French Course Descriptions

French Course Descriptions

Are you planning to visit a French speaking country but you don’t speak a word of French? Do you want to be able to speak enough to travel and meet people and to interact with them a little bit? You cannot commit to coming to class for a too long period of time? Then, this is the right course for you. Join our new course format, 40 hours in 6 weeks. The pace of the two and a half hours classallows for more interactions; you focus on the listening and speaking skills in situations using various documents instead of a specifictextbook. Engage freely and communicatively in the language.

This is a course for the true beginner who wishes to handle travel situations and everyday life interactions. After taking this course you will be able to go to travel agencies, airports, tourist information offices, hotels and pharmacies. You will also be able to ask about locations in a new city, make phone bookings, order in restaurants, shop, etc. You will be able to introduce yourself and others, ask and answer questions about yourself and have simple conversations about your life, occupation, the people you know, and the things you own. In this course you learn to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases. This class is conducted in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere; you learn through games and role play, using authentic and quasi-authentic materials. 

Prerequisites: No prior knowledge of French is expected.

Textbook: No textbook is used for this course. The instructor brings relevant created and authentic materials to class. 

Have you studied French in the past and forgotten it? Do you have some basics and wish to learn more and gain practice? Would you like to brush up on your French in preparation for a trip to France or another French-speaking country? You cannot commit to coming to class for a too long period of time?Then come and join our new course format, 40 hours in 6 weeks. The pace of the two and a half hours classallows for more interactions; you focus on the listening and speaking skills in situations using various documents instead of a specifictextbook. Engage freely and communicatively with the language. 

This course focuses on practicing listening and speaking skills in authentic and quasi-authentic situations. Through a variety of activities, including role play, you simulate booking reservations online or via a travel agency, as well as situations which might happen during your trip. You engage in conversations at airports, hotels, travel information offices, restaurants, shops, medical facilities, museums, and others. In this course, you gain confidence to explore the language and build on your knowledge. 

Prerequisites: This class is best suited for students who have completed Fast-track French Beginner 1 or equivalent.

Textbook: No textbook is used for this course. The instructor brings relevant created and authentic materials to class. 

Have you taken a French course and want to learn more and put into practice what you have learned? Would you like to brush up on your language skills before visiting any French-speaking country? You cannot commit to coming to class for a too long period of time?Then the Fast-track Pre-intermediate 1 course is the right course for you! Join our new course format, 40 hours in 6 weeks. The pace of the two and a half hours classallows for more interactions. You focus more on the listening and speaking skills in situations using various documents instead of a specifictextbook. Engage freely and communicatively with the language. 

In this course, you go deeper into the French language and you expand your repertoire of expression to move towards fluency. You acquire sufficient linguistic competence to understand and use daily expressions frequently used in any part of the French-speaking world and to interact on a basic level with native speakers. After taking this course you will be able to talk about past and future events, elaborate on your likes and dislikes and start giving your opinion.

The class is conducted in French, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. You practice all four language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - with greater emphasis on listening and speaking. This is achieved through various activities as well as games, role play, and authentic and quasi-authentic materials in order to place the language in context and engage in a wider range of conversations and situations.

Prerequisites: This class is best suited for students who have completed Fast-track French Beginner 2 or equivalent.

 

Are you interested in learning a new language of international dimension? For pleasure? For work? Because you intend to visit a French-speaking country but you do not know a word of French? Do you want to be able to read or listen to French and understand what it is about? Then, this is the right course for you. 

This is a course for the true beginner who wishes to start learning the language to handle greetings, introductions, everyday life interactions and travelling situations. After taking this course you will be able to introduce yourself and others, ask and answer questions about yourself and have simple conversations such as where you live, what you do in life, people you know, and things you own. In this course you learn to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases. The class is conducted in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. You practice all four language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing -  using various activities, games, role play, authentic and quasi-authentic materials in order to  start understanding the language in its cultural context and engage in conversations.

Prerequisites: No prior knowledge of the language is expected.

Textbook:

  • Totem 1: Méthode de français A1, Marie-José Lopes – Jean-Thierry Le Bougnec. Hachette Français Langue Étrangère, 2014. See teaser here: http://youtu.be/f8D61vFWZMc
  • Supplementary audio, visual, and web-based,authentic and other relevant materials are brought to class by the instructor.

Have you studied French in the past and forgotten it? Do you have some basics and wish to learn more and gain practice? Would you like to brush up on your French in preparation for a visit to France or another French-speaking country? Then come and join Beginner 2! 

