • Present this note to coworker
  • Brainstorm with coworkers on the topic
  • Develop ideas, contradict, defend
  • Short conference speech
  • Report conclusions
  • Have a drink after work
  • Express more complex ideas
  • Explain the definition of a word
  • Understand the formation of words, etc.

High intermediate :

B2.1 High intermediates' level

  • Choose a very important topic for you
  • Organise an imaginary debate around it
  • Imagine what others say
  • Anticipate contradictions
  • Develop multiple point of view
  • Understand others’ point of view
  • Agree with someone
  • Abandon your own idea
  • Adopt someone’s point of view
  • Defend yours to death!
  • Find compromise, etc.

B2.2 High intermediates' level

  • Captivate an audience
  • Choose something passionating you
  • Share your passion with audience
  • Hold the speech
  • Convince
  • Make people feel your passion
  • Use rhetorical tricks to transmit
  • Seduce with language
  • Dismiss contradictors
  • Deny others’ point of view
  • Go ’til being unjust, etc.

B2.3 High intermediates' level

B2.4 High intermediates' level

  • Choose a novel of a French writer and read it
  • Write presentation
  • Present it orally
  • Express main ideas
  • Describe the plot
  • Describe main characters
  • Describe secondary ones
  • Describe best scene
  • Talk about the author
  • Quote the author
  • Read aloud a small part of it in class

HOW ARE THE INTERMEDIATES' CLASSES TAUGHT ?

The approaches

The Communicative and Action Oriented Approach is combined with the Problem-Solving method. Real-life situational exercises tailored for intermediates 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 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 speaking, listening, reading and writing previously ignited at the beginners’ levels will continue to be developed in order to bring students to a fluency level. Writing and reading have now equal primacy with listening and speaking.

SCHEDULE AN INTERMEDIATE CLASS WITH GIL

FREE TRIAL LESSON

Open to everyone with already A2 or B1 level, the free trial lesson for intermediates 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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