French Language
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  • Our Methods
  • Schedule

French Language Course Levels & Course Content

The courses of French at Excellence are designed for students of all levels. They are provided by teachers specialized in French as a foreign language. We have a course that meets your needs. Choose from a wide range of French courses designed with you and your profession in mind. Our team of qualified French trainers will design a course around your unique learning and professional needs

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment, CEFR is a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages across Europe and, increasingly, in other countries The six reference levels (see below) are becoming widely accepted as the European standard for grading an individual's language proficiency.

French is the second most widely learned foreign language after English. French can take you all over the world. Being able to speak French opens international doors for you. Knowledge of the French language is indispensable.

Advantages of a French course at Excellence

  • You learn to communicate in French in a short period of time.
  • You follow a French language course, which is completely tailor-made for you.
  • The French language course is designed with your specific practical requirements in mind.
  • Our French language trainers come from French speaking countries; in addition to the language, they also know and understand the French culture.
  • Beginner Course

    Speak French from day one! Build a solid foundation in the French language. Authentic situational exercises introduce you to the structure and use of language in everyday life. Introduce yourself and others. Ask and answer questions about yourself and have simple conversations such as where you live, people you know, and things you possess. Learn to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases. Learn to interact with others as a beginner. Can understanding sentences & frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance.

    This French course is based on level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Different dialogues will teach you new verbs and how to put your French into practice in everyday situations. Learn all the relevant expressions, as well as grammar and pronunciation at an upper beginner's level of learning.

    Elementary Course

    This course in spoken and written French is designed for students who have some knowledge of French and who wish to extend it. In this course students learn the basics of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing French. This course stresses oral proficiency, pronunciation, listening comprehension, and grammatical accuracy, as well as the cultural backgrounds of French-speaking countries. Students are able to recognize and respond appropriately to the most common spoken situations. Demonstrate ability to write basic sentences in French Can communicate during easy or habitual tasks requiring a basic and direct information exchange on familiar subjects. Using simple words can describe his or her surroundings and communicate immediate needs.

    Intermediate Course

    The major objective of the improvement of the students' proficiency in listening comprehension, writing, reading and speaking by further development of grammatical concepts and the acquisition of increasingly complex structures and abstract vocabulary. Course provides a thorough review of grammatical structures combined with oral and written practice and readings to develop the students' proficiency in French.

    Students improve their oral and written fluency by reading and discussing newspaper articles, watching videos and listening to audio materials. Grammar is also revised to improve spoken and written accuracy. This course enables students to confidently take part in discussions, give short presentations, and read and write to a high standard in addition to gaining a deeper understanding of the French culture.

    Advanced Course

    This course provides a genuine fluency; you need to understand the complex constructions that underlay everyday speech. It has a degree of independence that allows the students to construct arguments to defend opinion, explain viewpoint and negotiate. At this level, the candidate has a degree of fluency and spontaneity in regular interactions and is capable of correcting own mistakes.

    The course presents in a progressive way several oral situations of everyday life like, speak about background, make phone calls, and give personal views. With varied exercises, students will become more conscious of all the settings involved in oral communication (language, body, voice, space).

Course Levels

Placement:

After a written assessment test and an oral assessment interview you are placed in the appropriate level.

The written assessment test takes approximately 60 minutes and covers grammar, reading comprehension and writing skills. Please take the assessment test in the centre before the stating of the course; otherwise it is possible that you might miss the first day’s classes.

Course levels (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages):

We offer six course levels, each with a 14- 16week syllabus. Levels start at absolute Beginner and progress to Advanced. It is the responsibility of the teacher to decide whether a student may proceed to the next level. Weekly tests aid this decision. If a student's skills are incompatible with those of the rest of the group, it is naturally also possible to switch levels mid-course after consulting the school management.

A1

Can recognise and use familiar words and simple phrases for concrete purposes. Can introduce himself or someone else. Can ask and answer basic questions about home, family, surroundings, etc. Can communicate in a basic way when the other person speaks slowly and clearly, and is ready to repeat or reformulate to help communication.

A2

Can understand isolated phrases and common expressions that relate to areas of high personal relevance (like personal or family information, shopping, immediate environment, work). Can communicate during easy or habitual tasks requiring a basic and direct information exchange on familiar subjects. Using simple words, can describe his or her surroundings and communicate immediate needs.

B1

Can understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar subjects in work, school, leisure activities, etc. Can manage in most situations that come up when travelling in a region where the language is spoken. Can produce a simple and cohesive text on familiar subjects or subjects of personal interest. Can narrate an event, an experience or a dream; describe a desire or goal, and outline reasons or explanations
behind a project or idea.

B2

Can understand the main ideas of concrete or abstract topics in a complex text, including a technical article in the user’s area of expertise. Can communicate with a degree of spontaneity and fluency during a conversation with a native speaker, in a way that is comfortable for everyone. Can speak in a clear, detailed way on a number of subjects; express an opinion on current affairs, giving the advantages and disadvantages of the various options.

C1

Can understand a wide range of long and complex texts, including any subtextual or stylistic nuances. Can express him or herself freely and fluidly, without obviously fumbling for words. Can use the language effectively and fluently in a social, professional or academic context. Can speak in a clear, organised way about complex subjects, developing a well-structured argument.

C2

Can effortlessly understand almost everything he or she reads or hears. Capable of a coherent summary of events or arguments from oral or written sources. Can express him or herself precisely in a spontaneous, fluent way, conveying finer shades of meaning precisely.

Our Methods

Our innovative teaching method, specially adapted for students, separates spoken Mandarin and character recognition, which has been proven to advance the pace of your language learning. We teach Chinese in small groups allowing our teachers to focus on each student individually.

Our programmes offer flexibility, personalised programmes and effective learning support. We offer a variety of training formats for our French courses ranging from intensive, weeklong courses to extensive, flexible French programmes. Appropriate formats will be discussed during your assessment.

There is guided practice in language usage and use, and authentic communicative activities. Class size is limited to fifteen to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on progress.

French Language has developed a method and a level of progression as well as tailored activities so that each student can reach their set objectives according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)

In practice we utilize interactive teaching methods and activities to motivate students to learn and communicate in Mandarin Chinese. We believe that language development happens through social interaction and guided assistance, so that teacher and students have to work together to co-construct meaning in context. We often use visual aids, such as software tools or videos and make students feel that learning Mandarin is interesting. We also make a lot of effort to interact with my students throughout the learning process, e.g. to design conversation on various topics of daily life and the rotation of the roles of reading, composition writing, feedback and so on. One of most important principles of our teaching philosophy is to cultivate our students' communicative abilities and to teach them to use the Chinese language in real life.

Schedule

Depending on your availability , your lessons will take place in the morning, in the afternoon during weekdays or weekends

  • Standard Course
09:00 – 1:30 p.m. Saturdays - Thursdays
6:30 – 09:30 p.m. Saturdays - Thursdays
02:30 - 8:00 p.m. Fridays
  • Intensive Course (Semi Private Groups and Private Class)

Classes will be arranged as required

  • Holiday Course

Classes will be scheduled during every winter/summer holidays depending on breaks