This course is for students with some knowledge and skills of the language who wish to continue on to a higher level to handle a wider range of everyday life interactions. This course gives you the opportunity to improve and practice all four language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - in authentic and quasi-authentic situations through a variety of activities, including role play. You gain the confidence to explore the language and build on your knowledge. After taking this course you will be able to talk about your likes and dislikes, talk about others, describe them, give advice or instructions, express your needs, go food shopping, order in restaurants, talk about recreation and cultural activities, discuss past events, etc. You will understand more of the language and engage in a wider range of conversations and situations. The class is conducted in French in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. 

Prerequisites: This class is best suited for students who have completed French Beginner 1 or equivalent. 

Textbook: 

  • Totem 1: Méthode de français A1, Marie-José Lopes – Jean-Thierry Le Bougnec. Hachette Français Langue Étrangère, 2014. See teaser here: http://youtu.be/f8D61vFWZMc
  • Supplementary audio, visual, and web-based,authentic and other relevant materials are brought to class by the instructor. 

 

Have you taken a French course and want to learn more and put into practice what you have learned? Would you like to brush up on your language skills before visiting any French-speaking country? Then the Pre-Intermediate 1 course is the right course for you! At that level, you focus more on the listening and speaking skills in situations to engage freely and communicatively with the language.

In this course, you go deeper into the French language and you expand your repertoire of expression to move towards fluency. You acquire sufficient linguistic competence to understand and use daily expressions frequently used in any part of the French-speaking world and to interact on a basic level with native speakers. After taking this course you will be able to talk about past and future events, elaborate on your likes and dislikes and start giving your opinion.

The class is conducted in French, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. You practice all four language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - with greater emphasis on listening and speaking. This is achieved through various activities as well as games, role play, and authentic and quasi-authentic materials in order to place the language in context and engage in a wider range of conversations and situations.

Prerequisites: This class is best suited for students who have completed French Beginner 2 or equivalent.

Textbook:

Totem 2: Méthode de français A2. Marie-José Lopes – Jean-Thierry Le Bougnec, Hachette Français Langue Étrangère. 2014. See teaser here: http://youtu.be/f8D61vFWZMc

Supplementary audio, visual, and web-based,authentic and other relevant materials are brought to class by the instructor. 

 

Do you have some good knowledge of French but cannot always find the right words to express yourself in everyday situations and even less in more complex conversations with natives? Do you want to practice your French and enrich it? Are you shy about your accent? If so, this is the right course for you. At that level, you focus more on the listening and speaking skills in situations to engage freely and communicatively with the language.

In this course, you develop greater fluency in everyday situations and situations where your opinion is needed. You react and interact with others, expand your repertoire and your range of idiomatic expressions and begin to sound like the French; you are able to interact in a fluid way in a variety of situations. After taking this course you will have acquired linguistic competenceto characterize, describe, locate places, express opinions and organize your discourse.

The class is conducted in French, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere; you practice all four language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - with greater emphasis on listening and speaking. This is achieved through various activities as well as games, role play, and authentic and quasi-authentic materials in order to place the language in context and engage in a wider range of conversations and situations.

Prerequisites: This class is best suited for students who have completed French Pre-Intermediate 1 or equivalent.

Textbook:

  • Totem 2: Méthode de français A2. Marie-José Lopes – Jean-Thierry Le Bougnec, Hachette Français Langue Étrangère. 2014. See teaser here: http://youtu.be/f8D61vFWZMc
  • Supplementary audio, visual, and web-based,authentic and other relevant materials are brought to class by the instructor. 

Do you speak French but you cannot understand more complex texts, articles, speeches or full-speed French conversations? Do you want to sound more like a native speaker? 

In this course you deepen your knowledge of vocabulary and grammar through reading, discussing and presenting on various topics. You engage in debates and are asked to offer opinions. This courseequips you with the linguistic and cultural skills to read and write more complicated texts, such as articles and journalism, as well as to take part in conversations with native speakers. By the end of this course, you will have broken the barrier between your “textbook” French and the idiomatic language of native speakers. You will gain confidence and linguistic competence to express yourself, your ideas, aspirations, and opinions,and speak more precisely and with greater ease on various topics.

The class is conducted in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. You practice all four language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Prerequisites: This class is best suited for students who have completed Pre-Intermediate 2 or equivalent. 

Textbook:

  • Totem 3: Méthode de français B1, Marie-José Lopes – Jean-Thierry Le Bougnec. Hachette Français Langue Étrangère. 2015. See teaser here: http://youtu.be/f8D61vFWZMc.
  • Supplementary audio, visual, and web-based,authentic and other relevant materials are brought to class by the instructor. 

Do you speak good French? Do you want to polish it and build upon it? Are you interested in culture and current events in France and the Francophone world?

This course is designed to enhance your oral and written communication skills and understanding of everyday French, emphasizing everyday topics and communication with native speakers. At this level you expand your vocabulary and grammar and strengthen your capacity to engage in complex conversations. Through interactive and multimedia materials and activities, various texts and articles, you practice expressing opinions, agreements and disagreements, using more nuanced vocabulary. Setting aside the traditional textbook format, we engage with real-world situations.

The class is conducted in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere; you practice all four language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Prerequisites: This class is best suited for students who have completed French Intermediate 1 or equivalent.  

Textbook: 

  • Totem 3: Méthode de français B1, Marie-José Lopes – Jean-Thierry Le Bougnec. Hachette Français Langue Étrangère. 2015. See teaser here: http://youtu.be/f8D61vFWZMc
  • Supplementary audio, visual, and web-based,authentic and other relevant materials are brought to class by the instructor. 

You are getting there! Are you interested in going deeper into the language? 

This course provides you with the linguistic competences to allow you to express yourself in French in most everyday situations as well as in other life circumstances that do not require very specialized use of the language. You learn how to argue points of view, present arguments and use idiomatic expressions both in speaking and in writing. In this course you also discuss identities, origins, character and personality, you give advice and personal opinions, as well as you express conditions and desires. You also discuss learning languages, media and press commenting also on the news, human migrations, mobility and travels, cities and living spaces.By the end of this course, you will have no great difficulty reading or listening and understanding (contemporary) authentic French documents. 

The class is conducted in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere; you practice all four language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Prerequisites: This class is best suited for students who have completedFrench Intermediate 2 or equivalent.

Textbook: 

  • Édito Niveau B2: Méthode de français, Élodie Heu – Jean-Jacques Mabilat. Didier. 2015. 
  • Supplementary audio, visual, and web-based, authentic and other relevant materials are brought to class by the instructor.

Almost there, getting closer every day to mastering the language! Becoming an advanced independent user of the language. Are you interested in going further, becoming more and more accurate?

This course provides you with the linguistic competences to allow you to understand extended speeches or texts such as articles concerned with contemporary problems or literary proses, and interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interactions with native speakers easier. You are able to take an active part in discussions in familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining your viewpoints. You can present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to your field of interest and you can explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options. You learn how to communicate with precision using the correct register and level of formality to make a point or to express nuances appropriate to the situation. You can refer to topics implied in a conversation or digress and change the subject. You are able to write clear and detailed texts, essays, reviews or reports on various subjects, passing on information or giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view. You write also letters highlighting the personal significance of events and experiences. In this course you acquire resources, vocabulary and grammatical structures, to talk about health and medicine, socio-economic changes and environmental problems related to a city, a country or worldwide, you can express moods, impressions, emotions or feelings, talk about your daily life, art and cultural products, your tastes and your interest or disinterest making positive or negative appreciations.

The class is conducted entirely in French,in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere; you practice all four language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Prerequisites: This class is best suited for students who have completedFrench Upper-Intermediate 1 or equivalent.

Textbook: 

  • Édito Niveau B2: Méthode de français, Élodie Heu – Jean-Jacques Mabilat. Didier. 2015. 
  • Supplementary audio, visual, and web-based, authentic and other relevant materials are brought to class by the instructor.

Are you planning to spend your holidays in a French-speaking country but you do not speak a word of French? Do you want to be able to speak enough to be able to travel? Knowing and mastering a significant bit of French could make your trip even more enjoyable; isn’t it pleasant to feel closer to the way French people live. Then, this is the right course for you. 

This is a specialized short course for the true beginner who wishes to handle travelling situations and everyday life interactions. After taking this course you will be able to go to travel agencies, airports, tourist information offices, hotels, pharmacies and ask about locations in a new city. You will make phone bookings, order in restaurants, buy in shops, etc. You will learn some useful phrases to know before travelling. The class is conducted in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere; you will use games, role plays and authentic materials to engage in conversations in semi-authentic situations. 

Prerequisites: None. This class is best suited to students who have not previously studied French.

Textbook: No textbook is used during this course. The instructor brings relevant created and authentic materials to class.

Would you like to practice your French in situations? Sign up now for our popular workshop "Play with French!” 

In this workshop, you practice the language through games. Various activities are offered using poetry, songs, games and theatre. 

This workshop aims at improving your oral skills and sharing experiences with other TII or outside students of French. 

Prerequisites: The workshop is open to all current TII Language Center French students and the broader community; participants should have had a minimum of 20 hours of French language instruction. Registration is necessary. 

Material: The instructor brings relevant materials for the workshop.

Have you studied French in the past? Do you have some basics and wish to practice? Would you like to brush up your French in preparation for your holidays? Then come and join the “Speak French 1” course! 

This course focuses on communication skills. Through a variety of activities, including role-play, booking reservations online or via a travel agency and replicate situations you will face on your trip at a tourist information offices, restaurants, shops, hotels, airports, medical facilities, museums to name a few. 

Prerequisites: This class is best suited to students who have passed French Beginner 1 or equivalent.

Textbook: No textbook is used during this course. The instructor brings relevant materials to class.

Have you taken a French course and want to practice what you have learned? Would you like to brush up on your language skills before your holidays? Then “Speak French 2” is the right course for you! 

This course will delveinto French so youcanexpand your knowledgeto express yourself with more fluency. Learners will understand and use daily expressionused in the French-speaking world to interact with native speaker. 

Prerequisites: This class is best suited to students who have passed French Beginner 2 or equivalent (see placement test).

Textbook: No textbook is used during this course. The instructor brings relevant materials to class.

Do you have priorknowledge of French and aim for accuracyexpressing yourself in everyday situations? Do you want to practice and expand on your current knowledge? Would you like to gain confidence and improve your pronunciation?

Then this is the right course for you. You will develop greater fluency in expressing yourselfand interacting with native speakers. You will gain language accuracy and hone your oral skillsto interacteffectivelyin a variety of situations.

Prerequisites: This class is best suited to students who have passed French Pre-Intermediate 1 and/or Pre-Intermediate 2, or equivalent.

Textbook: No textbook is used during this course. The instructor brings relevant materials to class.

 

Do you wish to understand French media, read challenging written documents or to have faster conversations in French? 

In this course, you will be exposed to a variety topics in French culture and current events. You can engage in debates, and express opinions. This course will provide you with the language and cultural skills to understand documents, such as newspaper articles, literary texts, songs or current media events, as well as take part in conversations with native speakers. By the end of this course, you will gain access to the fluency of native speakers and speak with greater ease on various topics.

Prerequisites: This class is best suited to students who have passed French Intermediate 1 or Intermediate 2, orequivalent (see placement test).

Textbook: No textbook is used during this course. The instructor brings relevant materials to class.

Are you a Francophile? Do you follow current events? Are you interested in understanding better and learning more about the contemporary French language? Then Culture Française & Actualité is your course. 

In this course students participate in the selection of topics and materials. You practice listening, speaking and reading language skills, with the purpose of understanding documents of a more complex nature. This course gives you the opportunity to practice oral skills through socio-cultural themes in authentic materials. You will focus on presenting, analyzing and debating various topics from a variety of sources including the written press, the Internet, television, literature, songs and films. That requires more advanced grammatical skills which you will improve in the process. This course will follow a constructivist approach to language learning.

Prerequisites: This class is best suited for students who have completed French Upper-Intermediate 1 or Upper-Intermediate 2, or equivalent.

Textbook: No textbook is used during this course. The instructor and student will contribute relevant materials to class.

Are you planning to spend your holidays in a French-speaking country but you do not speak French yet? Do you want to be able to speak enough to be able to travel independently? Knowing and mastering a significant bit of French will make your trip even more enjoyable. This is the right course for you. 

This is a topic specific short course for the true beginner who wishes to handle travelling situations and everyday life interactions. After taking this course you will be able to go to travel agencies, airports, tourist information offices, hotels, pharmacies and ask about locations in a new city. You will make phone bookings, order in restaurants, buy in shops, etc. You will learn some useful phrases to know before traveling. The class is conducted in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere; you will use games, role plays and authentic materials to engage in conversations in semi-authentic situations. 

Prerequisites: None. This class is best suited to students who have not previously studied French.

Textbook: No textbook is used during this course. The instructor uses relevant and authentic materials in class.

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